- 2 hr 1 min
Toys is a 1992 comedy-drama film directed by Barry Levinson and stars Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, and Joan Cusack. The film takes place in a toy-making factory owned by the Leland family where Leslie Zevo (Robin Williams) is the heir to the company after the death of his father. The factory is an eccentric and colorful place, filled with weird and wacky inventions.
Leslie's uncle, Leland Zevo (Michael Gambon), is given control of the company and he decides to use the factory to create real military weapons, believing that he is improving the world. Leslie, along with his sister Alsatia (Joan Cusack) and his love interest Gwen (Robin Wright), aim to stop Leland and prevent him from using their toy-making factory to build weapons of war.
The film follows Leslie as he tries to find ways to stop his uncle from turning the factory into a place of violence and destruction. Along the way, Leslie and his friends team up with some of the toy factory's loyal workers, including a security guard who has a camera that shoots out boxing gloves, and an artist who makes giant balloon animals.
As the movie progresses, Leslie, Alsatia, and Gwen hatch a series of plans to stop Leland's military takeover, including creating their own toys to compete with the weapons Leland produces. Each toy they create has a fun and unique design, and include everything from musical instruments to life-sized paper airplanes.
Throughout the film, Robin Williams' character brings his trademark energy and humor to the screen, lighting up every scene he's in. Williams portrays Leslie as a man-child with a pure heart, who believes in the power of imagination and creativity.
In contrast to Williams' character, Michael Gambon's portrayal of Leland is cold and calculating, a businessman who thinks only of power and control. Gambon brings a sinister edge to the movie, making the audience root for Leslie and his friends to triumph against Leland's evil schemes.
The film's special effects are impressive for its time, with imaginative and intricate designs for the various toys and weapons shown on screen. The film was also notable for its use of stop-motion animation, which added a sense of whimsy and creativity to the film's already fantastical world.
The movie's themes of imagination and creativity vs. war and destruction are still relevant today, and the film's message of the power of creativity and imagination to overcome violence and hate still resonates strongly.
Overall, Toys is a delightful and imaginative film that combines humor, drama, and action into a captivating story. With its memorable characters, charming storyline, and impressive visuals, Toys is a must-watch for Robin Williams fans and anyone who loves a good family-friendly comedy.
Toys is a 1992 kids & family movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 1 minute. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.1 and a MetaScore of 40.