The creators of the beloved Toy Story films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of our favorite gang of toy characters in Toy Story 3. As Andy prepares to depart for college, Buzz, Woody and the rest of his loyal toys are troubled about their uncertain future. Directed by Lee Unkrich (co-director of Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo), Toy Story 3 is a comical new adventure in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D that lands the toys in a room full untamed tots who can't wait to get their sticky little fingers on these &quo;new" toys. It's pandemonium as they try to stay together, ensuring "no toy gets left behind." Meanwhile, Barbie comes face to plastic face with Ken (yes, that Ken). Pixar veteran Darla K. Anderson (Cars, Monsters, Inc.) produces, while Michael Arndt, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine, brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities.
Yesterday, we posted the first part of Disney's pre-canned interview with Toy Story 3 actors Jeff Garlin, Kristen Schaal and Joan Cusack, who voice the characters of Buttercup the unicorn, Trixie the Triceratops, and Jessie the cowgirl, respectively. Here's the continuation ....
Q: Did each of you have a favorite toy growing up?
JG: I had a Barbie head that I could put makeup on.
JC: No, he had Captain America. Captain America.
JG: Yeah, I had a Captain America doll that I loved.
JC: She had a scary —
KS: I had a scary relationship with a toy. That's all I could think of. The toy actually looked like Big Baby from the movie. I got a toy from when those lifelike newborns were still popular. I think they still are, but I had to have one, and it just sat on a shelf and stared right into my eyes, and I really was scared. Someone told me a story about this eye that would scratch your eyes out after you touch it three times, and I was sure I'd touched it three times. It tormented me, actually.
JG: My Captain America protected me.
KS: That's good.
JG: It was probably in the late '60s, I had a Captain America doll that didn't scare me at all.
KS: I wanted a Pound Puppy and a Cabbage Patch Kid, and my parents bought me fake knockoffs both times. Great parents, but come on! I know the difference.
JC: The only one that I remember is the Barbie head that you do makeup on. That was the only toy that I remember.
JG: It was a big Barbie head, not like a little one she ripped off and did the makeup on. It was a big Barbie head.
JC: Yeah, it was just the head, and her neck was like a little tray that you'd keep the makeup on. (laughs)
JG: Can you imagine how great it would be if we all had trays built into our bodies right here?
JC: To put drinks on?
JG: Drinks and snacks and …
JC: And just sort of lick them up?
KS: Ooh, it would be hard to kiss.
JG: Well, they should be removable trays for just that reason.
KS: OK, good.
Q: Speaking of Captain America, are you looking forward to the movie?
JG: No, I am not looking forward to the movie because I do not like the movies that they make from comic books. I think most of them stink. Batman, I've enjoyed the last couple.
KS: Spider-Man is good.
JG: Spider-Man, I've enjoyed the Spider-Man.
JC and KS (in unison): With great power comes great responsibility.
JG: "X2" was good.
KS: That's my favorite, one of my favorite movies.
JG: I think that's the best one ever made. "X2" is great.
JG: But in general, I was just talking about — Joan, I am not a cynical guy. It's not my nature, but I am so cynical on superhero movies. One of my favorite characters is Jonah Hex. I actually brought a graphic novel of Jonah Hex with me to read on this trip. I love Jonah Hex, and I love the casting that they did for the movie, and I'm hopeful it's good, but I feel it's not going to be.
JC: What's Jonah Ex?
JG: Jonah Hex. He's a cowboy.
JC: From what?
KS: A comic book.
JG: It's a comic book. DC.
JC: Oh, so it's another superhero?
JG: He's not even a superhero. It's from a comic book. I guess Ghost World has been my favorite animated … but I really am so cynical on superhero movies.
Q: Did you like Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton? (heavily accented)
JG: Can I tell you something? My family saw it, I did not see it, but I love the way you just said it, so as far as I'm concerned, that brought me equal enjoyment.
(Cast members laugh)
Q: Do you know anything about a School of Rock sequel? Do you know if they're working on it?
JC: I don't, I don't.
Q: Would you want to be a part of it if they did it?
JC: You know what? I think that Jack Black character is so adorable.
JG: You were so great in that movie. I loved that movie, and you were great in it.
JC: Well that's sweet, but he was awesome.
JG: Yeah, Jack's special, and he's just the sweetest guy.
JC: It was like a perfect movie for him. He's just the sweetest. He's just awesome, and it's such a great character.
Q: Kristen, you said you did your work pretty quickly. Did you have to do a lot of improv for the role?
KS: No, not much.
JG: She wasn't in and out in 20 minutes!
KS: Well, I was! I was, actually! Talk to Lee [Unkrich, director]! I would even say 10.
JG: Oh, stop it! Stop it!
KS: Not too much improv at all. You just hit the lines. You basically say the lines three or four times, and we try to give them different readings for each, so they can see which fits. Occasionally, after you hit the line, then I go for it. Then I just go and improvise. A couple of things stuck, but nothing significant. I didn't change the story line or anything. I should've. I should've made Trixie save the world! (laughs) I'm sorry, Jeff.
JC: Well, you kind of feel like they're hiring you. You should just give them your instincts anyway, and then they can do whatever they want with them. You know, you do what they're saying, and then if you think of anything, it's always nice to throw it out there. You never know what the whole, big picture is.
KS: I was in there for two weeks, recording the voice, and it was long hours, really long hours, Jeff. I'd go in at 6 AM and I wouldn't get done — basically 14-hour days working on Trixie.
JG: I had no idea.
Q: Since your character dances, are you also familiar with the Paso Doble and ballroom dancing, or do you watch "Dancing with the Stars"?
JC: I'm not familiar with it. When we were recording the voice part for that, they kept wanting me to go, "Wooo! Oooh! Wooo!" like I'm being swung around, and I wanted to hit things a lot in my version of the Paso Doble and fall. I thought, "That would be funny," but I'm glad it was just beautifully done also because it's fun.
JG: If I may, when you tell Joan a story, quite often, as you're telling it, she'll go, "Wooo! Wooo!"
KS: Oh, I love telling Joan stories!
JG: Because it keeps you going.
JC: It's kind of a rooting, cheerleader thing.
Q: Do you guys have a favorite scene in this one?
JC: Do you?
JG: I like when the elephant escapes.
JG: (laughs) Just making it up. I have a very specific favorite scene. It's not even a scene; it's a moment. I like when the baby is on the swing, looking at the moon and contemplating things.
(Cast members laugh)
JG: To me, that's maybe my favorite moment in the history of animation. A doll like that is just sitting there, looking at the moon, contemplating its existence and what's going on, and I just find that, on so many levels, amazing. That's my favorite moment in any animated movie, let alone this one.
KS: I really love Lotso Bear — this is an ending spoiler, but — on the truck. In New York, you see those guys all the time, stuffed animals, so I was like, "Oh my gosh!" And I love the moment where he continues to be a bad guy because almost every film you see, the bad guy is like, "Yeah! I'm going to turn!" It was so refreshing because that's not his character.
JC: Let me think. I love when he brings the toys to the little girl.
KS: Oh yeah!
JG: I also love the opening. The opening's fantastic. It's really fun.
KS: Oh, that's right! (laughs)
JC: There are so many great scenes.
Q: So what's this experience like? When you said that you're the first "piece" that comes together for the movie, and then you do all this voice work, and then a couple of months or years later, you see what they did with your voices.
JG: I want to make a correction. The voice stuff comes in the middle, maybe more toward the end. They've been working on animating and the story and everything for years prior. When I start doing a voice in the movie, I'm not seeing the movie for at least a couple of years. It's a long process.
JC: Have you guys seen this? (references document) That's really helpful, that timeline. The timeline in here. Did you guys see this?
JG: Yeah, I saw it. It's right over here.
JC: It's like, day one, day three, day 30 ... day 380, the actors come in. It's already been a year of work. Day 1,064 ...
Q: Are you familiar with the story when you come to do your voice work?
JG: I can tell you, uniquely for me in terms of "Wall-E." I can't speak on "Toy Story 3." For "Wall-E," I saw drawings for my character. I never saw anything animated, and you read a page at a time, not even necessarily in order, and the director presents to you what you're saying and doing. I had no idea how big my part was. I had no idea that I was one of the heroes of the movie. I knew nothing. So when I finally saw the movie, I was, besides loving the movie, I was in awe. It was unlike anything — and actually, when I did my looping, which is when you come into sort of change things that have already been put to film, I generally don't look anyhow, but I didn't even look. I did my lines without looking at the screen, so I had seen nothing before watching the movie, and it was really shocking in a good way.
Q: Wouldn't you have read the script?
JG: No, you never read the script. They describe your character to you, but you don't get scripts when you do these.
KS: You don't get a script. I think they're afraid we're going to leak it to DreamWorks.
(Cast members laugh)
KS: That's what I thought, and they were right because I'm a blabbermouth!
JG: To DreamWorks. You tell DreamWorks everything.
KS: Well, anyone who's got the money. You know, you slip me some money in a restaurant … (laughs)
JG: DreamWorks is your confidant for almost everything. She calls Jeffrey Katzenberg [Dreamworks CEO].
KS: (laughs) "You guys, I've got a plotline you might be interested in!"
JG: I don't even know if they actually have full scripts because when I look at pages, I don't even notice numbers or anything.
JG: They have to, I guess, but —
KS: I don't even think they have final draft here!
JG: It's forbidden!
(Cast members laugh)
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