With the final instalment of the Toy Story trilogy opening in cinemas this week, it’s no wonder that parents (and grown-ups furtively pretending to be parents in order to justify their DVD collection) are stocking up on the celebrated parts one and two. Already being hailed as one of history’s most successful film trilogies, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more DVD love from Woody, Buzz and the entire Toy Story team. And we couldn’t be happier about it.
OK, we’ve been promised that this time, this time, is the final venture out into the world of Toy Story 3 marketing before the film hits us this summer. Admittedly, team Pixar have dragged out this campaign for as long as they possibly could, drip feeding us pictures of new characters, posters and little hints as to possible story for months now. The most infuriating thing is that… we bloody love it.
I think it’s fair to say that if Toy Story 3 isn’t absolutely brilliant the world will rise up into anarchy. No pressure guys, but seriously, the future of Hollywood depends on you. Helpfully, initial responses seem to be overwhelmingly positive (but we’re still trying not to get too excited after being burned by Alice).
Oh those crafty Disney devils. Just like those wily coots over at team Alice In Wonderland, they think the best way to hype up a film is by releasing little bits of info, week by week. They reckon that the public are so bamboozled by the whole ‘we’re letting you into a secret’ smokescreen, that we’ll literally murder a puppy to see the film itself. Sick, is what it is. Sick. And completely true. Hurrah for teasers!
Though Toy Story 2 3D is not the immersive, mind-blowing experience that watching Avatar is, there’s no denying that this film only gets better with the added technology. And the difference is that – unlike Avatar- Toy Story 2 never had to rely on its special effects to captivate your attention.
2009 certainly brought us a few cinematic corkers, from sci-fi epic Avatar to comic-book crunching goodness from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and Watchmen. But it wasn’t all wham, bam and explosions – will 2010 be a year of smarter movies? Judging this list… maybe.