Blondie and I saw Toy Story 3. We loved it. Hope it's not forgotten by Oscar time. It should win for best animated film, hands down. That franchise or trilogy is ridiculously awesome. Each film lived up to (or surpassed) the previous one. That's how it's done. Thanks, Pixar, for doing Andy, Woody, and Buzz justice.
Pixar also inserted a short film prior to Toy Story 3. It's called Day & Night. It's a little long, but these two characters make it hard to look away because you just want to know what they'll do next. Someone needs to do a Day & Night picture book. Simple, yet exploratory, concept. Since we are all creators, here is a short behind the scenes clip of Day & Night. Artistic. Creative. Collaborative.
I've also decided that Looking for Alaska was very low concept and character driven, but John Green has a way of drawing you in with voice, character, emotion, and raw reality. He's an honest writer, telling the truth through fiction. I'll be stockpiling his other novels for my nightstand.
And since I'm hearing MT Anderson speak at SCBWI this summer...
On deck: Feed, by MT Anderson
In the hole: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, by MT Anderson