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January 12, 2013 11:24 PM   Subscribe

Live Action Toy Story. The entire movie. [SLYT]
posted by reductiondesign (42 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow, this was a lot of work.

What's up with the weird line effect here?
posted by dunkadunc at 11:31 PM on January 12, 2013


Heh, at first I thought it was live actors, and my immediate thought was, "Wait, shouldn't that just be called Story?"
posted by Malor at 11:31 PM on January 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


!!!!!
posted by JHarris at 11:41 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


in case you need elaboration, that's my way of saying HOLY CRAP THIS IS EXCELLENT
posted by JHarris at 11:44 PM on January 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


I was just watching this and came here to post it. Beat me to it. It's pretty awesome.
posted by The Potate at 11:48 PM on January 12, 2013


Day-um!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:50 PM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


dunkadunc: That line looks like a split-screen with the background by itself used as a pseudo-garbage matte to hide the wires and possibly a puppeteer.
posted by Potsy at 11:56 PM on January 12, 2013


The further you get, the better it gets. The books on the shelf in the movie are named after previously-made Pixar shorts, and they covered them here. Andy's room has the cloud wall paper. They drew a gun on a real Etch-A-Sketch to fill in that two-second throwaway gag in the movie.

What looks at first to be something some people just made on a whim in the opening sequence startes to become surrealy, Twilight-Zone-y well made.

I'm wondering what on earth they're going to do when they get to Planet Express, and then the moving van scene.
posted by JHarris at 11:58 PM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


I admit I jumped straight ahead to the moving van and was not disappointed. This film is charming.
posted by Gary at 12:31 AM on January 13, 2013


It can't possibly be the whole movie. The universe isn't nearly awesome enough to permit it. It's probably just one or two little scenes thrown together by...

See...it's just a...

It's...

Oh my.

(tears of joy)
posted by ShutterBun at 12:35 AM on January 13, 2013 [7 favorites]


You have my pity.
posted by Nomyte at 12:36 AM on January 13, 2013


I said Planet Express, and not Pizza Planet. Heh.
posted by JHarris at 12:40 AM on January 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


Ultra-impressive attention to detail: they went as far as to create the "Shining" carpet in Sid's house, knowing a few dedicated geeks would notice.
posted by ShutterBun at 1:03 AM on January 13, 2013


       Jude 1:25
to the only God
our Savior be glory,
 majesty, power
and authority,
through Jesus Christ
 our Lord, before all ages,
now and forevermore! Amen.


Hmmmm. I don't really remember that bit from the Toy Story end credits.
posted by barnacles at 1:10 AM on January 13, 2013 [6 favorites]


Huh, that's in there? Did they remake all of Toy Story in excruciating detail in order to trick people into seeing their stupid declamatory piece of scripture? Because if they did, like, that is woefully misguided.
posted by JHarris at 1:42 AM on January 13, 2013


Did they remake all of Toy Story in excruciating detail in order to trick people into seeing their stupid declamatory piece of scripture?

Probably not.

It's more likely that this is a project of a committed parent or older sibling, plus the actor seen. They have some religious beliefs and feel like "To God be the glory" is a humble way of saying they don't deserve ALL the credit for this project.
posted by dubold at 2:17 AM on January 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


I can hardly believe they made this with only $1000. Nicely done!
posted by Start with Dessert at 3:02 AM on January 13, 2013


JHarris: Did they remake all of Toy Story in excruciating detail in order to trick people into seeing their stupid declamatory piece of scripture?

Hey, after putting in that much work, they can put anything they want in the credits.
posted by Malor at 4:09 AM on January 13, 2013 [7 favorites]


I mean, it could have been a Mentos ad. A little Scripture's okay, at least in comparison.
posted by Malor at 4:11 AM on January 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


this is amazing. truly wonderful. a win of epic proportions.
posted by Glibpaxman at 4:22 AM on January 13, 2013


"Huh, that's in there? Did they remake all of Toy Story in excruciating detail in order to trick people into seeing their stupid declamatory piece of scripture? Because if they did, like, that is woefully misguided."

I'm not sure you really get what dedications are for, like, I didn't write my thesis so I could thank my family and partner at the beginning nor did I put it there to trick people into discovering who I'm related to or dating. Not everything is about you.
posted by Blasdelb at 4:26 AM on January 13, 2013 [9 favorites]


I have been meaning to rewatch Toy Story.
Now, thanks to this thread, I can in a whole new way.

(Does Joss know? Because I think we would wibble).
posted by Mezentian at 4:31 AM on January 13, 2013


Hah, Woody talking to Sid at 1:05:45 is much creepier than in the original.
posted by painquale at 6:33 AM on January 13, 2013


Not everything is about you.

I don't think asking "Would someone go to that much work as a secret evangelism project?" is an unreasonable question, especially if the asker didn't have a religious upbringing. Answering the question in a dismissive way is unlikely to improve their impression of the devout.
posted by dubold at 7:55 AM on January 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm not sure you really get what dedications are for [...] Not everything is about you.

1. I don't think you perceive how tonedeaf it is to go up to a non-believer and say, effectively, JESUS CHRIST IS LOOOOORD. In my life I have heard that assertion hundreds of times. I'll probably hear it hundreds more. It has been a tremendous act of will even to notice them for the same reason it's hard for a fish to notice water. It'll be a hell of a lot more noticeable to people a hundred years from now. (Assuming by then our culture works itself out of this religious rut it's gotten stuck in.)

2. Additional to that though, think. This is a remake of property owned by the fearsome and multifarious Disney Corporation. They are hyper-vigilant and thin-skinned when it comes to protecting their copyright, and how their properties are perceived. When they started an urban legend that Ariel is sitting on Penis Rock, they changed the box art. Consider: what are the chances that this will be allowed to remain on YouTube unmolested? Okay, now consider: what are the chances this will be allowed to remain when followed up on the end by a piece of Christian scripture? An uncharitable observer might assume this whole project is an attempt to hijack some of the prestige and value of one of the greatest animated films of all, all of which they regard as valuable financial assets that add to the worth of the company, and direct it in the service of Christianity. What the makers of this thing might have done is reduced the time their extremely hard work remains visible to the world, which is a tremendous shame when it's done for the reason of adding a few seconds of additional scrolling text at the end.

3. Regarding not everything is about you, well, phooey to you good sir.
posted by JHarris at 11:43 AM on January 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


If it was a passage from the Koran, would it be more or less innocuous?
posted by Brocktoon at 12:29 PM on January 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


An uncharitable observer might assume this whole project is an attempt to hijack some of the prestige and value of one of the greatest animated films of all, all of which they regard as valuable financial assets that add to the worth of the company, and direct it in the service of Christianity.

If that's their motivation, they are doing a terrible job. It must have taken many hundreds of hours of effort, maybe a thousand or more, to make that film. And you're positing here that the payoff for doing this, the motivation for putting in all that effort, is to embed one lousy bit of Scripture in the end credits? That's incredibly inefficient. They could have done ten minutes of the movie, and then done their little message, and gotten just about as many viewers. In fact, by making it so long, they're probably DECREASING the total number of viewers of the credits -- and who even watches credits anyway?

In other words, you are seriously arguing that A) they are manipulative assholes, and B) they're stupid manipulative assholes, all in the same post.

I think it would be far more appropriate to be angry about the YouTube ads that may have been delivered alongside, which are actively manipulative, trying to trick you into buying something. You're surrounded by this kind of manipulation every day, and it messes us all up to one degree or another; it's like air pollution. You've learned to not even see it anymore because it's so pervasive. Yet, you're picking out and condemning a few sentences in the credits, instead of the blaring flashing videos trying to sell you Mentos.

which is a tremendous shame when it's done for the reason of adding a few seconds of additional scrolling text at the end.

Look, I was raised to fear organized religion. I get the worry. But a bit of Scripture in the credits was not the motivator for making this film. These people are just like you.... remember your "!!!" reaction upthread? They love Toy Story just as much as you do, and you'd probably find them to be really fun, pleasant people to hang out with. They also believe in God. This doesn't make them poison or horrible, it's just a little delusion to help them get through the day. It's not like they're beating down your door to proselytize. They did something they enjoyed to celebrate something they love, and added a little shout-out at the end to the other Christians.

Returning to an earlier sentence:

an attempt to hijack [...]one of the greatest animated films of all

I think this is the core of your objection. Being secular, Toy Story is about as close to 'sacred' as a thing will ever get for you. And I think your real anger is because you think they smeared God all over it. You're reacting as though a sacred thing has been desecrated, polluted by an outside belief.
posted by Malor at 2:28 PM on January 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


If that's their motivation, they are doing a terrible job. It must have taken many hundreds of hours of effort, maybe a thousand or more, to make that film. And you're positing here that the payoff for doing this, the motivation for putting in all that effort, is to embed one lousy bit of Scripture in the end credits?

No. I said:
Did they remake all of Toy Story in excruciating detail in order to trick people into seeing their stupid declamatory piece of scripture? Because if they did, like, that is woefully misguided.

You see? I asked a question. Did they do (that thing)? Because if they did, (this thing is true). I actually agree with you, if that was their motivation, that they're doing a terrible job.

I'm a bit prickly when it comes to intrusive, assumptive, smugly-self-righteous religion, yes, but I'm not that prickly. I think this is a textbook case of Metafilter argument escalation.
posted by JHarris at 2:51 PM on January 13, 2013


I think it'd be great if we just talked about the film itself rather than religion.

I suspect that the reason the views are so low on that video is because who's watching all the way through in one sitting? Most people probably watch a few minutes, are impressed, and then move on.

Actually, I don't know how youtube calculates "views". Does the counter tick over if you watch most of the way through, or all the way to the end?
posted by dubold at 3:04 PM on January 13, 2013


I asked a question.

Well, okay, then the answer to your question is "no". :)
posted by Malor at 3:43 PM on January 13, 2013


"I suspect that the reason the views are so low on that video is because who's watching all the way through in one sitting?"

Ummm.... *raises hand*

The mechanisms behind the Youtube counter are kept intentionally obscure and yet still have all kinds of documented bugs/features that obscure true counts.
posted by Blasdelb at 3:46 PM on January 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


Malor: Good. It's not always easy here to signal if a question is rhetorical or not. (I still think there's a chance Disney might not like it though.)
posted by JHarris at 4:40 PM on January 13, 2013


Metafilter: argument escalation.

(all I had to do was insert a colon!)
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:19 PM on January 13, 2013


Thanks for posting this—I'm saving it to watch with my son when he comes home for spring break. Toy Story will always be a sentimental favorite for me.

My son was about 4 years old when Toy Story was released. He watched it so often that he memorized long stretches of dialogue and delivered the lines with the inflections used by the actors in the movie. When he started the are-we-there-yet whining during the trip to Grandma and Grandpa's one Christmas, his dad and I distracted him with the (not really serious) challenge to recite the entire movie. Amazingly, with some help from his sister, he delivered.

His kindergarten graduation ceremony ended with the kids linking hands and singing "You've Got a Friend in Me". (He's kept in touch with that little boy on his left, who had been his best friend since they were in the two-year-old room, despite the fact that they went to separate schools after kindergarten.)

Toy Story naturally slipped in the movie rotation as he got older, but he watched occasionally to humor me. When Toy Story 3 was released, we saw it at the local theater. It was a Saturday matinee and the place was packed with other parents and kids. But, my "little boy" was 6'4" and had just graduated from high school.

As you may know, at the end of Toy Story 3, Andy's toys are spared the sad fate of being stored in the attic when Andy decides to give them to a little girl whose toys had been lost. He takes them to her house, but before he hands them over, he starts to take Woody from the box. It's clear that part of Woody really wants to stay with Andy—at the same time, he's a toy—he is supposed to be with a child. Andy lets Woody fall back in the box, sits down with the little girl, and introduces her to the toys. The movie closes with him playing with the toys for the last time. Andy, like my son, is all grown up now.

I'm tearing up as I type this—at the theater, I was barely suppressing sobs. We stayed, as usual, when the credits rolled. The crowd thinned and my son stood up, but I put my hand up in the "wait a minute" sign. This is when he realizes that I'm crying. I'm afraid that if I stand up, he will hug me and I will loose it.

Instead, he leans down as if he were talking to a small child and says "This is why we don't go to nice places."
posted by she's not there at 6:24 PM on January 13, 2013 [13 favorites]


Oh. My. God. This is fantastic. The attention to detail is amazing.

Did they remake all of Toy Story in excruciating detail in order to trick people into seeing their stupid declamatory piece of scripture? Because if they did, like, that is woefully misguided.

Honestly, some people like to thank god/jesus after they do a lot of things. Not many people watch credits anyways (especially on Youtube). I chalk it up to just some weird thing people do, and not some sort of nefarious plan to try and convert people.
posted by littlesq at 7:18 PM on January 13, 2013


So who's got video skills and time to reedit it so that we don't see the wires?
posted by furtive at 8:48 PM on January 13, 2013


So who's got video skills and time to reedit it so that we don't see the wires?

That would SO ruin its charm.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:35 PM on January 13, 2013


I think I'll just watch the real Toy Story.
posted by Brocktoon at 9:50 PM on January 13, 2013


I chalk it up to just some weird thing people do, and not some sort of nefarious plan to try and convert people.

Again: question.
posted by JHarris at 10:16 PM on January 13, 2013


Again: question.

Unless I missed something, littlesq's comment is his answer, essentially, to your question.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:42 PM on January 13, 2013 [1 favorite]



The mechanisms behind the Youtube counter are kept intentionally obscure and yet still have all kinds of documented bugs/features that obscure true counts.


Cheers, Blasdelb, that is fascinating.
posted by dubold at 1:40 AM on January 14, 2013


So who's got video skills and time to reedit it so that we don't see the wires?

The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.
posted by Darth George Lucas at 1:47 AM on January 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


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