Toy Story 3. Yay!

Dave's Cool Toys Toy Story 3Save this date! June 18, 2010. This is the release date for Toy Story 3.

After a long and very troubled history including rewrites, shelved plots, controversies, and bickering between Pixar and Disney, Toy Story 3 began animation in April, 2009. The director and animation team Shaved their heads at the beginning of animation and will be seeing who can go the longest without a haircut or shaving.

The plot involves Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Andy’s toys being dropped off at a day-care center when Andy (who is now 18) heads off to college.

All the original cast members are back onboard for this sequel including Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, Annie Potts, John Ratzenberger (of course), Estelle harris, and Jodi Benson. They are joined by Michael Keaton as Ken and Ned Beatty. Jim Varney, who was the voice of Slinky Dog passed away and will be replaced by a close friend who reportedly sounds very much like him. Joe Ranft, the voice of Wheezy also passed away. Wheezy doesn’t seem to be in this film.

Just in case you didn’t know, I said "of course" for John Ratzenberger because he is in every single Pixar feature movie ever made (sometimes briefly). If you weren’t aware of this, I will post all his characters at the end of this post. See how many you know.

The "Teaser" trailer for the movie is being shown with the current Pixar movie "Up". But you can see it now by scrolling down. To watch a better version of the trailer, visit the Apple Movie Trailer site.

Oh! Also save the date for October 2, 2009. Toy Story and Toy Story 2 will be re-released as a double feature in Disney Digital 3-D in theaters. Reportedly the double feature will be for the price of one ticket.

It’s hard to believe it, but Toy Story originally came out in 1995. Coincidentally, that is the same year I started Dave’s Cool Toys. (Pixar has been slightly more successful.) Although it doesn’t seem like it was that long ago, when you think about the many amazing and successfull Pixar movies that have come out in the meantime (and not one bomb among them), it suddenly becomes clear how long it’s been.

John Ratzenberger’s roles in Pixar films:

Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3 – Hamm the piggy bank
A Bug’s Life – P.T. Flea the circus leader
Monster, Inc. – The Abominable Snowman
Finding Nemo – A school of fish
The Incredibles – The Underminer supervillain
Cars (and Cars 2 due in 2011) – Mack the tractor-trailer
Ratatouille – Mustafa the waiter
Wall-E – John
Up – Tom the construction foreman
He also appears at the end of Cars as all of his previous Pixar characters in car form.

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2 Responses to “Toy Story 3. Yay!”

  • Daniel Van Ness says:

    I hope that they make a computer animated TV series called Toy Story the Series for Disney Channel starring Blake Clark as the new voice for Slinky, Billy Crystal as the new voice Lenny and Jerome Ranft as the new voice for Wheezy, in style of his brother’s voice.

  • My son is an absolute die-hard Toy Story fan. Can’t wait until this summer for the new Toy Story movie to come out.

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