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Animation expert Charles Solomon literally wrote the book on Toy Story 3 - it's in bookstores today.

“The Art of Toy Story 3” hits bookstores today, with text written by Off-Ramp animation expert Charles Solomon.

(Charles at home in his study. Credit: John Rabe)

Charles wrote to me that TS3 stands alone:

The list of modern sequels that were as good or better than the original films was a short one. And until "Toy Story 2," there had been no successful American animated sequels: neither Disney's "The Rescuers Down Under" (1990) nor Amblin's "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West" (1991) had been well-received.

"The list was basically “The Godfather, Part II” and “The Empire Strikes Back,'" says director Lee Unkrich. "It was our goal to make a sequel as good as, if not better than the original, so it was very rewarding when “Toy Story 2” came out, and people compared us to those two films. When I started on this one, I thought, 'Okay, are there any good third movies?' The only one I could come up with was “The Return of the King.” I initially discounted that because it’s really one giant story being told in three parts. That’s when I had my epiphany: We needed to come up with a story that would feel like these three movies were all part of one grand story."

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