Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bring On The Toys!

A few weeks ago, I went to the El Capitan Theatre to see a double feature of "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" with Linda, Mox, Marie, Cindy & Glenn.  Both films were shown in 3D, in anticipation of the upcoming "Toy Story 3",

All of us except Marie had lunch in the Roosevelt Hotel, at 25 Degrees.  I ordered a customized turkey burger with portobello mushroom.  (I think that I also had carmelized onions, but I can't remember now).  I also had sweet potato fries on the side.  They came in a Chinese take-out container, turned over on its side.  They had a lot of oregano on them, which was interesting.  I liked them, but would have preferred them without the oregano.  The burger was yummy.

We had some time to stop at the Soda Fountain and I got a couple of pins, while my companions cleaned out the store's supply of Pixar lamp shirts. The stage show was shorter than normal, most likely because we'd be sitting there for a long time already.  It featured Woody, Buzz and Jessie dancing to different songs from the movies.  I marveled at how well Buzz was able to dance in his bulky spacesuit.

My thoughts on the movies:
  • Before the movie started, I remembered how it felt the first time that I saw "Toy Story", when I didn't have any idea of the amount of genius that I was about to see.  Back then, I hadn't seen "A Bug's Life" yet, and I didn't have quite the high expectations that I do now of all that is Pixar.  My, how times have changed.
  • It would have been cool to have 3-D glasses with 3 lenses, like the little green aliens, although I don't know if they could have done those and still be functional.  We did see a child with an alien hat afterward, and the alien had 3 lenses on its glasses.  The glasses were APPARENTLY homemade.
  • These films are still amazing.  The animation is impeccable, the stories are well-written, and I still feel like I'm getting a peek into what it must be like to be a toy.  I am constantly astounded at the imagination and creativity that artists share with the world, particularly Pixar.
  • I still cry during Jessie's "When Somebody Loved Me", and actually start tearing up in anticipation of what I'm about to feel.  I didn't cry as much as usual, though, because I was giggling at Cindy when I heard her sniffling before the song started.  I was getting teary, too, but I just found it humorous that the emotions were already getting to someone other than me. I cry at movies a lot anyway.   I later told V about this, and it made her further perplexed by Cindy's non-crying during "Up".  :)
  • At intermission, the VIP ticketholders (AKA Fancy People, as I like to call us) were allowed to get a refill on their popcorn buckets, and were given packaged apple slices.  Nice!
  • I should have brought my Jessie doll to watch the movies with us, but somebody's trying to make me grow up and put her out of my sight, so I forgot about her.  I think that Jessie's mad at me now.  I'd better bring her to TS3!
We had dinner at California Pizza Kitchen afterward, which was yummy.  It was a long wait outside in the cold, but if I had gotten hungry, I still had some popcorn and apple slices to tide me over until my meal was served.

Thank you, Glenn, for getting us the tickets for our usual seats.  Thanks to all of you for a fun time.  I hope that we can all see "Toy Story 3" together, too.


  1. Since the trailer for "Toy Story 3" made me cry, I am figuring the movie will as well.

    So are you going to see the 3D version of "Beauty and the Beast" with me? Because I might just be crying buckets at that one! ;)

  2. I'll probably go, just to make sure you have buckets handy. :)