The full theatrical trailer for the highly anticipated Toy Story 3 hit last week to (mostly) high praise of its loveable familiarity and beautiful animation (when is that ever NOT the case with Pixar?). Today we have some info on some fresh voices that have been added to the Toy Story 3 roster, as well as news that the current re-release of Toy Story 1 & 2 in 3D is being expanded.
First up, the voice casting:
Toy Story 3 director, Lee Unkrich, let fans know via his Twitter account (a continually growing place to go for breaking entertainment news announcements – a la Screen Rant) and a video announcement that Flight of the Conchords comedienne, Kristen Schaal and Blake Clark (50 First Dates) will be joining Toy Story 3‘s voice cast.
Although Unkrich was tight-lipped about which character Schaal will be voicing (I’m going to guessing some sort of quirky, perhaps slightly creepy plaything – a toy version of her character in HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, maybe). However, the director did reveal that Clark will be replacing Jim Varney as the voice of Slinky as Varney sadly passed away shortly after Toy Story 2. I feel that Slinky is a necessary character (just one of the many sources of humor to be found in the Toy Story universe), so re-voice-casting is also necessary.
As mentioned, Schaal and Blake join an impressively huge (or hugely impressive) voice cast that includes Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Estelle Harris, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, R. Lee Ermey, Jodi Benson, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Bonnie Hunt and Whoopi Goldberg. Phew! Special thanks to FirstShowing.net for that list.
On the Toy Story 1 & 2 3D Double Feature front, Unkrich (also via that aforementioned video announcement) revealed that because of the success of the re-release, the double feature event will play for longer than the initially allocated two-week run, up until the end of October. That’s right, folks, if you happen to have been busy for the last two weeks and were thinking you’d missed your chance at seeing Pixar’s first two Toy Story adventures (the initial run was set to end this weekend), then you now have another two-plus weeks to get out and see it. C’mon – cherish these now classic animated movies on the big screen while you can!
What do you think of the additions to the Toy Story 3 voice cast? Did you get a chance to check out Toy Story 1 & 2 in 3D? If not, are you glad they expanded the release so you can see them?
Toy Story 3 hits theaters on June 18th in the U.S., and on July 23rd in the UK, both in 2010.