Monday, December 20, 2010

Little green men

I planned on having this video part of tomorrow's post on Pixar, but between basement floods and hormones I didn't quite finish any writing this weekend. So to tide you over I will now share one of my favorite "physical" comedy aspects of any Pixar movie (and there are a lot) – the little green soldier men from the first Toy Story.

There are so many things that make this brilliant. One is that they didn't alter the fundamental nature of the classic bucket of green soldiers. Still green, still plastic, feet still one paddle/stand. This bit kills because they are completely unimpeded by their flipper walk or squeaky plastic bodies. I never would have thought they could flipper walk, but after seeing Toy Story, it seems so obvious! Of course! Physical comedy genius. If only live action comedians tried this hard.

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