Toy Story 3: Sneak Peek

"Toy Story 3” is back on the big screen with your old favorite characters like Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) as Andy prepares to depart for college and his old toys find themselves being donated to a day care center. The untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice so it’s all for one and one for all as plans for the great escape get underway. More than a few new faces join the adventure including iconic swinging bachelor and Barbie’s counterpart, Ken (Michael Keaton), a lederhosen-wearing thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton) and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear (Ned Beatty). Read on to find out more on the film's production.

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Director Lee Unkrich says they’ve continued the Pixar tradition of blending fun with a relatable story. “‘Toy Story 3’ is about’s about embracing transitions in life. It’s about characters being faced with major changes and how they deal with them. Woody and the other toys are facing the monumental fact that Andy has outgrown them. Andy is facing becoming an adult and heading off to college. And Andy’s mom is facing the fact that her son has grown up and is heading out into the world. We begin our story at pivotal moments in the characters’ lives. says the director. “The film has a lot of big, serious themes, so we wanted to make sure we balanced it with a lot of humor,” says producer Darla Anderson. “It can be as deep as you want it to be, on many levels. The story reflects how we all must face change in life; it’s inevitable.”

The stellar vocal cast reunites Tom Hanks and Tim Allen with Joan Cusack as Jessie, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex, John Ratzenberger as Hamm and Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head, while featuring the “Toy Story” debuts of Beatty, Keaton and Dalton, as well as Jeff Garlin, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt and Whoopi Goldberg. John Morris, who has provided the voice of Andy since the first film, returns to voice the college-bound teen more than a decade after the release of the first film.

“Toy Story 3” raises the bar for 3D filmmaking and exhibition and takes full advantage of the newest technology to bring depth and dimension to the story. For this film, the Pixar team has perfected and pioneered the latest 3D advances to tell their story in a visually dynamic way. One of the film’s greatest challenges was to take advantage of the new technological advances in computer animation over the past 15 years (since the 1995 debut of the landmark “Toy Story”), while keeping the look and charm of the original film. One of the things that makes seeing “Toy Story 3” in 3D such a fun and pleasurable experience is the fact that the film is shot in toy scale — not human scale. “We’re in a world where the human objects such as tables, chairs and cars are much larger than life,” says Unkrich. “The 3D really helps cement that illusion of being taken down into the hidden world of toys.” "Toy Story 3" is looking like a behemoth to watch out for even 15 years after the original film was released.

“Toy Story 3” hits our shores on June 17, 2010 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular formats. This film is brought to you by Walt Disney Pictures.

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