Tom Hanks on Toy Story 3 and What They Showed Him First
One of the many reasons that I love Pixar as much as I do is because of their work ethic, their process, how they do things. It's a bit different from everyone else, but it still works, and it's somewhat mesmerizing to see (as in, the special features on their DVDs). Empire published an excerpt from their recent interview with Tom Hanks talking about working on Toy Story 3. He explains that they actually showed him the movie first, with temporary voices, before he then recorded his own voice. "I have been in and done three big complete recording sessions and will probably have at least one more to do, possibly in about eight months."
"They did an interesting thing on this one. They did not send us a script. They showed us a complete story reel of the entire movie, with storyboards moving from one to the next, and the people up at Pixar recorded some voices with some music and sound effects. Tim Allen and John Ratzenberger and I went in a movie theatre, watched the reel and said, 'This is great, let's get to work!'"
I don't think I need to remind anyone that Hanks voices Woody in the movie. And of course, Tim Allen is back as Buzz, and the aforementioned John Ratzenberger is back as Hamm the Piggy Bank. A few weeks ago, Disney showed a promo reel for Toy Story 3 to audiences at NAB. And before that, we announced that the first Toy Story 3 trailer would be attached to the Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3-D showing on October 2nd later this year. It's always fascinating to hear those stories behind how Pixar works, and this is definitely no exception. I mean, how often does anyone see the movie first before they start work on it?