Episode 50

Toy Story

Here we are.... 50 episodes later! It's been a genuine delight to produce fifty episodes of this podcast and I wanted to do something special for #50.

There's no animated movie so ingrained in modern culture, so beloved by everyone and such a pioneer in modern animation than Pixar's Toy Story. But I didn't just want to tell the story of Toy Story, because the story of Pixar is integral to the story of Toy Story.

Pixar knew they wanted to make the first feature-length fully computer animated film. They knew they could do it. They just had to figure out how....

The whole creation of Toy Story was fraught with issues. It's remarkable it ever made it to the screen at all.

But it did, and look what it did.....

The early test animation for Toy Story, featuring a completely different character of Woody, can be found here

The Toy Story full length live-action remake can be found here

Whether this is your first episode listening or your 50th episode.... thanks for being here. I've really appreciated your support. Here's to the next 50 episodes (or infinity!) and beyond....!

I would love to hear your thoughts on Toy Story!


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About the Podcast

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Verbal Diorama
The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.

About your host

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Em .

Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

I mostly host solo, but often you'll hear my cat Jess in the background (she's 17 years old, and very loud!).

I love podcasts and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.