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June 17, 2010
The toys end up at an upper-middle class preschool. We get that plot point from the playtime baskets and bins, and the brightly colored plastic chew rings that fill the shelves. So why are the innocent and wide-eyed faces of Woody and the gang filled with fear and loathing? Because the first "Toy Story" was 15 years ago, and these toys can't handle today's kids - who call ripping Rex's head off and shoving it down Mrs. Potato Head's eye socket playtime. I'm not a grumpy old man who walked five miles in the snow to get to school.
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December 27, 1996 | By Michael Klein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the holidays wind down, the last things you probably want to see are more toys. But here they are. And they're skating, too, at the CoreStates Center in a snazzy show through Jan. 5. It's a major deal, from the outsized title - Walt Disney's World on Ice: Toy Story - to the production itself: 43 skaters, 18 mutant toys, 24 Martians and 25 Green Army men (complete with "plastic" stands), a 34-by-70-foot stage, a 14-foot-high remote-control car, and an 18-foot-high Martian rocket ship.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 1999 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
"You never forget kids like Emily or Andy," warns Jessie, a vintage '50s cowgirl doll who's about to be shipped off to a toy museum in Japan. "They just forget you. " Emily was the girl who used to play with - and love - Jessie. Andy is the kid who owns Woody the cowboy, along with a certain jut-jawed space hero by the name of Buzz. In Toy Story 2, a worthy, wonderfully comic successor to the 1995 computer-animated megahit, the courtly cowpoke who vied for Andy's affections against his "To infinity and beyond!"
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June 18, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
When Pixar released its first computer-animated feature 15 years ago - the modestly titled Toy Story - it shook the world of movie cartooning to its core. Here was this vivid, color-saturated, dimensional piece of animation. The contrast between its brilliant, textured digital images and the tried-and-true 'toons audiences were accustomed to was profound. (That year's traditionally drawn entries: A Goofy Movie and Pocahontas .) Toy Story went on to earn kabillions, and made Pixar a household brand.
NEWS
March 12, 1996 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
This hammy little piggy has a beef. If a toy Babe had been on store shelves at Christmastime - the way Pocahontas dolls, Lion King plush toys and Batman action figures were - he, too, might have been taken home. In a world where the characters in a movie are usually in the stores even before the movie opens, this absence of buyable Babes was unusual. "It wasn't that a toy Babe didn't exist last year," says John Dumbacher, vice president of licensing for MCA/Universal.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2010
YOU HAVE these choices in the DVD planet this week: "Toy Story 3," "Toy Story 3," or "Toy Story 3. " The Disney-Pixar smash finds Woody trying to rescue his pals from a prisonlike day care center, and arrives in several configurations this week, including a basic DVD copy that includes featurettes about the vocal talent, the new (and old) toy characters, and an informational piece about the international space station (hosted by Buzz Lightyear). The theatrical release is now the highest grossing animated movie ever, and it may play even better on DVD. The movie was shown in 3-D in theaters, where the version I saw had problems.
LIVING
December 7, 1995 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
In the crowd of excited kids spilling out of Disney's smash hit Toy Story, Art Sill came out with a smile and a look of how'd-they-do that? amazement on his face. But in his well-worn Eagles cap and jacket, the burly, bearded 31-year-old salesman from South Philadelphia looked like a guy you'd expect to find in the R-rated upper tiers of Veterans Stadium, not at a G-rated Disney movie. "I had a great time," said Sill, outside the United Artists RiverView on Columbus Boulevard.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"Toy Story 3" continues Pixar's unique tradition of sending grown men out of the theater pretending they're not crying. Pixar is the only big-time animator that routinely tells stories about melancholy and loss, and "TS3" (3-D) has those elements - likely to inspire misty yearnings for lost youth, lost toys or a lost culture that encouraged children to play with toys rather than electronics. Yet there is also something a little un-Pixarlike about "TS3" 3-D, starting with the recurring number "three.
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June 21, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
F INDING DORY far-surpassed its already Ocean-sized expectations to take in $136.2 million in North American theaters, making it the highest-grossing animated debut of all time, according to comScore estimates Sunday. The 2007 film Shrek the Third was the previous record-holder with a $121.6 million debut. Dory is also now the second-largest June opening of all time behind Jurassic World . Going into the weekend, analysts expected Dory to do big, $100 million plus business, but never this much.
NEWS
March 14, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Mikey Krause had waited practically his whole life for this. The 3-year-old can recite every line spoken by Toy Story character Woody and he reenacts the movie with his toys. Now, wearing a yellow Woody T-shirt and a brown fabric holster on one hip, he stood awestruck, face-to-face with a Buzz Lightyear, several times taller than him at a Franklin Institute exhibit. But he couldn't stand still for long. "Come on!" he yelled, running between Buzz and the characters Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc. His aunt, Jen Krause, 22, tried to keep up, pushing his stroller and carrying his cowboy hat and plush Woody doll.
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October 6, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Gimbels department store is gone, the Cramp Shipyard long gone, but the Slinky slinks on. The short stack of flat, coiled metal - created at one Philadelphia landmark and first promoted and sold at the other - turns 70 this year, an accidental toy that has become standard equipment for childhood and an enduring part of the culture. "It's magic," said Tod Corlett, director of industrial-design programs at Philadelphia University, and who still owns his boyhood Slinky. "It's sensual and visceral and pure.
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June 19, 2015
THOUGH PIXAR is the closest thing in the movie business to a can't-miss studio, there has been grumbling recently that the company's been playing it safe. Pixar spent the first decade of the new century releasing completely original titles, seven in all, then started living off the dividends of sequels - "Toy Story 3," "Cars 2," "Monsters University. " Nit-pickers wondered: Had the company lost its nerve? If so, they've gone to the right fellow to get it back - Pete Docter, the animator who helmed "Up," the movie that concluded and perhaps capped its great 2000-09 run. No one can say Docter is playing it safe with "Inside Out," a boldly imagined animated feature that goes inside the brain of a sad, struggling girl, and breaks her emotions down into individual characters - Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust, Sadness - all trying to manage the girl's mood.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cosby breaks no silence   On Monday, Bill Cosby released a video in which he speaks excitedly on the phone about his upcoming show in Wheeling, W.Va. "You know I'll be hilarious," he says. No mention of anything else. None. Also on the site: "Hey. Hey. Hey. I'm far from finished. "   'Toy Story' wants love They're doing a Toy Story 4 ? Really???? So says Pixar prez Jim Morris to the blog Disney Latino. "It will be a love story," he said. "It will be a romantic comedy.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
The news is bad. Bad for the weary, end-of-day Chestnut Hill West commuters who get off the train at Evergreen Avenue and stop by this fanciful place - not necessarily to buy something, but to be someplace fun. Bad for the legions of frazzled parents of birthday-party invitees who have counted on it for a last-minute present and free gift wrap on a Saturday morning. And bad for the guy who drove the hour-and-a-half to it from Jim Thorpe just to buy six pimple balls. O'Doodles toy store, a fixture on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill since 1997, is the bearer of the bad news: It is closing.
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July 30, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
It used to be we would go to the orchestra to avoid commercialism. Now, audiences are paying good money to be pitched to. Playing excerpts from the scores of Pixar films on two nights in Verizon Hall last week, the Philadelphia Orchestra set aside its charge of letting the public in on something interesting, overlooked, or artistically important. Instead, the ensemble played for two hours beneath a screen showing clips from Toy Story ( 1 , 2 and 3 ), Monsters Inc ., Cars ( 1 and 2 )
BUSINESS
September 10, 2013 | By Jane Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The United States' trade deficit with China topped $30 billion last week. In Hatfield, Michael Araten, 43, chief executive of K'nex Brands L.P., the toy company, is making that trend go the other way. President Obama visited K'nex in November to highlight the company's decision to bring back most of its manufacturing from China. In August, K'nex began exporting its toys to China. Question: What struck you about your visit with the president? Answer: He was personally incredibly charming.
NEWS
June 21, 2013
FAMILY Philadelphia Triathlon "Tri"-ers from across the country converge on the Schuylkill to run and bike on both sides of the river and swim in it (downstream), too. The Please Touch Museum and the Falls Bridge are good spots to catch the (early-morning) action. Parking at 4231 Avenue of the Republic. Adult triathlons: 7:30 a.m. tomorrow (19.3 miles) and 6:30 a.m. Sunday (31.9 miles). Kids' fun run: 11:45 a.m. tomorrow (100 meters to 1 mile), phillytri.com. Manayunk Arts Festival Annual juried show takes over Main Street.
NEWS
November 2, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer
"WRECK-IT Ralph" is a cheerful little Disney 'toon that invokes two of the company's most popular properties: "Toy Story" and "Tron. " Set in an old-fashioned arcade, its Secret Lives of Video Game Characters story begins inside a game where kids help Fix It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer) repair the damage caused by the hulking Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly). The old-school game is corny, but also one of the most popular in the arcade. As the movie opens, it's celebrating a venerable anniversary, and the game characters gather after hours to pay homage to Felix.
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