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Window shopping children watch as toy soldiers come to life and fight a war with all its unvarnished ferocity and horror.


Grant Munro


Margaret Wescott (scenario)
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A group of children are window shopping at a toy store display, particularly at the G.I. Joe toy display. There, before their eyes, the soldiers come to life and the whole scene shifts to an encampment with all the soldiers acting in their roles. What happens is that a battle is fought with all the violence, confusion and carnage that wars usually have, but it is still put into stark perspective as these dolls fight. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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May 1967 (France) See more »

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Still one of the most remarkably powerful films
3 November 2005 | by eolas_pellorSee all my reviews

I first saw "Toys" in 1966 or maybe 1967; I was 8 or 9, and very fond of my original G.I. Joes (the toy of the title). I can still recall the frisson created by the flame-thrower scene, and the power of the whole film. I saw the film again about 7 or 8 years later, as part of a film studies class, and I was still in awe of the power of the piece. Today, teaching film and video to high school students, I use "Toys" as part of a unit on war films; students still react.

The most remarkable thing is how short this short is. I fully expected, as an adult, for it to be in 15 - 20 minute range; it is a mere 8 minutes. Every second of the film is pregnant with potential; Grant Monroe did not waste a single shot in this NFB classic. The stop-action animation is very good -- right up there with some of the classic stop-action material of the 60s, and surprisingly "life like" considering the fixed facial expression of G.I. Joes, and their limited hand positions.

I give this film one of the highest ratings I have ever given, and I feel it earns every single star.

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