2016年5月16日 星期一

How Toy Story 3 established the Toy Story universe [Movie Reviews, Opinions, Essays & More!!]

In some ways Toy Story 3 marks the end of a golden era in modern cinema. After over a decade of Pixar dominance on the field of animation, the 2010s see the rise of forgotton giant Walt Disney Animated Classics and new competitor Dreamworks. While is exhibiting declining quality in its works, let aside Inside Out and probably Finding Dory, Dreamworks is staying strong with its flagship franchises, while Walt Disney is concocting a new Renaissance era of its own. Yet, it is no denying that Pixar has its times, and they still shine as brightly today as it was before. At the pinnacle of its success, Pixar releases Toy Story 3, a wonder of its own right as it outgrossed real action films financially and racked up 99% rating on RT. Why is this sequel of the most beloved Toy Story franchise so effective and so long lasting that it still shines years to come?


Toy Story 4 will be released in 2018.

Let's talk about its technical compartment. This Pixar film is stylish at the beginning, fun and thrilling as it progresses, then tear jerking and overwhelming at the end. It is dark, yet humurous. All the characters in previous movies shines so brightly, and the villain as memorable as it is well-crafted. I remembered the time i saw the movie at the theatres, which by then my memories of the previous two movies are blurry. I don't know what to expect from the second sequel, and yet i was blown away. I was overwhelmed by the ending sequences where Andy bid farewell to the toys he loves for years. A few days ago I rewatched this masterpiece, I still find my eyes watery when Andy's mom hugged him after looking into the emptiness of hia room - a sign that Andy has grown. It was pure cinematic gold.

Pixar is at the height of its power throughout the film. At first, they wanted to create the perfect ending for the franchise that first kicked of their success in 1995. However, they almoat overdid that. It was too good. Now the producers found themselves open to ever more idea to expand this universe, causong Toy Story 4 to happen. Toy Story 3, released 11 years after Toy Story 2, had inadvertently perpetuated Toy Story.

How? Remember the scene which Woody was brought to a toy desk alongside other toys in Bonnie's room? When Bonnie left Woody yalk to them immediately, and he recieved response. The process was so spontaneous, and the new characters came in without much exposition. As they spoke characterization took place , and Bonnie's room had become another venue of the Toy Story world. The truth's that it's so easy to expand this world, this cinematic universe. Its characters are vivid and unique, and the formula can be reused on and on while never making the audience feel bored.

Until now the Toy Story cinematic universe is large. Andy's house, Sid's house, Sunnyside Daycare, Bonnie's house, not to mention other memorable characters like Zod and Barbie that are from an anonymous toy store in the middle of the time. The trilogy offers so much with minimum length. That's why they call it a "cinematic universe" already.

Toy Story 4 is happening. Can't wait to embrace the old memories any time soon.

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