Toy Story's Rex Parties in New Short
"One of my favorite moments is he does this 'ha-ha, ha-ha' laugh that's in there and we use it a couple of times because it's such a funny thing," Walsh conveys. "There's something inherently sweet but also a little bit nerdy about it that makes it really endearing."
But when it was Tom Hanks' turn to do a voice-over session as Woody, they kept hearing that he couldn't make it to the session because his first grandchild was born the night before. But he arrived to the session straight from the hospital and was on cloud nine.
"I found that as a director once you get your story up, you become more of a conductor; like, 'I need more of this, no it's too much of that. Too many strings let's push that up, push it back.' And working with John Lasseter over the years, I've noticed that's how he works. If you focus on what the film is about it's about Rex. If you stay focused on how it's about his little mental journey, then those decisions actually become a lot easier really quickly.
"One of my favorite add-ons was how John Lasseter was really into the Dolphins. They are the little Dolphin girls that say, 'Hey Partysaurus, can you get some of us in?' He thought it'd be great to have them be a little bit Valley girl-ish, like girls trying to get into a club. It was great."--
Bill Desowitz is former senior editor of AWN and VFXWorld. He's the owner of the Immersed in Movies blog (www.billdesowitz.com), a columnist for Thompson on Hollywood at Indiewire and author of James Bond Unmasked (www.jamesbondunmasked.com), which chronicles the 50-year evolution of 007 on screen, featuring interviews with all six actors.