Thursday, July 1, 2010

Toy Stories

Toy Story 3, despite the saccharine and melodrama, delivers a satisfying closing to the trilogy that steered computer animation into a new era. The concept has always been genius in its simplicity (the secret life of toys) and the characters are some of Disney's best in terms of personality, development and likeability.
Speaking of animated toys, some people are still doing by hand what Pixar started doing with computers 15 years ago. Patrick Boivin is a French-Canadian “autodidact director” who has done some nifty things with a Star Wars’ Walker, got Batman and the Joker break-dancing and produced the now classic Iron Baby. This type of stop-motion animation may be painstakingly time-consuming, but the results are incredible. Check out his Bruce Lee vs. Iron Man dance-off:

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