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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VOTD: Pixar’s Studio Stories

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One of my favorite new features of the new Blu-ray releases of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 is a series of bonus features called “Studio Stories”. The short films feature animated reenactments of interesting or funny stories that took place during the making of the two films. From the original Pixar animation building which had toys sticking out of the ceiling, to what happened when Toy Story 2 got accidently deleted, to John Lasseter’s crappy car, to an Art Director who quits the company every year on April 1st. I was able to find a few of the videos online, you can watch them embedded after the jump. Pick up Toy Story and Toy Story 2 on Blu-ray to see them all.

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Chilean-based graphic designer Juan Pablo Bravo put together an awesome infographic showing “100 pixar characters” with their estimated sizes. While it is not perfect (For example, I think Flick from A Bug’s Life is a few times bigger than a normal ant), the graphic gives you a good idea of how most of the Pixar characters measure up.

Bravo created this piece of awesomeness without the help/assistance/encouragement of Pixar, as a personal exercise. It features characters from all of Pixar’s productions — both the short films and the feature films. It even features some of the new toys from the yet-to-be-released Toy Story 3. Check out the full poster after the jump. Click on the image to enlarge.

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POTD: Real-Life Buzz Lightyear

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You may have seen Pixeloo’s real life renderings of famous animated characters floating around the interwebs: Mario from Super Mario Brothers, Homer from The Simpsons, and Jessica Rabbit from Robert Zemeckis’ Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Brazilian 3D artist Raoni Nery has created an untooned version of Buzz Lightyear from Pixar’s Toy Story films. See the full concept rendering, after the jump.

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Toy Story/Toy Story 2 Blu-Ray Trailer

As you probably know by now, Disney is set to finally release Pixar’s Toy Story and Toy Story 2 on Blu-ray on March 23rd 2010. Disney has since released a trailer promoting the release, which can be watched after the jump. And for those who want to pre-order, Amazon is offering both Toy Story and Toy Story 2 for $24.99 each, 38% off the suggested retail price. Also after the jump, I’ve included the previously released information about the special features included on the discs.

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The first sign of the first two Toy Story films drawing near on Blu-ray was a listing on Danish retailer Laserdisken‘s site, offering up a March release date. Word about this bubbled about, then pretty soon after I saw that the BBFC had certified the new special features for the Toy Story 2 disc (for some reason, the first film is still outstanding). Next the discs started appearing on the websites of US retailers, as reported by BluRay.com, even including what would appear to be cover art. The release date appears to be set for March 23rd – for now, anyway.

After the break, a list of all known special features on the discs – which includes some Toy Story 3 material – an also a first look at the Art of Toy Story 3 book.

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(Above: A sliver of one more Toy Story 3 character poster, this one from over at MSNBC)

The Toy Story 3 media blitz continues! More and more, it seems that filmmakers are taking to Twitter to make major announcements, or just to share some cool stuff about the movies they’re working on. Today, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich used the micro-blogging service to announce a few tidbits about the upcoming sequel to the Pixar classics. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the pitfalls and opportunities of corporate sponsorship, speculate on some plot possibilities for Kill Bill 3, and Devindra and Jeff try and fail to Curb Their Enthusiasm for Friday Night Lights. Jeff Cannata is our special guest this evening, joining us from the Totally Rad Show.

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Having seen the newly dimensionalised Toy Story myself I simply have to tell you to go out this weekend and check it out. If you’re in the UK, like me, you’ll only have the first film available to you; those of you in the US will have a double bill of both 1 and 2. I can’t tell you how jealous I am. And I’m not alone in this enthusiasm – both Peter and David have recently made their excitement for the films clear.

After the break, a fun, retro-styled trailer for the double bill that segues very smoothly into a clip. It’s a brilliantly chosen sequence that, despite being presented here in 2D by necessity, should go a long way to helping you imagine the 3D potential of these movies.

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