The moment when Pixar caused a cultural shift in mainstream animated cinema wasn’t, as you would expect, with the release of their first film, Toy Story. That film inspired a shift in the animation industry, but the way in which general audiences’ response to animated films changed occurs roughly halfway through Toy Story 2. This film and Monsters, Inc. both represent the old and new in Pixar, a slight blend of honest and often-unexpected emotion along with clever and witty gags aimed at the pop-culture-literate members of the audience. Both, like A Bug’s Life, featured outtakes during the credits, a commentary on the prevalence of painfully similar blooper reels in live-action films; and both have a powerful moment that inspires the adults in the audience to tear up and reach for a tissue.
We are now less than three weeks away from Toy Story OF TERROR!, Pixar’s first television special. Although the project is not quite as large as a feature film, the 30-minute special is still a significantly larger production than the shorts the studio releases every year. More importantly, this will provide us with the largest opportunity to spend time with the lovable cast of toys since the release of the finale of the feature film trilogy, Toy Story 3. On the heels of our exclusive debut of a new image from the special featuring Combat Carl, Disney has released five more images. Take a look at the great stills after the break!
Toy Story was Pixar’s first feature film so it is only fitting that the incredibly popular toys from the franchise star in the studio’s first television special. Set to debut during the Halloween season, the 30-minute Toy Story OF TERROR! reunites the toys and their famous voices including Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), and Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton). Joining them is Combat Carl, who will be voiced by Carl Weathers, famous for his role in Predator. To celebrate the launch of the new Toy Story of Terror online game, Creepy Crawl Space, we are debuting a brand new still from the TV special featuring the character. Take a closer look at the image and find more details about the game after the break!
Earlier today, stars walked the red carpet to attend the premiere of the strongly anticipated Toy Story 3. The cast of the film was present, along with director Lee Unkrich, Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, and plenty more. Essentially, the premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, was the place to be today. Below are pictures from the red carpet, taken by Reuters photographer Danny Moloshok. All of the following pictures are copyrighted by Reuters.
Toy Story 3 opens nationwide on June 18th. That’s less than 5 days away. That’s right. Get excited!