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12.13.2010

It's not just a marketing ploy or an Oscar campaign: TOY STORY 3 really is the best reviewed film of the year. The film has almost 250 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and only 3 of them are so-called "rotten." The film has made over $400 million at the box-office, set all kinds of records and charmed the pants off kids and adults worldwide. So who would ever start up the website www.notoystory3.org and openly protest awards screenings in Los Angeles?

Tonight in Los Angeles, Disney plans on holding a big screening for members of the Academy and the least controversial film of the year, will actually have a picket line out front of angry people with signs reading, "Don't vote for Disney!" And the strange part? They'll all be Disney employees.

It turns out a group of hotel employees at Disneyland in Anaheim are unhappy about changes to their medical plan and are attempting to thwart the TOY STORY 3 Oscar campaign to raise awareness for their cause.

I don't want to get into the politics of the situation but it has something to do with lower-paid workers who are unhappy at being forced to change to a Disney-approved healthcare plan that will cost an additional $365/month.

Since this is a movie site, we'll stick to that side of things: could this actually hurt TOY STORY 3's Oscar campaign? I think the union workers would like to think it would and that Disney would cave to their demands but frankly, I don't know that AMPAS members are all that concerned either. TOY STORY 3 will surely get a nomination but will have a very, very, very hard time getting a win for Best Picture (it so far hasn't won one critic's group award for Best Picture) and I don't see a protest changing that one way or another.

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11:32PM on 12/14/2010
Yes, Disney is screwing these people over, and I feel very bad for them, but in the hell are they protesting?

If this article is 100% corre, then they are protesting the movie, which makes about as much sense as running naked through a forest while covered in honey.

They should protest at their jobs, and in the various parks, but this won't do anyone (them or the makers of TS3) any damn good. They are mad, fine and understandable, but this is the equvilanet of a 5yr. old throwing a temper
Yes, Disney is screwing these people over, and I feel very bad for them, but in the hell are they protesting?

If this article is 100% corre, then they are protesting the movie, which makes about as much sense as running naked through a forest while covered in honey.

They should protest at their jobs, and in the various parks, but this won't do anyone (them or the makers of TS3) any damn good. They are mad, fine and understandable, but this is the equvilanet of a 5yr. old throwing a temper tantrum and holding their breath, until they get what they want. It only makes matters worse and is stupid.
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9:45AM on 12/14/2010
I know there's a Viagra/Woody joke in there I just can't think of one right now
I know there's a Viagra/Woody joke in there I just can't think of one right now
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11:19PM on 12/13/2010
I was half expecting to see it was a Westboro Baptist Church protest.

Anyway, good luck to them. Being the low paid worker getting screwed over by management is no fun.
I was half expecting to see it was a Westboro Baptist Church protest.

Anyway, good luck to them. Being the low paid worker getting screwed over by management is no fun.
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8:17PM on 12/13/2010
Look, it's not like Toy Story 3 is going to win best picture anyway (not against more academy friendly movies like Inception, The Town, Social Network etc.) so I don't know why they are bothering.

There are better ways to get your message across (And I agree, It seems like Disney is really screwing these guys) but attacking awards consideration for a movie that has nothing to do with your health care just doesn't seem sensible.

Instead of standing outside and picketing with signs that
Look, it's not like Toy Story 3 is going to win best picture anyway (not against more academy friendly movies like Inception, The Town, Social Network etc.) so I don't know why they are bothering.

There are better ways to get your message across (And I agree, It seems like Disney is really screwing these guys) but attacking awards consideration for a movie that has nothing to do with your health care just doesn't seem sensible.

Instead of standing outside and picketing with signs that say "Don't vote for TS3", why not stand outside with signs that say "Disney is a bunch of assholes that are screwing us out of our insurance."

Makes more sense to attack the company directly rather than attack a branch of the company that has nothing to do with your health care.
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8:01PM on 12/13/2010
Try to be a little understanding of these people before judging them.
Try to be a little understanding of these people before judging them.
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6:18PM on 12/13/2010

at least watch the video

For full disclosure, I work with these Disney workers. Guys, check out the video (only 2-mins) to understand what we're talking about. We liked Toy Story 3, but we don't think the Academy should reward Disney's hypocrisy. Video here: [link]
For full disclosure, I work with these Disney workers. Guys, check out the video (only 2-mins) to understand what we're talking about. We liked Toy Story 3, but we don't think the Academy should reward Disney's hypocrisy. Video here: [link]
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7:27PM on 12/13/2010
that's all well and good, and I support the workers in trying to get better health care, but don't penalise the hard work of the creators of Toy Story 3. They're not the ones who are doing this to you.
that's all well and good, and I support the workers in trying to get better health care, but don't penalise the hard work of the creators of Toy Story 3. They're not the ones who are doing this to you.
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5:19PM on 12/13/2010
Sorry guys, double post. My apologies.
Sorry guys, double post. My apologies.
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5:18PM on 12/13/2010
I don't see how anyone can think this is a good idea, whether you liked Toy Story 3 or preferred HTTYDragon or not. Fact is; Disney have their money, awards will be good, but really you're just possibly stealing an amazing chance for all the hardworking folks (like those picketing) who have worked extremely hard on the film. Why don't they just do it outside their work or something? Surely THAT would have more effect, and it wouldn't be a selfish act with possibly repercussions toward others.
I don't see how anyone can think this is a good idea, whether you liked Toy Story 3 or preferred HTTYDragon or not. Fact is; Disney have their money, awards will be good, but really you're just possibly stealing an amazing chance for all the hardworking folks (like those picketing) who have worked extremely hard on the film. Why don't they just do it outside their work or something? Surely THAT would have more effect, and it wouldn't be a selfish act with possibly repercussions toward others.
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5:13PM on 12/13/2010
I can't remember which website it was, but there was a site that compared the events in Toy Story 3 to the Holocaust. I can't really watch the film after that because for some reason that's all I think of. That the Toys are Jews, The day care center is a Death Camp, The kids are Nazi Soldiers executing toys and the Trash compactor is the ovens.

Meh.
I can't remember which website it was, but there was a site that compared the events in Toy Story 3 to the Holocaust. I can't really watch the film after that because for some reason that's all I think of. That the Toys are Jews, The day care center is a Death Camp, The kids are Nazi Soldiers executing toys and the Trash compactor is the ovens.

Meh.
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5:19PM on 12/13/2010
interesting... I might have to watch it again with that in mind...
...also, doesn't Woody have a star on his shirt.. o.0
interesting... I might have to watch it again with that in mind...
...also, doesn't Woody have a star on his shirt.. o.0
2:35PM on 12/13/2010
I'd agree that the movie's story, and the jokes weren't that good. I felt like I was watching a direct to dvd movie. It wasn't a bad movie, but I just saw Tangled which was much better.
I'd agree that the movie's story, and the jokes weren't that good. I felt like I was watching a direct to dvd movie. It wasn't a bad movie, but I just saw Tangled which was much better.
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2:26PM on 12/13/2010

Good for them

toy story 3 is not just the worst disney pixar film if anyone made that film they should be ashamed they butchered the characters and the jokes fall flatter than rosie o donnells arse although this picket line will accomplish nothing and it will still get the best oscar which is a shame as how to train your dragon was so much better
toy story 3 is not just the worst disney pixar film if anyone made that film they should be ashamed they butchered the characters and the jokes fall flatter than rosie o donnells arse although this picket line will accomplish nothing and it will still get the best oscar which is a shame as how to train your dragon was so much better
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2:25PM on 12/13/2010
The Toy Stories are good. Nothing more, nothing less.
People need to stop with the endless praise, they're fucking cartoons.
The Toy Stories are good. Nothing more, nothing less.
People need to stop with the endless praise, they're fucking cartoons.
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6:41PM on 12/14/2010
So you're saying just because it's a "fucking" cartoon it can't compete on greatness with other films? I will praise it eternally
So you're saying just because it's a "fucking" cartoon it can't compete on greatness with other films? I will praise it eternally
2:25PM on 12/13/2010

Good for them

toy story 3 is not just the worst disney pixar film if anyone made that film they should be ashamed they butchered the characters and the jokes fall flatter than rosie o donnells arse although this picket line will accomplish nothing and it will still get the best oscar which is a shame as how to train your dragon was so much better
toy story 3 is not just the worst disney pixar film if anyone made that film they should be ashamed they butchered the characters and the jokes fall flatter than rosie o donnells arse although this picket line will accomplish nothing and it will still get the best oscar which is a shame as how to train your dragon was so much better
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11:58AM on 12/13/2010
Anyone else remember the whole Hurt Locker incident last year? Producer Nicolas Chartier sent emails to academy members urging them to vote for his film and to rank Avatar lower on their list. This conflicts with Academy rules and he was banned from the Oscars.
The Hurt Locker won Best Picture. So, did his emails hurt Avatar (I mean-it didn't win, so...)? Did they help his film (well, it did win)? I'm not saying The Hurt Locker wasn't gonna win anyway, but I guess we'll really never know if
Anyone else remember the whole Hurt Locker incident last year? Producer Nicolas Chartier sent emails to academy members urging them to vote for his film and to rank Avatar lower on their list. This conflicts with Academy rules and he was banned from the Oscars.
The Hurt Locker won Best Picture. So, did his emails hurt Avatar (I mean-it didn't win, so...)? Did they help his film (well, it did win)? I'm not saying The Hurt Locker wasn't gonna win anyway, but I guess we'll really never know if the voters were swayed by the emails or not.
That said, what if Toy Story 3 doesn't win Best Animated Feature? I liked it and all, but personally I felt How To Train Your Dragon was a much better movie, and it is also very well-reviewed. If HTTYD wins the Oscar, is it because the protestors had an effect or because it was going to win anyway?
Things like desparaging emails and protests about Oscar-nominated films put a bit of a stain on a win or a loss, because it does make you think and wonder whether it was a win or loss based on the merit of the film or from situations like these.
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11:37AM on 12/13/2010
Lack of healthcare is why Wheezy didn't make it into the 3rd movie. Disney healthcare doesn't pay to treat symptoms of COPD.
Lack of healthcare is why Wheezy didn't make it into the 3rd movie. Disney healthcare doesn't pay to treat symptoms of COPD.
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2:30PM on 12/13/2010
LMAO! I laughed for like 5 min. when I read that. lol
LMAO! I laughed for like 5 min. when I read that. lol
11:21AM on 12/13/2010

What?!

This is so annoying. TS3 is a Disney film in NAME ONLY. The film is a piece of work by Pixar. This is obviously another example of Disney alienation ruining Pixar's genius...
This is so annoying. TS3 is a Disney film in NAME ONLY. The film is a piece of work by Pixar. This is obviously another example of Disney alienation ruining Pixar's genius...
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11:15AM on 12/13/2010
I understand the workers concerns but that shouldn't decide what deserves best picture and what doesn't. Lee Unkrich and John Lasseter didn't decide the insurance coverage so I don't see why they should lose the opportunity of a life time over something they have no control over.
I understand the workers concerns but that shouldn't decide what deserves best picture and what doesn't. Lee Unkrich and John Lasseter didn't decide the insurance coverage so I don't see why they should lose the opportunity of a life time over something they have no control over.
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10:59AM on 12/13/2010
"No Buzz until we get drugs!"
"No Buzz until we get drugs!"
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11:30AM on 12/13/2010
no drugs, no woody
no drugs, no woody
11:56AM on 12/13/2010
you have an untapped talent!
you have an untapped talent!
10:47AM on 12/13/2010
It is still a great movie regardless.
It is still a great movie regardless.
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10:41AM on 12/13/2010
Wow, an ADDITIONAL $365 a month? That is pretty shitty, especially for a hotel worker. Aren't they mostly single mothers and immigrants? Way to screw over the little people Disney. Again.
Wow, an ADDITIONAL $365 a month? That is pretty shitty, especially for a hotel worker. Aren't they mostly single mothers and immigrants? Way to screw over the little people Disney. Again.
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10:19AM on 12/13/2010
"Toys don't pay for health insurance!" I can't think of anything that rhymes with that.
"Toys don't pay for health insurance!" I can't think of anything that rhymes with that.
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