&‘&‘Toy Story 3" opens on June 18, and grown-ups at the local garbage and recycling company are so excited they can hardly sleep.
You might say the Santa Rosa-based North Bay Corp plays a supporting role in the new Disney/
Pixar animated film.
Apparently there's at least one garbage truck that figures in the new adventure by Woody and Buzz Lightyear and their toybox menagerie. The sequel opens with the toys' boy, Andy, by now a teenager, preparing to go to off college and struggling with what to do with his childhood playthings.
Do his toys wind up in the belly of a big, noisy truck bound for a dump?
I really don't know, nor do the folks at North Bay Corp. What they do know is that sound-
effects people with Skywalker Sound at the Skywalker Ranch in west Marin needed to record the rumblings of real garbage trucks.
So North Bay took four different types of refuse-collecting trucks to Skywalker, where the noises they make while lifting barrels or Dumpsters and compressing garbage were carefully recorded.
Are you beginning to sense the possibilities? You could go see "Toy Story 3" and hear your neighborhood's actual, wakes-you-once-a-week garbage truck in the movie, in Dolby.
North Bay Corp's Steve McCaffrey said sound technicians also visited the recycling center on Standish Avenue and used high-tech recording gear to capture the industrial noises made by baling equipment, a tractor and assorted other devices and vehicles.
The North Bay Corp folks found the recording of their trucks and other equipment to be great fun. They told the moviemakers they were happy to help with sound effects but they did have one request:
Might the garbage truck or trucks in the film wear the North Bay colors of green and white with reflective red-white tape?
A toy rear-loader garbage truck inspired by "Toy Story 3" recently hit the stores, and it's so green and white that Steve McCaffrey could just weep.
Don't be surprised if pretty soon here your little ones want to wake up early on garbage day.
ANOTHER FILM to watch for is the documentary on late, great author Richard Brautigan that's now in production by a potent team that includes Brautigan's daughter, Ianthe, of Santa Rosa and her husband, Montgomery High grad Paul Swensen.
The couple and their co-directors and producers are filming the likes of Jeff Bridges, Peter Coyote and writer Jim Harrison.
Paul and Ianthe will take a break from the Brautigan project later this month to attend the Daytime Emmy Awards gala in L.A. That's because Paul has been nominated for an Emmy as co-director of the public-TV culinary series, "Avec Eric," with kitchen marvel Eric Ripert.
"This is the big time, so it's very cool," Paul said.
OK, ONE MORE film note.
Whether you were or weren't around when artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude arrived in west Sonoma/Marin in the early 1970s and one-by-one won converts to an outlandish scheme to stretch a temporary, 24.5-mile curtain across the landscape, you'll probably want to see the retrospective co-produced by filmmaker Wolfram Hissen and the Sonoma County Museum.
It had its premiere at the recent opening of a grand exhibit of the "Running Fence" at D.C.'s Smithsonian American Art Museum.