It was an exciting day when the first teaser trailer for Toy Story 3 was released, but that trailer didn’t show us too much in terms of story and such. It was clear that the real moment of magic — not counting the day we can see it in theaters on June 18, 2010 — would be when we were able to watch the full theatrical trailer…and that moment is right now. The official Toy Story 3 trailer has been released to the masses and can be seen here below!
The trailer is wonderful, as you fairly might have assumed, and it whisks you right back to that world, complete with all the glorious nostalgia you possess there. It opens up with a nice, warm little re-introduction to the young boy Andy and his childhood with everyone’s favorite toy box before shooting us to present day where Andy — now 18-years-old — is off to college and trying to figure out what to do with his old toys. We find out that they’re shipped off to a daycare center where a rather humorous segment of rampaging toddlers tears through the bunch. This sets up the main story of the crew attempting a daring escape from the daycare and their adventure to find home.
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The real brilliance comes at the beginning of the trailer when Andy (voiced once again by John Morris) is holding Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) and trying to decide what to do with them. Pixar does an incredible job of capturing that moment that we’ve all experiences when we come across an old toy or trinket that holds many happy memories. Almost brings a tear to your eye.
To accompany the trailer, director Lee Unkrich filmed a little video with some brand new announcements (Watch video here). Among these announcements, Unkrich was able to share some casting news with us: he informs that comedian and Flight of the Conchords star Kristen Schaal would be voicing a new character that will be featured; and also that the recognizable voice of Slinky the Dog (voiced by the late Jim Varney in the first two films) is now done by Blake Clark. You may not recognize the name, but as soon as you see the face best known from his appearances in many Adam Sandler movies and as the hardware store owner on Home Improvement, you know who the man is. As you can hear in the trailer, Clark does an awesome job of replicating the voice, and it was a pleasant surprise to hear that such a well-known character actor had taken up the reigns.
Also worth note: Unkrich announced that the 3-D double feature of Toy Story & Toy Story 2 that is currently on its two-week run is doing so well, that it has been decided to keep them playing for a short time longer. So if you haven’t had the chance to check these classic Godfathers of computer animated films with their new 3-D makeover, you can still get there.