when a new pixar film comes out, it’s like Christmas-time for me – i look forward to seeing it years in advance (due to nerdy pixar research to find out what movies they’ve got lined up. for example, i’m super excited for the upcoming films on pixar’s schedule: “cars 2″ in 2011, “brave” & “monsters inc. 2″ in 2012! let the waiting begin!)
last night, we went to the midnight showing of toy story 3, pixar’s 11th film, and it happen’s to also be pixar’s 11th masterpiece. it really is. it was so beautiful, silly, fun, clever and just incredibly heartfelt. i adored it. even more than i had hoped. i’ve just never seen a pixar film that wasn’t beyond expectation. quite the track record.
it’s so hard to believe that the original toy story film came out 15 years ago. (1995) – that fact says a lot about the quality of pixar films that it’s characters and stories can still feel so new and timeless… (but gosh – it certainly makes me feel old too… it feels like toy story came out like 5 years ago!)
i read a bunch of reviews that mentioned how remarkable it is to watch an animated film and shed tears as an adult for virtual plastic toys… completely true. i’m not ashamed to admit it – a couple tears may have appeared. and it’s not the first time a pixar film has had this effect on me. (up, wall-e… you name it)
the shorts before pixar films are always wonderful. in front of toy story 3, the short was called “day & night” and it was of course, clever and unlike anything i’ve ever seen. really fun concept! it’s hard to explain it, but it’s a mixture of 2-d and 3-d animation… just see it. here’s a pic of it:
anyway, i’m sure many of you have yet to see toy story 3, so i won’t talk about the story. but i will say – as a HUGE fan, i was completely satisfied with such a beautiful close to the foreseeable toy story films. can’t imagine better! and if you were on the fence about it, you should absolutely see it… and bring a tissue or two.
another interesting note i just read: although pixar does not plan on making another toy story film, but they are planning to feature some of the toy story characters in upcoming pixar shorts, etc. fun!
i’ve mentioned it before, but i like to rate things 1 through 10 (10 being highest) and i’d give toy story 3 a perfect 10.
p.s. in an earlier post dan mentioned a DJ named “pogo” that takes disney films and creates songs from sound-clips…. he did a new toy story themed one! fun. check it out!
right at the end of recording “storyboards” i bought a little stringed instrument called a “mcnally strumstick”… i loved it! it only made it onto one song on that record – “unmade” where it very briefly makes an appearance. since then, i’ve not played it much at all and haven’t been that into it. but lately i’ve been working on a little project for a friend and it felt fitting to use this little, blanjo-like instrument. kinda fun. definitely not as addictive or as fun as the ukulele and i’ve had an on/off relationship with it, but the strumstick is real nice in the right context. i’ve been having fun with it lately.
here’s a video of someone rockin’ out on it…. playing none other than journey’s “don’t stop believin’” sweeet.
a bit late in posting today. it’s been a busy and productive day, but i’ve had no time for posting ’til now. many sorrys.
so, i’m going to bare my soul with you today and share a list of some of my favorite songs that fit into the “guilty pleasure” category. let me specify that the following songs are just unusual for my tastes, not that they’re poor in any way…
1. michael buble “haven’t met you yet” (i never mind when this song comes on in a store… it’s a good melody and he does have quite a voice.)
2. aretha franklin “natural woman” (alright, aside from being embarrassed to blast “you make me feel like a natural woman” from my car stereo, this song is absolutely incredible. aretha is actually one of my favorites. her voice is impeccable. just a silly lyrics for a dude to sing out loud is all.)
3. nelly furtado “i’m like a bird” (i have to give dan some credit on this one… he loved it when i came out and showed it to me. it’s a sweet, fun song. deal with it)
4. outkast “hey ya!” (everyone loves this song, i know. silly, silly, silly. by the way, i love that the freeze frame of the video is “dookie”.. wha??)
5. jay z “empire state of mind” (jay z’s legit. it’s true. but nothing something i listen to… but this song is rad. the alicia keys melody is great and i love, love, love the tiny toy piano sound in the verses. by the way, doesn’t look really weird that alicia is playing the piano standing up? kind of silly looking)
so those are the one’s that came to mind, but i’m sure there’s plenty more where that came from! don’t leave me hanging… share your favorite guilty pleasure songs! comment below.
i recently came across a few live bill withers videos on youtube (from the looks of it, several millions of other folks have too) and i just love these live performances…
a popular song like “ain’t no sunshine” never really resonated with me, ’til seeing this live version. such an interesting song… and i absolutely love the break down section with the vocal (“i know, i know, i know….”) and drums. speaking of the drums, the drummer in the video is rad (and looks way rad):
here’s “ain’t no sunshine”…
and “use me” is another one that i just really love the live version of.
and this one’s called “grandma’s hands” and it was apparently recorded in a different session at a different show. his explanation is kinda sweet. the lyrics are a mixture of sweet and silly.
anyway, these songs are beautiful and his voice is the perfect voice for them. very genuine.
P.S. after much grief with broken websites, i pre-ordered my iphone 4 and cannot wait… but i have to. (lame)
this week’s going to be a productive one. i can tell already! spending lots of time with music and lots of time on various other projects. fun, fun, fun.
in completely non-related news: two of my favorite companies on earth have decided to make the month of june amazing for dork fans like myself. (oddly enough, mr. steve jobs is behind both of these beloved companies.) pixar and apple.
pixar is releasing toy story 3 this coming weekend i cannot wait. already got our advance tickets. in your face, life. and apple is releasing iphone 4 later this month and i am truly excited to hopefully acquire one and post many lovely high res photos and hd videos with it on our blog…
the only way to make it all even better would be to have pixar characters painted on the outside of the iphone 4. i may have to look into that… decals or something. i suppose i can just watch pixar films on the iphone 4…
anyway, in even more non-related news – a gentlemen by the name of erik carlson created a short documentary about To Write Love On Her Arms, in which he was kind enough to ask me a few questions and taped my answers. erik did an excellent job highlighting the incredible work that TWLOHA is doing! here’s the video, if you’re curious: