Toys and cinema, a long love story!

Toys surround us, they are everywhere! The fact that they are essential in our life is not to be proven anymore. They help children to develop and realize their imagination. As adults, they remind us of our childhood. Have you ever been surprised, during a moment of distraction, to play with a toy found in a cardboard box at the bottom of an attic? Some people even collect them! Hollywood has understood the power of toys. As proven by the myriad of movies featuring famous toys. Small overview : 

‘Pinocchio’ (1940)

Ranked as the #1 greatest animated movie by Time magazine in 2011, Pinocchio involves Geppetto, a woodcarver and Pinocchio’s creator who wishes for him to become alive. Once the wooden boy comes to life, he longs to see the world and dreams of on day becoming a real boy.

‘Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ (1964)

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the longest running Christmas TV special in history, sees Hermey the elf and Rudolph the reindeer running away, because they are considered outcasts among their peers.

Their adventure takes them to the “Island of Misfit Toys”, a sanctuary for defective and unwanted toys. It’s unclear as to whether or not the toys are alive because of magic or some other entity, but when an Abominable Snow Monster is part of your universe, all rules kind of go out the window. 

‘Child’s Play’ (1988)

The franchise is responsible for the creation and rise of Chucky the homicidal doll. It has since spawned five sequels. In the original, the doll is brought to life after a serial killer, Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) uses voodoo to transfers his soul into a “Good-Guy” doll.

‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ (1995)

Based on Lynne Reid Banks’s novels, Indian in the Cupboard is the story about Omri (Hal Scardino) discovering that the cupboard he received for his birthday can magically bring toys to life. 

‘Toy Story’ Trilogy (1995; 1999; 2010)

Pixar’s most recognizable franchise stars Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen); however, they didn't start out as friends. In the original movie, Woody feels threatened when the space ranger becomes his owner Andy's latest toy. 

‘Small Soldiers’ (1998)

Outranked only by the Toy Story trilogy, Small Solider is the fourth highest-grossing “Toys Come to life” movie. The film sees military contractor Globotech get into the toy business, with their microchips areused to bring action figures to life. When Chip Hazard (Tommy Lee Jones) and the rest of the Commando Elite take their mission to destroy the peace loving Gorgonites too seriously, it’s a war zone for all involved including the human owners. 

‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’ (2007)

Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) is looking to pass on his magical toy store to his trustworthy assistant Mahoney (Natalie Portman) a bright albeit self-doubting aspiring pianist. Throughout the film, the toys respond both positively and negatively to the news of Mr. Magorium leaving. Jason Bateman also starred as Henry Weston, Mr. Magorium's accountant. 

‘9’ (2009)

Produced by Tim Burton, 9 is the post-apocalyptic tale in which machines decide to wipe humanity. Humanity’s salvation is found in a rag doll called 9 (Elijah Wood). The Scientist uses alchemy to bring nine rag dolls known as “Stichpunks” to life by transferring his soul into them. 

‘Winnie the Pooh’ (2011)

The famous red-shirted, honey-loving teddy bear is based on the works of A.A. Milne, which were inspired by his son Christopher Robin Milne and his stuffed animals. The numerous movies and television series imply that the adventures Pooh Bear and Co. take place in Christopher Robin’s imagination. Pooh got the big screen treatment in 2011 with Jim Cummings voicing the silly old bear.

‘The Lego Movie’ (2014)

Emmett (Chris Pratt), a seemingly normal Lego figure, is prophesied as the only one who can save the world from Lord Business (Will Ferrell). Although the movie takes place in a child’s imagination, it can be argued that Emmett is alive when we see him rock himself back-and-fourth off a table.