Live-Action 'Toy Story' Remake Uses Strings and Stop Motion to Make Movie Magic (Video)

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<p> The final scene as it appears in the film. The sequence was the biggest challenge for the filmmakers, involving hundreds of toy characters. Eschewing crowd-simulation technology, director Unkrich wanted each character animated by hand.</p> <p> &quot;Rather than taking a half-dozen animators and bogging them down, we shut down all the scenes and put everyone on it for two weeks,&quot; says supervising animator Bobby Podesta.</p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p> The scene also includes a line spoken by director Lee Unkrich, as the voice of the Jack in the Box that says, &ldquo;New toys!&rdquo;</p>   |   Pixar Animation Studios
A team of indie filmmakers took two years to create a shot-for-shot reenactment of the Pixar classic, using real toys and puppetry.

Art mirrors life, life mirrors art, and sometimes, it gets all jumbled up and rules are broken.

Behold the live-action version of Toy Story, a shot-for-shot remake of the animated Pixar classic using the real versions of the toys -- Woody the Cowboy, Ham the piggy bank, Mr. Potato Head, among others -- that were computer-rendered in the 1995 Oscar-winning film.

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A full two hours, the remake, directed by Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta, utilizes marionette puppetry and stop motion to move the characters, and uses the audio tracks from the original so that all the toys have the authentic voices. It's an extremely advanced form of “playing” with toys -- according to the film's Facebook page, it took two years to complete.

It has been released to YouTube for free, a crown jewel in the fan-made tribute video community.