WHO’S WHO IN “TOY STORY 3” Classic Characters Come Face-to-Face with New Toys on the Block
In addition to the returning cast of characters and the introduction of Ken, “Toy Story 3” boasts a wide range of colorful new toys and a few new humans as well. The toys from Andy’s room journey from the security of their longtime home to Sunnyside Daycare, where they envision getting played with five days a week. Another key player in this latest “Toy Story” adventure is a loving and imaginative child named Bonnie, the daughter of a woman who works at Sunnyside and owner of her own special troupe of toys.
Likewise, “Toy Story 3” reunites one of the most engaging and entertaining vocal ensembles in movie history, with Tom Hanks back in the saddle providing the voice of the popular pull-string cowboy sheriff Woody, and Tim Allen signing on for his third mission as the heroic, intrepid and occasionally deluded space ranger Buzz Lightyear. With a returning cast of favorites and the introduction of a whole new cast of characters, “Toy Story 3” is packed with star power.
Producer Darla K. Anderson tips her hat to the “Toy Story 3” cast. “It was wonderful to get the original actors back on board for ‘Toy Story 3.’ Having the gang together again helped to ground us at the beginning the filmmaking process. The whole cast—old and new—brings so much talent and priceless spontaneous improv; they breathe beautiful life into these characters and help inspire the performance of the animation.”
WOODY is a cowboy sheriff with a pull string that, when pulled, proclaims Woody’s signature catchphrases from the 1950s TV show “Woody’s Roundup.” He’s always been Andy’s favorite toy. Even though his owner is now grown, the loyal sheriff Woody maintains a steadfast belief that Andy still cares about his toys. As the toys venture into their unknown future, Woody remains the voice of reason. As their dependable leader, he ensures that no toy gets left behind.
BUZZ LIGHTYEAR is a heroic space ranger action figure, complete with laser beam, karate-chop action and pop-out wings. Buzz is a boy’s dream toy who becomes a quick favorite of young Andy, and the closest of buddies with Woody. While Buzz’s sole mission used to be defeating the evil Emperor Zurg, what he now cares about most is keeping his toy family together. Buzz’s new mission is sidetracked along the way, however, when his journey brings out surprising aspects of his personality even he didn’t know existed.
JESSIE is an exuberant, rough-and-tumble cowgirl doll who’s always up for a daring adventure to save critters in need. With Andy’s imminent departure hanging over the toys, Jessie is afraid of being abandoned by her owner once again. She takes charge, insisting that the toys take control of their own destinies. But is it a decision they’ll later regret?
HAMM is a pink piggybank with a penchant for one-liners. He’s still a know-it-all, or at least that’s what he’d like everyone to believe.
MR. POTATO HEAD is a wise-cracking, hot-headed spud, complete with angry eyes. He’s the eternal pessimist with a tough plastic exterior, but his total devotion to his little “sweet potato,” Mrs. Potato Head, reveals a softer side.
MRS. POTATO HEAD is Mr. Potato Head’s biggest fan. She adores her brave spud and is always willing to lend him a hand. Or an eye. While Mr. Potato Head’s “sweet potato” lives up to her pet name, she also shares her husband’s hair-trigger temper.
REX may look like the most fearsome dinosaur in the toy box, but this Tyrannosaurus is one of the most lovable toys of the bunch. Despite his endless worrying and insecurities about his small roar, Rex always comes through for his pals.
SLINKY ensures that the saying “Dog is a man’s best friend” holds true for the plastic variety as well. Slinky maintains a nearly unflagging faith in Woody, and the practical pup will go to great lengths to help his friend.
BULLSEYE is Woody’s trusty toy steed from the “Woody’s Roundup” gang. Bullseye can ride like the wind and leap across giant canyons in a single bound, especially when Woody is in the saddle.
The ALIENS are often heard exclaiming “ooohhh!” in unison. These three green, multi-eyed squeak-toys now revere their adoptive parents, the Potato Heads, instead of the Claw because, of course, Mr. Potato Head saved their lives and they are eternally grateful.
BARBIE has survived years of yard sales and spring cleanings, but her glory days come to an abrupt end when Andy’s sister Molly dumps her in a daycare donation box. Barbie’s despair is short-lived, however. Her perky demeanor returns as soon as she spots Ken and his dream house at Sunnyside Daycare. Despite being smitten at first sight, she’s not just another doll in love; assertive Barbie teaches Ken a thing or two about real friendship.
ANDY, Buzz and Woody’s kind, imaginative young owner, is now nearly 18 years old and just days away from heading to college. His bedroom walls, once covered with Buzz Lightyear posters, are now plastered with images of sports cars, rock bands and skateboarders. Although Andy no longer brings his old toys out from the chest for playtime, he hasn’t been able to bring himself to get rid of them. With his imminent departure looming, and prodding from his mom, the time has come for him to decide the fate of his favorite toys.
TOY Story 3 opens in Philippine cinemas on June 17, 2010 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular format.