Toy Story introduced me (us) to Woody the cowboy back in 1995. It was the first fully computer-animated, full-length movie in cinematic history, and it captured our imaginations. I never would have thought while watching Toy Story for the first time back in 1995 that one day, 18 years later, at the age of 31, that I would buy a Woody figurine for my 2 year old son. However, today I did just thought. And the first thing he wanted to do when we got home was watch Toy Story.
There are things in life that act a lot like mile markers: they are a reference point to where you have been, where you presently are, where you're headed, and the memories that are accumulating. It seems silly to see Woody and think such a thing, but for me it was pretty profound to consider today. I watched something that captured my imagination nearly 2 decades ago capture my son's imagination as well. This is the beauty and the joy of art and creativity; it transcends generations and impacts us all.
Tip of the hat to you, Woody.