Five Favorite Films With Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich

Summary

One of Pixar's core creative team, Lee Unkrich joined the studio as an editor in 1994 where he cut 'Toy Story' and 'A Bug's Life' before moving on to co-direct 'Toy Story 2', 'Monsters, Inc.' and 'Finding Nemo'... not a bad track record, to put it mildly. With this week's superb 'Toy Story 3', Unkrich has created what may be his best work for Pixar yet -- a rich, layered sequel that extends the characters and adventures from its beloved predecessors and yet manages to feel like an essential third chapter in a unified story. We caught up with the director ahead of the film's release and asked him to name his five favorite films, which proved to be an interesting -- and revealing -- list. "This is always such a tricky one," Unkrich says. "I'm trying to go with different filmmakers and not repeat anybody." Back to Article

Comments

Jeremy H.

Jeremy Howard

He sort of looks like Jack Nicholson: insert his face in the door in place of Jack's. Or Craig Ferguson's evil twin. The Shining is a great horror movie. It's one of very few that really scared me the first time I watched it. I've only seen parts of Punch Drunk Love and Blue Velvet. I hadn't heard of An Angel at My Table before. I absolutely love Raising Arizona. Everybody that said they hadn't seen it need to. The chase scene is great.

Jun 15 - 10:14 PM

MJ

Mardia Joan

So too do you need to see An Angel At My Table. Well, need is a subjective term. But it's a very good film.

Jun 18 - 06:52 PM

Zak

Zak Lopopolo

But then the director just can't resist adding a sixth, and blurts out "Freddy Got Fingered"

Jun 15 - 11:40 PM

Zak

Zak Lopopolo

well, the way you put it, it actually doesn't seem so strange. When you refer to a film as being "about living toys", it kind of gives you the impression that it's gunna be a creepy horror film. haha.

Jun 15 - 11:52 PM

Zak

Zak Lopopolo

I agree. But while we're on the topic of King adaptations, someone should really be castrated for the TV adaptation of "It".

Jun 15 - 11:56 PM

Bjornar

A B

True dat Zak, the giant robo spider at the end of the tv series It was terrible. That novel scared the bejesus out of me when I read it first at the age of twelve. Even now I don't enjoy hanging out by storm drains. The Shining was a good movie adaptation of a great King novel. Sure there was no axe in the novel (big croquet mallet if I remember correctly) but Jack Nicholson knocked it out of the park!

Jul 8 - 09:10 AM

Zak

Zak Lopopolo

what's wrong with the video? I like those.

Jun 15 - 11:57 PM

Dave J

Dave J

You may like those but it can be quite annoying especially if it's to listen for a two minute clip! You must be one of those people who always have their headsets on at all times or just have speakers connected to your computer!

Jun 16 - 11:22 AM

Zak

Zak Lopopolo

Well, then how 'bout heading on over to the tomatometer?

Jun 15 - 11:58 PM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

That seriously made me lol.

Jun 16 - 06:15 AM

Zak

Zak Lopopolo

Your list has got me wondering what a Stanley Kubrick-directed Terminator 2 would be like........

Jun 15 - 11:59 PM

Tessa L.

Tessa LaCorte

lol.

Jun 16 - 02:18 PM

Film Ninja

Toronto Dog

Think classical music, cavemen, dudes with masks, an angry drill instructor, and of course a guy riding on top of the terminator yelling, "YEEEEEEEHAAW!"

Jun 16 - 08:55 PM

bijio

biji badness

youre such a douche

Jun 16 - 01:10 AM

bijio

biji badness

to that "Nadav Raz" idiot, obviously

Jun 16 - 01:11 AM

bijio

biji badness

to that "Nadav Raz" idiot, obviously

Jun 16 - 01:11 AM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

Toy Story was my first, too! When I was 2 years old; and the funny thing is, I slightly remember seeing it, on Thanksgiving Day, I believe. I didn't see the second one in theaters though, because in 1999 I was obsessed with Pokemon so I saw that movie instead (lol). But my mom got me Toy Story 2 on VHS a year later and I fell in love with it.

Jun 16 - 06:14 AM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

That seriously made me lol.

Jun 16 - 06:15 AM

frogleg

Josh Quarles

Really?!
I didn't even realize Razzies had been around that long.

Jun 16 - 08:35 AM

Peter W.

Peter Winters

1) Close Encounters
2) Good Bad Ugly
3) Jaws
4) Raiders of the Lost Ark
5) The Thing

Jun 16 - 10:00 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Throw an Onion
In all due respect, I wouldn't necessarily put any of the "Spy kids" films as well as Lava Girl in the same category as any Pixar films for that matter! And besides that I never "claims" that Pixar isn't a kid's movie studio.

Jun 16 - 11:18 AM

Dave J

Dave J

What I meant to say is that " I never made any claims"- All I was doing was making a point!

Jun 16 - 11:19 AM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

I wasn't comparing Spy Kids and Pixar. Obviously Pixar is in a whole new stratosphere of quality than the Spy Kids movies.

I was just pointing out that directors that do G or PG rated movies a lot aren't necessarily all about kid movies.

It was late when I posted that. So obviously I misunderstood what you meant. Nice talking with you.

Jun 16 - 01:09 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Likewise!

Jun 16 - 01:42 PM

Dave J

Dave J

What I meant to say is that " I never made any claims"- All I was doing was making a point!

Jun 16 - 11:19 AM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

I wasn't comparing Spy Kids and Pixar. Obviously Pixar is in a whole new stratosphere of quality than the Spy Kids movies.

I was just pointing out that directors that do G or PG rated movies a lot aren't necessarily all about kid movies.

It was late when I posted that. So obviously I misunderstood what you meant. Nice talking with you.

Jun 16 - 01:09 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Likewise!

Jun 16 - 01:42 PM

Dave J

Dave J

You may like those but it can be quite annoying especially if it's to listen for a two minute clip! You must be one of those people who always have their headsets on at all times or just have speakers connected to your computer!

Jun 16 - 11:22 AM

Andrew R.

Andrew Reichel

Considering all 5 of those films are R-rated, I'm a little scared about Toy Story 3.

"Heeeeeeeere's Woody!"

Jun 16 - 11:33 AM

Shannon c.

Shannon clemans

The books are always better than the films, I can imagine that it would be hard to capture everything a book has to offer on film. In addition, a book-movie relies heavily on the acting of the "Stars." That being said some get real close, my favs are; The Notebook, The Green Mile and in my opinion the best book to movie adaptation of all time is "Interview With the Vampire."

Jun 16 - 11:58 AM

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