||Toy Story Animated
||(Win95/98/3.1/Mac) (Retail) (TOYSTORYDR)
PIXAR Animation Studios / Disney
Ages: 3 to 9
3 1/2 stars (out of 4) San Jose Mercury News
85 from Family PC
A Reading Adventure that Will Take You to Infinity
Enter a wacky 3-D world where toys come to life. As you read along, it's up
to you to help Woody and Buzz escape from bad-boy Sid, catch the moving van,
and become best buddies. Every page is packed with surprises and gags, plus
music and 3-D graphics just like in the movie, for a non-stop reading adventure
worth getting all wound up about.
Read-along feature builds reading and vocabulary skills.
Fifteen story screens with hundreds of clickables provide hours of
exploration and loads of laughs.
Five exciting activities, including three with multiple levels,
improve problem solving and concentration skills.
Windows - 486-50MHz or faster processor, 8MB RAM and 10MB free disk
space, 256-color VESA, PCI or other local bus video, 8-bit sound card,
Microsoft Windows 95, 3.1 or later, double-speed (2x) CD-ROM drive, Microsoft
Macintosh - 68040 or faster processor, System 7.1 or later, 8MB RAM
(16MB RAM Power Macintosh), 640x480x256 color video display, double-speed (2x)
CD-ROM Today, March 1996
"Developed by Pixar, the same company that produced the eye-popping
animation for the film, the CD-ROM storybook is impressive. As you (or your
child) move through this disc, the toys will move with the same life and grace
they displayed on the big screen."
"Unlike previous Disney storybooks, Toy Story will integrate activities into
the story that help your children improve their reading, vocabulary, and logic
skills. Three of the four activities have multiple levels, so kids can advance
to another level as they master each of the activities."
San Jose Mercury News, Sunday, May 12, 1996
"'Toy Story' the CD-ROM, I'm happy to report, is just as fun and charming as
'Toy Story' the movie."
The CD-ROM "delivers almost everything that made the movie special. A
scaled-down version of the complex computer program that created the movie is
build into the CD-ROM, so the animation on screen looks as smooth and life-like
as the original.
"The developers have scattered new and interesting little scenes throughout
the CD-ROM. We learn, for example, that Buzz Lightyear is something of an
outer-space dancing fool, eager to show his boogie and ballet moves whenever
the music starts. And we see the versatile Mr. Potato Head yank out an arm and
use it to start a tape player, prompting Woody to also let loose with a few
"The CD-ROM unfolds through 15 on-screen storybook pages. Each page begins
with Hamm the piggy bank reading out loud the sentence or two of text shown on
the screen, a nice touch in helping younger children learn to read. Then the
characters act out a part of the plot, which centers around the competition
between Woody and Buzz to become their owner's favorite toy.
"Once the action is finished, children can point and click with the mouse to
trigger all kinds of actions. Click the firetruck and it races around in a
circle, or click Bo Peep to hear her romancing Woody."
"...But the storybook pages are so much fun that kids should enjoy many
trips through 'Toy Story.'"
Family PC, October 1996
"In this interactive story based on Disney's blockbuster movie Toy
Story, Woody, Buzz, and the gang are up to their old tricks - but now your
child can get into the action. Kids can explore 15 story screens that contain
hundreds of clickable surprises and plenty of amazing 3-D animation from the
feature film, plus some original animated scenes. If your child clicks on
Buzz's box, for example, he gets to unpack Buzz Lightyear and press all the
buttons on his uniform."
"Despite the brainteasing nature of the activites, testers thought Toy Story
overall a bit shy on educational value. But as a way to relive memorable
moments from the film, they felt it was a big hit.
"'The animation is pure Disney magic,' said Robert Prager from Babylon, New
York, the father of Ashley, age four. 'And using it my daughter improved her
mouse skills and word recognition.'"
PC Magazine, September 10, 1996
"But the real treats are the five games in the interactive story section. In
the Put-Away Game, the toys are in total disarray and it's up to your child to
place them on the shelves where they belong. This game has three levels: The
first asks your child to place the toys in their shadows, and in the other two,
Woody offers vocal instructions.
"The Crane Game is the most entertaining. It is your mission to be the
leader and savior of the extremely small aliens whose lives depend upon the
whims of the crane. This game will help your child with colors, counting, and
coordination. The Escape Plan, Woody's Scheme, and the Maze Game are also
kicks. So if your child just can't get enough of Toy Story, this CD will
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