Okay, let’s get this out of the way right now and make us all feel a little older. TOY STORY is 26 years old. When we were doing our research we couldn’t believe it either, but we think the reason it feels so fresh and new, is simply because it is.
And now Disney and Pixar are presenting TOY STORY in a whole new way, for the first time in the UK in 2022 the movie is heading out on tour complete with a full live orchestra, and the great news is, the tour begins right here in South Wales.
A few facts about the movie first before we tell you how you can get tickets for this special event.
When Toy Story was released in 1995, this fully computer-animated film, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures was an instant, and worldwide hit. We weren’t to know at the time but it became the first instalment in the Toy Story franchise.
The trailer below is the original from 1995. Bear in mind when you watch it that we were in a world that had never seen, let anyone heard of a Toy Story movie.
As well as being the first entirely computer-animated feature film, it was actually the first feature film from Pixar. And the movie is packed with ‘firsts’. The film was directed by John Lasseter, in his feature directorial debut, he also came up with the story idea.
Joss Whedon, the guy responsible for Buffy The Vampire Slayer was one of the writers along with Andrew Stanton, who directed Finding Nemo, Joel Cohen, one of the Coen Brothers and Alec Sokolow who turned out Cheaper By The Dozen and Garfield The Movie.
The film is packed with memorable characters but unusually in an animation, it’s their distinctive voices which really make the movie. We all know Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear, but the rest of the voice talent is truly amazing. Don Rickles is Mr Potato Head, Wallace Shawn is Rex, but he is currently playing Dr Sturgess in Young Sheldon. John Ratzenberger is Ham and the list goes on and on.
We find it hard to believe that some people don’t at least know the Toy Story, but if not, it’s a simple one (ish). The movie takes place in a world where toys come to life when humans are not present, the mischief they get up to is hilarious, but actually it’s the relationship between an old-fashioned pull-string cowboy doll named Woody and an astronaut action figure, Buzz Lightyear, which is at the centre of it all. They start as rivals, competing for the affections of their owner, Andy Davis, to becoming friends who work together to be reunited with Andy after being separated from him.
We should just mention the music too, especially as the your next year will feature centre stage. American singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist Randy Newman, is responsible for that, and sings on the main song You’ve Got A Friend In Me.
You don’t often get to see Randy perform the song live so here’s our favourite clip from 2014 Hollywood in Vienna film music gala with the Radio Symphonic Orchestra Vienna.
The movie was produced by Bonnie Arnold and Ralph Guggenheim, and (little known fact) was executive-produced by Steve Jobs, the same guy responsible foe Apple. Steve was actually on the board for the Walt Disney Company which earned him an Executive Producer credit on the film.
TOY STORY IN CONCERT will be a very special evening and will feature a screening of the groundbreaking complete film with Oscar® and Grammy®-winning composer Randy Newman’s musical score performed live to the film. The film is presented by Senbla, and performed by the Novello Orchestra conducted by David Mahoney.
The orchestra are something a little bit special too and have a real South Wales Connection.
When David Mahoney hand picked a group of performers for a sell-out show dedicated to musical theatre at the stunning surroundings of the Wales Millennium Centre, little did he know that it would be the beginnings of a phenomenon that would perform with some of the biggest names in showbusiness.
The theatre (which we are all missing so much), is a real favourite venue for touring musicals and has become the orchestra’s spiritual home.
The orchestra has also become one of the world’s leading film music ensembles, performing a series of Film with Live Orchestra theatre, concert hall and arena tours across the UK and Ireland, including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Star Wars, Pixar in Concert, Grease and the Oscar-winning La La Land.
TOY STORY IN CONCERT kicks off its UK tour next year at St David’s hall in Cardiff on 10th February. Tickets go on general sale at the theatre in two days HERE, but if you want to be ahead of the game, you can get pre-sale tickets for the next 48 hours right HERE.