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.’
Original voice actors Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack and John Ratzenberger are amongst those who returned to record the new short while Disney/Pixar director Teddy Newton voices the ‘Mini Buzz’ and MacLane voices several of the discarded mini-toys such as T-Bone and Super Pirate. Comedic actress Jane Lynch also joins the Disney/Pixar family in this short, though if you want to know how, you’ll have to read the USA Today article.
The USA Today article also quotes MacLane as saying, ‘These toys’ existence is about being really popular before the meal and then being totally forgotten about.’ Sound familiar? It should: it’s essentially the exact same basis for the original Toy Story, in which Lasseter has described as a toy’s worst fear: not being played with — not to mention Jessie’s plight in Toy Story 2.
We are pleased to be able to share two images from the short, which includes the still from USA Today but at a much higher resolution. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version. If a resize arrow appears, you may click it to see the image at its original size: