Stitch Kingdom broke news earlier today about possible details on a brand new Toy Story short. Late last night, Disney legend Floyd Norman posted a few tweets describing a new Pixar short entitled Hawaii.
It looks like the short may center on the lovable Ken and Barbie:
Saw the Pixar "Hawaii" short. Cute.
— Floyd Norman (@floydnorman) December 18, 2010
Ken and Barbie want to go to Hawaii. I don't know what it's gonna be attached to. Fun stuff, however.
— Floyd Norman (@floydnorman) December 19, 2010
As many of you have already heard, a new Toy Story short is set to debut with Cars 2 in theaters. In interviews, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich denied that Pixar was thinking about a fourth feature film for the franchise, but the studio did not want to abandon its great characters. Maybe Hawaii is the short that we will see attached to Cars 2. It certainly makes sense, as Pixar would likely be finishing up their work on the short (or shorts) we will be seeing with Cars 2.
Floyd Norman is an animator who has worked on Sleeping Beauty, The Sword In The Stone, and The Jungle Book. Additionally, he served as a story artist on several Pixar features – Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story 2. It does indeed sound like Norman would be invited to this type of early screening.
Personally, I get excited about any new Pixar film – feature or short. This year’s Day & Night was just another example of how the time constraints of a short film need not hinder its quality. Ken and Barbie trying to go on vacation – can’t wait!
Note: These details have not been officially confirmed by Pixar or any individual at the studio. Cars 2 is not due to be released until June 2011, so any details emerging today may not accurately represent what we see on the big screen. Basically, take this news with a grain of salt and look forward to the release of the official synopsis and first images from the new Toy Story short in the coming months.
UPDATE 1 (2/24/11): Check out a first look at the short here.
UPDATE 2 (3/1/11): Disney/Pixar released a teaser clip and official synopsis, which you can view here.