Not having seen the films in the longest time (in anticipation of the re-release), I was struck by how simple and yet mature the stories are, almost like I had never seen them before. Pixar's been doing it since the very beginning indeed. And re-rendered, both films looked just as good as they had been made this year.
I had to work afterwards, but the movies stuck with me. To my amusement/horror, I found myself humming "When She Loved Me" from '2'. The emotional punch that scene packs is still incredible after all these years, and especially so.
The overall experience of seeing both these classic films in 3-D, on the big screen, back-to-back, was naturally wonderful. The 3-hour runtime was a huge treat, in fact. This, of course, will be the last chance for the public to experience these films in this way for a very long time, maybe forever.
Really, the only thing I didn't like was that at the screening I went to they played the Toy Story 3 teaser rather than the new trailer we've been waiting months to see. Ahh!!! Oh well, at least I have something to look forward to for the week after next.
If Toy Story/Toy Story 2 in 3-D meets with box office success, expect to see digital 3-D re-releases of Pixar's other classics announced. Hollywood trade publication Variety is calling the double feature a "testing ground for Disney's back catalog getting the 3D treatment."
Until then, it's on to Toy Story 3, which those involved say will be just as enjoyable and "startling" as the first two films. To infinity and beyond!