One of the biggest concerns from audiences when Toy Story 4 was first announced was whether it would live up to the greatness of the preceding films. The first three films are incredible and comprise one of the greatest trilogies ever seen in film. It sounds like you can relax a bit, as early reactions to an advance screening seem to indicate that the latest Toy Story is yet another fantastic film! [Read more…]
A few years ago when Disney and Pixar were in contract talks to extend their partnership, Disney decided to come up with their own idea for Toy Story 3. The storyline involved Buzz Lightyear getting shipped off to Taiwan and the other toys trying to rescue him. After Disney bought Pixar and made John Lasseter the CCO, Lasseter famously went and scrapped all development. Pixar took over and started from scratch. And oh boy, we should be thankful because the Toy Story 3 that was directed by Lee Unkrich and released on June 18th, 2010 is nothing short of magnificent. [Read more…]
Toy Story 3 is here! Midnight screenings began this morning at 12:01 AM across North America and now millions more will be watching it this weekend. I’d love to know what you thought of Pixar’s new film. Comment below and share your thoughts!
During the past week, reviews for Toy Story 3 started to come in, but on the eve of the film’s release, they’re flying in faster than you can read them all! As of this post, the new addition to the Toy Story franchise is still sitting at an astounding 100% on the Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes.
It is not new ground for the franchise, as the previous two entries also finished with 100%. However, the two earlier Toy Story films were released in the 1990’s, when less reviews were published, and blogging was not as rampant as it is today. Today, big releases can get over 200 reviews, which makes attaining the elusive 100% rating extremely difficult.
Reviews are still pouring in, so we should resist the urge to get attached to that 100%. It would be an amazing finish to a trilogy that has been a critical darling as well as a fan favorite, but over the next few days, we should have a clearer picture.
Here are some quotes of reviews that I have collected from some of the biggest publications across the continent. I will ONLY be posting spoiler-free quotes here, but will include the links to the full reviews. Please, please, be careful if you decide to click the links. The full reviews will be a bit spoiler-y, and you have waited this long.
“In providing sheer moviegoing satisfaction — plot, characters, verbal wit and visual delight, cheap laughs and honest sentiment — “Toy Story 3” is wondrously generous and inventive.”
“How the animation wizards at Pixar keep coming up with innovative and rapturous stories is one of the miracles in modern film. How director Lee Unkrich, veteran Pixar writers John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, and Little Miss Sunshine co-writer Michael Arndt devised a fresh plot and enchanting characters in this third Toy Story go-round is perhaps the most impressive feat of all.”
“…even with the bar raised high, Toy Story 3 enchanted and moved me so deeply I was flabbergasted that a digitally animated comedy about plastic playthings could have this effect.
“Toy Story 3 represents a virtuoso performance by the Pixar team, led by director Lee Unkrich (the codirector of Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo). I think it’s the studio’s greatest achievement since The Incredibles, and — just maybe — since the original Toy Story.”
“Pixar married the world of modern computer animation and sophisticated storytelling with the original “Toy Story” in 1995, and since then it has been the hands-down leading studio of any kind in Hollywood.
“It has never made a film that could be considered close to weak; most have been outright great. “Toy Story 3″ continues that tradition.”
“Toy Story 3…completes a trilogy of the best that animation can be. This is a “3” that deserves a [rating of] “4,” the best Toy Story yet – and make sure you get there in time for the short opener Day & Night, another of Pixar’s finest moments.”
“Pixar is the one studio that really knows how to use 3-D to its best advantage, never allowing the technology to overwhelm the storytelling.
“Toy Story 3 is a terrific film that ends with an emotional payoff that should satisfy all who have invested in the characters over the past 15 years. In a summer that will be littered with bad sequels, bad 3-D and bad storytelling, it is a movie to be heartily embraced.”
Toy Story 3 opens tomorrow, June 18th!
Digital Workplace Benefits
Increased Flexibility and Agility
If there’s one thing the pandemic taught us it’s that being able to rapidly adapt to change is key to success. While events like COVID-19 don’t happen every day (thank goodness), the world is constantly changing little by little, whether it’s advances in technology, changes to legislation, shifts in customer needs, or evolving marketplaces.
An effective digital workplace strategy empowers both organisations and their employees with flexibility in all areas of their working life. For employees, a digital workplace empowers them to work from anywhere, on any device. This supports them to strike a work-life balance while being able to remain productive and connected.
For businesses, digital workplaces serve up the resources a workforce needs to be proactive, strategic and opportunistic in times of crisis, change or growth.
When your workforce is productive they are working efficiently towards the goals of the business. But how productive are your people? According to a recent survey, over three quarters of employees don’t believe that they are truly productive for an entire workday. So it’s likely they aren’t as productive as you think.
While alarming, what’s important is to consider why staff aren’t as productive as they could be. For example, it could be due to distractions in the physical office space. Phones ringing, interruptions and loud colleagues are all enough to put even the most dedicated off their stride. Poor productivity can also be attributed to overwhelm in the form of an overflowing inbox email, a jam-packed calendar, or a never-ending to-do list.
A digital workplace helps to eliminate some of the distractions and streamline the work processes that hinder time to productivity. They give employees the freedom to be intentional about where, how and when they work, which can help them knuckle down and get the job done when it’s needed most. As well as this, having everything in one place makes getting into the flow of work much quicker, as users don’t have to spend huge amounts of time locating information, logging in to different tools and asking around for the things they can’t find.
Less Time Wasted
Working efficiently means taking the quickest and most logical route towards an outcome. Technology has gone to great lengths to make us all more efficient. But it’s also a double-edged sword. Now we’ve reached the point where we have so much it can be hard to know where to start or what to do with it all.
Digital workplace platforms can help to streamline workflows and eliminate unnecessary distraction. They can also support artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions that aim to take the onus of time-intensive tasks away from employees.
In short, a digital workplace helps employees stop faffing around and get to doing the work that matters. Which in turn makes them happier, less stressed and more fulfilled. Winner!
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Digital workplaces like HulerHub make knowledge sharing and distributing company news and updates easy, especially for remote and distributed workforces. What’s more, they make finding information much simpler and quicker even when the searcher isn’t sure what they’re looking for, thanks to intelligent search features.
While there is a time and a place for email communication, having all relevant information stored and shared in one accessible platform makes keeping on top of everything much easier for even the busiest workforces.
Higher Levels of Creativity & Innovation
Inspiring creativity and innovation among employees can be difficult. Especially when they are bogged down by day to day activities. But both are essential for businesses to flourish and grow.
While a digital workplace can’t do the thinking for your staff, it can help to free up precious real estate in their minds and facilitate the two-way communication required to drive innovation and collaboration.
A Better Employee Experience
The employee experience is an important part of retaining talent and creating a high performing culture. As there are many different touchpoints in the employee journey, staying in control and enhancing the employee experience can be challenging, sometimes resulting in employees feel disengaged and unsatisfied.
A digital workplace can be utilised throughout the employee journey at various touchpoints to shape and support their experience. During the onboarding process it can be used to give new employees quick access to all of the information they need at a time where they are rapidly learning about their new role and company.
For development it can be used to showcase training and eLearning opportunities, prompting employees to take responsibility for their professional development.
Within remote, hybrid and distributed work models, digital workplaces can also be used to communicate relevant information to employees at the right time, keeping them firmly in the loop.