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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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Walt Disney Records
(June 21st, 1995)

Walt Disney Records
(July 10th, 2015)
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All albums are regular U.S. releases. A remastered album with identical contents to the 1995 version was released on March 27th, 2001.
The song "You've Got a Friend in Me" and the score were both nominated for Academy Awards. That song was also nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... on the original album if you desire the affable songs from the film and can overlook the inconsistencies of style and structure that exist in the highlighted arrangement of the slapstick underscore.

Avoid it... if Randy Newman's fluffy, optimistic songs and scores seem childish and repetitive to you no matter the context, in which you should especially avoid the longer 2015 presentation that is recommended only for Newman collectors.
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WRITTEN 9/23/03, REVISED 11/28/15
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 traditional studio formula for Pocahontas. Executives originally had assumed that Toy Story would also follow that lead, featuring several instances in which the toys would sing. Director John Lasseter absolutely refused such a notion, however, and a compromise was reached when it was determined that songs could be used to described the emotional bonds in the picture without requiring the characters themselves to sing. To chart a new route away from the musical formula, 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. His source music for The Natural and other projects had particularly caught their attention. 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 main song for Monsters, Inc. six years later.

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Average: 3.64 Stars
***** 214 5 Stars
**** 79 4 Stars
*** 93 3 Stars
** 68 2 Stars
* 55 1 Stars
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Nicolas Rodriguez Quiles - September 2, 2004, at 4:39 p.m.
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I never liked this one
Pogel Adler - May 10, 2004, at 8:27 a.m.
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Audio Samples   ▼
1995 Album Tracks   ▼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)
2015 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 87:50

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The insert of the 1995 album includes lyrics, but has no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2015 "Legacy Collection" features extensive notation about both, as well as lyrics, lists of performers, and production sketches.
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