4/18 Class

Today in class we started with a presentation on toy story. Toy Story is a computer animated film made by Pixar Animations. The movie is about toys that come to life when humans are not present and focuses on the relationships between the toys themselves as well as the humans who own them. The main characters in the film are Woody, Buzz, Andy, Mr. Potato Head, and Dinosaur. The voices of these characters was also discussed. Tom Hanks was the voice of Sheriff Woody and Tim Allen was the voice of Buzz Lightyear. Toy Story is now considered one of the best animated films ever made, it received huge praise from critics and was the highest earning film on its opening weekend. The film was so successful they made two sequels: Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3.

After they finished presenting, we all presented out puppet presentations. The first group that went did a French book and had French music playing in the background. The next group that presented was my group. We narrated the book Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman. The story is a retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Snow, Glass, Apples was written from the point of view of Snow White’s stepmother, the Queen. However, in this version, Snow white is not a beautiful, kind princess. Instead she is an evil creature who killed her own father. The queen narrates the story through flashbacks. Even though the characters are completely different a few things remained the same. After our group finished our puppet presentation about 3 more groups went. Each presented their short stories and then the class ended with a reminder on teacher evaluations.

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2 thoughts on “4/18 Class

  1. Toy story is one of my favorite movies! I’m so glad we got to know a little bit more about it during class. I also really enjoyed the puppet shows from class on 4/18. I could really tell that all of the groups put in a lot of work on their puppets. I especially liked the group who did the Little Prince. Their props really helped tell the story and made it interesting. I loved watching all the puppet shows because it was a unique way to tell stories that we have all come to know during class. I wish I could have seen more!

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  2. Toy Story was one of my favorite movies growing up, and I remember watching it at least once a week. The focus on the relationships among the characters sends a great message to kids, and teaches them how to work together and form bonds. Friendship is one of the most important themes present within the movie, and is primary reason why the characters are ultimately successful. I have seen Toy Story 2, but have yet to see the 3rd one! The puppet shows following the Toy Story presentation were great. I felt that they were all very creative, and I really enjoyed seeing how each group made their puppets to go along with their unique scripts. Many of the groups added a modern twist to their writing, which I thought was really authentic. Having the Queen narrate your groups presentation was very unique, and I found it very interesting that it was based off of the flashbacks. This version was much darker than the one we all know today, considering Snow White was soft and kind in the popular film. Seeing her character as dark and evil was definitely a twist!

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