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Toy Story

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What if Barbie's body changed with the times? Today's realistic Barbie would look nothing like she actually does now.


This is a link to an article written the Chicago Sun-Times about
the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game between UCONN
and Butler. In the article, UCONN is considered the "evil" team
because there has been a lot of recent controversy surrounding their
coach and program. Butler is considered the "good" team because
they do the right thing and play by a great philosophy about the
game of basketball. This can be compared to Andy's toys vs. Lotso
and his followers in Toy Story.

gender roles
rite of passage
happy endings
popular culture
Throughout the movie, I noticed a number of references to other movies. Most of these movies are adult-oriented, and suggest that the movie is not just for children, but addresses the culture of kids and adults alike.
A Night in the box - "cool hand luke", 1967
This movie starring Paul Newman is about a man who struggles against authority in a small "work farm" style prison. The harsh rules of the guards include unruly prisoners "spending a night in the box", which is an isolated shack outside of the main building. This is referenced by Buzz in Toy Story 3, when giving the captive toys at the day care the rules. Potato Head is eventually sent to spend a night in the sandbox.
In "Return of the Jedi", Darth Vader, the villain, turns against his accomplice Emperor Palpatine and kills him by throwing him into a pit on the Death Star. This scene is recreated at the end of Toy Story 3, when Big Baby takes the place of Darth Vader and throws Lotso into the dumpster, joining the side of the rest of the toys.
"24 hour psycho", 1993
An artwork by Douglas Gordon takes the original work by Alfred Hitchcock, "Psycho" and slows down the frame rate to 2/s. At this rate, it would take a viewer 24 hours to view the entire film.
One of photographer Cindy Sherman's first major series involved her construction of fictional "film stills" that pose as frames from an unnamed movie, starring a blonde Hollywood starlet (Sherman herself). In this series, she looks at how women are portrayed in film, as well as the conventions of how the imagery of motion pictures differ from still photography.
additonal info: http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/1997/sherman/index.html
Women as Supporters
Alex Polly
I noticed that the majority of the toy charaters in this movie are male and the few women in the movie have more of a supporting role. Furthermore, the women in Toy Story behave in way that are considered to be sterotypical in American culture.
Andy chose to play with toys that are male and the girl chose to play with more toys that are female.
Boys play with male toys, while girls play with female toys
By Alex Polly
Mrs. Potato Head:
One of the sterotypes about women, wives to be specific, is that they are constantly nagging their husbands. Mrs. Potato Head exemplifies this sterotype in the Toy Story movies. Also, in the Toy Story movies Mrs. Potato Head is always losing things, and is dependant on her husband. These types of sterotypes about old nagging wives can be found everywhere in US pop culture
Woody tells the other toys that they are selfish for abandoning Andy.
Barbie leaves Ken when she sees that he's hurting her friends.
Woody says that they should always be there for Andy. This is based on the notion of a good friend being someone who is always there, especially when they are needed.
College experience and growing up in a society where college is the mainstream
Toys Role in Gender Roles
There is debate over whether or not Ken is a girl toy or a boy toy.
This addresses that toys do have a role in a child's gender role.
Parents buy toys for their child based on their gender - Ken is a Barbie toy.
Ken was made as the ultimate boyfriend. Here is a link to Keeping Ken:
Ken is fashionable and made fore Barbie. It seems that only girls would play with a Ken doll, making it uncool for boys to play with Ken because he is not masculine.
68.1% of 2010 high school graduates are now enrolled in college (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
By: Meghan Hosken
pressure to conform to social norms and ideals of success
increased tuition prices in a suffering economy
@ 1:34 In the movie 'Surf's Up,' a key lesson is the importance of friendship over things such as winning and fame. "Friends are for ever."
Most people prefer having one or two very good friends over having a lot of average (or "fake") friends. http://www.sweetslyrics.com/poll.php?date=20081030
The toys get Andy's attention by dialing his cellphone and portray Molly listening to her ipod and reading a tween magazine. Compared to the classic toys and activities in the first Toy Story movie, the animators made sure to use the up to date technology that children in this time period could relate to, but it also shows that kids are more attached to technology rather than their toys nowadays. This portrayal allows people to see that classic toys will be replaced by technological advances in the future. -Lisa
Loyalty, honesty, sensitivity, and selflessness are considered necessary qualities in a good friend http://ezinearticles.com/?What-Makes-A-Good-Friend?&id=745680
Disney themes
Foreign popular culture is introduced in Toy Story 3 when Totoro makes a cameo apperance.
Spanish Buzz
Andy did not have a full family. They only showed his mother and sister, but never his father.
Typical Spanish male gets the girl with his smoothness, flowers, and maniorisms. He also dances very smoothly.

Throughout the movie, the toys constantly refer to themselves as a "family".
-Jenna Wallis
Blonde Barbie

Barbie appears to be the typical "dumb blonde" in the movie. When she mentions the quote by Thomas Jefferson at the end, everyone is very surprised.
Sid = Garbage Man
Sid was the 'bad kid' throughout the Toy Story series and Andy was the 'good kid'. Andy goes off to college to get a degree while Sid is at home cleaning up garbage.
Heroes vs. Villains
Optical Illusion
There is always some good in the bad and some bad in the good. In the picture above, batman (the hero) and the penguin (the villain) are intertwined; this showing the characteristics that may be shared by each. Here is a link to see more illusions: http://illusion.scene360.com/design/11714/hero-and-villain-optical-illusions/
-Kacey Kraft
There are characteristics that are typical for heroes and villains in any story. The hero in the story is who the viewer is rooting for. They are the rescuer, the savior. Villains are typically who the hero is up against. They have an evil agenda that the viewer is looking to be destroyed by the hero.
-Kacey Kraft
Heroes vs. Heroes
Similar to Toy Story
Buzz and Woody are both viewed as “heroes”.
There are many times that Buzz and Woody have conflicting ideas.
They both have strong characteristics that make them heroes so… Which hero would win?
Buzz or Woody?
Spiderman or Batman?
-Kacey Kraft
The toys felt abandoned by Andy in the beginning of the film, which sets the whole story in the movie.
Lotso was abandoned/replaced by his owner, Daisy. This abandonment is the reason for his transformation and unjust dictatorship at Sunnyside.
Jessie was abandoned by her owner, Emily. Jessie was deeply hurt by it and though it's been a long time, this fear of abandonment and rejection still effects her. When Andy's toys were left on the curb, Jessie says, "I should have seen this coming! It's Emily all over again!"
clip from Toy Story 2
Both stories are told in the same style of montage. Both Lotso and Jessie were "abandoned" in a grassy field, and both settings look very similar. Both of their owners were girls.
Similarities between both stories
girls vs. boys toys
In this word cloud, a person has watched a selection of toy commercials for both girls and boys, and noted the frequency of certain words for each category. The larger the word is printed, the more often it was mentioned.

The upper half shows the words used in boys' ads, and the lower half addresses girls' ads. What do you see as far as the differences presented?
Does this mean toy companies create these categories or just appeal to existing demand?
Alot of other Disney or Pixar movies did not show the whole family.
Aladin was an orphan
Cinderella lived with an evil step mother after her father died
Lilo in "Lilo and Stitch", only had a sister and was about to be an orphan
In "Despicable me" the three girls were orphans, and were adopted by the villain
In "How to Train a Dragon" the main character only had a father
Here, in Legally Blonde, Elle breaks free of the typical "dumb blonde" stereotype, just as Barbie does at the end of Toy Story. Everyone is shocked by the apparent genius that Elle shows in the courtroom.
Babrie is seen as the
"housewife". Her only
dream is to live in
Ken's dream house.
This is what Barbie
dolls originally
looked like,
and I felt like it was a
good representation
of Toy Story 3 Babrie's actions.
"This same aspect of gender performativity could also apply
to Ken who appears to shed the signifiers of his camp persona
when not around the new toys (ie. at the card game). And what
are we to make of the film’s penultimate escape when Ken
appears to reject his hyper-masculine misogynist self (as Lotso’s
right-hand man) in preference of a potential relationship with Barbie." - http://www.philmology.com/?p=295
Her packaged partner in crime, Ken, is painted as a "closeted gay fashionista" who is constantly teased. Wilson worries that depictions like this will teach children, especially boys, that being female or homosexual is wrong -- or at least something to laugh at. - http://articles.cnn.com/2010-06-28/entertainment/toy.story.three.sexism.stereotypes.tf_1_cowgirl-jessie-toy-story-barbie?_s=PM:SHOWBIZ
Here we see Andy's room and Molly's room side by side.
Andy's room is filled with "boy things" such as guitars, skateboards,
etc while Molly's room is filled with girly flowers, a pink comforter,
and a Barbie doll. These two rooms show the overall
gender roles that are seen in Toy Story 3.
Paris Hilton is a prime example of a reason
the "dumb blonde" phrase is used in
popular mediatoday. Though stereotypes
are wrong,it is hard sometimes to avoid
doing so becauseof theway a person acts.
Paris rivals Babrie for this,though Parishas yet to have a quote like Barbie
does at the end of Toy Story 3.
I thought this video goes
right along with the fact
that Ken is a "girls" toy in
the movie. It is intersting to
note the way Ken talks and
reacts to the narrators questions
as well, almost trying to prove
this "gendered toy" idea.
Moving is part of life for some individuals and families, and is sometimes part of a rite of passage. Andy is moving to college. The toys move to the daycare and later to the little girl's house.
Amanda W.
Andy and the toys have already moved once, in the original
Toy Story. Woody and Buzz are almost left behind because
they both go missing and have to deal with Sid Phillips.
Amanda W.
Many movies are based around the idea of moving. Check out the link for a full list. One of the movies that has moving as a theme is "Cheaper by the Dozen."

Amanda W.
I can relate to moving as I moved several times as child. I have the had opportunity to live in Illinois three times, Indiana twice, Connecticut, and England. All have been an adventure and exciting. However, it was stressful everytime and hard to leave friends and family seven times. I think Andy, Woody, and Buzz are experiencing similar emotions about leaving their home and either going to college or the daycare.
Amanda W.
While Andy and the toys and myself have moved homes, they are not the only ones. Here are some facts about moving in the United States based on the US Census.
•40+ million Americans moved in general. Of these,
•23.4 million moved within the same county
•7.7 million moved to a different county in the same state
•7.6 million moved to a different state
•1.3 million moved to a different country

Amanda W.
Andy's toys did not exactly choose to move. They accidently
got donated to the daycare. Some children do not part with
their toys very easily. There are lots of tips given to parents on
helping their children to part and donate their toys.Parents
should ask their children for input on what toys to donate, set
a target for when and where to donate, and finally reward them
for their efforts, but not with more toys!
Amanda W.
Good vs. Evil
This theme is very prominent in the movie.
Woody and the rest of Andy's toys would be considered the "good" toys, while Lotso and his followers from the day-care would be the "evil" toys. This theme is evident in many situations in real life, as well.
Viktor Vasnetsov created Moving House in 1876 as one of his first genre oil paintings. It was well received by the democratic Russian society. I think it depicts the depressing and struggling aspect of moving. It is not always fun but sometimes it is to have a better life.
Amanda W.

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect and interior designer
in the first half of the 20th century. He is famious for contemporary
designs of homes across the midwest, as well as building designs in
cities across the country and the world. Owning and building a new
home is definitley part of the traditional, American moving experience,
but probably not for all people. Wright's houses are interesting to look
at and still look contemporary today.

Amanda W.
The Hero Archetype
The Hero Archetype is the pattern that many hero characters follow. In Toy Story 3, our hero is Woody, as he tries to save the toys from Sunnyside Daycare.

Amanda D
Amanda D
Woody as Leader
In the first movie, Woody
cannot accept challenges to
his authority and tricks Buzz into
falling out of the window
-Christine P
However, Woody demonstrates
that good leaders learn from
their mistakes - he goes to Sid's
house to try to save Buzz
-Christine P.
Good Leadership
never gives up the fight
for good. Woody believes
in the good of being there for Andy
and risks his life to save the other
toys for Andy's cause.
-Christine P.

Corrupt Leadership
Buzz and Lotso
As mentioned in class, Lotso runs the
daycare as a corrupt dictator, and Buzz
sees that Lotso's commands are carried out, which
resembles Full Metal Jacket - and the night in the box.
Those with power sometimes exploit it, and those who
rise against power sometimes, unrightfully, are punished.
-Christine P.

Eventually, the toys
overthrow Lotso, as he
is placed in the dumpster.
To me this resembled the
deconstruction of the
statue of Saddam Hussein or the
De-Stalinization of Russia following
Joseph Stalin's death.
-Christine P.

When you move, you have to pack up all of your
belongings, usually in large cardboard boxes.
However, these artists have found new uses
for cardboard and cardboard boxes by turning
them into art! What a great way to resuse garbage
as well create something fun and interesting!
Amanda W.
Abandonment. this ties into the fact that Andy's dad is never around. Where is Andy's dad? He is never shown in any of the movies.
I am sure that I can speak for everyone when I say, "Where is Andy's dad?" Andy's dad is never seen throughout the Toy Story series. It leaves one to wonder why the creators did this. Do the toys worry about abandonment because Andy faced abandonment from his father? Here is an article I found discussing the possibilities of why Andy does not have a father.
Andy's mom is a single mother. Although all of the female toys play supporting roles, Andy's mom is the head of the house and takes care of him and Molly all on her own. Here is an interesting forum I found online where people discuss things they find confusing, interesting, etc. about pixar movies. Andy's lack of a father is discussed.
Good leadership should derive
from fair authority. But how does one go
about asserting authority? Lotso was more harsh
whereas with Woody showed that his authority
stemed from his care of Andy and the other toys.
-Christine P.

Speaking of movie references, pixar is known for including clues for upcoming movies in their previous films. For example, in the movie Up, Lotso is shown in the corner of a frame in a child's bedroom. This was a clue to a new Toy Story 3 character.
Jenny Holzer and Shepard Fairey
use street art as an authority to get
their ideas and creative genius out to
the public.

-Christine P.

These are 2 examples of fine art
that display the theme of good vs.
evil. Although they share the same
theme, they are still quite different
from one another. This shows that
good vs. evil can be portrayed in
a number of different ways.

In Despicable Me Gru is an evil villain and is determined to capture the moon. In his quest, he ends up meeting three young girls ho change his life. He becomes their father figure and shows his ability for compassion.
Alyssa F.
This can be seen in Toy Story 3, when “Spanish Buzz” is very strict when he keeps guard over the toys, but he is able to fall in love with Jessie when he sees her.
**Specifically at 1:19**
This is a youtube video that shows a Nike advertisement using good vs. evil. In the video, European soccer players battle against demonic characters. In the end, the soccer players win and show how good prevails over evil. This can be related to Toy Story because in the end of the movie, Woody and the rest of Andy's toys escape Lotso and the day-care.

Here is another take on good vs. evil in art. Artist James Rizzi shows this theme by having a devil and an angel on each shoulder of the subject. Surrounding him are things like money and alcohol that can represent both good and evil, in a sense. This is just another example of how the prominent theme in Toy Story is displayed in other art mediums.

Collier Schorr
Collier Schorr has travelled to southern Germany for the past 18 years as a ground on which to play out imagined and inherited histories of Germany. Schorr’s photographs were made from the imagined position of an entitled outsider: as a character that does not belong, yet has assumed some sort of ownership by returning to a place of historical resonance. Some of her work includes photographs of men dressed like Nazis.
Alyssa F.
In an interview on Art 21 by PBS she talked about some of her work. A quote that jumped out to me was:
“Some people fit into the uniforms and are soldiers and some people don’t fit into the uniforms and aren’t soldiers. And some people pretend to be soldiers.”
This reminded me of Big Baby and how Lotso forced Big Baby into working with him. Yet, in reality, Big Baby did not fit the traditional image
Often, Schorr photographed the men and boys in uniforms that were too tight, showing how they did not fit. She also showed them with unusual objects, such as the fruit in the helmet.
Alyssa F.
Alyssa F.
As you can see in the photographs, these men are confident, strong, and in charge. I also think that they are in intimidating positions. This depicts the attitudes of the Nazis at the time they overtook Germany.
Lotso is also a strong, confident leader with ill intentions. He is friendly at first but manipulates those around him so he is on top. Similar to the Nazi Party.
Alyssa F.
Korean artist Jeongmee Yoon's 'Pink and Blue Project' was inspired by her daughter. She would only wear pink and buy pink toys. She found this to be a common theme in Korea, the US, and around the world. When photographing girl's in their world of pink, she realized that boys shared the same phenomenon except in a different hue: blue. The objects are arranged in the child's room and photographed in a square format.

All of the toys have a happy ending and are united with who they consider their brothers and sisters although they may not be blood related to each other
-the ending always emphasizes the importance of family and it portrays being united as something to be happy and excited about.

-Suzie Moon
-In Lilo and Stitch, Stitch is reunited with his family (not necessarily blood related) but who he considers is his family
-In Tangled, Repunzle is reunited with her real parents
-In Despicable me, the orphan girls are reunited with their father who adopted them

-Suzie Moon
divorce rate
age 20 women-27.6% men-11.7%
age 20-24 women-36.6% men-38.8%
age 25-29 women-16.4% men-22.3%
"It is said that 50% of all marriages in the America end in divorce"

-Suzie Moon
The movies both featured yellow fields and hot sunny days in the middle of nowhere as to where the toys were lost, where in reality, most people do not lose toys in these free and open spaces, but rather in stores, crowded malls or populated locations.-Lisa
Many heroes are seen as strong and powerful whereas Woody is not portrayed with muscles, but rather intelligence. This type of heroism is being seen more and more through the television show, Heroes, so to describe that anyone can be a hero and does not have to be seen with a costume or muscles.-Lisa

Chagall grew up in a war-torn world. Many of these images show destruction, but the bright, imaginary elements show the other side of childhood too. It is interesting to see depictions of childhood experiences beyond the flowery, innocent themes we have come across so far. -Michelle Mitchem
Technology is ironically used amid the classic toys as well. The toys use google maps in order to find the distance that Woody is from Andy. Furthermore, Trixie uses instant messaging to contact another dinosaur toy from down the street to relate toour comunication in technological advances.-Lisa
Also typical in any heroic story is the journey
of the hero or the progression of the hero
throughout the story. Joseph Campbell,
author of "Hero With a Thousand Faces"
presents these steps of a hero's journey.
-Kacey Kraft
"A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man."
-Joseph Campbell, author of "History With a Thousand Faces"

-Kacey Kraft
In the past, many viewed heroes as gods or those in Greek mythological stories whom conquered or had power. In an article written by mythologist Susan Williams, the history of "hero-ship" is explained.
-Kacey Kraft
There is a distinct difference between Bonnie’s toys and Andy’s toys. You can see there has been a distinct shift in the toy market and how the look of toys have changed.
According to “Toy Industry Past, Present and Future,” by Stevanne Auerbach, the toy industry has taken trends in child development as well as child safety.
Most of Bonnie’s toys appear to be plush, which is safer to children to play with. There are also less accessories involved with Bonnie's toys, making them safer for children to play with.
Also, the toys look like they appeal to younger children. With younger features and more bright colors.
Alyssa F.
There is also a difference in toys across generations.

Some toys have lasted throughout generations, but their looks have changed drastically.
Alyssa F.
An article by Matel titled “Barbie: Innovation, Impact, and Change” states how Barbie keeps up with fashions and tabloids in order to remain “in style” and appealing to girls
This can be seen in Barbie’s pictures through the years. Her fashion has changed, just as her image has changed. Barbie started out as an everyday girl so girls from the 60s could relate.
Now, Barbie is more idealized and shown as a celebrity (i.e. publicizing Ken and Barbie’s relationship) in order for younger girls to be attracted to the product.
Alyssa F.
Lotso is also similar to Joseph Stalin, who would eliminate any opposition to his power.
Matt H.
artist is by Paula Rego
the artwork is called "The Family"
which was created in 1988
In The Family the absent father and husband returns to the picture plane, only to be manhandled by his daughter and his wife. As usual, the narrative clues are ambiguous, and the story could have several endings. Are the women helping the man or hurting him? Who is the little girl at the window? Do the clues perhaps lie in the Portuguese retablo featuring St. Joan, and St George slaying the dragon? Or in the fable of the stork and the fox illustrated beneath? Is the man as doomed as the dragon, or will he in fact resurface like the fox, to eat the stork, once it has removed the bone lodged in his throat?
This goes along with the theme of the father leaving, or not having the "perfect family" with a father and mother and children and all getting along together.
Suzie Moon
 Disney heroines are always curvaceous, have the same attractive features (regardless of race) and rarely take physical risks.
 The portrayal of Native Americans in westerns is a good example of how negative stereotypes can distort the history and our understanding of another culture.
 http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/parents/movies/kids_movies.cfm
 For many teachers, identifying instructional materials and media films that are culturally responsive to different children and the cultures that they represent is their greatest challenge, in large part because contemporary film and print media continue to promulgate racist, sexist representations of non-majority social groups, with devastating effects on young non-mainstream learners. This is especially true of American Indians. Negative and self-serving stereotypes of the American Indian held by non-Indians are deeply embedded in American life. Most children in America do not conceive of American Indians as real people, and have few or no contacts with authentic "Indians." In this article Cornel Pewewardy, a Comanche-Kiowa, analyzes the ongoing misrepresentation of American Indians in mainstream media His centerpiece example is the movie Pocahontas, released in 1995 by the Disney Corporation.
 The "Indian Princess" stereotype is rooted in the legend of Pocahontas and is typically expressed through characters that are maidenly, demure, and deeply committed to some white man. The powerfully symbolic Indian woman, as Queen and Princess, has been with us since she came to stand for the "New World," a term that in and of itself reflects a Eurocentric value judgment
 http://www.hanksville.org/storytellers/pewe/writing/Pocahontas.html
 Disney heroines are always curvaceous, have the same attractive features (regardless of race) and rarely take physical risks.
 The portrayal of Native Americans in westerns is a good example of how negative stereotypes can distort the history and our understanding of another culture.
 http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/parents/movies/kids_movies.cfm
 For many teachers, identifying instructional materials and media films that are culturally responsive to different children and the cultures that they represent is their greatest challenge, in large part because contemporary film and print media continue to promulgate racist, sexist representations of non-majority social groups, with devastating effects on young non-mainstream learners. This is especially true of American Indians. Negative and self-serving stereotypes of the American Indian held by non-Indians are deeply embedded in American life. Most children in America do not conceive of American Indians as real people, and have few or no contacts with authentic "Indians." In this article Cornel Pewewardy, a Comanche-Kiowa, analyzes the ongoing misrepresentation of American Indians in mainstream media His centerpiece example is the movie Pocahontas, released in 1995 by the Disney Corporation.
 The "Indian Princess" stereotype is rooted in the legend of Pocahontas and is typically expressed through characters that are maidenly, demure, and deeply committed to some white man. The powerfully symbolic Indian woman, as Queen and Princess, has been with us since she came to stand for the "New World," a term that in and of itself reflects a Eurocentric value judgment
 http://www.hanksville.org/storytellers/pewe/writing/Pocahontas.html
In the Toy Story3, it portrays stereotypes of Hispanics, or portrays the Spanish culture in a certain way. In Pocahauntas, it is the same. The film makers create the characters to be what they want them to be, not necessarily following the correct cultural values and characteristics. Everything is in the view point of a white American
In all Disney and Pixar movies, it always ends up in happy endings. usually the happy endings relate to reuniting with a family member or long lost friendship. In the Toy Story 3, the toys reunite with each other and end up in a happy and safe environment.
In Despicable me, the orphan girls reunite with the dad that adopted them and are living happily ever after.
In cinderella, Cinderella marries the Prince and it ends with "and they lived happily ever after"
In Tangled, the lost princess reunites with her lost parents who were searching for her for years. She ends up in her "true" home and lives a happy ending with the man she loves.
Stalin would move percieved enemies away from him, to places such as Siberia. Lotso would do the same by sending new people who may end up challenging him to the Caterpiller Room.
Matt H.
Lotso could also be considered to Hitler. Most of the bad things Hitler caused were things he ordered others to do, using secret police. Lotso also rarely did things on his own, but rather ordered his henchmen to do them for him.
Matt H.
Hitler also justified the things he did by using false information. Hitler blamed all of the things that were wrong in Germany on the Jews, Gypsies, and other ethnic groups. Lotso told all of the other toys they were abandoned by their owners, when really he was the only one.
Matt H.

Stalin also used what seemed like a "fair" system of government in order to gain all of the power himself. Stalin used communism to keep the rest of his population down while he hoarded the wealth to himself. Lotso also did this. He justified sending new toys to the Caterpiller room because the old toys had put in the time and deserved to be in the Butterfly room, while really this system was not fair at all.

Matt H.
Hitler and Lotso were also similar because their unreasonable need for personal power led to their downfalls. Hitler needed power so badly that everything had to go through him. When news came that the allies were invading France, Hitler was asleep, and the German military was paralyzed because they couldn't move without direct orders from Hitler. Lotso also demanded so much from his own henchmen that they turned against him, shown by Big Baby throwing Lotso in the dumpster when his lies and unreasonable orders shows Big Baby that his leader is wrong.
Matt H.

The pixar head chief John Lasseter has a long lasting relationship with the maker of Totoro, Hayao Miyazaki
Miyazaki's art techinques often contains anthropomorphism which is animals adopting human characteristics and zoomorphism, which is characters having the form of an animal
The themes of Miyazaki's films usually surround feminism, pacifism, and environmental concerns. This is especially interesting as in east Asian culture women normally take quieter, subordinate roles. Some of the most popular Miyazaki's films include females as main characters.

This is a link to an interesting website that discusses this topic in movies. Although it is focused on Star Wars, the website offers a number of questions that parents can ask their children after watching movies with this theme. Because of this, it is easily relatable to Toy Story. These questions are a good way to prompt discussion with children about the underlying themes of movies like this.

There is an interesting contrast from Disney films (popular American animated culture) and Miyazaki's films (popular Japanese animated culture) as most Disney films either have a male main character, or a "damsel in distress" princess character, while Miyazaki portrays females and strong-willed and independent.
Spirited Away's main character goes through various trials eventually reaching her goal primarily through her own will. While in Disney's "Tangled", the main character has a semblance of self-identity but is heavily mixed with the need of a male counterpart.
The Nagging Wife
This Bridgestone tire commerical demonstrates the relationship that Mr. and Mrs. Potato head had in the Toy Story Movies. Note that Mr. Potato head is annoyed by Mrs. Potato heads nagging and he his not happy until she loses her voice.

-Alex Polly
Contemporary Portaryals of Marriage
Through the "Marriage Bed" artisit Edwina Sandys portarys the conflict that can occur in a marriage. In the video clip she discusses how in the past and still today women have been defined by their husbands and how she wanted her piece to show that married life isn't always perfect or "a bed of roses". In Toy Story Mrs. Potato head is defined by her husband and while their marriage is not abusive, like Edwina Sandys piece suggests it can be, the married couple still bickers.
-Alex Polly
Everybody Loves Raymond
There are many examples of nagging wives in our media. For example, Marie in Everybody Loves Raymond pesters and nagges everybody, particularly her husband Frank. Also, in this show Debra is constantly nagging her husband Raymond.Finally, both of these women are particularly defined by their husbands becuase they do not work and are dependant on their husbands to make money. In this clip Debra, Amy and Marie are nagging and freaking out over joke wedding invtations that Robert accidently sent out.
-Alex Polly
Contemporary Portaryals of Marriage
Sally Mann created a series of photographs called "Proud Flesh" based soley on her husband. When explaining why she created this series and the photograph "Speak Memory", Mann said that she noticed in our society men are allowed to portray and examine women, but historically women do not portray and examine men. This could be why in the media women are often protrayed as nagging and dependent.
-Alex Polly
Protection/ ownership of the wife

Mr. Potato Head
"Only I can talk to my wife like that"
Gender Neutral Toys:
While toys have a gender, some toys do not. For example Elmo is a toy for both girls and boys. With it's high voice but boyish color, it is acceptable for both genders to play with Elmo. Elmo has been seen in Sesame Street being both masculine and femine. For instance, Elmo has a part in the show where he talks to babies. He is very loving and caring to the babies and takes on a "mother role" almost.
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Meghan H.
In America, heroes are often seen as soldiers, police officers, and firefighters. Something to notice is that heroes in America are typically seen as those who help others, similar to how Buzz and Woody help the toys escape Sunnyside.
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Amanda D
Other examples of heroes in America include entertainers, movie stars, athletes, political icons, and religious heads.
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Kludo White has a gallery of paintings created in pop art fashion of iconic Superheroes and movie stars.
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Technology today is even more accessable than ever. Ciara Byrne, writer for venturebeat.com, states that "More kids can play computer games than ride a bike". From Nintendo DS to the new digital Leapfrog games, today's children are growing up in an evironment polluted with technology. You don't see children playing with toys like the way Andy plays with toys in Toy Story. Technology creates the characters and storyline behind games and activties so that kids don't have to use their imagination. The overall rise in technology has had an inverse effect on children's imaginations.
-Michelle Matyja
We are able to to get an inside glimpse into a child's imagination at the very beginning of Toy Story 3. The introduction to the movie is an intense action scene in which Woody must stop the evil potato heads from running a train off its tracks. While watching the movie, I thought that this was an actual event that was going on. It was not until they showed Andy playing with his toys on a home vido that I realized that this initial scene was an insight into Andy's imagination. I think that Toy Story offers viewers a great interpretation of just how vivid, creative and realistic a child's imagination is.
-Michelle Matyja
Since the first Toy Story was made in 1995, we have had the opportunity to watch Andy grow from a child to a young adult. At the end of Toy Story 3, we found that many of Andy's toys defined who he was as this young adult. Toy Story has given us the impression of what it means to be a child and the relationship one has with his or her toys. A few television shows that we have grown up with also show what it means to be a child. -Michelle Mitchem
Lizzie McGuire shows us what it's like to be a teenager growing up with two best friends. Life is crazy and hectic for Lizzie when she goes to school and interacts with people, but the consitent theme of best friends is consistent to the friendship theme of growing up in Toy Story.
Michelle Mitchem
Arthur exemplifies a growing child learning to deal with friends, family, and school. This clip shows all of the elements in Arthur's life that makes him the young and responsible aardvark that he is. While Toy Story has shown Andy's youth simply as friends and imagination, Arthur shows us what it is like to have to deal with schoolwork, relationships, and chores too. -Michelle Mitchem
The The Wild Thornberrys, another show on Nickelodeon, shows the life of a young girl growing up outside of school. This show shares the imagination of a girl as she grows up, her relationship with a monkey, and her ways of finding satisfaction while often isolated from many people. Watching from a girl's perspective gives us the idea of how growing up is seen by both genders. Eliza, the main character serves as a role model for many girls that are independent and growing up. -Michelle Mitchem
An article discussing Toy Story and ecology I found on naughtthought.wordpress.com brought up an interesting point about toys as waste, "Toys are designed to satisfy desires and thus have no 'practical' use and therefore are the most likely to become waste". The toys were so nervous about being taken out to the garbage in Toy Story 3, emphasizing the idea of becoming waste. However, the idea of toys as recyclable and reusable is also evident in Toy Story 3 when they are taken to Sunny Side Daycare and at the end of the story when Andy passes them on to Bonnie. This can be connected to the idea of passing down toys to your children, and you're children's children. I know that my mom saved a lot of my toys from when I was a kid so that I could pass them down to my kids one day. Although this is more of a sentimental gesture rather than reusing toys to reduce waste, the idea of passing down toys emphasises the idea that toys are recylable.
-Michelle Matyja
The Rugrats, a story of a group of growing babies,
gives us an idea of friendship and exploration in our
youth. Tommy, the leader of his baby friends, always
sought adventure with his friends. Andy too enjoyed
creating adventures with his toys. Exploration and
imagination are essential parts of growing up. This
episode clips shows what it is like to experiment with
"being bad," much like we all have done when we were
-Michelle Mitchem
Many television shows through our time have shown us what it means to be a child. However, artist Marc Chagall also brings childhood into his paintings. He claims that in each of his paintings, though not specifically about childhood, he attempts to add a piece of his own experience in. It might be interesting to consider some of his paintings to pick out what he considers important to childhood. -Michelle Mitchem
Many Disney movies are geared toward mainstream America, that is white, middle-class. Andy grows up in a nice, suburban neighborhood. He lives in a two-story house where he and his sister each have the luxury of having their own room. The fact that he is able to attend college indicates that he had access to a good education system growing up. Another indicator of wealth is Andy's closet full of toys. He recieved the latest toy, Buzz, for one of his birthdays. In Toy Story 3 Andy has a cell phone and his sister has an iPod. It makes sense that a movie about toys is geared toward the middle-class because children who see this movie have the luxury of going out and buying these toys.
-Michelle Matyja
In Spiderman the movie, the grandmother explains how important heroes are for children to look up to. Also, she gives a different outlook that heroes do not neccessarily have to have superpowers. There are heroic characteristics in all of us that are shown through good deeds.
-Kacey Kraft
Agan Harahap is an Indonesian artist and photographer known for inserting villain and superhero characters, such as Spiderman, into black and white wartime photographs. Not only does this give a new meaning to wartime photographs but it also gives the definition of hero and villain that of a soldier. The hero and the villain are both fighting for what they see as good; however, the hero/villain roles are interchangable based on which side of the war you are on. Here is a link that will take you to examples of this artist's work.


-Kacey Kraft
There is also a strange disconnect that becomes apparent when we look at online friends and "real" firends. Some people will have thousands of "friends" listed on their Facebook page, whereas others will only add people that they know personally and see often. There are very mixed views on whether or not people actually consider their online friends to be true friends. Do people add each other because they enjoy interacting with one another, because they know (or know of) each other, or simply because they want to appear to have more "friends" than others, providing a false sense of popularity and acceptance?
Here are a couple of insights into the world of social networking and friendship:


Barbie and Ken: Societal Ideals of Men and Women's Roles in a Relationship
According to Mattel, Barbie and Ken have been "dating" for 50 years. The two have gone to prom, been cooperating working professionals, lounged at the beach together, and so much more. The idolized iconic duo has set standards for both men and women indepependently, but also how couples should act together. Barbie is portrayed as Ken's eye candy and his servient, submissive, object of a woman. Ken is seen as a strong protector, the accessory to Barbie's fantasies that make her life happenings al worthwhile; she always looks perfect in all she does to please Ken. Children see these relationship ideals set by society and are socialized to believe that a dependent relationship with a picure-perfect pair is what they should aim to have.
Happy Birthday, Ken Barbie is one example of how Barbie is shown as sexy and in service to her man. This puts her in a position of inferiority in which her purpose is to be physically appealing for the man's sake.
Sweet Talking Ken is another gender-role oriented doll. He is assembled with a recording device build into his chest. Record whatever you want Ken to say inwithin the 5 second time frame and can be played back in a lower pitch. He is advertised as saying whatever you want to hear. He is the object of Barbie's dreams and indended to be the "best boyfriend" around; the reason for Barbie's glamour and effort.
Katy R
Social Pressures and Toys
Girls are taught to be curvy, yet skinny, wearing make-up and provacative clothing, as well as to maintain constantly perfect hair styles and hygeine habits. The Monster High Clawdene Wolf doll is a particularly interesting example of how dolls influence girls' perceptions of how to upkeep beauty. The doll is a wherewolf, but she is not hairy. She has full hair on her head and dog-like ears, however she is otherwise hairless. Directly onthe back of the box, it says, "Freaky Flaw: My hair is worthy of a shampoo commercial and that's just what grows on my legs. Plucking and shaving is definitely a full time job but that's a small price to pay for being scarily fabulous." The doll is marketed for tweens and teens, but the average age of the girl who picks up Clawdene is 5-7 years-old. It is no wonder that girls have such low self-esteem these days and are willing to take extreme measures to be comfortable with their bodies.

Katy R
In Toy Story 3, Mr. Potato Head gets a new look as part of the toys' mission to break out of Sunny Hills Preschool. He takes the form of a tortilla and cucumber with the same plastic eyes, ears, and other accessory features. Does this relate at all to the Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010? Part of the act limits potato products. As part of the bill, white potato products such as french fries and tater tots, green peas and corn are allowed only once a week in school cafeterias. Mr. Potato Head may have been changed for the toys' mission, but was it a plug for healthier foods? Will the real Mr. Potato Head need to change to be a healthier food if parents and lawmakers are pushing for anti-obesity oriented choices for children.
Katy R
Spudding Changes
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Pixar is well-known for hiding elements of their other movies into their newest creations. Here are some examples from Toy Story 3 explained. How do people catch on to these? Some are insanely minute.


Pixar for Pixar
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Social Networking
Just like the toy dinosaur in Toy Story 3 when Woody finds himself in a new child's bedroom, children are integrating themselved into the digital world. The internet and social networking sites are for everybody now, and technology is becoming a greater part of children's lives each day. Younger generations are becoming engulfed in technology. How much is too much?

Katy R
In Toy Story 3, Ken and Barbie use words like "cool" and "groovy". Back in the 1970's those terms were popular, but slang words evolve over time, and the use of different words changes with time and trends. Why does this happen and how can we as teachers stay in touch with our students' new slang? Check out this article:


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Social Networking Damaging to Children's Brains
This article could offer some explanation as to why we're seeing higher rates of autism and poor social skills:

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Katy R
College Dropouts
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