This past weekend, Pixar chief John Lasseter talked about Toy Story 3. Apparently, the inspiration was Lasseter’s own feelings as a parent, having just dropped off his son, Ben, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
"Driving away, when you leave your child behind at college, all I could think of was him as a little kid, sliding down the slide," Lasseter said in a press conference. "It was very emotional for us."
Buzz, Woody, and the other Toy Story characters will go through similar feelings as Andy, their longtime playmate, goes off to college in the upcoming sequel. Never-before-seen footage unveiled at the D23 Expo, and subsequently reported on by the L.A. Times blog Hero Complex, showed the toys discussing his imminent
Andy’s rite of passage has practical consequences as well; the toys get dumped at a day-care center, where the children torment them until they decide to make a break for it, leading to the search for a new home. Lasseter offered no additional details, but did say some new cast members would be joining up. Among them, Michael Keaton will provide the voice of Ken, Barbie’s anatomically-incomplete boyfriend.
Ned Beatty, Bonnie Hunt, Whoopie Goldberg, and Jeff Garlin from HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will also voice characters in Toy Story 3. Meanwhile, a new character -- a hedgehog in green tights wearing a traditional German feather cap -- made an appearance. Mr. Pricklepants, as he was referred to, will be voiced by former James Bond actor Timothy Dalton.