A couple of great Disney Blu-ray deals are featured as Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day. Both the Toy Story and Cinderella trilogies are 51% off for today only. You can own Pixar’s Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3 on 3D Blu-ray for $48.99, which is down from the list price of $100. Also, for the Disney Princess fans, the limited edition six-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack of the Cinderella is on sale for $44.49, down from the list price of $89.99. That’s one hell of a deal, as the combo also includes a collectible jewelry box packaging.
Click here to purchase the Toy Story trilogy, and click here to buy the Cinderella trilogy.
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This weekend, Brave became Pixar’s 13th feature film, the latest addition to an impeccable body of work that started nearly twenty years ago with Toy Story. Given the storied history of everyone’s favorite animation studio, I think this is the perfect opportunity to try out a new feature, By the Numbers. Essentially, I will go one by one through each of the Pixar movies and provide a numbers-based snapshot of its place in the filmography by looking at the box office, critical reception, and miscellaneous facts. Four thousand words later, I hope you’ll agree this is a comprehensive review of Pixar’s work over the last two decades.
Hit the jump for a detailed look at Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monster’s, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Brave.
June’s heartwarming and immensely successful Toy Story 3 wrapped up what must be considered the greatest animated trilogy of all time. For some, you could even omit the “animated” qualifier.
On November 2nd, you can own the memories on home video. Disney has assembled a ten-disc box set for the Toy Story trilogy on Blu-ray and DVD, sure to feature an endless supply of extras. Check out the wagon-themed box art after the jump.
It was less than fifteen years ago that Toy Story debuted for the Holiday season of 1995. At the time Disney was taking a chance with an entirely computer animated film, especially after their amazing resurgence and recent run of cel animated films – they were only a year off of The Lion King. Now, Pixar essentially runs Disney animation and cel animation is the experiment – completely out of fashion in part due to Disney ruining the brand name (and to some extent DreamWorks making equally mediocre films). But you can’t blame Pixar for being good, and it was the wild success of the Toy Story films that helped cement their legacy. They tell the story of Woody (Tom Hanks), a cowboy doll who is ousted from his position as the sole favorite toy by Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), and how the two go on an adventure in the real world. The sequel has the duo facing a toy kidnapper (Wayne Knight), who wants to send Woody to Japan with the toy line he originally came from while Woody confronts his own mortality. My review of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 on Blu-ray after the jump.
Toy Story and Toy Story 2 arrived today on Blu-ray + DVD special editions and they’re available at many retailers across this great nation. However, some retailers are great than others as you should get these from Toys ‘R’ Us. Here’s why: If you buy them together, they’ll only cost $16.99 each. Now that’s not a bad deal. However, if you throw in a $10 coupon for Toy Story and a $10 coupon for Toy Story 2, the cost comes down to $6.99 each for a grand total of $13.98 (not including tax). The $10 coupons can be used anywhere (although not online), but Toys ‘R’ Us already has the best price on the Blu-rays so this makes it even better.
Click on the links to get your coupon and head to your local Toys ‘R’ Us sometime this week because their $16.99-part of the deal only runs through Saturday.
We’re going to get the Blu-rays of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 much sooner than I expected, with a new trailer released today and Pixar Talk reporting that they’ll be released on March 23rd. The trailer reveals that both films will have brand new special features. While it remains unknown if they’ll include the special features from the previous releases, Pixar Talk says that it’s likely based on the Blu-ray re-releases of other Pixar movies. If you check out the Amazon page for each film, you’ll see that it’s a combo pack which includes the DVD and the Blu-ray. What’s interesting is that unlike the recent Blu-ray re-release of Monster’s, Inc., there no word (yet) about the inclusion of a digital copy. But we’re getting both Toy Story movies in less than three months so there’s no reason to complain.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer.
I don’t understand anyone who wouldn’t want to go back and watch “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2″ on the big screen especially when it only costs $15. Not each. Combined. And forget about the 3D or even the digital projection. These are two of the greatest movies in the past twenty years and even if you don’t have kids (because if you’re a parent with a kid 12 or under, this is mandatory) why not revisit them on a big screen? They have not aged. They are as vibrant, funny, clever, and heart-warming as you remember. But if you need more convincing (and if so, I think you might be a hopeless case), read on.
The up and coming rereleases of “Toy Story” 1 and 2 in the 3-D format have the industry abuzz in regards to the potential of hitting up popular library titles of the different studios to also give the 3-D treatment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lightstorm Entertainment is claiming that a 3-D release of the world’s most successful box-office film “Titanic” is itself less than a year away. With that in mind, the eventual consideration of your favorite mega-action blockbusters to get revisited seems more of a forecast now than just wishful thinking. Click the jump to daydream about Rivendell, the Death Star, and/or Keanu Reeves in the third dimension.
Walt Disney/Pixar has released a great TV spot for their upcoming “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2″ 3D double feature and you can watch it after the jump. While it’s hard to sell anything in thirty seconds, this one is just about perfect. I especially like the opening 10 seconds. But enough of my rambling, just watch the commercial.
Speaking in London’s Leicester Square this morning, Walt Disney Animation and Pixar COO John Lasseter gave a thorough presentation of Disney’s upcoming films. Among the highlights: plot details about “Toy Story 3″ and “Cars 2.” Pixar normally shies away from sequels and I think that policy has proved to be one of their strengths so I have been very curious to know what makes these movies worth the risk. Lasseter has talked about wanting to make another Toy Story ever since the second one came out which makes me think that the impetus behind “Toy Story 3″ and the reason for its lengthy development is his genuine love of the characters and a desire to revisit their world, even if that meant waiting years to do so.
“Cars 2,” on the other hand, does not have such a warm and fuzzy backstory. The original came out in 2006 and, since Pixar takes about four or five years to make a film, the sequel was clearly fast-tracked to the top of the queue. I guess roughly $462 million will do that, especially considering its characters are much more ripe for new adventures than, say, the robots from “Wall-E.” Hit the jump to find out what new games Woody is playing and where Lightning McQueen will be racing next.
One of the things I love about Comic-Con is getting to do extended interviews with filmmakers I admire. And that’s what happened when I got to speak with director Lee Unkrich about his next Pixar movie, “Toy Story 3″. Since the movie is far from finished, Lee was quite guarded when it came to talking about plot points. But that didn’t stop me from asking about everything else I could think of like what cool collectible stuff might come out with “Toy Story 3″, and what’s the status of his previous films like “Monsters Inc.” and “Toy Story 2″ on Blu-ray.
If you’re a fan of Pixar or just of the “Toy Story” franchise, it’s a great conversation and one I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Also, after the jump I listed what other subjects we talked about.
Last Friday’s Disney/Pixar panel at Comic-Con may not have featured any actual footage from the studios much-anticipated “Toy Story 3D” but it DID feature some newly rendered 3D scenes from “Toy Story 2″ – which is almost as good. Hard-core Pixar fans will recall that the studio has re-jiggered both of their iconic “Toy Story” features for 3D screens as part of the promotion for the release of “Toy Story 3D” in June 2010. The big news is that BOTH movies, in their new and improved 3D versions, will be in theatres on a double bill for two weeks only beginning October 2nd. The good folks at Pixar have just released a teaser trailer to promote this incredible event and it’s after the jump…
If you didn’t stick around in HALL H after the mostly-fantastic Warner Bros. presentation (sorry, Book of Eli but you made some really damaging mistakes), when you damn well knew that Disney-Pixar, the best folks making movies today, was following directly after, then there’s no hope for you. I don’t care if you were tired or if you had to be somewhere else or if you wanted to collect a rare item by fight monsters in random encounters. You should have glued your ass to your seat and stuck around because obviously, they had some amazing stuff.
Hit the jump to find out what they had and how great it was:
On October 2nd, for only two weeks, Walt Disney/Pixar is re-releasing the first two “Toy Story” movies in theaters as a double feature. While you may immediately think why would I pay to see these two movies again in a theater? Perhaps you’re thinking it’s nothing more than a cash grab. While I usually rail against studios trying to get more money out of the consumer for the same product, this time it’s different.
The reason? Pixar has gone back to the source files and turned both “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2″ into 3D movies. While no one yet knows how they’re going to look, I think we can all agree Pixar can be trusted to do it right and they’re going to look great.
Anyway, last night I was at the Bridge Theater in Los Angeles and spotted the first poster for the 3-D re-release. It’s after the jump.
After the draining events of Thursday (the bloody slap-fest between “Twilight” fans and all the other nerds will surely be exhausting to all), Friday is a moderate reprieve in terms of the Movies/TV arena. Oh, there are still massive events happening, but basically you can just sit down in Hall H and enjoy the proceedings rather than making “Sophie’s Choice”-level decisions about which line to stand in (unless you’re a Joss Whedon fan; then you’re screwed).
Panel highlights from Day 2 of Comic-Con include the thankfully-early-in-the-day Warner Bros. (which will feature “Where The Wild Things Are”, Sherlock Holmes”, “Jonah Hex”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “The Box”, and “The Book of Eli”), the Disney-Pixar Animation (the “Toy Story” trilogy, “Princess and the Frog”, “Ponyo”, and “Prep & Landing”), “9″, “Legion”, “District 9″, and an in-depth conversation between Peter Jackson and James Cameron.
However, should you choose to venture forth, away from the comfort of Hall H (where all those panels are), you can swim in the waters of television with panels for “The Prisoner”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “Dollhouse”, TV Guide’s Sci-Fi Hot List, and a Q&A with Joss Whedon.
Hit the jump for the full schedule and to see what events I’ve highlighted because that’s everywhere I want to be. Now excuse me while I fetch my time-turner. Click here for Thursday.