Disney/Pixar's latest featurette and preview clip for their upcoming 3D animated feature, Toy Story 3, seem to confirm that this will indeed be one of the rare quality threequels ever made.
We also have a series of interviews with Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson, in which we get some casual insight into their feelings about the filmmaking process and which of the Toy Story gang they would partner up with to rob a bank - among other things.
First, what do Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood have to do with Toy Story 3? Well, their classic prison breakout movies - The Great Escape and Escape From Alcatraz, respectively - are definitely two of the prison flicks that the Pixar crew is talking about in this new Toy Story 3 featurette.
The official Toy Story 3 IMAX poster previously made the connection to McQueen's WWII escape film, but now we've got a better idea of just how difficult it will be for Andy's old toys to escape their new home, the cheerfully prison-like Sunnyside Daycare Center.
Just have a look for yourselves:
We also have a new clip that showcases Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) in action as he and his fellow playthings concoct a scheme to catapult the space ranger to that most dangerous of spots - an open window above the entrance way to the Sunnyside classroom they're trapped in.
As with all the previous footage from Toy Story 3, the animation is astonishingly detailed, crisp, and colorful. There's no denying that the new Pixar film will definitely be a treat for the eyes.
Onward to the clip:
Finally, Toy Story 3 helmer Lee Unkrich - who co-directed Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., and Finding Nemo as well - chats a bit about what's new in the third Toy Story adventure, which part of the filmmaking process is the hardest, and why he thinks Hamm would make an astute business partner.
You can see all that and more below:
Are you excited yet? Do you feel passionate about which Toy Story character would be your ideal fishing buddy? Sound off in the comments section below.
Toy Story 3 will finally hit regular/3D/IMAX theaters in the U.S. on June 18, 2010.