Thursday 4 April 2013

Watch: Siskel & Ebert Review Toy Story -- RIP, Roger Ebert

A113Animation is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the world's finest, best-known and most respected movie reviewer, the irreplaceable Roger Ebert. Known and celebrated as a champion of the great and a sardonic derider of the mediocre, Ebert had been reviewing movies for The Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years.

He was also well known for his reviewing partnership with Gene Siskel. From said partnership, check out Siskel & Ebert's TV review of Toy Story, from way-back-when in 1995. It speaks to how knowing both men were, that they correctly predicted that this rather groundbreaking CG flick would change everything for animation.

In a sadly ironic manner, the critic announced a "leave of presence" only two days ago, due to the re-emergence of his cancer and latent health problems. Today, The Chicago Sun-Times announced his passing, at the age of 70 - alas, cancer takes another great human being. Rest in peace, Mr. Ebert, in the knowledge that, for us here at least, you've forever changed how we watch a movie.

Our thoughts and condolences to the Ebert family, as we leave you with this apt quote from the Sun-Times:

"Roger Ebert loved movies.

Except for those he hated."


  1. Munir Abedrabbo4 April 2013 at 23:38

    My favorite movie critic and my #1 source for searching and evaluating films. I didn't agree with him sometimes but his analysis were always a treat to read and enriched my filmmaking experience much more. He'll be missed.

    Something of a trivia note: I just noticed that he liked all Pixar films (from Toy Story to Brave) giving them three, three and a half and four stars but never disliking any of them. That proves he really knew what he was talking about. Rest in peace Roger.

  2. Future Animator4 April 2013 at 23:50

    Question: what kind of blog is this (i.e.; Blogger, Wordpress, etc.)?

  3. The only critic whose opinion *everyone* respected. A brilliantly insightful, informed and intelligent man. Undoubtedly a huge loss, may he rest in peace.

    Something I always found interesting, and in something of a defence for Cars 2, was that he rated it 3 stars, the same as he gave to Toy Story 3.

  4. Munir Abedrabbo5 April 2013 at 17:32

    Actually, he gave Cars 2 three and a half stars, higher than TS3! His review is good but I can't agree with that. Cars 2 is fun but is nowhere near TS3's brilliance.

  5. Future Animator5 April 2013 at 20:53

    Did you have to pay for it? Sorry, I'm just working on getting my blog set up. Would you mind if I email you some questions?

  6. Did he really? My... I can't say I quite agree with that, haha! I mean, I'll defend Cars 2 to the hilt, but that may be a tad generous...

  7. Sorry for the delayed response - Internet connectivity woes and whatnot - yep, I've replied to your email now!