Today in Movie Culture: The Practical Effects of ‘Child’s  Play,’ ‘Toy Story’ Franchise Recap and More

Today in Movie Culture: The Practical Effects of ‘Child’s Play,’ ‘Toy Story’ Franchise Recap and More

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


VFX Breakdown of the Day:

Chucky returns this weekend in a new form as the Child’s Play remake hits theaters. This time, the killer doll is voiced by Mark Hamill and is more of a robot action figure portrayed with practical animatronic effects. Here’s a behind the scenes look at the making of the new horror movie from Orion Pictures that shows how they brought the new Chucky to life:


Director Commentary of the Day:

When the first trailer for the new Child’s Play arrived back in April, IMDb got the movie’s director, Lars Klevberg, to discuss the spot with a voiceover commentary. As he narrates what’s happening, he talks about the practical effects and the influence of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, of all movies, on the new horror remake:


Actor in the Spotlight:

One big reason to look forward to the new Child’s Play remake is Aubrey Plaza. The actress, who stars in the horror movie as a mother who inadvertently buys her son the killer toy called Chucky, receives the spotlight in this video montage from Robert Jones, who noticed a trend in her movie and TV work:


Movie Mashup of the Day:

How funny is it that the Child’s Play remake and Toy Story 4, two movies about sentient toys, are opening on the same day? Funny enough for Trailer Blend to capitalize on the coincidence with a mashup. Here’s a recut trailer for the original Toy Story with the audio replaced with that of the trailer for the new Child’s Play:


Movie Franchise Recap of the Day:

With Toy Story 4 out in theaters this week, you’ll be wanting to recall what’s happened in the previous movies, and since the franchise began almost 25 years ago, we understand if your memory is a little shaky. Fortunately, Movieclips has a new video to help you out, recapping the plots of 1995’s Toy Story, 1999’s Toy Story 2 and 2010’s Toy Story 3:


Cosplay of the Day:

At the recent premiere of the new Toy Story sequel, you can bet there were fans there cosplaying as many classic characters, including Woody and Jessie, plus new additions Forky and Gabby Gabby, returning favorite Bo Peep and cult favorite Combat Carl. Here’s Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley taking a selfie with some of them from the red carpet:


Musical Parody of the Day:

Men in Black: International doesn’t feature Will Smith nor one of the rapper-turned-actor’s memorable plot songs. So, here’s the latest musical parody from Aaron Fraser-Nash with KingHenryTheEtch to make up for the missing element. This number is performed by all the MIB aliens sung to the tune of Lil Dicky’s “Earth”:


Remade Movie Scene of the Day:

One of the best parts of Avengers: Endgame is when all of the missing or absent MCU heroes show up at the last minute for the battle against Thanos. Now, courtesy of Brick Force Studios, we can relive the moment when they all arrive through Doctor Strange’s magical teleportation portals, this time in LEGO form:


Movie Science of the Day:

Speaking of Avengers: Endgame, the MCU might be done with Iron Man, but the real world could get their very own version. In this CNET video, Adam Savage presents a fan build of an actual flying “Mark” suit, leaning into existing technology to show how a real Tony Stark would create his superhero armor:


Movie Crew Person of the Day:

Taron Egerton has received awards buzz for his portrayal of Sir Elton John in the new musical biopic Rocketman, especially for his singing performance and mimicry of John’s talent on piano. Insider shows us how Egerton trained for such an achievement with help from pianist and vocal coach Michael L. Roberts:

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