Toy Story is a historical feat that raised the bar of computer animation films in the 1990s. And now, for the third installment coming more than a decade after, Toy Story 3 keeps up with its age through its classic characters. Moreover, it now features itself as the newest addition to the Toy Story family while aptly adjusting to the current trends in cinema: showing the film in 3D.
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Toy Story 3 reunites not just the original toy characters but also the vocal ensemble of the past Toy Story movies. Tom Hanks is back in the saddle as the popular pull-string cowboy sheriff Woody. Tim Allen signs on for his third mission as the heroic, intrepid, and occasionally deluded space ranger Buzz Lightyear.
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Woody (Tom Hanks) is the cowboy sheriff with a pull string that, when pulled, proclaims Woody’s signature catchphrases from the 1950s TV show Woody’s Roundup. A passionate guy who throws himself into every action, Woody is Andy’s favorite toy. Even with a now grown owner, the loyal sheriff Woody maintains a steadfast belief that Andy still cares about his toys. As a dependable leader, he ensures that no toy gets left behind and that all of them can keep up with their unknown future.
Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is a heroic space ranger action figure equipped with laser beam, karate-chop action, and pop-out wings. A boy’s dream toy during his heyday, Buzz also becomes a quick favorite of the young Andy, and the closest of buddies with Woody. While Buzz’s sole mission used to be defeating the evil Emperor Zurg, he then transforms into a caring toy of the Toy Story family. However, his new mission unexpectedly gets him into a reboot and he becomes a hysterical Spanish conquistador and bullfighter (the Spanish buzz voiced by Javier Fernandez Pena).
Jessie (Joan Cusack) is the exuberant, rough-and-tumble cowgirl doll who is always up for a daring adventure. While she has that fear of being abandoned by her owner, she still works as a good role model to the toys. She takes charge and insists that the toys must take control of their own destinies.
Hamm (John Ratzenberger) is a pink piggybank with a penchant for one-liners. He’s still a know-it-all type, the wisenheimer that he used to be.
Mr. Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles) is a wise-cracking, hot-headed spud with a tough plastic interior. He is the eternal pessimist of the bunch; yet, his total devotion to his little “sweet potato,” Mrs. Potato Head, reveals his softer side.
Mrs. Potato Head
Mrs. Potato Head (Estelle Harris) is her better half’s biggest fan. She adores her brave spud Mr. Potato Head, and at the same time, shares her husband’s hair-trigger temper.
Rex (Wallace Shawn) looks like the fearsome dinosaur in the toy box, yet this Tyrannosaurus is one of the most lovable of Andy’s toys. He always comes through for his pals despite his endless worrying and insecurities about his small roar.
Slinky (Blake Clark) is the charming dog who maintains a nearly unflagging faith for Woody. She is the practical pup who will go great lengths for his friend. Clark lends his voice for the character, stepping in for his good friend, the late Jim Varney who voiced the first two Toy Story films.
The Aliens (Jeff Pidgeon), the three green, multi-eyed squeak toys often heard exclaiming “ooohhh!” now revere their surrogate parents, the Potato Heads, after Mr. Potato Head saved their lives.
Bullseye is Woody’s trusty toy steed from the Woody’s Roundup gang. When Woody is in the saddle, he rides like the wind and leaps across giant canyons in a single bound.
After surviving years of yard sales and spring cleanings, the glory days of Barbie (Jodi Benson) get into a halt as Andy’s sister Molly dumps her in a daycare donation box. Her perky personality returns upon meeting Ken and his dream house at the Sunnyside Daycare. The ssertive Barbie teaches Ken a thing or two about real friendship.
Andy (John Morris) is Buzz and Woody’s kind, imaginative owner who is now nearly 18 years old. He has a few days to go before heading to college. His bedroom walls, once covered with Buzz Lightyear posters, are now plastered with images of sports cars, rock bands, and skateboarders. He no longer brings his old toys out from the chest for playtime, but he still puts value to them by not getting rid of them even beyond his childhood years.
Walt Disney Studios, Toy Story 3 Official Press Kit, 2010.
Walt Disney Studios, Toy Story 3.