Disney and Pixar Onward | Rapid Reviews (Spoilers)

Disney and Pixar’s Onward: Great movie. I laughed and cried. It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited for a Pixar movie. I enjoyed the characters and the plot. The whole “teen embarrassed by a family member” thing was a bit cliche; but as a whole, I enjoyed the experience. My personal hype for it paid off–usually the expectations I place on it don’t match up, but this time they did.

Star Wars: Clone Wars Season 7: So far, I’ve felt like the series never ended. It doesn’t seem like there was a gap in new episodes. Usually, when they have a restart of a show years later, they try to modernize it and it fails. So far, it seems like the producers are keeping it in tune with the old seasons. I also like the Bad Batch, who remind me of the Ninja Turtles. You got your tech guy, your disciplined leader, the tough guy, and the comic relief. Though with the Bad Batch, it seems like the one you’d think would be more like Raphael, Wrecker, is more like Michelangelo. It is actually Crosshairs that is more like Raphael, go figure.

Ninja Turtles UK Insurance Commercial REACTION/BREAKDOWN by THE OLD TURTLE DEN: I’m glad THE OLD TURTLE DEN showed the whole commercial without reacting before going back through with his reaction. In other videos by the same person, they would show the clip/video but keep pausing it to discuss what they saw. It made it difficult for me to follow and made the video seem longer. I’m glad to see that they can change; it makes me want to continue watching their videos; it shows they listen to their audience. As for the commercial, the CGI Donatello looks amazing. There are times when you can tell it isn’t as good, but it is only a minute long commercial and not a movie or series. The part I liked is that you can tell Direct Line cared about the property they were using. They didn’t just slap something together and go, “People will watch it because it has a Ninja Turtle in it.” I could tell they worked hard and spent a lot of time and money on it.

Direct Line

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Toy Story 4 | Review (Spoilers)


A special note for all you Pixar Theorists out there. After Buzz is added to the carnival prize wall, you can see a girl playing the game. When she turns around, she looks a lot like Boo from Monsters Inc. At least, she did to me–it happens fast. She looked a little older, like eight, maybe ten, years old.

Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 has Woody and company on a road trip after Bonnie’s parents decide on a family vacation before Bonnie begins kindergarten. But during the trip, Bonnie’s newest toy, Forky–which she made during the orientation class–escapes. It is up to Woody to find Forky and return him to Bonnie.

The movie had great acting and great animation. It did well with balancing humor and emotion. Also, the interactions between Bo Peep and Woody seemed authentic. As a whole, the movie was one of the best in the series.

But, you could also see a message underneath the family-friendly action. There are many dark theories about the Toy Story series, such as if one of the toys died the child would never know and keep playing with it and the other toys would have to deal with having their friend’s body there all the time.

img_2674Another theory is about how the toys are slaves and that one day they will rebel against humanity (as explained in a Film Theorists’ video). If you watch the fourth movie, you can see some beginnings of an uprising. First, the stuffed unicorn wants to get Bonnie’s dad arrested. Second, whenever Bunny and Ducky come up with a plan, it involves violently attacking a human–in one case with laser vision.

Then there is Woody. Boonie is more interested in playing with Jesse than him. He gets left in the closet more and more. After awhile he starts to feel like he no longer has a purpose. Enter Forky who keeps saying he is trash. When Woody explains his feelings to Forky, Forky says he’s trash too. Forky explains that a spork’s purpose is to be used to eat with then thrown away. Woody fulfilled his purpose and needs to be trashed.

You could see how feeling useless could cause the toys to rebel. They are no longer needed. They spend years of their lives watching over kids only to be boxed up. It is the same in real life. When a person feels frustrated and unappreciated or useless they lash out (or rebel). 

However, in Woody’s case he does not rebel because he soon finds a new purpose. He learns that he can help other toys find their homes. When people feel useful, they are less likely to rebel. So, as long as the toys have some purpose, they won’t rebel. 

Toy Story 4 did a good job of closing the arc. You saw Woody’s story; he went from being Andy’s toy to no longer being needed by Andy to being given away to going to a new child to finding his new purpose. It really was a story of a toy. You saw how they’re loved, forgotten, and given to others. It was also a good story of life in general. You have good times, bad times, and times where you have to adapt and find a new path. You also got to see how the disappointments of life can make someone angry, insecure, or broken hearted.

Pixar once again did a great job of showing something about the human condition while also making an enjoyable movie. They did an excellent job of telling the audience their message while at the same time not being preachy.


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