Getting A Buzz


Woody and Buzz

Woody and Buzz

Really, it would have been tough to have a more diverse movie-going experience this weekend, than an almost-midnight show of Zombieland at the Monaco on Friday and a double feature of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3-D on Sunday.

The former was enjoyable. I didn’t expect much, and was pleased that it was a lot of fun. My tolerances for scary and gory aren’t particularly high, and Zombieland skewed more toward comedy and romance, which made it enjoyable for me. Plus, awesome cameo toward the end.

The Toy Story experience was great. Pixar is almost too good at 3-D; I had the same feeling watching these that I did watching Up this summer (well, at least the same feeling about the 3-D) — the effects are so seemless that you almost don’t notice it. Pixar isn’t going to go for the typical 3-D gag of things flying out of the screen at you, and you leave realizing just how gratuitous a lot of 3-D is. That said, some of that gratuitousness has become part of what you expect, so it’s absence is almost disappointing.

Watching Toy Story on the big screen again, I thought it had aged pretty well. I remember going to see it when it first came out, and knowing that it was going to be a game-changer. Since then, however, Pixar has come a long way with their animation, and I was expecting Toy Story to look a little dated as a result. But, really — they do much better work with dogs now than they did then (heck, their dog work had improved dramatically just between the two Toy Storys, to say nothing of the incredible work in Up), but other than that, everything held up quite well. All in all, the evening was a lot of fun.

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