Disney Taps Deep Into DNA In Unveiling Animation Slate
Longtime collaborators Lasseter and Newman casually revealed the June 2010 3-D release of TOY STORY 3. The third chapter in Buzz and Woody's story will be directed by Lee Unkrich, TOY STORY 2's co-director, and written by Michael Arndt, who snagged an Oscar for his LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE screenplay.
Lee and producer Darla K. Anderson joined Lasseter to describe how the creative team brainstormed the film's premise -- what happens when the toys' owner Andy leaves for college -- at the same cabin retreat where they developed the original TOY STORY. The trio described opening a bottle of wine and toasting their departed friend Joe Ranft, an early member of the Pixar brain trust.
"I edited the first TOY STORY," Unkrich went on to remark. "These characters are in my blood." Anderson added, "It couldn't be just a wacky adventure, The story had to have heart." All the voice talent of the earlier films will return. Mattel's Barbie will also be back, this time accompanied by boyfriend Ken, who, in a still flashed onscreen, looked about as gay as anyone could possibly imagine.
Lasseter announced the 3-D versions of TOY STORY and TOY STORY 2 will be released in 2009 and early 2010 respectively, leading up to the third film's June premiere.
The festivities appeared to be over -- until Larry the Cable Guy's sudden amble onstage. Together with Lasseter, the pair announced CARS 2, due out in the summer of 2012 and now in production. "They're going international," Larry revealed. "They travel the world. Mater blew out a gasket learning the metric system. And he cleaned out his tail pipe in case the TSA gave him a cavity search."
-- Reported by Joe Strike