Creating a Toy Story movie is not an easy feat. It took the team at Pixar four years, from 2006 to 2010. For two brothers from Iowa, it took eight years to re-create the entire film in stop motion.
The film is a shot-for-shot remake using the original Toy Story 3 audio, with voice cast including Tom Hanks as Sheriff Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Wallace Shawn as Rex – but with all the visuals replaced by stop motion versions.
Morgan and Mason McGrew, 20 and 23, have been working on the project since they were 12 and 15 – and is shot on iPhones.
They issued a post on their Facebook page about how the project came to life.
“How did this project begin? Well, it all started after my brother and I had seen ‘Toy Story 3’ on its opening night. It instantly became our favorite film and….you could say an obsession kinda ensued,
“I mean, we began collecting just about EVERY new toy from the film to accompany the ones we had as kids. Yeah, a slight obsession. Let’s fast forward 2 years. By this time I’m (Morgan) 16, and I finally realize that ‘Toy Story 3’ was more than just my favorite film,
“It actually was kinda my life. I was growing up, and I still am (obviously). Anyway, I didn’t want to miss my chance to thank Pixar for making ‘Toy Story 3’ and every other film for that matter. So with a love for Pixar, ‘Toy Story 3’ and filmmaking, the Live Action Toy Story 3 project began.”
The whole thing is now available to watch on YouTube – and has been given the blessing of the Walt Disney company to remain up there, though it isn’t for profit.
It’s a very impressive piece of film-making and we can’t wait to see what the brothers will do next. Maybe they’ll tackle Toy Story 4 – after all, we’d love to see a real life Forky.
Featured Image Credit: Morgan and Mason McGrew