It's that time of year again, when I shill for the latest Pixar film which premieres... Tomorrow! Yes, in case you somehow missed the media onslaught, you know that Toy Story 3 opens this weekend, and you can probably find a midnight showing tonight if you try hard enough! I can objectively say that this is a great film, not just another redundant sequel crapped out to squeeze more money from a tired franchise. Don't trust me? Just check out Rotten Tomatoes - but don't read the full reviews because they contain spoilers! I had the pleasure of working on TS3 for a year, and it definitely challenged me as an animator. Once the film premieres I will talk specifically about the shots I did and the challenges they presented. In the meantime, here is some friendly advice to consider before you set off to the cinema:
- Avoid all merchandise. There are plenty of plot spoilers out there, from Lego kits to Junior novelizations and graphic novels. Shield your eyes! Don't spoil the great ending!
- See it in 3D. Not that Toy Story 3 is any better in 3D, but the short film that precedes it ("Day and Night") is definitely better in 3D.
- Don't bring small children. This movie is darker, scarier, and more intense than its predecessors. My 5-year-old daughter was fine with it, but I wouldn't take my 3-year-old.
- Bring a hanky. You will probably cry in this movie. Twice.