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Toy Story 3

I saw Toy Story 3 on release day because I couldn't stand waiting any longer than necessary. I've been looking forward to it since I saw the very first trailers, and like everyone else, I absolutely loved it.

However. I think I'm the only person to feel this way about it, because actually, selfishly, the ending didn't sit right with me.

Everyone cried at the ending. Everyone says it's the perfect ending, the toys all end up together, and end up being toys again, loved and played with as they should be. And that's absolutely lovely, of course. But it bugged me, and I feel lame for even admitting it, but Andy wanted to keep Woody. Andy wanted to keep him from the very moment he was asked to sort out his toys. Woody in that moment represents every childhood pony I own. Sure, they don't get played with anymore, but they are bloody wanted, and eternally wanted. Eventually, Bonnie will grow up and the toys will be donated or stuck in the attic, the end result being the same. But Andy would have always kept Woody at his side, that silly nostalgic element of your childhood that sticks with you your whole life, like the dilapidated toy lamb that sits on our chair downstairs that once had been my dad's favourite toy.

Sure, it's happy the toys are all together, but the stupid nostalgic collector in me cringed when Andy flinched as Bonnie tried to grab Woody. He's a bigger, far less selfish person than I. My toy cowboy would have stayed with me forever.

Anyway, while we're discussing Toy Story 3, am I also the only person that thought the whole Lotso thing was a little strange? It was a little dumb anyway, there's no way the parents would have left three large toys - all her absolute favourites - on the side of the road like that. But that aside, the whole movie played it down as some horrible thing that she replaced Lotso, and I read it from the whole other angle. Lotso was the only one she loved so freaking much she couldn't be without him. The others weren't replaced simply because she didn't care all that much. Sure, being replaced at all must have been a kick in the teeth, but it wasn't a horrible thing at all and the movie was determined to drum that into us. She needed him, missed him, loved him more than the others. It was a compliment to their 'friendship' that he was replaced, as painful as it must have been for him.

Anyway hahah it sounds like I hated it or something and I really didn't. Just as a toy collector myself, and a horribly sad, over emotional/sentimental GURL t'boot, I'm sure I watch the Toy Story movies from a whole other perspective. In other news, I saw Shrek 4 the other day in the cinema and really enjoyed that, too. I've never really got the 'Dreamworks Hate' thing, personally. They have some misses, sure, but I'll forever love the studio for the likes of The Road to El Dorado and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. I haven't seen How To Train Your Dragon or Kung Fu Panda, for shame, for shame, but I know they're awesome, too.

Anyway, I've always liked the Shrek movies, though for the life of me I can't remember Shrek 3 at all (it was apparently pretty terrible, so I suppose that's unsurprising). The final one was pretty much everything I look for in a Shrek movie, so that was nice.

UNRELATEDLY, I reserved our table at Expo! Yeah, we're going to have a table at Expo, woo! Now to do some comics and things I suppose :P I already have plenty of prints to sell. Gonna make some little things like bookmarks and badges and stickers too, yeeeah.

AND Luke got us some sweet accomidation for Amecon finally, so I'm all asquee for that. I so can't be bothered (or afford) to make a whole cosplay for Amecon, so I'm going as a Transformouse Shaman! Luke came up with the idea as a silly joke yesterday and now I've become obsessed with the idea. No full fursuit or anything silly, just brown clothes, some cute mouse ears, a tail, etc. It'll be fun! I can be as bad a shaman irl as I am in the game :P


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Jul. 23rd, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
I do kind of get the Lotso thing, though. I think it'd be like having a partner you dearly love break up with you (as toys, they didn't understand they'd been left behind accidentally) and then start dating someone JUST LIKE YOU. You'd be left wondering: "what was wrong with ME?"

I mean, someone truly selfless would be all, "Oh well, I'm happy that the person I love is happy, even if I can't be part of their life", but how many people are that selfless? Lotso in particular didn't seem to be the most rational of characters, so it doesn't surprise me he read the situation as a negative. That's my take on it, anyways!

Oh man, if you haven't seen Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon, you're really missing out on the best of Dreamworks. Forget that Shrek stuff, those two films blow that entire franchise out of the water.

(Also, I love Road to El Dorado too! One of the most underrated animated films EVER.)
Jul. 23rd, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
Oh yeah I totally get why it would hurt Lotso, but I just hadn't heard anyone say "Well actually, it WAS a compliment..." You're right though, it's not like he'd ever feel that way himself. I LOVED his character. When he had a sudden change of heart I thought oh, how cliche. It was kinda nice to see he was still a bastard.

And I know! I think I have KFP somewhere here but I was REALLY pissed I missed out on How to Train Your Dragon when it was in the cinema. Will definitely be buying/downloading/somethingying that when I can.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 11:10 am (UTC)
Man, and I'm with you - I'm so over the "sudden change of heart" thing in cartoons. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a good redemption storyline - but it has to be earned. I have to SEE character change. The "ooh, what a twist!" approach has become a cliche in itself. I appreciated Pixar turning that trope back on itself with Lotso.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
Oh and yes yes yessss to El Dorado! I absolutely LOVE it. The characters are so *real*, you could put every line of dialogue and put 'em on two real actors and it'd feel the same. It's one of my absolute top animated movies (which also includes Iron Giant, another horribly underrated movie.)
Jul. 23rd, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
hahaha, oh god yes, The Iron Giant is the BEST! It's one of my Top Five animated films. :) The list, in no particular order (I'd never be able to choose) is The Lion King, Road to El Dorado, Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Cats Don't Dance.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
Ahaha seriously? Swap 'The Incredibles' for Balto and you have MY top five! I've ALWAYS put Cats Don't Dance up there which is YET ANOTHER completely under-appreciated movie!

Mind you, my list was made before the Incredibles came out, haha. Oddly enough Cars is very very high on my Pixar list, but probably only because of the scrapyard scene in the Brave Little Toaster... :P
Jul. 23rd, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
I was told that "everyone cries at the ending" and so I was expecting more, and I was disappointed. :/
Jul. 23rd, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
SEE KUNG FU PANDA AND HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. Both very excellent Dreamworks movies.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Shrek is alright I suppose, but How To Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda put it to shame.

Especially HTTYD, goddamn that movie is good.
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