For the final 2010 PopCult Gift Guide pick, we are making a mainstream choice. “Toy Story 3” was the highest-grossing movie of the year, and it’s also PopCult’s pick for best movie of the year. This third installment in the Toy Story trilogy is simply flawless. Every element, from the story structure to the casting to the technical aspects of the animation is note-perfect.
Part of the meticulous planning for this film included the creation of several fake “vintage” commercials for one of the new characters introduced in “Toy Story 3,” Lots O’Huggin Bear. That’s one of the clips you see above. Disney/Pixar created these spots, complete with fake video noise, and posted them to YouTube well in advance of the movie.
The film itself tells the story of Woody and Buzz and the gang of Andy’s Toys as they deal with their kid, Andy, going off to college. For a movie about children’s playthings, it’s an amazingly touching, poignant film. Themes of sadness and aging are mixed in with action and humor, creating one of the best films we’ve seen in years.
And it’s also pretty easy to find, which is good this close to Christmas. You can pick up the DVD virtually anywhere, from entertainment stores to grocers and drug stores. If you want to splurge, you can seek out the 10-disc Toy Box Edition, which has all three Toy Story movies on Blu-Ray, DVD and in digital media form, and throws in a disc of extras and a cool toybox-shaped package.
With that, we bid farewell to the 2010 PopCult Gift Guide. After the jump, you’ll find more clips from Toy Story 3 and Lots O Huggin Bear. Now get out there and shop! There’s less than a week before the big day!