Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Toy Story 3
The term Reality Distortion Field was coined to describe the effect Steve Jobs had on workers at Apple; the phrase has come to be used for the slavish praise garnered in the media by Apple products. After watching Toy Story 3, I'm wondering if Pixar, Jobs' other brainchild, generates a distortion field of its own. What else could explain the adoring reviews received by what is a well-crafted but rather tedious sequel?
Here's the plot: Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the cast are locked away now that their owner Andy is a teenager. Before leaving for college, he decides to put his beloved toys in the attic, but they end up being donated to a day care center. Now the toys have to escape and get back to Andy. The lost-and-found theme was done much better in Finding Nemo, which also had a far richer visual texture, as did Up and Wall-E. Pixar is now in sequelitis mode, with Cars 2 and Monsters Inc. 2 on the way. I think Toy Story 3 might be looked upon in the future as the moment when the studio lost its verve.