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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Countdown to Up: 9 Days to Disney•Pixar’s 10th film

Toy Story is Pixar’s first feature-length masterpiece. While by today’s standards the animation would be considered outdated, the story lives up just as well today as it did back in 1995. I am highly anticipating the 3-D re-release of Toy Story, which is coming this October.

-John C.

Toy Story Trivia*

• The animation team perfected the movement of the toy soldiers by gluing some sneakers to a sheet of wood and trying to walk around with them on

• The carpet texture in the hallway of Sid's house is the same as the carpet texture in The Shining

• The desk lamp and yellow ball with a blue stripe and a red star are references to the previous Pixar film Luxo Jr.

• Woody and Buzz Lightyear are inspired by director John Lasseter's own childhood toys. He based Woody on his own pull-string Casper doll, and once he grew out of Casper he moved on to a G.I Joe, a flashy toy at the time of his childhood

• Rex uses a few of George McFly's lines from Back to the Future: "I don't like confrontations" and "I don't think I could take that kind of rejection"

• In the scene where Woody is giving everyone warning to get a moving partner, the book "The Tin Toy" can be seen on the shelf behind him. Tin Toy is the Pixar short film "Toy Story" was based upon. Its author is listed as "Lasseter," a reference to director John Lasseter

• When Woody is holding the staff meeting, several books are visible behind him. The names of the books refer to previous Pixar films: Red's Dream, and Knick Knack

• Sid Phillips is said to be inspired by a former Pixar employee of the same last name who was known to disassemble toys and use the parts to build bizarre creations

Up Trivia*

Up is the first Pixar film to be made in the Disney Digital 3-D format, but Toy Story 1 and 2 have been re-rendered in stereoscopic 3-D, and will be released as a double-bill on October 2nd of this year.

*All trivia is courtesy of IMDb

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