Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have kindly provided us with a list of the talent whose voices will appear in the upcoming short Small Fry, which will play before Disney’s The Muppets, beginning November 23.
Based on previously released stills and a clip, we know of course that Tim Allen and Tom Hanks are returning as Buzz Lightyear and Woody Pride respectively, as well as Jane Lynch making her Disney/Pixar debut as Neptuna the mermaid.
A few days ago, we shared with you two images from the second Toy Story Toon, Small Fry, from Disney/Pixar which will premiere alongside Disney’s The Muppets on November 23. Today we get our first video sneak peek of the short, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios UK.
In Small Fry, Buzz Lightyear is left behind at a fast food restaurant when a kids’ meal toy version of Buzz takes his place. While Bonnie’s toys are stuck with the annoying three-inch-tall Buzz impersonator, the real Buzz is trapped in therestaurant at a support group for discarded toys. As Woody and the gang devise a way to rescue their friend, Buzz tries to escape the toy psychotherapy meeting.
Though Disney has famously severed ties with a particular fast food chain when it comes to kids meal toys, the subject matter isn’t off limits when it comes to film. In particular, Disney/Pixar’s newest Toy Story Toon, Small Fry, which will play before Disney’s The Muppets when it opens in theaters nationwide on November 23, 2011.
USA Today, which offers a sneak peek at the new short — written and directed by Angus MacLane, describes the short as a jealous ‘Happy Meal-type toy at a fast-food restaurant yearns to break out of his glass display case to play just like a real toy. He kidnaps Buzz Lightyear in an attempt to take over his play-filled existence.’
On the heels of the phenomenal success of The Lion King 3D – which will cross the $80 million mark at the domestic box office today – The Walt Disney Studios has announced limited theatrical engagements for four of its classic films for the first time in 3D. The following titles from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will be released in 2012 and 2013:
- Beauty and the Beast – January 13, 2012
- Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo – September 14, 2012
- Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. – January 18, 2013 (Monsters University, a prequel to the original film, arrives in theaters in Disney Digital 3D on June 21, 2013)
This past Sunday, the Japan Society in New York City held a one-day animated short film festival titled ‘Films for Hope’ in order to benefit those affected by the devastating earthquake on March 11. The centerpiece of the festival was a joint presentation of Dai Soto’s Five Numbers and Disney/Pixar’s La Luna, which is the short that will open alongside Brave on June 22, 2012. A presentation and brief Q&A session with La Luna writer and director Enrico Casarosa was also offered following the screening.
Although Cars 2 is being billed as the first Disney/Pixar film to be released on Disney Blu-ray 3D, ahead of any official announcements, Amazon.com is now listing the Toy Story trilogy set as being released on November 1 as well.
The films will be available individually, or as a complete 3-disc set. No additional information is available as of yet, but generally speaking, if Amazon.com does release information ahead of official announcements, the announcements tend to follow within the next couple of days.
We will share additional information as it becomes available to us.
Disney/Pixar’s fast-action summer hit “Cars 2” comes home on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D, Movie Download and DVD — November 1, 2011 (now available for pre-order). Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pixar Animation Studios, the high octane in-home release invites families and fans of all ages to come along on a journey around the world with the #1 animated film of the year and introduces an exclusive all-new animated short “Air Mater,” featuring the fan favorite characters pinning his tales in an exciting adventure high above Radiator Springs. The must-own animated release also includes fascinating commentary from award-winning director John Lasseter and “Hawaiian Vacation,” the delightful animated short that accompanied the film in theatres.
While in London to promote Cars 2, director John Lasseter visited the BBC for a brief interview. After answering a question about what it really means to direct an animated film, Lasseter appears to have been blindsided by a question on the state of Toy Story 4 following a few speculative statements made by star Tom Hanks on BBC Breakfast a few weeks ago (Hanks later on to repeat his statements elsewhere).
Roughly transcribed, the interview went something like this:
BBC: Quick question. Tom Hanks was on the ‘Breakfast’ sofa, or was interviewed on ‘Breakfast’ recently, talking about Toy Story 4.
A few weeks ago, we brought you a photo essay looking at a day in the life of John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, as he worked on Cars 2. Now, Walt Disney Studios has released the documentary version of ‘A Day in the Life of John Lasseter’ which you can view below.