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"Richard J. Leskosky" <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 18 Dec 1995 16:15:40 -0600
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On Sunday, December 17, 1995, Irene Upshur wrote:
>Why did the producers and/or director of TOY STORY go to such visual lengths
>to make sure that the evil/dark "other" kid -- Sid--was depicted as being
Well, the short answer is that they didn't.
Sid is the next-door neighbor of Andy, the owner of Woody and Buzz, and
Andy obviously is not poor.  Sid lives in a two-story house, as does Andy,
and has his own room; the barbeque in his large backyard and the tree-lined
streets suggest a suburban middle-class neighborhood.  Sid can even afford
to order rockets through the mail.  His room is loaded with toys and
posters, and his toys are broken, not because they're old or second-hand
but because he delights in breaking them.
If Sid looks somewhat tattered and grubby, that's merely a punk or grunge
look (his own choice) and is reflected, if I recall correctly, in the
posters on his walls.
--Richard J. Leskosky
Richard J. Leskosky                     office phone: (217) 244-2704
Assistant Director                      FAX: (217) 244-2223
Unit for Cinema Studies                 University of Illinois
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