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Macmillan Higher Education

Toy Story

A Critical Reading

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British Film Institute

Pages: 112
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BFI Film Classics

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Paperback - 9781844576678

29 May 2015

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15 May 2015

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The first computer-generated animated feature film, Toy Story (1995) sustains a dynamic vitality that proved instantly appealing to audiences of all ages. Like the great Pop Artists, Pixar Studios affirmed the energy of...

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The first computer-generated animated feature film, Toy Story (1995) sustains a dynamic vitality that proved instantly appealing to audiences of all ages. Like the great Pop Artists, Pixar Studios affirmed the energy of modern commercial popular culture and, in doing so, created a distinctive alternative to the usual Disney formula.

Tom Kemper traces the film's genesis, production history and reception to demonstrate how its postmodern mishmash of pop culture icons and references represented a fascinating departure from Disney's fine arts style and fairytale naturalism. By foregrounding the way in which Toy Story flipped the conventional relationship between films and their ancillary merchandising by taking consumer products as its very subject, Kemper provides an illuminating, revisionist exploration of this groundbreaking classic.

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This is the first independent study of a Pixar film

Unique insights: Author was granted access to Pixar studios in order to undertake cuttingedge research

Published to coincide with the 20th Anniversary of the film so will benefit from surrounding publicity

Acknowledgments
1. Power Pop
2. 'The Rat's Nest'
3. 'A Rebel Group'
4. 'What Would Walt Say?'
5. 'Hip loveable, urban. Think Simpsons'
6. Playtime: The Film
7. Stories
Notes
Credits
Bibliography.
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Tom Kemper is Lecturer at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California and Teacher at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, USA. He is the author of Hidden Talent: The Emergence of Hollywood Agents (2009).

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Tom Kemper is Lecturer at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California and Teacher at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, USA. He is the author of Hidden Talent: The Emergence of Hollywood Agents (2009).

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