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TOY STORY 3

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.”

FAMILIAR CLASSICS

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.

Tom Hanks lends his voice once again. For Hanks, slipping back into the role of Woody after a long absence was an easy assignment. "Woody is a passionate guy who throws himself into every action,” says Hanks. "As soon as he has an instinctive thought, like ‘I have to help them' or ‘I have to run away,' he does it with 100-percent commitment. You gotta love that about anybody. I also love the way the relationship between Woody and Buzz has grown. They started off as pure adversaries and learned how to accept each other's strengths, forgive each other's failures, and respect each other as individuals. Opposites definitely attract in this case.

"The fact that Pixar can come up with a third ‘Toy Story' movie and have it be completely fresh and real and unique shows just how brilliant they are,” continues Hanks. "There's this great logic that John Lasseter and Lee [Unkrich] and Darla [K. Anderson] and all the writers adhere to that makes moviegoers just kind of relax and let themselves be transported to this magical place and time. When you can do that with a movie, it's amazing. With ‘Toy Story 3,' you come back to a lovely, familiar and happy place. What's great is that I get credit for the way the character and the humor come off. I have kids that are now in college come up to me and say, ‘When you told that neighbor kid to play nice, that really meant a lot to me.'”

Hanks says that the franchise's third installment is not light on emotion. "‘Toy Story 3' is a big, massive adventure that has you constantly on the edge of your seat,” he says. "It's part ‘Great Escape,' with the same kind of excitement as Dorothy escaping from the Wicked Witch of the West. And yet they take those elements and turn them into something that is very emotional. We're talking about toy dinosaurs and Mr. Potato Head, and yet you feel for them and don't want them to get recycled or st

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