Toy story“At the time, toys were considered a luxury. Toy stores were unheard of. I had to change this way of thinking. But, I also had to ensure that the Barbie doll was something the public could afford.” How one woman shaped the local toy industry with Barbie’s help “PIONEER of the Philippine Toy Industry.” Entrepreneurial spiritTang-Yao’s entrepreneurial mindset was further honed when she took over her parents’ Goodyear tires distribution franchise in Bicol and began dabbling in commodities trading. She remembers how satisfying it felt learning the ins and outs of the business, as well as ensuring that it grew into a booming endeavor. “My parents had no formal business background. But I was really interested in learning the business, so I offered to manage it. I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur,” she says.Tang-Yao looks back to reading business and etiquette books growing up, certain that she was going to enter the … [Read more...] about Toy story
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What more could we ask of Woody and Buzz? What more did we as an audience need? If we got another, would it live up to the unbridled joy and emotional satisfaction of the first three? And if it was bad, would it tarnish the others? Sure it might sound a little dramatic to get this emotionally invested in the legacy of an animated series about anthropomorphic toys, but Pixar and Disney did this to themselves by creating something so precious and lasting. But I’m delighted to report that the fears were unwarranted. Toy Story 4 is a blast and it’s great to be back with the gang. It took a herculean effort behind the scenes to get here too, nine years after Toy Story 3 left many of us sobbing in our seats. Ousted Pixar head John Lasseter, who directed the first two, was supposed to direct and the screenplay switched hands three years into development (which helps explain why eight writers get “story by” credits). Eventually the project was handed over to … [Read more...] about In the joyous ‘Toy Story 4,’ the toys evolve too
It had been two years since Andy donated his toys to Bonnie. Bonnie was very shy in her first day at kindergarten but because of Woody's interference, she was able to create her own little figurine from a plastic spork and called him Forky. When the family goes out on a road trip, Forky throws himself out of the vehicle, thinking he was only trash. Believing no toy should be left alone, Woody goes out after Forky to get him back for Bonnie. I know am not alone in thinking that the Toy Story franchise already ended perfectly in "Toy Story 3" (2010). That was why when promo ads started coming out to promote a fourth installment this year, I was apprehensive about how it might affect the beloved series. Frankly, when I saw that Forky in that first trailer, I thought it was corny and shallow. I did not think it was a good story idea at all. Watching the film did not improve my opinion of Forky at all, honestly. Okay, he was sort of funny in his quirky little way, but I felt he … [Read more...] about Movie review: Is ‘Toy Story 4’ really necessary?
Before it made "Toy Story" in 1995, the longest video Pixar had ever created lasted just five minutes. It didn't have an art or a screenplay department, and had fewer than 20 people on its payroll. A lot has changed in the past 24 years for what is now the world's largest animation studio. And the saga of the beloved toy gang led by Woody and Buzz Lightyear -- the fourth installment of which is soon to hit screens around the globe -- is the perfect guide to that transformation. Today, Pixar has 1,247 employees, and with each new film it has modernized its RenderMan computer program, bringing its animated images closer and closer to real-life accuracy. "Plastic was our friend -- it was the only material our program handled well," Bill Reeves, technology supervisor and Pixar employee since 1986, said at a presentation about the original movie at the studios in Emeryville, just outside San Francisco. Production designer Bob Polly recalled at the event how in the first two installments of … [Read more...] about ‘Toy Story’: a tale of Pixar’s technological evolution
Creating toys out of everyday objects is a staple of any imaginative child's playtime: A cardboard box becomes a car; a piece of wood transforms into a sword; and a plastic fork ... becomes Forky.And so a discarded piece of cutlery is set to become the latest addition to Bonnie's toy chest - along with Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the rest of the adorable animated gang - when Toy Story 4 hits movie theatres worldwide this month. The much-anticipated sequel also features the return of the plucky Bo Peep (Annie Potts) as a leading character, and the arrival of 70s action figure Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves).Many, including Pixar's own animators, were convinced that the saga would end as a trilogy after its third installment in 2010.But the question "What's next for Woody?" kept coming up, director Josh Cooley told AFP during a visit to the studios in Emeryville, just outside San Francisco.Toy Story 3 ended with Woody being passed by Andy … [Read more...] about Woody, Buzz and … a plastic fork: the Toy Story gang grows