Category Archives: Pixar

Toy Story 3

Directed by Lee Unkrich
Produced by Darla K. Anderson & John Lasseter (Executive)
Nicole Paradis Grindl (Associate)
Written by Michael Arndt
Starring
Tom Hanks
Tim Allen
Joan Cusack
Ned Beatty
Don Rickles
Michael Keaton
Wallace Shawn
John Ratzenberger
Estelle Harris
John Morris
Jodi Benson
Emily Hahn
Laurie Metcalf
Blake Clark
Music by Randy Newman
Editing by Ken Schretzmann
Studio Pixar Animation Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date June 18, 2010
Running time 103 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

The final adventure of Woody, Buzz and the gang is undoubtedly their best yet and I think is the best film that Pixar has made. I think that Pixar has raised the bar with TS3, especially with the personality of their characters. They connect with the audience in a way that other animated characters… even live action characters… are unable to. They have such a great depth that when they are in very real danger towards the climax of the film that many in the audience are weeping and blubbering like babies (shut up… I had something in my eye).

The film starts a bit slowly as we are re-introduced to the gang and they get us up to speed on what has happened since we last met. There is a lot of comedy, especially when the toys go to Sunnyside and we meet Ken, who is the funniest character in the film, but towards the end of the film things get serious and the toys are in very real danger of becoming a melted blob. It is here that you notice just how good this film is because you have become emotionally attached to a bunch of animated toys. The film has a lot of emotional depth, more than even your average live action film, and the toys, especially Lotso the strawberry huggin’ bear, have issues that have caused them to choose their life’s role. (I hope this makes sense)

Basically you should really see this film.

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Up

Directed by Pete Docter & Bob Peterson
Produced by Jonas Rivera, John Lasseter & Andrew Stanton
Written by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter & Thomas McCarthy
Starring Edward Asner
Christopher Plummer
Jordan Nagai
Bob Peterson
Music by Michael Giacchino
Studio Pixar Animation Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date May 29, 2009 (2009-05-29)
Running time 96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Up is the latest film by Pixar and it is certainly their best yet. It is simply a wonderful film that both adults and children will enjoy immensely. Of course this is what separates Pixar from their contemporaries, in that they can make animated movies that are much more sophisticated in their plot and characterisations than the others and even many live action films.

The unlikely hero of Up is Carl, an elderly gentleman who finds out after his wife dies that life has past him by and that he never achieved any of the dreams that he had as a child. This is a far cry from the talking animals and fart jokes that other animation studios often use, and this is what separates Pixar from the rest, in that they are able to think outside the box and experiment and do something unexpected. Other studios make films just to sell merchandise and toys, but Pixar took a gamble. No toy company took the risk of bringing out Up merchandising because they wrongly thought that no-one would want to see an animated film about an old man. Thankfully they were all wrong.

I also liked the visual aspect of Up. The colours are wonderful and the depth and look of the backgrounds look spectacular. Just the visual aspect of seeing Carl’s house attached to the balloons and floating in the sky is very cool looking.

This is the best film that I watched from 2009 and certainly the best film that I have watched this month so far. Pixar shows that there is someone making incredible, thoughtful movies now and not just the mindless crud that usually comes out of Hollywood.

Up should be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards but it won’t be because it’s animated. There is an undoubted bias against animated films by the Academy which is why only Beauty & The Beast has ever been nominated for best picture. Up contains a warmth and heart not found in many films these days.

* I must make a note that I have only just made my self-imposed deadline of a post a day by 30 minutes. I thought that this was going to be one that I did not get online in time due to a busy, demanding day.

* Sorry that my words do not do any justice to this brilliant film. I wish I could articulate better how much I loved this movie.