Picks and Pans Review: Toy Scouting
The gang from Andy's room is as delightfully witty as ever in the new Toy Story interactive storybook CD-ROM (Disney Interactive/Pixar, $35). Narrated by Cheers alum John Ratzenberger, reprising his movie role as piggy bank Hamm, the disc enhances scenes from the movie with several games (tots can try their hands at the arcade-style Crane Game or mastermind Buzz and Woody's escape from the sadistic Sid). But the CD-ROM's best feature is its freewheeling humor, and almost every mouse click leads to a hilarious new sight gag or wisecrack. Don Rickles, Annie Potts, Wallace Shawn and Jim Varney once again lend their voices, though Tom Hanks's brother Jim subs as cowboy Woody, and a Tim Allen soundalike handles spaceman Buzz. The folks at Pixar, who won an Oscar for the movie's 3-D computer models, used the same models to create the CD-ROM's peppy animation—a grueling task. Game producer Leo Hourvitz even began having Toy Story dreams. "A couple of times I found myself in Andy's room," he says, sighing. "It's been a long year."
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