The movie theater was the place to be back in 1995 (and Blockbuster too, obviously), as it was the year so many of your favorite films debuted. We're talking about everything from Pocahontas to Clueless and everything in between. Yes, you are that old. Want to feel even more ancient? Toy Story was released this year as well. We know, right? Since then, we've followed Woody, Buzz and the gang through Toy Story 2 and 3, and even watched our favorite astronaut in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins. All these years later, in case you haven't yet heard, we're being blessed with Toy Story 4, but don't get too excited yet. The release date is set for 2019, which is an aggressively long time away. Actual light years, to be exact. Also, is anyone else wondering if TS4 could get any more depressing than the last installment?
How much more can you put our fragile hearts through, Pixar?! Anyway. Deep breaths. Since 2019 is so far away, and many things can and will change from now until then, we decided to get a little nostalgic. In honor of the future film, we're taking a look at all of the things that were popular back when Toy Story was released. The year, as we said, was 1995. Selena Quintanilla had passed, Ace of Base and Boys II Men were popular, and Courtney Cox was People mag's Most Beautiful Person in the World. While you were busy watching the final season of Full House, the O.J. Simpson trial was making headlines. Read on to see what else was happening the year Toy Story came out in theaters.
1. Most Popular TV Shows. The number one show was E.R., followed by Seinfeld and Friends, according to Nielsen Media Research. That's just about as '90s as you can possibly get.
2. Most popular kids toys. If you were a '90s kid, you would remember the joy of trading Pogs, along with the agony of losing your favorites if you decided to 'play for keeps.' Another insane craze was Beanie Babies, which peaked as collectibles in this year.
3. The voice of Woody took home an Academy Award. The Tom Hanks classic Forrest Gump took home Best Picture in 1995. Hanks also won Best Actor in a Leading Role for his part in the film.
4. MTV was still playing music videos. The good old days. TLC's ultimate jam "Waterfalls" won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year.
5. Brad Pitt hadn't yet met Angelina Jolie. He was People's Sexiest Man Alive that year, however.
6. Everyone went nuts for the "Macarena." This viral dance trend happened long before any shaking of Laffy Taffy's or whipping of Nae Nae's.
7. Technology was on fire. Both eBay and Amazon debuted this year, and online shopping has never been the same. Oh, did we mention Match.com launched too? Thanks, 1995!
8. Kids shows were at peak weirdness. Gems like Goosebumps and Pinky and the Brain started up this year, according to IMDb. What a time to be alive.
9. Junk food would never be the same. In 1995 Pizza Hut introduced its coveted Stuffed Crust Pizza. The blue M&M was also rolled out, which replaced the tan (what?). Last but not least, the miracle that is the Starbucks Frappuccino was invented. Can you even imagine a time without them?
10. Hillary Clinton was the First Lady. While her hubby Bill was Mr. President.
My, how the tables have turned!