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Falling, With Style

Have you ever seen the movie Toy Story? Two of the main characters are Woody, a 1950s style cowboy action figure, and Buzz Lightyear, a spanking new spaceman action figure who comes into the playroom as a birthday gift to Andy, the little boy to whom the toys belong. Buzz has wings, and Buzz believes he can fly " to infinity, and beyond!". Woody is the naysayer. "You're a toy! Toys can't fly." So what does Buzz do. He dives into the emptiness, and through a series of 'coincidences', flies to another part of the room. Woody, staid, steady Woody, says That's not flying. That's falling...with style.

Buzz and Woody are inside all of us. Woody is that old, comfortable self that keeps us safe, secure, warm. Woody makes sure we eat our breakfast, take our vitamins, get up for work, go to school. Woody gives us the framework of our lives so we know where we stand.

Buzz, though, Buzz looks out and sees the possibilities in front of us. He sees the adventure that lies all around. He knows that when we jump into empty space, we are still held, aided in our flight to our dreams. Buzz may enter our lives through a book, a blog post, a movie. He maycome as an inspiration as we lay in bed at night to sleep, or a feeling that comes out of nowhere as we watch a child in the street.

Buzz and Woody don't start out as the best of friends. Woody thinks Buzz is out there, believing unrealistic delusions and fantasies. Buzz thinks Woody is earthbound, unable to see reality. They squabble. They fight. But as time goes on they find they have to cooperate and work together. Once Buzz pops his head in your door, Woody finds that things can't go back to the way they used to be.

Late in the movie, with assistance from a toy rocket, Buzz actually does fly and takes Woody with him. Woody says "Buzz! You're flying!" Buzz replies "This isn't flying. This is falling with style!" Get Woody and Buzz working together, and you may fall, but you'll fall into the sky.

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  • Y'know Rick, I'd never have figure that out (our innerself) until you mentioned. And I love the way you draw it from movies.

    Til this day, Toy Story remains one of my favorite movies especially with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as voice animators.

  • Good morning, Renee!

    Any time we show a movie, I run it nine times over the course of a weekend. Films we like, we buy for home. Toy Story is in that category. Animated films today are so much more than cartoons used to be. They're real stories, told for us adults as well as children. In many ways they touch us more effectively than real life movies. Toy Story is one of the best.

    As far as the meaning goes, I think it's rather like Through the Looking Glass

    'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone,' it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.'

    'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.'

    'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master - that's all.'

    Shrek is another one on my favorites list. Did you know they're making a third one?

  • Animated films today are so much more than cartoons used to be.

    I second that! Although I still enjoy watching Tom and Jerry once in a while.

    You serious! There will be a Shrek 3? You can't believe how hard I laughed when I watch the first Shrek. I love that Donkey!

  • I'm making waffles!

    Yep! Shrek the Third. We had a trailer for it a couple of weeks ago. Can an ogre be the king of Far, Far Away?

  • See, I can fly! A flying donkey. :)

    I guess we'll have the answer when we watch Shrek the Third! From what I see on the trailer, it might as well be since it looks like there will be a baby ogre.

    I'm not sure it will as good as the first one.

  • I can't decide which I like the best: Shrek, Monsters Inc or Toy Story. Perhaps Chicken Run is my favourite - can I have four??

  • I'm a noble steed!

    We can't have any arbitrary limits on how many favorites we have. Don't forget Ice Age, with the inimitable Scrat. :-)

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