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Toy Story 3 brings Oscars to Pixar

Toy Story 3 brings Oscars to Pixar

During last night’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Disney’s Toy Story franchise yet again proved it’s power in the world of cinema, as the latest sequel, Toy Story 3, brought home Oscar gold! While the film had to settle for just a nomination in “the big award,” Best Picture, Toy Story 3 did dominate the Best Animated Feature category, sending Lee Unkrich to the stage. Randy Newman, long time composer for Pixar’s CG films, was also honored for Toy Story 3’s song “We Belong Together.” It was the second time Newman received such an honor, having previously won a decade ago for Monsters, Inc.

Pixar brings Toy Story 3 to Disney Blu-ray and DVD November 2nd

Pixar brings Toy Story 3 to Disney Blu-ray and DVD November 2nd

Despite each of us in the ToonBarn office seeing the film at least twice in theaters, there’s not a single one of us that can’t wait to see it again. That’s why we’re so incredibly excited to get our hands on the Toy Story 3 home video this November 2nd. Disney and Pixar will be releasing their instant classic in the myriad of format options we’ve all come to know and love; DVD, Blu-Ray, and a Combo Pack with them both. Just in time for the holiday season, you can get your hands on Buzz, Woody, Slinky Dog, Bullseye, Jessie, Rex, and the whole rest of the gang. Check out the full press release to see what’s going to be featured (and special featured) on each!

Pixar’s Toy Story 3 heads to Disney DVD And Blu-Ray this November

Pixar's Toy Story 3 heads to Disney DVD And Blu-Ray this November

Even though it’s still in the theaters making a pretty big splash, plans are already under way to get the latest Toy Story film in the franchise into your house. Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 3 will be heading to DVD and Blu-ray this November, giving you a great jump (and awesome gift) for the winter holiday season. On November 2nd, fans can grab the standard DVD, the special Blu-ray edition, and a multi-Disc Blu-ray and DVD combo pack. Digital downloadable editions and a special “gift set” version will be be announced at a later time. Now you can bring home Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye, and the rest — just be sure to bring them with you if you’re on your way to college!!

Slinky Dog returns without Jim Varney in Disney’s Toy Story 3

Slinky Dog returns without Jim Varney in Disney's Toy Story 3

One of the most beloved characters in Disney’s Toy Story franchise is Woody’s pal Slinky Dog. In each of the first two films, Pixar cast actor and comedian Jim Varney to voice the stretchy dachshund. Sadly, not long after the sequel Toy Story 2 hit theaters, Jim Varney passed away, leaving Slinky Dog voiceless. Thankfully, director Lee Unkrich was on the case. “We searched long and hard for someone who would have the spirit of Slinky, like Jim, so we can keep the character alive. We were very fortunate to find that person in Blake Clark,” from The Waterboy, Boy Meets World, and Little Nicky. “when I’m in recording sessions with Blake, [he] just channels the spirit of his friend, Jim Varney, and he’s done a really awesome job keeping that character alive and I hope you guys feel the same.” Think he fits the role? Find out for yourself when Toy Story 3 hits theaters this Friday, June 18th!

Disney and Pixar open Toy Story 3 June 18th

Disney and Pixar open Toy Story 3 June 18th

In less than a week, Disney and Pixar will team together to release a third film in the Toy Story franchise, hitting audiences on June 18th in 3D. Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3, notes that even though it’s been almost 15 years since Toy Story 2, he and Pixar CEO John Lasseter wanted to create a third film immediately. Originally, the plan was to just throw another adventure at the toys; Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Bullseye, Mr. Potato Head, Rex, Slinky Dog, and the rest. But as the years went by, the story and ideas evolved; the real-world time delay fit in perfectly with the story-world. Andy, just like us in the audience, had grown up. And if the first two movies in the CG franchise are any indicator, there will be a whole world of emotional and powerful cinema to support that concept. I’ll be there day one to see! Anyone else?

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