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Toys as Shepherds and Shepherds as Toys: Guiding the Lost in Toy Story 4

Grateful for this one from Jeremiah Lawson. For his insightful commentary on the first three Toy Story films, start here. Warning: spoilers here! Here in 2019 there seems to be an inverse proportion between the number of bids at epic storytelling and the number of successes. After eight seasons and years of commentary, Game of […]

Another Week Ends: Unfunded Mandates, Orthosomnia, One-Star Yelp Reviews, Lancaster Love, the Creation of Forky, and the Fastest Growing Religion in America

1. Fresh off the press from this morning, The Atlantic gives us new language to describe the law: “The Unfunded Mandate.” When the federal government requires states to abide by certain rules without providing the funding needed to support that rule, it’s called an Unfunded Mandate. Stay tuned, though — in the same way that […]

Pixar and the Beauty of Ugly Emotions

The reviews are in for Pixar’s latest project, Monsters University, and most of its criticisms direct readers to previous films in the franchise, implying Pixar has produced better (reinforcing the Law of High Quality Content). But the reviewers still say that the film is immensely entertaining. I can’t disagree. I loved its parallels with the […]

Another Year Ends: Mockingbird at the Oscars

Insert idolatry-related caption here. As you all know, this Sunday brings us the Academy Awards. I was too far behind to comment on the best films of 2010 in December, but a few months grace-period(!) has allowed me to catch up and compile some Mockingbird Oscar picks: films that succeed on their own terms artistically, […]

Toy Story as a Journey of Heroic Repentance, Pt 3: Imputation, Salvation and the Theology of the Cross, Pixar-style

The conclusion to Jeremiah Lawson AKA Wenatchee the Hatchet’s brilliant and very touching look at the Toy Story trilogy. If you haven’t read parts one and two, we highly suggest that you do so before reading this final part. When we look back on all the things Woody has said and done in the three […]

Announcing The Gospel According to Pixar!!

Beginning with Toy Story in 1995, Pixar Animation Studios has taken American cinema by storm, setting a new standard of excellence in animated filmmaking and earning a fortune in the process. Their movies are not only highly entertaining but wise. Pixar has an all-too-rare gift for telling stories which speak about the reality of life […]

Toy Story as a Journey of Heroic Repentance, Pt 2: Prospectors, Prophets and Bears, Oh My!

To kick off “Pixar Day” here on Mockingbird, we proudly present part two of Jeremiah Lawson’s AKA Wenatchee the Hatchet’s exclusive essay “Toy Story as a Trilogy of Heroic Repentance.” The first part dealt with the nature of conflict in the Pixar masterwork (internal, not external) and Woody’s role in the first film as a […]

Toy Story as a Journey of Heroic Repentance, Pt 1

Excited to post the first of three installments that make up Mockingbird friend Jeremiah Lawson AKA Wenatchee the Hatchet’s exclusive essay, “Toy Story as a Journey of Heroic Repentance.” We’ve written about Toy Story on here before, but this really takes it to, you know, infinity and beyond. One of the most illuminating criticisms of Pixar […]

Another Week Ends: Roger Ebert, Judgment, Ben Folds & Nick Hornby, and TS3

Filling in for DZ this week… 1. An interesting piece from George Elerick over at the Huffington Post about the destructive power of judgment. Though his alternative of a love-filled justice leaves much to be desired, he’s on to something… “We judge others and ourselves because we have forgotten in what it looks like to […]

Another Week Ends: Soccer, Toy Story 3, John Ratzenberger, Narnia, Step One, Self-Proclaimed Messiahs, Stars

1. An interesting conversation/editorial about “A World Cup Mentality” over at the NY Times between David Brooks and Gail Collins. One particularly relevant soundbite (ht TB): We in this country prefer pastimes that are rational and quantifiable. Football plays can be drawn up in a playbook and baseball lends itself to statistical analysis. Americans prefer […]

No Toy Gets Left Behind

Abreaction central! The “children’s movie” bonanza that begins this week with the release of Where The Wild Things Are just got another addition:

As a bonus, here’s Todd’s recent post on The Gospel According To Pixar: Toy Story.

The Gospel According to Pixar: Toy Story

For those who haven’t seen the movie (it is 17 years old!), Toy Story is a tale about the secret lives of Andy’s toys. Whenever Andy leaves, a whole unknown toy world comes to life. This is a world of staff meetings, checker games, friends, and Plastic corrosion awareness meetings. Andy’s favorite toy is Woody, […]