DisneyStore.com has made Jessie (Item #200784P), Mr. Potato Head (Item #200350P) and Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear / Lotso (Item #201311P) from the Thinkway Toys Toy Story Collection available for pre-order. According to the site, Mr. Potato Head will be available to own on May 12 while Jessie and Lotso will become available June 1. As is standard with the Toy Story Collection, the toys are all described as film-accurate and come with a certificate of authenticity.
Even the experts who transcribed the paranormal activities chronicled in the Time-Life Mysteries of the Unknown series of books would clearly have trouble explaining this one.
Since the early 80s commercial for Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear found its way to the net, dozens of confused individuals are now congratulating Pixar on job well done, touting the ad as a fake — a viral video created in modern-day times designed to generate buzz for Toy Story 3 and its so-called ‘new’ stars.
If indeed this advertisement was somehow faked — and logic clearly points to it wasn’t — we’d love to know how the exact same hoax was pulled off at around the same time, half a world away.
Perhaps carying on a new tradition we experienced with UP, we also get our first look of a new ‘webisode’ titled Mission I: Buzz and Woody in which our heroes are re-introduced along with their first mission. The teaser also features a tad of never-before-seen footage from the film, in stark contrast to the infamous Japanese trailer which plays more like a Reader’s Digest condensed version of the film.
If you can forgive the wear and tear on the VHS, the poor tracking and muffled audio, this television ad just may take some you back to the early 80s at a time when the Smurfs, Cabbage Patch Kids, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, Teddy Ruxpin, Gloworms, Wuzzles and — of course — Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear dominated the world of kids’ pop culture and the KB Toy Store at the local shopping mall couldn’t keep them stocked on the shelves, try as they might.
Call it Flashback Friday, but I couldn’t resist sharing this YouTube gem with you all. Maybe it’s time to go searching on eBay.
During an otherwise reportedly lackluster presentation by Walt Disney Studios President Rich Ross, Disney has formally announced the upcoming releases of Pixar’s Brave (formerly The Bear and the Bow, the news of the re-dubbing we first broke here) to be released on June 15, 2012 and the long anticipated sequel, Monsters Inc 2 which currently carries a release date of November 16, 2012.
The Walt Disney Company and the United States Postal Service have announced that they will begin running a television commercial in mid-May featuring characters from the upcoming Disney/Pixar release of Toy Story 3. The advertising spot will promote the USPS’ priority mail service.
Update: See more on the campaign including the commercial itself here.
Earlier this month, several bloggers from around the world were invited to Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California. One of the lucky few chosen was Mike of The Pixar Blog and fortunately he has begun his photo-laden (when allowed) tour of the campus. In the first installment, Mike dives right in and shows photos from the atrium filled with props and concept art (including from Toy Story 3), Cafe Luxo and even the cereal bar. Evidently there’s a salad bar too, but the only green things you’ll find in Mike’s photos is Mike Wazowski and some Aliens.
Disney/Pixarhas just released this clip from their upcoming film Toy Story 3. In the clip, the gang has just arrived at Sunnyside Daycare and Lotso (Ned Beatty) introduces them to fellow newcomer Ken (Michael Keaton). Needless to say, you can almost smell the toxic fumes of burning plastic hearts when painted eyes lock with those of Barbie’s (Jodi Benson).
The reveal of the fourteen new characters debuting in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is now complete with the addition of Big Baby and Bookworm this morning.
From Upcoming Pixar comes the introduction of Big Baby:
Your little one will love this lifelike baby doll with his soft, cuddly fabric body and vinyl arms, legs and face. With dazzling blue eyes that open and close, this realistic baby encourages nurturing play. Eighteen inches tall, he comes dressed in an adorable yellow onesie with matching bonnet, and has his own magical bottle of milk that disappears while he drinks! A perfect first doll for your special child. Machine washable on gentle cycle. Flame retardant.
Earlier today, Disney/Pixar presented a panel on Toy Story 3 during WonderCon 2010 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Panelists included director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla Anderson and cast members John Ratzenberger (Hamm), Kristen Schaal (Trixie) and Jeff Garlin (Buttercup).
As part of the panel, Unkrich, Schaal and Garlin performed a live reading from the film.
The gallery below contains photos from the panel by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.