Live Action Toy Story is a 2013 fan film from filmmakers Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta that lovingly recreates the Pixar classic shot for shot,
The Live Action Toy Story fan film recreates the Pixar classic shot for shot. The original Toy Story was a game-changing animated adventure and is the first fully computer-animated movie. Aside from its technical breakthroughs, it was acclaimed for its fantastic writing and voice performances. Despite its success, Toy Story 2 was originally intended to be an STV release. However, the studio was so impressed with how it was progressing it was later upgraded to a theatrical release and once again received acclaim.
It took over a decade for Toy Story 3 to arrive, with the passage of time reflected in its slightly darker tone. This entry saw the toys being cast aside by a grown-up Andy and trying to find a new place to call home. This entry was intended to be the final movie and it ends on a very satisfying note. Pixar resurrected the series again for 2019’s Toy Story 4, which saw Woody unexpectedly reunite with Bo Peep and having to decide if he should leave the gang for good.
While Disney has been steadily working through its back catalog to create live-action versions of animated tales like The Lion King or Beauty And The Beast, Pixar has stated they’d never be involved in such a remake of Toy Story. They’ve already been beaten to the punch anyway, as a Live Action Toy Story has already happened in the form of a 2013 fan movie.
Live Action Toy Story is the creation of fans Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta, who went through a crazy amount of effort to translate the movie to reality. What originally started as an attempt to recreate one scene turned into the duo remaking the entire story using toys on strings or other crude animation techniques. The result is insanely charming, and while the original film is obviously the best way to view it, Live Action Toy Story is definitely worth a watch for fans of the franchise.
It’s made all the more impressive for the fact it was shot for around $1000 and was stitched together over the course of two years. Live Action Toy Story was greeted with praise when it debuted in 2011 too, with Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich also being a fan of the sweded remake. An actual live action Toy Story might be out of the question, but it’s unlikely it could top the charms of Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta’s low-fi take anyway.