So, what are you giving your beloved friends and family during the holiday season? What’s that? Gift cards?! Bah! Don’t worry if you haven’t a clue what to get the film buff on your list. Here at MovieMaker Magazine, we’ll help you out with some suggestions of newly-released movie-related items. Do you feel that? It’s the weight of the world being lifted off your shoulders. You can thank us later.
All items on this list are available for purchase on Amazon.com or at many local retailers.
Gifts for the Kid At Heart
SCENE IT? DELUXE DISNEY 2ND EDITION
SCREENLIFE GAMES, $39.99
Look, all the Disney knowledge in the world is useless if it doesn’t fuel your competitive nature and help you win a board game, and that’s just a fact. That’s why Disney fans need the Scene It? Deluxe Disney 2nd Edition board game ($39.99). So get down to business; you need to do your research if you want to be prepared to enter a whole new world of Disney board game dominance.
TOY STORY TRILOGY
WALT DISNEY VIDEO, $100.00
The 10-disc Toy Story Trilogy box set, released on November 2nd, doesn’t just have all three movies in a fancy box. There are also tons of extras, including two features called “Studio Stories: Toy Story 2 Sleep Deprivation Lab” and “Buzz Takes Manhattan”. The $100.00 price tag seems steep, but consider that the Toy Story 3 extras includes “Ken’s Dating Tips”. You really can’t put a price on that.
WOODY (DISNEY PIXAR TOY STORY 3) LIFE-SIZE STANDUP POSTER
A 10-disc Toy Story extravaganza is great, but a hardcore Pixar fan probably already has it. But would they have a 24″ x 58″ Woody standup to decorate their home? Possibly, but probably not. You should fix that. The Woody standup (which is actually larger-than-life-size, seeing as Woody is actually a doll) sells for $39.99. Don’t worry, Space Rangers, they sell a Buzz Lightyear version, too.
MOONSHINE: DREAMWORKS ARTISTS… AFTER DARK!
WRITTEN BY DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
DESIGN STUDIO PRESS, $19.99
DreamWorks Animation has given us some real gems, like How to Train Your Dragon and Shrek. But the artists at DreamWorks don’t deal exclusively with dragons and ogres. Moonshine: Dreamworks Artists… After Dark! ($19.95) features the personal art of 45 DreamWorks artists. Many animated movies have art books out (see: The Art of Tangled, The Art of Megamind, The Art of Shrek Forever After, etc.), but it’s nice to see what these talented artists get up to during their time off.
CRACKING ANIMATION: THE AARDMAN BOOK OF 3-D ANIMATION
WRITTEN BY BRIAN SIBLEY, PETER LORD
THAMES & HUDSON, $31.95
If the animation fan in your life is already up to speed on the new releases, they might want to try their hand at making a film themselves. Brian Sibley and Peter Lord (the latter co-founded Aardman Studios, which gifted the world with Chicken Run and the Wallace and Gromit movies) wrote a book that can help. The recently-released third edition of Cracking Animation: The Aardman Book of 3-D Animation ($31.95) has been updated to include recent animated films and technological advances. A word to the wise: Don’t look at the cover unless you intend to purchase, because gazing into the wide eyes of Shaun the Sheep will compel you to buy this book regardless of whether or not that was your original intention.
PLAY-DOH POPPIN’ MOVIE SNACKS PLAYSET
But what if that same animation fan loves molding 3D figures, but thinks that creating a whole movie is a bit big for a first step? Well, if they like movies, then the must like popcorn, right? The Play-Doh Poppin’ Movie Snacks Playset sells for $14.99, and it can make popcorn candy, ice cream and fries out of Play-Doh. Remember, Play-Doh comes in many colors, so feel free to make magenta popcorn (as long as you don’t eat it).