Week 15: Toy Story 3 (2010)

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This is only my second, maybe third, time watching this movie. I have to say though – I thoroughly enjoy it!  It’s classic Disney magic with the epic Pixar animation that I love so much.  There are so many memorable scenes, from Hamm playing the harmonica while they’re all locked up in jail to Ken modelling his clothes for Barbie, the incredible special appearances by Mr. Tortilla Head and Spanish Buzz, to the final scenes where the toys all hold hands facing the fire at the dump, Andy’s mom says goodbye (just try not to bawl!) and Andy introduces Bonnie to the whole gang.

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Plot Summary: The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home. (www.imdb.com)

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Fun Facts (From www.imdb.com):

An early version of Lotso can be seen in Toy Story (1995) during the staff meeting. Woody asks if the toys “up on the shelf can hear” him, and we see a shot of a big, pinkish bear. John Lasseter wanted to use Lotso in the original Toy Story, but PIXAR had troubles getting the fur right.

For Big Baby’s one line for the entire movie (“Mama”), the crew had a lot of babies audition by recording them saying the line. The baby that was chosen was named Woody. In fact, the director joked that was the reason why they chose that baby.

By the time Toy Story 3 (2010) was made, Pixar animators had figured out how to animate things like water and fur. Although being able to realistically animate fur was originally a concern for Toy Story 3 (2010) animators, the real animation challenge was trying to animate the trash bags in the movie. Because trash bags have special properties such as how it reflects light, animators spent weeks trying to get the trash bags correct.

The first sequel to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar without any of its predecessors being nominated.

The first Pixar film to be released in IMAX theaters.

Favourite Character: Bonnie

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Favourite Songs:

“You Got a Friend in Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-gtO7vzFo4

y en español https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7OJ4id4oIA

Quotable Quotes:

We’re going into attic mode, folks!

C’mon, let’s go see how much we’re going for on eBay.

“This is no time to be hysterical.” “It’s the perfect time to be hysterical!”

Ah heck, you don’t know me from G.I. Joe.

Want some coffee? It’s good for ya, but don’t drink too much or you’ll hafta….you’ll hafta…be right back!

F.A.O. my Schwartz!

Hey! No one takes my wife’s mouth except me.  Give it back, ya furry air freshener!

Sunnyside is a place of ruin and despair, ruled by an evil bear who smells of strawberries.

You’re not a toy. You’re an accessory. You’re a purse with legs.

You can’t hit each other! That’s my job!

I feel fresh, healthy. It’s terrible.

Yes, I’m back. Where have I been?

I’m going away now, but I need someone really special to play with them.

The thing that makes Woody special is he’ll never give up on you. Ever.

So long, partner.

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Final Thoughts:

This almost beats Toy Story as my favourite movie of the franchise.  In 2018, we’ll get to see the story continue when Toy Story 4 comes to theaters. I can’t wait; can you?

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5 Mickeys out of 5:

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Next Week’s Movie: Inside Out

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Week 14: Toy Story 2 (1999)

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As I watched this movie this week, I was surprised to discover I hadn’t seen it in its entirety before. I’ve watched bits and pieces here and there many times when I’ve found it on TV, but this was the first time watching all the way through – including the hilarious bloopers that I discovered in the credits!  As I talked about planning to watch this for this week’s blog, a lot of people told me that this was their favourite movie in the entire Toy Story series – and I’ve got to say I’m kind of with them!  From Buster “keeping it casual” as he takes Woody out to the yard sale to the little dentist chair the Cleaner uses to fix Woody in and from Buzz smacking into a sliding glass door and the stolen baggage cart sitting in the street in front of Andy’s house at the end – it’s an excellent movie start to finish.  I’ll definitely watch it over and over from now on.

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Plot Summary: When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends vow to rescue him, but Woody finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting.  (www.imdb.com)

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Fun Facts ( From www.imdb.com):

When Andy is playing with Woody in the beginning of the movie, he uses “RC” via his remote to launch Buzz out of a box. RC’s remote was left on the road in the final chase scene of Toy Story 1 and was not recovered.

This is one of three Disney movies to win a Golden Globe for Best Picture. The other two are Beauty and the Beast (1991) and The Lion King (1994).

At one point, while the toys are at Al’s Toy Barn, Mr. Potato Head views Rex, chasing after the car, in a rearview side mirror, which parodies a scene in Jurassic Park (1993), when the T-Rex chases after the crew in a jeep. Additionally, the phrase made famous in Jurassic Park, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear,” is also visible on the mirror of the car that the toys drive in the store.

When Jessie first meets Woody (Tom Hanks), she exclaims, “Sweet mother of Abraham Lincoln!” Abraham Lincoln’s mother was Nancy Hanks, a blood relative of Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks is a direct descendant of an uncle of Nancy Hanks.

When the toys are planning the rescue of Woody, Etch-a-Sketch shows a map to Al’s Toy Barn located at 1001 West Cutting Boulevard. This is the address of Pixar Animation Studios in Richmond, California.

Favourite Character: Jessie

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Favourite Songs:

When She Loved Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElhbTsKsros

You Got a Friend in Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7kLXXkPPZc

Quotable Quotes:

You’ll be sitting around a campfire with Andy making delicious hot schmos…

Not THAT casual.

I can’t watch! Someone cover my eyes!

Watch where you’re going, Godspilla!

Don’t talk to any toys ya don’t know!

You callin’ me a liar? Well, if the boot fits!

Why’d the toys cross the road? To get to the chicken on the other side!

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I’m a married spud. I’m a married spud. I’m a married spud.

What makes you so sure? I’m Buzz Lightyear! I’m always sure!

Heard of Kung Fu? Yeah? Well, get ready for Pork CHOP!

No, Buzz. I am your father.

You have saved our lives. We are eternally grateful.

Well, Stinky Pete, I think it’s time you learned the true meaning of play time.

When it all ends, I’ll have Buzz Lightyear to keep me company for infinity and beyond.

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Final Thoughts:

I’m so glad I chose this movie this week.  I was certain I’d watched the whole thing before, but I hadn’t, so it was a whole new experience for me and those bloopers at the end were just an excellent icing on the cake.  I’ll leave you with some words from Buzz Lightyear. “Somewhere in all that stuffing is a toy that taught me life is only worth living if you’re being loved by a kid.  And I just travelled all this way to save that toy because I believed him.”

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5 Mickeys out of 5:

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Next Week’s Movie: Toy Story 3

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