Well, guys, I finally saw Toy Story 3 — right on time as usual. Of course I loved it, and of course I had to remove my 3-D glasses twice while bawling as Andy said goodbye, and of course I had a nightmare wherein my beloved yet physically terrifying and possibly NSFW baby doll, ‘Carwie,’ had developed a terrorist agenda similar to Big Baby’s. What I didn’t expect was that I would love the Pixar short shown before Toy Story 3, “Day & Night,” even more than TS3.
In “Day & Night,” two ghost-like blobs become skeptical of their differences but (SPOILER ALERT!) learn to celebrate them instead. The message was similar to that of this Dr. Seuss clip: Star-Belly Sneetches are no better than Plain-Belly Sneetches! I loved that “Day & Night” was deceptively simple-looking (Day and Night were drawn in 2-D, but the worlds within them were 3-D) and that the message was so thoughtful, sweet, and even a bit sly. Director Teddy Newton — who actually voiced the Chatter Telephone in Toy Story 3 (!!!) — used a quote from a 1970s lecture by Wayne Dyer that he remembered his mother playing for him during his youth. Read it and watch a short making-of doc for “Day & Night” after the jump.
Fear of the unknown.
They are afraid of new ideas.
They are loaded with prejudices, not based upon anything in reality, but based on… if something is new, I reject it immediately because it’s frightening to me. What they do instead is just stay with the familiar.
You know, to me, the most beautiful things in all the universe, are the most mysterious.
[from Pixar Talk]
Whoa, that last line is exactly how I justify my love for Dancing With the Stars!
The quote, which the director said was based on a similar speech by Albert Einstein, doesn’t bang kids over the head with the idea that they should accept everyone and be tolerant when someone has rainbows fixin’ to burst out of his or her gut. If anything, the quote might even confuse kids upon a first listen. But they might remember it, look into it down the line and want to figure out what it was all about, just like Teddy Newton did. These are the only spoken lines in the short film. The only thing that could possibly make this more brilliant for me would be if Moloko’s “Day For Night” were faintly playing in the background.
Did you love “Day & Night” too? Which Pixar short has been your favorite?
Owen Gleiberman reviews Toy Story 3
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