Toy Story 3 may be about toys coming to life, however there can’t be toys without young people to play with
them which, is why I have chosen the Toy Story 3 to talk about. I could have chosen the previous two films
due to the fact that the toy’s owner is a 10 year old boy named Andy, however, we don’t get to see much of
him, so can’t really say how young people are presented in contemporary media. The most we learn about
this character is that he loves cowboys and spacemen, comes up with random ideas for games to play with his
toys (a cowboy saving Little Bow Peep from a Potato head and avoiding sheep from being run over – yes, this
is pretty random!) And eating a Pizza Planet. This is unlike Toy Story 3 which shows us not only the now 17
year old Andy, but also children aged around 5 years old and under.
Camera: We begin the film with the 10 year old – pizza loving Andy on what looks to be a home video. This
shows all of the great times Andy has had with his toys. This perhaps used to show and cheekiness and
innocents children, just wanting to have fun. The Person filming the home video –Andy’s mum- is clearly not
going to win a movie award soon, as she sometimes goes off focus, and sometimes films Andy with the image
at an angle. Perhaps this is because, as I have said, because the character of Andy’s mum is not cut out to
film, but maybe, it is to show that children are not always perfect such as the filming skills, but you can still
see that children don’t really care, as long as they have a good time, playing with toys. This leads to another
point. Toys. The whole point of the film being made is because of Andy’s toys. In every part of the home
video, no matter where Andy is, he is always with at least one of his toys. This may suggest the opinion of
children perhaps relying on their toys to keep them entertained and prevent loneliness which, maybe what
people think of children like Andy who, besides friends at school, has no one to talk to a home, as his sister at
the time of the home video was only a baby, and he only has one parent, being his mum. However, looking at
this, Andy always tries to stay positive. This may be indeed what people believe children like Andy are like, or
what they want them to be like, since Andy always has a smile on his face as a child.
Camera focused on Andy –
Giving the idea that 10
year old boys are cheerful,
cheeky and are able to find
enjoyment from simple
things like a toy cowboy.
The unusual idea of young people
on is that they are always using
modern technology such as
computers/laptops, using phones
and playing on a modern game
system such as a Nintendo DS,
Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3. However,
this image shows an active young
boy, playing outside with a toy.
Andy is outside by green trees,
showing children to be
outgoing, curious about the big
world and adventurous. This
shows children being close to
nature, instead of being stuck
inside all day.
Now being 17 years old, Andy has change a lot. The camera focuses a lot on his height, showing the different
between a child and a teenager. Until the end of the film, we only see him in this small room or somewhere
upstairs in his house. This makes him seem like a teen, suck in a small world, not knowing what to do with
himself, unlike the young Andy we know. We focus on his face, which, is not always happy, but upset or
annoyed at times, when he sister Molly (now around 8 years old), does something Andy does not like, or
when Andy’s mum is telling him what to do. This to many seems like a typical teenager, locked in his/her
bedroom, annoyed by being what to because of, as many would say “teenagers think they know everything”
which is of cause false. As a teen myself I know that we don’t know everything. Of cause we know more
than we did as children, but we still don’t have all of the experience of an adult, so I guess you can say, we
are stuck in the middle.
Editing: There is not really much to say about the editing that I have not already said while talking about the
camera. As a 10 year old, we focus on Andy on the happiest parts of his childhood, laughing, making a mess
when eating birthday cake, and playing with his favourite toys: Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of our main
characters. As a teen, we see Andy, both, happy, sad (especially at the end of the film) and annoyed – many
with his sister Molly.
Mise-en-scene: We have talked about what we can see with 10 year old Andy; now let’s look at 17 year old
A messy desk – This shows teens to
be messy and unorganised. The desk
has the following on top of it:
.Work books for collage/sixth form. .
.A mobile phone which to many
would be seem as something teen
can’t part from, so they can use
Twitter or Facebook.
.A laptop to once again, go on
Facebook (or Google).
There is also a skateboard –
Because every teenage boy has
one of those…Right?
This gym bag, gives the idea that
teenage boys are athletic and
Something many people think teens
can’t live without: telly. (Even
though there is NEVER anything on
most of the time!
The final scene is perhaps the saddest. (Spoiler alert for those who have not seen the film yet!) Andy gives his
childhood toys to a little girl called Bonnie, giving the toys an owner to who would give them more years of fun
when playing, while Andy goes to college (university). This scene focuses on Andy’s emotions – how sad he is
to let go of something that played a huge part in is childhood. This gives the idea that teenagers can still be
childish, even though they are getting closer to adulthood, leaving childhood behind. It shows that teenagers
are not what some newspapers, and magazines make them out to be: wearing hoodies, playing on an Xbox
360/PS3 while drinking, taking drugs and breaking the law. Andy is hardly going to take a knife and attack
Bonnie. He is just a 17 year old, letting go of childhood and stepping into the world of grown-ups.
Camera: What can be said about Molly? Well to honest, I really don’t want to say about the girl who we were
introduced to as the little baby girl who, we were introduced to in the first Toy Story film but…She’s annoying.
She’s the typical little sister that gets in the way, wanting all of your stuff that you see in so many cartoons. We
don’t get to see her much in all three films but, we are left with big impressions of what she is like. Take the
very start of the film when we see the now 8 year old Molly (at least I am lead to believe she is 8), for the first
time - she is off camera when we hear her and this is when Andy shouts “Molly out of my room!” This shows
the idea that Molly, along with other children her age are always looking though their older brother/sisters
things, causing Andy to assume that Molly put his phone in his old toy box, which was actually something the
toys did to get Andy’s attention. She gets little scene time, at least, less than Andy himself and the mum and
when she is, she is nearly always in the background, suggesting the idea of younger children always getting in
Editing: Unlike 10 year old Andy, Molly is always seen in the house, either at the top of the stairs, in her own
room or in Andy’s room, suggesting she is not very outgoing. As I have already said, Molly gets very little scene
time, showing the idea of little girls and boys getting in the way of his/her older brother/sister.
This picture was taken from a scene
with Molly in Andy’s room. Once
again, not all focus is on her but, on
Andy’s reaction. This image has been
zoomed in as Andy took up most of
the screen at this point, even though
Molly is speaking.
To some, it may be surprising to see
that it is actually Molly – an 8 year old,
looks far more care free than Andy
who, as many people believe, should
have been like this as, it is known in
films, cartoons and magazines that
teenagers are meant to be the care
free people who do as they please.
However, this shot gives impression
that children are the care free people,
who don’t worry about adulthood, as
they are so far away from the day, of
becoming 18. To Andy, it is a big deal,
since he is only a year away or less
from becoming 18, and is taking the
huge step to going to college
Molly seems very relaxed, always
listening to music and looking through
Andy’s thing, trying to claim them for
her own. However, in the very scene
this image was taken from, Molly says
to Andy “why do you still have these
old toys?” This may suggest that Molly
is trying to act more grow-up than she
really is. Perhaps it is to annoy her
older brother, maybe she feels
pressured into acting more mature, or
it could just be her being herself.
Molly’s room is the typical colour expected for a young
girl to have which is pink. It’s like Andy’s room as he is a
boy therefore, his room is blue. It is liking saying that all
boys love the colour blue, while all girls love the colour
pink, which is an image often given out in media
although, as all know is not always true.
Mise-en-scene: Let’s talk about what can see on scene that tells us about the idea of people at Molly’s age.
The children at Sunnyside Day-care: The Caterpillar Room
Camera: The children in the Caterpillar Room at Sunnyside Day-care are around 2 years old, maybe a little older
or younger. They are only little, but the camera zoomed in on them from below, to show how big and
intimidating these young, children can be to the toys. From what we see, is not very appealing. The camera
focuses on the children’s faces with snot dripping from their noses, slobber from their mouths, and nappies full
of something deadly… However, you can’t ignore the cute, huge eyes, cheeky little smiles and laughs. This
shows children at this age group to be curious to the world around them – fascinated by new toys. They may be
a little heavy handed, as can be seen my how they treat the toys, but they don’t understand that things are
breakable that, and the fact that no one (besides Sid Philips in the first film) know that toys are alive. You tend
to notice innocence in their faces, making it seem strange to be seen as monsters to the toys, until you see how
they play with plays.
Editing: There is a lot of editing when we first meet the youngest members of Sunnyside, cutting and
changing from one place to another, at a quick pace, giving the sense of excitement, and displaying the
children being full of energy. Everywhere you look, there is a child throwing toys, pulling them apart, shoving
small toy parts up their noses, screaming, shouting and laughing. This shows children to be energetic, and
with a huge misunderstand of how to take care of their or someone else’s belongings, showing dramatic
difference between these children and both Molly and Andy, as said by Rex “Andy never played with us like
that”. This scene alone is full of madness, watching these children throwing the main characters (who we
have come to love after watching the previous films), across the room.
Mise-en-scene: Unlike the Molly and Andy’s scenes, there is a lot and energetic music, giving a sense of
madness, with these children being out of control, almost like wild animals. As I have mentioned previously,
the children are cute yet ugly at the same time. Cute due to the fact that they have cute laughs, smiles and
faces but ugly, due to the snot, spit and dirty nappies. These characters are surrounded by bright colours, not
just the pink found in Molly’s room, or the blue in Andy’s. This shows innocents, and the idea of the children
having a creative mind, curious to see everything and find out what it does.
The children at Sunnyside Day-care: The Butterfly Room
Camera: The camera style is very different from the children in the Butterfly room to the style for the children
in the Caterpillar room. The camera at first focuses above the children proving a calm atmosphere. These
children are older than the children in the caterpillar room, being around 5 years old. When the camera focuses
on one child, they are sitting down, playing nicely with a toy, and treating the toys with a lot of care, making
sure they don’t break them. The children stay in on area of the screen, instead of running everywhere. The
camera position is from below, making them seen less big and scary to the toys, and less heavy handed. This
gives the idea that the older children get, the more mature they become, instead of being immature.
Editing: Scenes don’t change as quickly as they did in the Caterpillar room, which does not happen a lot and
when is does, is focuses on one place instead of moving around, trying to catch up with moving a character,
which is not needed, as the characters stay in one place.
Wreck It Ralph
Wreck It Ralph is a fun Family film, which therefore means that there are kids in it, doing what some believe that
kids do best, therefore I have chosen to do this film
Vanellope Von Schweetz
Camera – Vanellope may be a glitch in the video game “Sugar Rush” but even so,
she is still a child. Because of her size, the camera either focuses above her,
looking down on her, next to someone’s legs to show how small she is, or high up,
so she can see eye to taller characters showing that she is very confident, even if
she bullied by the other races because of being a “mistake” put into the game.
Cameras are always focusing on her when she is in a bright back ground, showing
that even though she is young, Vanellope is positive thing, however there are
moments when she is in darker places, showing that deep down, she find it hard
to cope with being the odd one out and therefore not part of a friendship group, a
bit like situation seen at schools.
Editing – Vanellope appears to be a lot like the character Molly from the film “Toy Story 3” when we first see
her. She says things to annoy he older characters. In Molly’s case it is her older brother Andy, while for
Vanellpoe it is Wreak It Ralph. Both try to act like the better one out of the older characters, by teasing them,
appearing as a nuisance that has no need to be there. Unlike Molly however, Vanellope is a main character,
allowing us to dive deeper into what makes her tick, while Molly remains to be that girl who annoyed Andy at
the start of the film, showing that children are more complicated that the media may make them look.
Children are not just one thing. Kids are not just naughty, or shy. Children can be many things combined into
Mise-en-scene - Vanellope is not the typical little girl you may expect. She is not a girly girl, loving the colour
pink and cute toys. She lives in a world full of racing cars and where Vanellope is, a car is not far behind. There
is a part in the film were she learns that she is a princess but takes the micky out of Disney princesses which, is
surprising since Wreak It Ralph is a Disney film. Unlike most little girl who would love to be a princess,
Vanellope choses to be the President of Sugar Rush, showing that not all girls like to be pink princesses best
the title is cute.
Sugar Rush racers
Camera – The Sugar are considered the bad guys until the real villain is revealed (not
to spoil it for people who have not seen the film) They are the bullies, being mean to
Vanellope because she is different. This represents the cruel children of the world
who pick on others weaknesses to make themselves feel much better about
themselves. These sweet looking and innocent on their game when the arcade is
open, but these harsh children are mean and never hesitating to give a glitch the cold
shoulder. They are always seen in bright, cheerful areas, but the cruel faces they pull
when Vanellope shows herself, shows the nasty side to some people in the new
Editing – This group of children are loyal to their leader King Candy despite knowing about his negative
attitude towards Vanellope racing, they don’t make their own decisions, instead, helping to stop Vanellope
from taking part in the game. When the arcade is open, they seen to be happy and helpful, but when it is
closed, they show their true colours towards how they feel the different people. This gives the idea that
some children can be two faced and cruel towards others.
Mise-en-scene – These cruel kids really have a sweet tooth for being mean which contradicts with their
surrounding, being bright, colourful, full of a child’s favourite thing - sweets. Chocolate rivers, candy cane
trees, gummy bears, lolly pops and lots and lots of sugar.
Total Girl – Magazine
This time I have decided to look at a teenage magazine and not films since, magazines are very popular
with young people and gives the outside world ideas towards what the young generation is like.
Camera - In this book cover is a young female in a lit area, giving people the idea that all girls are fresh
faced, have clear skin with no sigh of any teenage spots are any faults in their faces, just perfect, with
perfect hair, make-up, perfect everything which is not true. The truth is that no one is perfect.
Editing – This girl seem to look perfect and pretty – what every girl wanted to be like and how people
see teenage girls in the media, with make-up and a huge love for cute animals and the colour pink.
Mise-en-scene – This teenager is surrounded by the colour pink. Pink background, pink disco ball, pink
logo, pink text, pink everything. Everyone seems to believe that every female that ever lived is obsessed
with the colour pink. The same thing goes for boys and the colour blue. There are love hearts, stars,
dancing and singing which is not always the case.