So I was a bit of a moron this week and arranged to go to movies with friends last night. My sister and I book the tickets online with our credit cards and our friends pay us back. It’s a nice system; we miss the ticket queues and get more time to chat before the movie. Anyway I messed up, I didn’t realise that last night was the 30th of June (I’m on holiday, dates don’t really matter) if I had bothered to pay attention I would have realised that Twilight: Eclipse started last night! Now I have no issue with movies starting, but I try to avoid the opening of the Twilight movies, that’s just plain insanity! The movies were packed! Filled with little Twilighters! (actually I can’t be too mean, I’m going to see it next week.) so there was this ridiculously huge, long queue, which we jumped ahead of because my little posse was going to see Toy Story 3!
Toy Story 3, what I am assuming is the final chapter in the Toy Story franchise, was absolutely AMAZING! I love the beginning of the movie. Like the second movie, it is our favourite toys acting out their adventures. In the first movie we see Andy playing with them, in the second we see Buzz in action, only to find out its Rex playing a Buzz Lightyear computer game. Well the third movie starts off with a classic train heist spear headed by the evil Mr Potato Head, and culminating in a giant MONKEY BOMB!!!!!! (this won’t make sense until you watch the movie).
I’d actually like to pay some attention to the MONKEY BOMB. From someone who has worked with a 3D computer package and knows a little about what they can do, I will readily admit that Toy Story 3, like its predecessors pushes their capabilities to the max! With the first Toy Story it was the sheer fact that you could make a full feature length computer animated movie, with the second it was the development of newer and better special effects and rendering and animation techniques. With each movie Pixar learns and develops new ways of using 3D, Toy Story 3 pushed the envelope as well, in the sheer size of their sets, props and backgrounds. I assume you have all watched Wall-E (I love that movie) well Wall-E was amazing because of the sheer size of the junkyards! I had a group of friends who were trying to make a junkyard in Maya (that’s the 3D package we use) it totally killed them having to model all sorts of different shapes and objects to contribute to their junk piles. What I’m trying to say is that the scope of their movie is huge, from the giant Monkey Bomb, to the multitudes of toys at Sunnyside Day Care, to a climactic scene at a junk yard……… but I can’t say more than that, just that it is a thoroughly amazing scene.
I totally loved the new additions to the cast, especially my childhood favourite toys, Barbie and Ken. Complete airheads who are designed to automatically fall in love with each other. Then there’s Big Baby, your classic girls baby doll, but this baby doll is just downright disturbing as it plays the role of the muscle, a cooing baby that’s intimidating, made even more disturbing by having a broken eye. Well this doll made me want to cry throughout the entire movie. I wanted to go home and hug my own baby doll. (yes I still have my first baby doll, her name is Candy and she has a broken finger and I will never ever ever be too old to love her, and need to give her away)
My favourite part in the entire movie is when Buzz gets reset, (you see it in the trailer) and is set to Spanish!!!! Totally the most hysterical thing ever, especially when he tries to woo Jessie. The animation of buzz in that scene is just brilliant! Who knew that a space toy could move so rhythmically and elegantly! Here’s the trailer, look out for Spanish Buzz.