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article imageRemade 'Toy Story' movie with real toys goes viral on YouTube

By Leigh Goessl     Jan 14, 2013 in Entertainment
Gilbert - The "Toy Story" movies have attracted fans for over 15 years, but in a unique show of fan appreciation, two individuals recreated the popular first movie in a tribute using real toys and people.
A remade "Toy Story" movie was filmed by Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta using real toys. The duo posted the video on YouTube two days ago and it quickly went viral.
According to the East Valley Tribune (via Huffington Post), Pauley and Perrotta met in high school and bonded over "mutual love" for "Toy Story". The students, who had an interest in film and had already memorized the original film from seeing it so many times, decided to do their own live-action version.
This project kicked off after "Toy Story 3" arrived in theatres.
“Jesse and I were reminded how big of fans we were and wanted to do a scene and couldn’t decide which one to do, so we decided to do the whole thing,” Pauley told East Valley Tribune.
According to CNET, the pair filmed the movie, which took two and a half years of work.
Filmmakers Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta recruited over 100 people to help play roles in their v...
Filmmakers Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta recruited over 100 people to help play roles in their version of "Toy Story". Here you can see a hand reaching for Woody's pull string.
YouTube/Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta
The duo used toys picked up at the local toy store, from friends and from thrift stores. Other toys, such as the ones found in Sid's room and Bo-Peep, had to be created from scratch. They reportedly asked kids on the street to participate and went out looking for houses that resembled the ones in the Pixar movie.
The end result is an incredible remake of the original "Toy Story" scenes using toys, strings and hands to move the characters, along with the help of about 150 people to play the characters. The total cost of the movie was $1,000, and the pair paid remarkable attention to detail.
“If ‘Toy Story’ was in real life this is what it would look like,” Perrotta told East Valley Tribune back in October. “Someone who knows the movie really well will say, ‘Wow, that tiny thing in the background they got right.”
The two Arizona filmmakers are hoping Pixar will let them visit its Animation Studios in Northern California, a longtime dream of theirs, reported East Valley Tribune.
“[Pixar] doesn’t let people in unless you’ve done anything,” Pauley said. “But I’m pretty confident; there’s a group of people who made a pizza planet truck in California and they got in.”
The toys used in the live action fan movie were held up by strings and other materials and moved lik...
The toys used in the live action fan movie were held up by strings and other materials and moved like puppets.
YouTube/Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta
The duo had to hold off from publishing their film pending approval from Pixar, which they did get, reported CNET.
The popularity of Pixar's "Toy Story" spun off two sequels, and there are always rumors of a fourth movie.
Will Pauley and Perrotta plan any follow-up "Toy Story" movies as well? Time will perhaps tell, but it seems the duo is instead planning to work on their own ventures, most notably an original "Billy and Chucky" series.
Their "Toy Story" remake, as of Jan. 14, already has 1,537,570 views on YouTube. Other clips, including "Live Action Toy Story 3 Ending" published in May 2012, can be seen on YouTube.
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