Long time no see cowboy! It’s been many countless years and toy owner Andy has grown up from the young boy he was years ago. In the midst of his preparations for college, the beloved gang of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and friends are left in confusion as to what will happen to them. Andy makes the decision to donate them to a daycare where the toys will be played with to their hearts’ content. With addition of new toys such as Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear, Barbie, and Ken, the visit is bound to be adventurous. The thought of being admired by countless children seemed like a dream come true, however, not all is well in this daycare and the gang must quickly escape before they’re stuck in the there forever.
Spectacular. Marvelous. Stunning. This movie encompasses all of them and MORE. Pixar stood over the top with this film as if they just picked up characters from over ten years ago and stacked them into a movie like nothing happened! I must say Toy Story 3 has been a long time coming, but hey it’s finally here and truly is a wonderful flick.
Let’s hit it off with the storyline. Each movie so far has dealt with a central theme that is pivotal in every person’s childhood: Toy Story – favoritism of toys, Toy Story 2 – stolen toys, and lastly, Toy Story 3 – growing up with toys. We’ve all wondered at some point, “What’s Andy going to do with them once he grows?” This is a very sensitive topic to bring up especially for the younger audience and many of us would think that Pixar will never allow that to be in sequel because of its sensitivity and potential impact on children. Yet, Pixar came up with an approach that is a magnificent breakthrough to attack this topic in a way that I am very pleased with and have no complaints about.
In regards to the cinematic techniques, Pixar incorporates nearly flawless movements and actions of toys as if they actually imitating real human behaviors in the form of toys. In addition, the colorful scheme that is embedded in a typical Toy Story movie is sharply contrasted by the dark atmosphere that is projected when Woody, Buzz and company encounter tough situations such as nighttime at the daycare or the trash melting scene. To accurately describe such beautiful design, visualize other recent Pixar works such as Up or Wall-E and amp it up from there.
Onto character development, we can see that none of the main cast has lost touch with their respective roles such as Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz. And much to be expected, Pixar has splendidly retained the proper nature of these characters as Woody’s devotion to Andy, and Buzz’s deep value for friendship. However, I was overly shocked to witness classic Toy Story characters that were dropped from this production such as Lil Bo Peep from the first film or even the newly cured Wheezy from the second. Honestly, I wouldn’t expect Pixar to be willing to leave out such vital characters, but I suppose it is understandable since the theme of Toy Story 3 deals with growing up and of course, toys are trashed eventually.
With redefined animations, witty comedy, and a pillar of truth in theme, the revival of Toy Story has brought jovial responses from the audience and has brought an end to this trilogy in the most comforting and understanding way as possible. I absolutely urge you all to watch the trilogy and be touched by the transition of childhood to adulthood with toy pals who are always there for you and as Woody would say, “You got friend in me.”
Produced by: Pixar Animation Studios
Director: Lee Unkrich
As a toddler living in the earls of Scotland, Merida always sought adventure and pursued it willingly with no fear. Yet, her mishaps lured the danger of a colossal scarred bear named Mor’du towards her father and mother: King Fergus and Queen Elinor. After losing one of his foot in the brutal battle, King Fergus was able to secure the safety of his family while the beast vanished into the forest. Years later, Merida has grown into an impetuous and beautiful young lady fit enough to be betrothed. However, during the competitive ceremony of deciding her bachelor, Merida causes an upsetting dilemma to delay the event causing great havoc among the clans fighting for her hand in marriage. An angered argument between Merida and her mother creates a divide between their relationship leading Merida to seek a magic wish to let her live her life. Little does Merida know that her one wish for happiness could potentially ruin the kingdom. Will she be able to atone for her mistakes and secure peace for the land with only a moment of time left?
Finally, Pixar presents to us a female protagonist! And boy oh boy, she is fiery and compassionate like her hair. Brave truly promotes the beautiful theme that family will be there in your times of need. And in addition, portrays that even in royal standings, the core of the family does not change nor does wealth change its essence. The film centers itself on the controversy of controlling destiny. And that is a splendid topic to introduce to the younger audience since it sets into the motion the idea that no boundaries or obstacles are too outstanding to hinder your life goals.
I found the animation to be very fluid in its texture and execution. The Scottish accent dialogue made the movie truly enjoyable especially since it provided an intriguing intake. Although it was a bit over the top at times, for the most part, it did corresponded with the script overall. To be honest, the story line was fairly predictable, but that is commonly expected of Pixar films. It would be too traumatic for cartoon characters especially of Pixar and Disney descent to not have a happy ending.
Aside from the cons, I adored the position the film takes on controlling destiny because it really does inspire the audience to go out and take charge of their lifestyles whether it is passionately chasing after something or finding a less paid job, but enjoyable at the same time.
Overall, Brave follows the guidelines as set out by previous Pixar directors and doesn’t offer much variance in story line, but it does provide that same old nostalgic inspiration.
Produced by: Walt DisneyPictures
In the 8-bit game Fix-it Felix, the main Bad Guy Wreck-it Ralph simply wants to be appreciated like his Good Guy counterpart Felix Jr. But there’s just one problem: No one ever loves the Bad Guys. Game after game and with each defeat, Felix Jr. is awarded medal after medal for his noble acts of valor against each of Ralph’s rampage on Niceland’s buildings and its tenants. Shunned by his community and unappreciated, Ralph comes to the conclusion that in order to be truly welcomed he needs to obtain a medal – a symbol of honor and accomplishment. He sets out into the arcade gaming sphere and sneakily makes it into the first person shooter game Hero’s Duty featuring Sergeant Calhoun where a medal is offered daily to winning players. However, Ralph wrecks everything in his attempt for the medal and accidentally unleashes a threatening enemy that can potentially corrupt every arcade game. Ralph’s wild adventure leads him to the candy-coated realm of racers titled Sugar Rush where he meets “The Glitch” Vanellope von Schweetz, a sharp-tongued program who too is dismissed by her people. Ruler of the sugar domain, the flamboyant King Candy seeks to rid of “The Glitch” at all costs. With Felix Jr. and Sergeant trailing Ralph’s wreckage to fix his actions, will Ralph realize what it means to be a Good Guy before the growing enemy shuts down the gaming universe?
As a solid Disney fan, I was immediately sold by the digital animation with the trailer release. Wreck-it Ralph takes on a new spin compared to a typical Disney story line where now there is a role reversal on spotlight shining on the Bad Guy’s perspective. The film’s basis focusing on video games allows it to approach the concept in a myriad of ways. Merging old school classics with new school graphics, the movie targets not only children, but also adults who’ve had gaming nostalgia.
The dialogue of Wreck-it Ralph incorporates a variant of gaming puns and humor that any gamer new and old would instantly comprehend. I must personally say that the language was not a touch from genius. The creation of a central station for the gaming characters to all interact establishes a wonderful home place for the audience to watch as all their favorite avatars casually converse with each other. Alongside its comical side, Disney of course, introduces the “dark side” of the game sphere such as a gaming character that purposely sabotages another game is termed as going “turbo.”
Ralph himself is such a lovable lug who is just misjudged by his title. Honestly, the way the tenants treat him was a hit to reality that people in real life behave significantly similar this. It may be harsh for the younger audience, but it is what it is. I found the friendship that evolved between Ralph and Vanellope to be an unpredictable one. I did not expect Vanellope to be as forgiving as she was throughout the film because of the tough shell she outlays. The story line itself was superbly innovative with its plot twists at unexpected moments and deep insight on the character development.
Overall, I would highly recommend this movie to watch as it will capture your childhood youth as it did with mine and what’s better than seeing your favorite Street Fighter character costarring with Sonic the Hedgehog?
Produced by: Walt Disney Animation Studios
Director: Rich Moore