THR’s 2010 Awards Watch Animators Roundtable

It’s award season, and The Hollywood Reporter has begun posting their series of roundtable discussions with the contenders. Earlier this month they posted an one-hour discussion between screenwriters Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), John Wells (The Company Men), Todd Phillips (Due Date) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole).

Today we get to watch/listen to the Animators roundtable, which includes Bonnie Arnold (producer, How to Train Your Dragon), Roy Conli (producer, Tangled), Bob Last (producer, The Illusionist), Tom McGrath (director, Megamind), Chris Meledandri (producer, Despicable Me) and Lee Unkrich (director, Toy Story 3).

Unfortunately, unlike the screenwriters roundtable, THR has decided not to put the entire video online. Instead they have given us three clips and have a full transcript of the roundtable online only for subscribers. You can still watch over ten minutes of the roundtable in selected clips embedded after the jump.
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Toy Story 3 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 2nd 2010 and Disney has given us an exclusive bonus clip from the release. The clip is entitled “Creating Spanish Buzz” from the bonus featurette Toys! It features animator Carlos Baena (an awesome guy who I’ve met previously, who in addition to working at Pixar is an animation mentor for aspiring animators) discussing the animation of Buzz in Spanish mode after he is reset at Sunnyside Daycare. There’s footage from the film of Buzz doing his flamingo dance, Carlos filming himself performing some of the poses and gestures for reference (which is quite funny, actually), director Lee Unkrich talking about Spanish Buzz, and footage from the animation test with Spanish Buzz and Jessie dancing. Watch the clip now embedded after the jump.
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If you read /Film regularly, you know my love for long form interviews where filmmakers are allowed to go deeper into the art of storytelling and moviemaking. This week Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich and screenwriter Michael Arndt appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. The 37-minute interview delves into a bunch of interesting subjects. For example, here is the story from Unkrich’s life which inspired the story in the film:

Years ago, my wife Laura and I were moving from one apartment to another and packing everything up. And about a month after we moved to our new place, Laura asked me if I’d seen her beloved stuffed animals, her childhood stuffed animals. And I said: What box were they in? And she said, well, they weren’t in a box. They were in a garbage bag. And my blood instantly ran ice cold because I realized exactly what had happened: I had thrown all of her stuffed animals away in the dumpster behind our building. So I feel terrible to this day that that happened, but I do hope that by immortalizing that moment in the movie, that they somehow have been immortalized themselves.

Arndt gives us a peek into the story development process, admitting that he turned in 60 drafts of the scene where the toys discuss being abandoned.

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I love crazy film theories, and try to from time to time, share them on the site. Let me first say, crazy film theories don’t have the be the hidden intention of the creator (be it screenwriter, director…etc), and might just be an alternative interpretation of the events. Actually, most times, it is nothing more than a creative interpretation. I always enjoy looking at films with a completely different interpretation, even when it is entirely invented.

That said, you should not read any further unless you have seen Toy Story 3, as it won’t make much sense if you don’t understand the story/plot references, and it will probably spoil important plot points from the film.

So if you’ve seen the movie, and are not afraid to consider a wacky film theory about how Toy Story 3 is really a story about the Holocaust, continue after the jump.

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When the Rotten Tomatoes twitter account announced that Toy Story 3 still had a 100% fresh rating with over 130 reviews and counting, I got excited. I’ve seen the movie twice now, and it deserves all the praise it has and will recieve. The reason I got excited is that it had the chance to become the best reviewed movie in the history of cinema (this according to Rotten Tomatoes of course, albeit still a milestone achievement).

I’m not going to debate the merits of the achievement — best reviewed film of all time doesn’t mean best movie of all time. Also, as we know Rotten Tomatoes is not based on a scale of enjoyment, just thumbs up or down. Meaning, the best reviewed film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes means the largest percentage of possitive reviews.

With 147 100% positive reviews, Toy Story 2 has held the coveted top slot for eleven years and counting. The film to come closest was the 2008 documentary Man On Wire — 100% fresh with 142 reviews, six short of the #1 slot. And how fitting would it have been to have the Pixar’s latest film, the third film in the trilogy, knock Toy Story 2 from the top of the mountain.

What happened? You guessed it. Armond White — the notorious contrarian movie reviewer for the alt-weekly New York Press. You might recall that White was the first critic to give Pixar’s last film Up a negative review. Whats worse, he gave Jonah Hex a positive review, a film which has been panned by critics and moviegoers (12% on Rotten Tomatoes with almost 90 reviews).

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Another Toy Story Film in June 2011?

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich revealed on MSN (and later confirmed on Twitter) that Toy Story 3 is not the last time we’ll see Buzz and Woody — and he’s not talking about the costumed characters at the Disney theme parks. Don’t worry Pixar fans, Disney is not pushing out another sequel — Toy Story 3 ends with a perfect conclusion to the trilogy, and I don’t expect to see another feature film any time soon (I’d say “ever,” but this is Disney…). But that doesn’t mean that Disney won’t release more adventures of Andy’s toys on the big screen in short film form…

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Toy Story 3

Earlier today I had the opportunity to watch an early unfinished cut of Lee Unkrich‘s Toy Story 3 and Teddy Newton‘s Pixar short film Day & Night. Due to the uncompleted nature of the feature film, we’ve been asked not to give a full formal review. Instead I’ve recorded a short spoiler-free video blog with Steve from Collider, embedded after the jump. I’ve also put some thoughts in type, after the jump.
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Toy Story 3 Trailer Easter Eggs Revealed

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The new trailer for Toy Story 3 hit the web yesterday. If you haven’t watched it yet, watch it now here! As you probably know, I’m an obsessive Pixar fanatic and love finding all of the little easter eggs that the animators/designers hide in the films. In the past we’ve taken a look at the easter eggs in Pete Docter‘s Up, Andrew Stanton‘s WALL-E and Brad Bird‘s Ratatouille. So I thought we’d take a look at the new trailer and see what easter eggs we could find (with the help of director Lee Unkrich‘s tweets).
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Disney will finally release a new trailer for Lee Unkrich‘s Toy Story 3 tomorrow, but if you can’t wait, a 30-second preview has shown up online. You can watch it now, embedded after the jump. I’ve also included some snapshots of some of the new toys that Woody, Buzz and the gang meet at the Daycare center.

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Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich is personally auctioning a bunch of rare/exclusive Pixar memorabilia to benefit Haiti earthquake victims. Here are the links:

If you have the money, its a good cause, and some items you’re not likely to find anywhere else. Lee will probably be posting more items in the coming days, keep checking his twitter or ebay account listings for updates.