I guess the only thing left to talk about is, did the film rip off the Muppet film "The Christmas Toy". Come on lets be honest was the concept of Toys coming to life when no one's around really was invented by this special, I've seen many old cartoons and stories with that concept. In fact, Pixar got their idea from their short film "Tin Toy" and "Knick Knack" and even a little bit from their project before they became Pixar "The Brave Little Toaster". Yeah "The Christmas Toy" does go through replacement by another Toy but once again I think that concept has been done before and the story about replacement in this film is done different compared to "The Christmas Toy". The only concept that really stood out was being replaced by a Space Toy that actually thinks that toy is the real thing. Maybe an idea was probably hatched from that part of the special but to me I find that subplot to be done totally different such as the space toy is a robot and Buzz is a space ranger and comparing both plots, I feel Toy Story did the plot better and a lot different than the special. Maybe the creators got some inspiration from this special but so does many other films and I'm sure the special got inspiration from other films and stories as well. For example, a toy tiger that comes to life, I think we've seen that in "Winnie The Pooh". While giving my opinions on this controversy, I find the whole controversy pointless now since Disney owns the rights to the Muppets and on top of it the film is released as part of Disney as well.
With the controversy aside, it's still an important film made in film history, it still holds up as a computer animated classic, it's still memorable and on top of it, I think it's Pixar's best work.