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Toy Story
(1995)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, Co-Produced, and Lyrics by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Produced by:
Don Davis

Co-Produced by:
Frank Wolf
Jim Flamberg
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(June 21st, 1995)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. A remastered album with identical contents was released on March 27th, 2001.
Awards
AWARDS
The song "You've Got a Friend" and the score were both nominated for Academy Awards. That song was also nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you desire the songs from the film and can overlook the inconsistencies of style and structure that exist in the slapstick underscore.

Avoid it... if Randy Newman's fluffy, optimistic songs and scores seem childish and repetitive to you no matter the context.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #487
WRITTEN 9/23/03, REVISED 4/5/09
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Toy Story: (Randy Newman) When pouring endless amounts of money into the development of the groundbreaking visuals of the Toy Story project, Disney and Pixar were unsure if the leap in computer animation technology was going to be greeted warmly by audiences. Several years later, with little Woody and Buzz toys all over the world and a sequel feature film all to themselves, the Toy Story franchise had become a monumental success. A delightful blend of talking toys from yesteryear band together to help save one another and validate their existences, following the eccentric personalities of the aforementioned symbols of yesterday and tomorrow. The film would be the launching pad for Pixar's distinctive animation technology, leading to several similarly constructed ventures to follow. For Disney, the established core composer of their animated musicals at the time was Alan Menken, who was concurrently writing in formula for Pocahontas. Instead of choosing this tested route, the studios handed the Toy Story scoring assignment over to Randy Newman, who was already established as a composer who could also bring a flair for happy, laid back songs to a project. While Menken could have matched Newman's underscore (if not exceeded it in even its slapstick quality), Menken didn't have the some level of jazzy, jolly heart in his songs as Newman. As a result, Newman was asked to project his own personality onto the score by composing a handful of songs he would perform himself and, thus, add the elements of heart and soul to the film. His voice represented the happy-go-lucky attitudes of the characters so well that he would become the official Pixar composer for many projects to come. Most of these songs were destined to be nominated for awards, and he would finally take home an Academy Award for his title song for Monsters, Inc. six years later. As a film, Toy Story was an outstanding success in 1995, but as a stand-alone soundtrack on album, Newman did not receive the same critical praise as Pocahontas. His fortunes would change in subsequent years, though. Part of this slower acceptence of Newman's scores, as opposed to his immediately popular songs, is the unstable, slapstick nature of the underscore material.

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VIEWER RATINGS
342 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.09 Stars
***** 66 5 Stars
**** 73 4 Stars
*** 84 3 Stars
** 66 2 Stars
* 53 1 Stars
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Nicolas Rodriguez Quiles - September 2, 2004, at 5:39 p.m.
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I never liked this one
Pogel Adler - May 10, 2004, at 9:27 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 53:48
• 1. You've Got a Friend in Me - performed by Randy Newman (2:04)
• 2. Strange Things - performed by Randy Newman (3:17)
• 3. I Will Go Sailing No More - performed by Randy Newman (2:57)
• 4. Andy's Birthday (5:58)
• 5. Soldier's Mission (1:28)
• 6. Presents (1:09)
• 7. Buzz (1:40)
• 8. Sid (1:20)
• 9. Woody and Buzz (4:29)
• 10. Mutants (6:05)
• 11. Woody's Gone (2:11)
• 12. The Big One (2:51)
• 13. Hang Together (6:02)
• 14. On the Move (6:18)
• 15. Infinity and Beyond (3:09)
• 16. You've Got a Friend in Me - performed by Randy Newman and Lyle Lovett (2:40)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes lyrics, but has no extra information about the score or film.
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