Soon after premiering this past summer to rave reviews and blockbuster box
office, it was clear that Toy
Story 3 was something
special. Rare indeed is a motion picture trilogy that proved to be so
emotionally rich and with such consistent quality throughout each of its
chapters. It was also quickly apparent thatToy Story 3 was
a grade-A tear-jerker, much more so for adults than its supposed “target
audience” of children. In fact, one could easily say that the 3 in
the title is the minimum amount of times one will cry while watching it.
And now you can let the tears flow unashamedly in the comfort of your own
home with the release this week of Toy
Story 3 on Disney DVD and Blu-ray.
And, as with most Pixar releases, they were sure to fill this toy box to the
brim all sorts of entertaining and informative extras.
Accompanying the main feature as it did in theaters, the inventive and clever
animated short Day & Nightis
the highlight of the Disc 1 bonus features. As explained by director Teddy
Newton in the “making of” featurette found elsewhere in the set, Day
& Night is hard to sum up and is
really best viewed fresh, with the least amount of advance information about it.
A few other bonuses round out Disc 1, including a teaser trailer for Cars
2, the third and final “Buzz Lightyear Mission Log” and a brief look at how
the “Toys!” were created, and in some cases re-created, for the third and final
If you’re wondering where the audio commentary is, you’ll find it on Disc 2.
That’s right, the entire film is on both discs, albeit in the “Cine-Explore”
mode on the second. This viewing option features the commentary of director Lee
Unkrich and producer Darla Anderson along with picture-in-picture views of
storyboards, concept art and the like. There is also a more traditional audio
commentary, titled “Beyond the Toy Box”, featuring the film’s story, tech, art
and animation leads.
Those two features can be found in the “Film Fan” section; other sections
include “Family Play”, “Games & Activities” and “Publicity”, all of which can be
viewed in a customized format via the Blu-ray’s “Fast Play” option.
The “Family Play” features, presumably aimed at the more casual viewers,
include “The Gang’s All Here” (focusing on the voice cast, both “old” and
“new”), “Goodbye Andy” (detailing the special attention paid to “the” scene of
the movie), “Accidental Toymakers” (how the artists found themselves not only
designing characters but actual toys), “A Toy’s Eye View” (on the creation of
the new “Toy Story Play Land” attraction at Disneylands Paris and Hong Kong) and
the film’s “Epilogue”, seen full screen and without end credits.
Hardcore movie buffs and animation enthusiasts will find lots to explore in
the “Film Fans” section, which also includes featurettes on the evolution of Toy
Story 3’s memorable opening sequence (“Roundin’ Up a Western Opening”), a
story roundtable on the “Bonnie’s Playtime” scene, a deconstruction of all that
makes up just one shot in a Pixar film -- and all the people involved in doing
it, all the way down to the studio cafeteria manager (“Life of a Shot”), a
“Paths to Pixar” look at the editorial department and three “Studio Stories”
that take a peek at a few quirky Pixar traditions. Most interesting of all
though is “Beginnings: Setting a Story in Motion”, wherein Toy
Story 3 scribe Michael Arnt
offers up a crash course on animation screenwriting, using past Pixar hits Toy
Story, Finding Nemo and The
Incredibles as examples.