Published Oct 01, 2009Commencing on October 2nd, 2009, for two weeks only, aesthetes, fad-followers and families with some spare coin can trek out to the theatre to see the very Pixar movies that helped launch the brand synonymous with quality animation, both visually and thematically.
It's a familiar marketing ploy and inevitably, people will head out in droves to experience it during the limited run, but is it worth it? Well, that depends on how keen one is on tossing a glossy sheen (in this case, 3D) on something to give it that fresh appearance.
Undoubtedly, few can argue that Toy Story and Toy Story 2 aren't quality films with clever writing that appeal to most demographics, featuring top-notch visuals and inherently human messages about worldly disappointments and making the most of the fleeting good moments in life. Resultantly, only the effect of the digital modifications seems noteworthy. Since they weren't originally conceived for 3D, the transformation has a subtle appearance that works quite well, given the lack of deliberate sight gags.
As these films are over a decade old, some of the animation can look blocky and simplistic in comparison to newer Pixar titles but the additional dimension does a nice job of masking these limitations, making the theatrical experience worthwhile for those intrigued by the prospect.
There is an intermission between the films, featuring footage, new animation and trivia for folks that don't need to run to the washroom. And of course, there's a trailer for the upcoming Toy Story 3, which features actual footage from the film. It looks promising.
Although, with the first two films tackling mortal anxieties such as purposelessness and devastating realizations, one has to wonder if part three will simply feature Buzz Lightyear and Woody giving up, growing old and hoping there's a God. (Buena Vista)