Back in 1995, Toy Story was a revelation. Not only was it the first computer animated movie (which hasn't aged much I might add), but it was actually very good. So good, in fact, that it signaled the decline of traditional animation and that of Disney Feature Animation Studios. It wasn't just the technology that was impressive, but the storytelling - a philosophy that embodies all of Pixar's films.
A slew of merchandise came along with it's release twenty years ago in 1995 (do you feel old?). Amongst the Buzz Lightyear toy shortages and disappointing Woody doll alternatives, there was this Animated Story book. I once had a demo disc featuring the many titles based on the film and I was in awe at the visuals coming at me. Out of all of the titles in the edutainment series, Toy Story garnered the most positive reviews, perhaps due to its new high-quality pre-rendered graphical style which awed many more people than myself.
From a technical standpoint, it does look impressive for a 20 year-old game. Many new animations have been created and each are very well done. The downside is that, unlike the cell animation of the other titles, the lower resolution is much more noticeable. It's hard to notice in screenshots, but there's a distracting pixelation during the animated scenes that mars an otherwise great looking presentation.
If you can get past this, the mini-games are more inventive, if not better than a lot of titles in the series. There's your usual matching game where you have to put the toys back in their place, but it shakes things up by using voice commands or the temperature rules usually associated with hide and seek. The segment where you plan your attack in Sid's garden is very well done, with simple actions required to successfully pull it off.
It's biggest trump card, however, is in the writing. There are many great skits which will make you laugh no matter your age. We first see Buzz's love of dancing which wouldn't be mentioned in the films until part 3 and it's hilarious. All the named extras return to voice their characters with the exception of Tom Hanks, who enlists his very capable brother to do the honours. It's all very well done and garners top marks from the kids who've played it.
To download the game, follow the link below. This custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses DOSBox running Microsoft Windows 3.1 to get the game working on modern systems. Manual included. Tested on Windows 7 and Windows 10.
File Size: 436 Mb. Install Size: 585 Mb. Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ
Disney's Animated Storybook: Toy Story is © Disney Interactive
Toy Story (the movie) is © Pixar Animation Studios
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me