Up until early this morning, I considered myself among the biggest fans of the movie 'Toy Story.' It's one of my favorite childhood films, and as far as I'm concerned, it changed the game in animated children's movies. Apparently, at least two other people could argue their case for being the biggest fans of 'Toy Story' who ever lived, and they have the evidence to prove it.
Teenagers Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta of Arizona created a full-length, live-action re-enactment of the original 'Toy Story' using actual audio from the film. They even got permission from Pixar to upload their version onto YouTube, and boy, did it pay off, because the duo's film is not going unnoticed. Fans of their 'Live Action Toy Story' are showing up in droves, with more than 3.1 million views since the video was originally posted on January 12.
Pauley and Perrotta met at school and discovered they had a mutual love for the animated classic. To create the set, each boy transformed his room and made it look like a scene from the movie. In all, their live-action version took two years and about $1,000 to complete. About 150 of the boys' friends and family members took on roles as extras to help them complete the movie.
Pauley and Perrotta said the inspiration behind the ambitious film re-creation was to grab the attention of Pixar Animation in Northern California and possibly garner an invitation to come inside the studio and take a tour. Of course, the ultimate reward for the two would be job offers.
The 120-minute creation is snagging praise from people all over the Web, with one commenting, "Can we all just stop and accept how awesome this is?" Another viewer wrote exactly what the general consensus seems to be: "The 'like' button is not enough. Why isn't there a 'I freaking love this!' button?" Couldn't agree more. Pauley and Perrotta most definitely have a friend in me.