Today in Movie Culture: The Evolution of Animation in the ‘Toy Story’ Movies, Aubrey Plaza’s Guide to Creepy Doll Movies and More

Today in Movie Culture: The Evolution of Animation in the ‘Toy Story’ Movies, Aubrey Plaza’s Guide to Creepy Doll Movies and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

 

VFX Breakdown of the Day:

Have you rewatched the original Toy Story in anticipation of seeing Toy Story 4? If so, you noticed a big difference in the animation and special effects of 24 years ago compared to what we’re getting today, especially from Pixar. This video from Insider looks at how the quality of the studio’s computer animation and VFX has evolved over time:

 

Easter Eggs of the Day:

While we’re talking about the original Toy Story, rewatching the movie in later years may allow you to get some of the references that you didn’t notice as a child. In anticipation of all the Easter eggs we’re likely to spot in Toy Story 4, this video from Vanity Fair looks back at the first movie and spotlights all its nods to movies, TV, famous artists and more:

 

Movie Comparison of the Day:

Now we jump ahead to Toy Story 3. If you’re heading to see Toy Story 4 but still haven’t seen the Best Picture-nominated third installment of the Toy Story series, you’ll apparently still be fine if you’ve at least seen a certain Quentin Tarantino movie. Couch Tomato shows Django Unchained is basically the same thing:

 

Fan Art of the Day:

The breakout new character in Toy Story 4 is named Forky, and he’s made out of a spork. We’re not sure what happens to him at the end of the new Pixar sequel, but if he winds up thrown into the ocean, we can imagine he’ll be adopted by a certain Disney Princess. Here’s a funny mashup from artist David Gilson:

 

Franchise Recap of the Day:

Given that the new Child’s Play is a remake, you don’t need to know what happens in all the Chucky movies beforehand. But if you want the context anyway, here’s a fun cartoon from Tell It Animated that follows the whole story from the original 1988 version of Child’s Play through the six sequels, to 2017’s Cult of Chucky:

 

Movie Expert of the Day:

Actress Aubrey Plaza, who is one of the stars of the new Child’s Play remake, is now also an unofficial expert on horror movies involving creepy dolls and puppets. To help promote her own, for Vanity Fair she reviews the evil playthings in Saw, Poltergeist, Goosebumps, and more:

 

Cosplay of the Day:

Lucky fans of the Child’s Play movies got to see the remake a few days early, but they had to do so in character. Here’s one of the attendees of the special cosplay screening of the new Child’s Play, which opens this weekend, surrounded by a theater-full of identical-looking viewers:

 

Remade Movie Scene of the Day:

Avengers: Endgame is reportedly getting a theatrical boost next weekend with a “re-release” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe installment including new footage and other “surprises.” Anyway, here’s another way to revisit the final battle between the Avengers and Thanos, in 16-bit video game animation form:

 

Alternate Ending of the Day:

Speaking of the end of Avengers: Endgame, the gang at How It Should Have Ended have another hilarious animated video illustrating how the movie should have concluded. This time, they propose that there was a more logical place and time for the Avengers to go to in order to collect all the Infinity Stones while also bringing back a popular pre-release fan theory:

 

Movie Science of the Day:

If that video didn’t give you enough Thor love, this week’s edition of Because Science is also focused on the God of Thunder. In this video, Kyle Hill scientifically explains why even though Thor’s powers involve lightning, the Avengers: Endgame character can still be shocked with electricity:

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