When it comes to the Toy Story trilogy, there is so much well-deserved praise when it comes to the great characters, the laughs, and that warm feeling you get when you watch it.
But how about the music?
I was in fourth grade when the original Toy Story hit the big screen, and (like the big dork I was and continue to be) was really excited when my best friend at the time bought me the movie soundtrack. Even though most of it was instrumentals and the vocals weren’t sung by someone flashy, I still loved listening to it.
Soundtracks were a way for me to relive the moments on the screen, before I could watch them over and over in the comfort of my own home.
While my favorite tunes from the first movie alternate between “I Will Go Sailing No More” + “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”, I can’t help but appreciate how the smart people at Pixar planted various versions of the latter song in each movie.
We have the classic sung by Randy Newman (who also wrote the music):
The adorable Wheezy (a.k.a. Robert Goulet) charming Andy’s room at the end of Toy Story 2:
The Latin version sung by the Gipsy Kings in Toy Story 3 as Buzz and Jessie tear up the floor:
I’m always going to favor the good old classic, but I can honestly say that I really enjoy how refreshing each version sounds. They all have their own distinct personality but still hold tight to the tradition of the first one.
Did you know this song lost both the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Song of the year? The winner was another Disney favorite — “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas. (Ah, another highlight of my childhood.)
So which one is your favorite? Do you get a little emotional when you hear “There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you / We stick together and can see it through / Cause you’ve got a friend in me”? Even after all these years, it’s hard not to…
That’s the sign of a winning song, for sure.