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‘Toy Story’ recreated using real toys

- January 14th, 2013

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When the original Toy Story was released in 1995, it marked a complete shift in animation. Eschewing the hand-drawn ‘toons that were synonymous with Disney, the upstarts at Pixar went completely digital giving us a cast of characters that moviegoers immediately fell in love with.

Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) became childhood heroes to many, and their adventures over the course of three films had youngsters growing up with them – literally.

So, to pay homage to the film, two young filmmakers from Arizona decided to recreate the film frame for frame using real toys and the film’s original soundtrack.

Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta started the “Live-Action Toy Story Project” in June 2010 shortly after Toy Story 3 was released in theatres.

The pair initially talked about recreating their favourite scene, but those conversations quickly morphed into a decision to remake the first film from scratch.

“Jesse and I were reminded how big of fans we were and wanted to do a scene and couldn’t decide which one to do, so we decided to do the whole thing,” Pauley told the East Valley Tribune.

While the original Toy Story cost over $30-million, Pauley and Perrotta got their 80-minute version done for about $1,000; borrowing toys from friends and recruiting kids off the street to help with the action.

And it appears that the remake is gaining lots of attention.

Lee Unkrich, who directed Toy Story 3, praised their dedication on Twitter. And a Facebook page dedicated to the remake has over 3,000 likes and the video has been viewed over 1.7 million times on YouTube.

You can watch the entire live-action recreation of Toy Story below. Let us know what you think of the remake in the comments.

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4 comments

  1. James | January 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    One key scene would have been impressive. The whole movie? Too much. I prefer the real thing. Long live Pixar!

  2. Chris | January 20, 2013 at 7:04 am

    I totally agreed with you James. I could not sit through an hour and a half to watch this. Parodies are fine if they are done properly and professionally, but watching someone play with toys for an hour and a half is way loo much for me to handle.

  3. mike | January 20, 2013 at 10:41 am

    …i think it’s very creative

  4. Darren | January 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I thought it was great. I became a little submersed in the story line again. It wasn’t hard to sit through, but yes Pixar spoils us. Years ago everything looked like this stop animation, etc. Great job you guys!

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