Friday, May 13, 2022

Headcanon: David Bowie's Toy Story

I just got back from a work trip to Vegas and I have a cold. So my brain is just addled enough to finally explain this idea I've had for 10+ years. I've been ranting and raving about this to anyone who will listen for so long, I don't even remember how I thought of it.

So here goes: Randy Newman did a fine job with the soundtrack to Toy Story. His songs are iconic and deep-seated in the minds of anyone who grew up in the '90s. But what if he didn't write the songs for the soundtrack? What if Disney and Pixar decided instead to go with the back-catalogue of legendary singer-songwriter David Bowie? I'm here to show you what an easy swap it could have been.

"You've Got a Friend in Me" becomes "Golden Years"
"Golden Years" acts as a perfect tonal match for the opening scene of Toy Story. Woody is living in the "golden years" in which he is Andy's favorite toy by far. Sure, there's no replacement for "You've Got a Friend in Me" but if there were, it would be "Golden Years." Start the Toy Story video and then immediately "Golden Years" for full effect. Don't forget to mute the Toy Story video. And of course, it would fade down as Woody lays on the bed.

"Strange Things" becomes "Changes"
Woody begins to see "Changes" in this scene. His world is turned upside down by what Randy Newman calls "Strange Things." "Changes" calls to mind the very literal changes in Andy's interests and therefore Woody's life. This time, start the Bowie song first, then click on the muted Toy Story video. This one would fade out just at the end of the Toy Story video, before another chorus begins.

"I Will Go Sailing No More" becomes "Space Oddity"
Buzz is a spaceman (or at least thinks he is), why would he "go sailing"? He wouldn't! "Space Oddity" captures his feelings of hopelessness as he discovers that he is a toy, while still calling back to his belief in genuine space roots. Start this one with the sound on for both videos. "Space Oddity" first, then the Toy Story scene. Mute the Toy Story video when the Al's Toy Barn logo appears on-screen. 

Everyone I've shown this to so far has been very surprised by the results and congratulated me by patting me on the head and telling me I'm not crazy. Promise. Anyway...that's all I've got. Tell me what you think in the comments.

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