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Friday Featured Track

by Brandy McDonnell Published: October 31, 2008

The song that has been in my brain the most this week:

- “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” by Randy Newman and Lyle Lovett, from the soundtrack to the 1995 animated movie “Toy Story.”

I’ve blogged before about my younger son Gabe, who will be 2 at the end of November, and his abiding love for the Pixar movie “Toy Story.” When it came time to choose his Halloween costume, there were really only two options: Woody or Buzz.

We decided to go with Buzz, whom Gabe got to meet over the summer at Disney World, and since the costume arrived earlier this week via FedEx, our family been eagerly anticipating Halloween so we could dress him up as the space ranger.

When it came time to don the costume this evening, Gabe was so intent on gazing at the picture on the package insert we could barely get him dressed. Once he was in the suit, he stared in delight in the mirror as I snapped several pictures.

Since his daddy was feeling ill, I took our little Lightyear trick-or-treating around our Del City neighborhood, where he was consistently greeted with big smiles and declarations of his cuteness. With just a little prompting, he would proudly pat his chest and inform them he was “Busszz.”

With all the excitement surrounding the Buzz Lightyear outfit, plus our usual multiple screenings per week of “Toy Story,” the theme to the movie has been going through my head over and over. Gabe likes it when I sing it to him, and I just enjoy his boundless joy over something as small as an animated spaceman.

We’ll be going to a big Halloween party Saturday night at a friend’s home, and Gabe will get another chance to be Buzz. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up wearing the costume many more times before he eventually – and all too quickly – outgrows it.

Happy Halloween!


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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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