If you know anything about stop motion animation, you understand it takes an incredible amount of time, effort, and patience.
The film-making technique creates the illusion of movement by capturing one frame at a time. In a nutshell, you move physical objects in very small increments between each shot to make them look like they’re moving on their own in the finished product. As such, you can imagine how long it would take to put together even a short clip, let alone a full-length movie.
But Morgan and Mason McGrew were more than up for such a monumental task — if only for the sweet, sweet nostalgia.
The brothers grew up with Pixar‘s “Toy Story” series and say the third installment holds a very special place in their hearts. They’ve become such dedicated fans of Andy and his beloved toys that they’ve spent the past eight years recreating the 2010 CGI film shot-by-shot, complete with real toys and people. They call it “Toy Story 3 IRL,” or “in real life.”
Step by step, the brothers retell the story of how Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their friends were accidentally donated to a daycare as Andy prepared to leave for college. Their attention to detail is amazing. They’ve even given the Walt Disney and Pixar logos that homemade touch. After putting in countless hours, both Morgan and Mason are very excited to share their passion project with the world.
“It is hands down our favorite film of all time,” Morgan said. “Toy Story 3 means the world to us, so it was awesome getting to spend time on translating it to real life. We both dreamed of having a room like Andy’s as kids.”
Following the upcoming release of “Toy Story 4,” Morgan and Mason plan to release their full-length film on September 19. In the meantime, fans can get a taste of the “real life” Toy Story by watching the film’s trailer. Keep in mind how much work this two-minute clip took and you’ll find it pretty astounding — maybe even unbelievable.
Check out the teaser below, and share to spread the word about this remarkable project!
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