Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The TS3 Early Verdict

Entertainment Weekly pronounces it good.

[Pixar] graced exhibitors with an unfinished cut of the [Toy Story II], and — though I’m sure it comes as no surprise to any of you — the film is great. Not only do the latest adventures of Buzz Lightyear and Cowboy Woody maintain the high quality that we’re used to seeing with Pixar movies, but this one is also exceptionally emotional. I was surrounded by a group of adults and there were many tears shed throughout the film ...

Others, of course, also think it's fantabulous ... while still more people think it merely pretty okay.

I have no opinion on the quality of the feature because I haven't seen it. But I have an opinion on the ultimate grosses. They've bee somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 to 800 million dollars, and will reassure Robert Iger on his decision to buy the Emeryville studio in the first place.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

In the pantheon of sure hits, this is among the surest.

Not exactly treading new ground or taking a risk, but if it's really good, this'll go down as one of the all-time great trilogies.

We'll see...

Anonymous said...

Fingers crossed. I like all of the Godfather films except the fourth (most recent) one.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm........ let me guess, Andy says good bye to Woody and his toys.

Anonymous said...

From the trailers, it has overtones of Brave Little Toaster. But I guess we'll see.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully this one will more fully explore Buzz's latent homosexuality.

Anonymous said...

All JL movies have "Brave Little Toaster overtones.

Anonymous said...

let me get the ball rolling on this.

I hate pixar and their ever continuing string of hits. Pixar is a pompous company that is stupid in thinking it will always make a hit. It's fans are equal to this.

Dreamwork's could never touch Pixar's art and brilliance for storytelling. Dreamwork's fans are just jealous that Pixar can actually make a solid movie. But Dreamwork's can make entertaining movies, and their upcoming slate of films looks to be their most promising. Who cares if they make more sequels then George Lucas. If it's entertaining, then it doesn't matter. However Pixar is stupid for making sequels, they are just getting lazy.

oh yea, something about Ice Age and Happy Feet, start the stop-motion animation Coraline Burton, the Nightmare at Christmas, and, oh yea Alvin and the Chipmunks are the future of storytelling, not Avatar.

Anonymous said...

However Pixar is stupid for making sequels, they are just getting lazy.


I say not lazy........greedy...yes......not lazy.

Anonymous said...

I hate pixar and their ever continuing string of hits. Pixar is a pompous company that is stupid in thinking...etc...etc...etc...

That's nothing. I hate every single animation studio that's ever come into existance. I hate every piece of animation that's ever been created. I hate them all so much that I hope they all burn up in a fiery ball of Ralph Bakshi's putrid excrement.

Beat that.

Anonymous said...

^^^
There will never be a film as great as Astroboy.

Anonymous said...

This blog is really screaming for some moderation in the comments...but it wouldn't be that funny!

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm........ let me guess, Andy says good bye to Woody and his toys.

Maybe. Likely, even. But as Kevin Koch has been blogging, it's about storytelling, storytelling, and storytelling. You can boil any movie down to some generic-sounding plot if you wanted to.

Anonymous said...

I say Astro Boy is shite, even though I've never seen it.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a million times better than Astro Boy, even though it too flopped at the box office.

Anonymous said...

Even though the Iron Giant was also a box-office flop, it's a trillion times better than Astro Boy, because professional movie critics liked it better. So there!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm..... let me guess... Casablanca is about a love triangle in wartime. Gee, does she choose her husband? Big surprise!

Steve Hulett said...

This thread is more entertaining UNmoderated.

And Bogart PUSHED Bergman into going with Henreid at the end of Casablanca. Wasn't like she made the choice without input from the star and male lead.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm..... let me guess... Casablanca is about a love triangle in wartime. Gee, does she choose her husband? Big surprise!

Actually I never watched Casablanca and still don't know what to expect. Pixar values themselves to be leaders of inventive and original storytelling. How are they original when they rip off Doc Hollywood for Cars and predictable story line. The audiences are way ahead. Now they are ripping DW gags in TS3? Give me a break.

Anonymous said...

[b]Pixar values themselves to be leaders of inventive and original storytelling.[/b]

You don't believe everything you read, do you?

Anonymous said...

Hey--doc hollywood wasn't exactly original. It was done better in the 60's on the Andy Griffith show.

Floyd Norman said...

Needless to say, "Toy Story3" will earn a lot of moolah for the Mouse. I've seen it, and it's good.

Kudos to director, Lee Unkrich and his crew for a remarkable wrap up to this successful franchise.

iCritic said...

Kudos to director, Lee Unkrich and his crew for a remarkable wrap up to this successful franchise.

Now that the Toy Story franchise is over. What next for Pixar, besides the sequels?

Anonymous said...

Now that the Toy Story franchise is over. What next for Pixar, besides the sequels?

A cursory search of Google or any Disney/Pixar fan blog will tell you.

iCritic said...

A cursory search of Google or any Disney/Pixar fan blog will tell you.

Thanks, apparently the next films that are not sequels are, The Bear and the Bow and the now-cancelled project Newt. And from what I've read Newt had a very interesting plot. Why on earth would Pixar cancel it?

Anonymous said...

um...why would Pixar (or DW, or Disney) let you, let alone ANYONE, know what they're developing until they are ready?

Aurora Dawson said...

um...why would Pixar (or DW, or Disney) let you, let alone ANYONE, know what they're developing until they are ready?

Wow that was really mean, they were just asking what the next film is, which is already public information.

-Aurora

Anonymous said...

You're right Steve.....this blog IS more entertaining in the UNmoderated mode!!

Anonymous said...

Local 839: a big bunch of meanies!

lolololol

Anonymous said...

Okay now I'm so confused it was announced earlier that Pixar just renamed their upcoming film The Bear and the Bow to the new title Brave.

Clarification?

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