I just saw Toy Story 3 again in theaters for the fourth time. It's a great movie.
But the first time I saw the movie a kid yelled something that keeps drawing my attention every time I see it.
The important button.
In the scene where Lotso needs to push a very important button, a kid yelled out, "Why is the button at bear height?"
The very important button is exactly at Lotso's eye level. Lotso at maximum is two feet tall. What sadistic engineer would put a very important button at shin height for most people?
See? Lotso is "eye-to-eye" with the button.
I asked my Animation Instructor about this bear-button.
He has two possible explanations.
One: It's a kick-stop, like on escalators. But then it would be flush against the floor. Not floating two feet above it.
Two: Shut up, kid. It's a movie. Shot composition dictates that the button be placed at this height. The director, modelers, set designers, and animators act as God and placed the button in a place that would offer a dramatic choice. The movie would make no sense if the button were placed accurately. He then went on to explain building suspense by giving characters moral choices and the philosophical reasoning behind coincidence. (At this point I stopped paying attention and started modeling a low-poly chicken).
This chicken is unrelated to Toy Story 3, but I made it.
The button being convenient is not a movie breaker for me. It's important enough to be convenient. I still love the movie.
My point is this: please don't yell things during movies.
I'm very suggestible. No Inception
needed. I can't unthink thoughts once they've been thunk.