The ‘Toy Story’ series are about a gang of toys that comes to life when their master Andy is out of his room. It is one of the most famous animation films produced by Walt Disney and Pixar. Also, it is loved by people all over the world, regardless of their age. This summer, Woody the cowboy, Buzz Lightyear the space-ranger, and rest of the gang members were back! In the third movie, they worry about being abandoned by Andy, who is grown up and heads off to college.
The whole gang, except Andy, is supposed to be kept in an attic but they are mistakenly taken to the daycare center. They are played with harshly by mischievous kids and cannot escape the place because of Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear, who is in charge of all the toys in the center. Even though it is an animated film, there is a lot to learn from the conversations between the toys. Let’s look at some of the practical dialogues from the movie:
Toys: Well…that went well. Oh, he actually held me! This is just sad, who we kidding? The kid is now seventeen years old! We ain’t ever getting played with.
Woody: Whoa... Uh guys, hey 1 hold on. We need a staff meeting. Everyone, a staff meeting!
Hamm: Ah...not again.
Woody: Oh, come on. Slinky, gather everyone up.
Slinky Dog: We are gathered Woody.
Woody: Ok. First off, we all knew2 operation play time was a long shot.
Mr. Potato Head: More like a3 miss fire!
Woody: But we’ve always said this job isn’t about getting played with. It’s about...
Jessie: 4 Being there for Andy, we know!
Rex: We can try it again, right?
Woody: I’m 5 calling it guys...we’re closing-up shop!
Woody: Andy’s going to college any day now. That was our6 last shot!
The idiom “a long shot” means an attempt or a guess which you do not expect to be successful but which is worth trying. Here is an example dialogue of using this idiom:
A: Do you think we can have this project done by this evening?
B: It’s going to be a long shot. 그건 가능성이 희박한 일이다.
A: Oh, what should we do?
Andy: Woody…he’s been my7 pal for as long as I can remember. He’s brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind and smart... but the thing that makes Woody special is he’ll never give up on you, ever! He’ll be there for you no matter what. You think you can take care of him for me?
The idiom “give up” has two representative meanings. In this situation, it means to stop trying to do something, usually because it is too difficult. Another meaning is to stop doing or having something that is not good for your health. Here is an example:
A: Do you think she can handle those situations?
B: She’ll never give up under any circumstances.
어떠한 일이 있어도 그녀는 포기하지 않을 것이다.
A: I really hope she will!
Although watching animation often makes you feel like you have become a child again, it is also one of the best ways to learn English. This is because these movies deal not only with simple and easy language, but also most dialogues are practical and used in everyday life. Pay closer attention to the conversations and words used in cartoons or animated movies, then you would be more likely to understand and use easier and daily conversations in English.
- hold on : used to ask somebody to wait or stop for a short time
- operation : When a rule, system, or plan comes into operation or you put it into operation, you begin to use it.
- miss fire : the noun form of the verb ‘misfire’ (cf. misfire : If a plan misfires, it goes wrong and does not have the results that you intend it to have.)
- be there for somebody : be available if somebody wants to talk to you or if they need help
- call it (a day) : decide to stop doing something, especially something you have been doing for a long time
- last shot : ‘shot’ means if you give something your best shot, you do it as well as you possibly can. So in the conversation, ‘last shot’ means they tried for the last time to achieve something.
- pal : a friend