Tag 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.


Toy Story 2

Directed by John Lasseter
Co-Directors:Lee Unkrich & Ash Brannon
Produced by Karen Robert Jackson & Helene Plotkin
Written by Andrew Stanton
Rita Hsiao
Doug Chamberlain
Chris Webb
Story:
John Lasseter
Pete Docter
Ash Brannon
Andrew Stanton
Colin Brady
Jimmy Hayward
Story Supervisors:
Dan Jeup
Joe Ranft
Starring Tom Hanks
Tim Allen
Joan Cusack
Kelsey Grammer
Don Rickles
Jim Varney
Wallace Shawn
John Ratzenberger
Wayne Knight
John Morris
Laurie Metcalf
Estelle Harris
Andrew Stanton
Music by Randy Newman
Cinematography Sharon Calahan
Editing by Lee Unkrich, Edie Bleiman & David Ian Salter
Studio Pixar Animation Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date November 24, 1999
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

I enjoyed watching Toy Story 2 even more that the original. Again there is some top notch animation from Pixar and the characters are warm and relatable. A lot of the time you forget that they are not real but are images on a screen.

Woody and Buzz are back and teaching the importance of friendship. I like the inclusion of Jesse the cowgirl, as voiced by Joan Cusack and Stinky Pete the Prospector, voiced by Kelsey Grammar.

Again it is a great film by Pixar with really lovable characters. It is very funny and is suspensful at the same time.


Toy Story

Directed by John Lasseter
Produced by Ralph Guggenheim & Bonnie Arnold
Written by John Lasseter
Pete Docter
Andrew Stanton
Joe Ranft
Joss Whedon
Joel Cohen
Alec Sokolow
Starring
Tom Hanks
Tim Allen
Don Rickles
Jim Varney
Wallace Shawn
John Ratzenberger
Annie Potts
John Morris
Laurie Metcalf
Erik von Detten
Music by Randy Newman
Editing by Robert Gordon & Lee Unkrich
Studio Pixar Animation Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date November 22, 1995
Running time 81 minutes
Country United States
Language English
It’s hard to believe that Toy Story is 15 years old. Woody, Buzz and the gang are still fresh after all that time. Now with Toy Story 3 being released today I thought that I would relive the first two adventures.

Toy Story was the first feature-length CGI animated film and unlike Dreamworks’ Shrek, it doesn’t feel dated at all. I think that this is the great thing about Pixar in that they don’t just concentrate on pop culture references or fart jokes (unlike Dreamworks) but actually create characters that an audience can care for and a story that is engaging. It’s a bit hard to review Toy Story as it is a film that almost everyone has seen and I am sure enjoys. There is a lot of great humour and the characters, such as Woody, have real emotions that we can really empathise with.


Shrek Forever After vs Toy Story 3

This month the two biggest animated feature films of the year are set to be released, with Shrek Forever After and Toy Story 3 coming out.I wonder which of these two films will come out on top in the battle of the animated movies. I personally think that Toy Story will easily be the better film but it will be interesting to see which one wins the battle of the box office.

Shrek Forever After

The last Shrek movie was a major disappointment, it was so boring that I almost fell asleep in the cinema watching it. In fact it became everything that the original Shrek film parodied, it was slow and dull, while the animation in all the Shrek films have been crude to say the least.

The biggest problem with Shrek the Third was the green ogre himself. He was just so moody and no fun at all that the only enjoyable parts of the film were the scenes in which he was not featured, where Puss, Donkey, Ginge and Pinocchio stole the show.

From what I’ve seen of the new trailers it looks as though Shrek has ditched the stupid baby ogres that sucked so much life out of the last film. The film looks to be an improvement but I don’t think it can live up to how good the original movie was.

Toy Story 3

It’s been eleven years since the last Toy Story film. In that time Pixar’s main rival Dreamworks has released four Shrek movies, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon. Pixar’s parent company Disney has gone back to making traditional 2D animated films after a lot of forgettable CGI films, while Pixar has made several well received films such as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall E and Up!. They also made Cars which while it may have been Pixar’s only critical failure, still has managed to make lots of money through an excess of merchandise. (I suppose Pixar has had to make up for the lack of merchandise that was available to support Up!)

Having seen the trailer it seems that there are more laughs in Toy Story 3 than in Shrek 4. I am really looking forward to this in a couple of weeks time.

My favourite Toy Story 3 trailer is the Groovin’ With Ken featurette.


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.