Wednesday, 25 August 2010
The end of the Toy Story
So why is this all so important? It's just a kid's film about toys isn't it? The thing is, Toy Story has perfectly captured childhood. These toys represent things you had as a child - things you lost or just can't find anymore. The death of the toys is the death of childhood. They're fighting to keep this time alive, but eventually, faced with the futile struggle against the fire, they resign to let it die. Maybe the younger audience won't get it. Not yet, anyway. Because Andy, the fool, grows up and gives his toys away. He doesn't put them in the attic to try and preserve them. He gives them to another child so that the cycle can repeat all over again. The life of a toy, and the childhood that goes with it, will always be finite.