Pixar’s Toy Story, the first-ever
feature-length computer-animated film, is about many things. It’s about dealing with
change. It’s about pride in purpose. It’s about unexpected partnerships. About loss. About responsibility. About breaking the rules. It’s also about imagination.
Through Andy we are taken back to youth’s fountain of imagination and
unrelenting excitement, as he conjures fantastical tales for his toys
to play out. Its how the movie starts, setting the stage for the fictional
premise of the story – toys are living animated beings. And in fact in the mind
of a child they just as well might be. While Sid the neighbor’s kid is
portrayed in the movie as a villain, I would like to make the case for his
vindication. In the context of the story of the toys taking toys apart and piecing
them back together in somewhat grotesque ways is horrifying.
In the context of being an adventurous child – it’s creative, it’s inventive. To me –
it’s impressive. Ignoring Sid’s cruelty for the sake of argument, he has the
courage to outdo Andy’s innocent play time. He acts on his imagination not
just with make-believe but by actually making. And at the risk of hyperbole
isn’t that an apt example to the true spirit of human progress. Yes, he might be leaving a trail of destruction in his path, but for a good cause – unleashing his curiosity. He’s a maker, a tinkerer. His room
literally looks like a garage, littered with tools, make-shifts and workarounds.
In order to present him is a stark contrast to Andy, the good kid who plays
by the rules, I believe Sid’s ingenuity has been given
a bad rap. So next time you’re watching this
legendary film try to consider where Sid is coming from and his passion for making… which I, for one, respect!