Woody and Buzz are arguably two of the most popular characters Disney has created in decades. They’re friendly, they’re funny, they’re leaders and models of good behavior. Except, of course, when some crazy person them mods them into the world of Grand Theft Auto.
What follows isn’t for the faint of heart. There’s a strong possibility that seeing the stars of Toy Story blowing up police cars and shooting guns all with a terrifying smile on their face, could really screw you up. Or it’ll make you laugh. Check it out below. Read More »
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Real toys influenced the creation of Pixar’s debut feature, Toy Story, which led to a marketing bonanza of additional toys based on the characters in the movie. Now a couple of young guys have used those toys to create a live-action stop-motion remake of Toy Story, and the result is pretty endearing.
The Live Action Toy Story Project is the latest example of fans recreating their favorite movie property, but the unique nature of this one sets it apart slightly. For one, the fact that the main characters are all inanimate objects means that this remake can use the audio for the original film. That inks this recreation more closely to the original than most fan remakes. And the stop-motion and puppetry used to create most of the film is clearly the work of people new to the craft, but pretty charming because of the basic tricks used to make the scenes work.
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Seems like NASA is going to infinity and beyond with their latest space suits. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration just revealed a new prototype space suit, called the Z-1, and it bears a striking resemblance to the one worn by everyone’s favorite Space Ranger, Buzz Lightyear from Pixar’s Toy Story series. Check out the image below. Read More »
The latest Toy Story short, Partysaurus Rex, premiered recently in front of the 3D re-release of Finding Nemo, and just showed up on television this week, thanks to the Disney Channel. The short gives Rex the dinosaur a brief starring role, as he turns into an unlikely party maven when left alone with a new group of toys. Now you can watch the short online. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
The Toy Story franchise may be done with feature films (for now), but Pixar has ensured that their mega-successful series lives on in other ways. Like on the small screen, for example. Rex (Wallace Shawn) got his day in the sun last month with the short Partysaurus Rex, which premiered in front of last month’s Finding Nemo 3D rerelease and is slated to make its television debut tonight. In addition, it now looks like the gang will reunite again for Toy Story of Terror, a TV special due out next year. Read more about both titles after the jump.
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Rex the dinosaur gets to be the star, at last, of Pixar’s upcoming Toy Story short Partysaurus Rex, which debuts in front of Finding Nemo 3D on September 14. The short sees Rex, in the home of new owner Bonnie (as per the end of Toy Story 3) coming in to his own during and after bath time. That’s part of one first look, above, and there’s another rave-tastic image below. Read More »
How is it that a movie studio that produces kid’s films can be responsible for so many of the best films in cinema?
Twenty years ago, that question would be directed at Disney. Now it’s more likely to refer to Pixar, Studio Ghibli, or even Dreamworks of late. What is it about children’s entertainment that has, time and time again, managed to capture the hearts and minds of adults as much as it has their offspring?
Perhaps it’s a result of these films rekindling our lost sense of childlike wonder and naively adventurous spirit. Perhaps it’s their universally accessible narrative simplicity, always ready to charm away our worries with the awe-inspiring visual splendor through which these tales are so often told.
Whatever the case may be, with thirteen films under their belt, the Pixar formula is one that’s proven itself to leave a lasting impression, transporting us to spectacular, gorgeously rendered and thoughtfully defined worlds — second only to the passionately heartfelt and funny stories of family and friendship embedded within.
What’s more, Pixar is able to achieve this mixture while emboldening children to think for themselves; to challenge the status quo; to recognize their true potential, as well as their limitations. As fun and charming and pretty as Pixar’s films are, it’s the complex ideas and emotions they explore that makes them truly special, affording youths the opportunity to confront the realities of the world around them in a way they can understand and cope with. While everyone else is content to pander to kids, Pixar knows that the best way to communicate with children is to treat them as equals.
But equality is not a trait shared by the current roster of Pixar films. Despite the technical virtuosity on full display with every production, it takes a lot more than stunning animation to make a film great, and that’s not a balance that Pixar always strikes — at least not recently. At one point it may have seemed like the studio could do no wrong, but that was a short-lived romantic notion, and hardly one that merits much deliberation. No, far more instructive would be to scrutinize their missteps in conjunction with their successes, and try to determine what exactly it is that makes any one of their works richer than the other. After all, what better way to understand what makes a story great than to study the best? Read More »
This weekend saw the release of Pixar’s latest film, Brave, a movie that easily won the weekend, garnering an overall “A” CinemaScore from appreciative audiences. Still, at only 74 percent on RottenTomatoes (Pixar’s second worst), and a 7 out of 10 from Germain Lussier, it is clear there is a bit of room for dissent.
Out there in audience-land, did you notice something a little “off” about Brave? Perhaps there are lessons that can be learned, or conversations to engage in?
To provide some context, and on the off chance we have completely different taste, here are my top five Pixar efforts:
3. Toy Story
4. Finding Nemo
5. Monsters, Inc.
Until now, the only Pixar film I flat out didn’t enjoy was Ratatouille, though I admit to only having seen it once, and folks say I’d like it much more if I were to re-visit. Even Cars 2 had redeeming qualities. I can truly say I’ve never found a Pixar film entirely lacking, and that statement includes Brave. There’s no question the film had amazing visuals, setting a new standard for excellence within the animation genre. Unfortunately, the story lacked a bit of … what’s the word I’m looking for? Ooomph. As such, I’m compelled to break down where I feel the problems were, if only to restore everyone’s favorite animation house to the glory they so richly deserve.
One final note, just to head off the obligatory “comparing Brave to the rest of Pixar’s work isn’t entirely fair” argument, we’re in complete agreement there. It’s not fair, and in many ways Pixar’s own ambition and commitment to excellence have raised the bar for all movies. So no, Brave isn’t a bad movie on merit, it’s merely an average one, which animation houses make all the time without compelling anyone to write a 3,000 word article on the subject. But within the greater context of Pixar’s previous work, Brave does come up short, and I think we’ve got a bead on the reasons why.
Note: Massive SPOILERS follow, naturally.
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