Tom Hanks on Toy Story 3 and What They Showed Him First

April 23, 2009
Source: Empire

Toy Story

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?

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Al on Apr 23, 2009


Wow... Toy Story 3 just popped out of nowhere didn't it? There was talk about for yyyeeaarrss but I had no idea they had all the shit done.

teyhtr on Apr 23, 2009


I'm super hyped up over this movie!

Luke on Apr 23, 2009


yeah, thats pixar for you, i cant wait.

troy on Apr 23, 2009


Hyped indeed.

Fisherr on Apr 23, 2009


for some reason i thought toy story 3 already came out...i need a good tom hanks movie, dont have too much faith in angels and demons being great

harrison on Apr 23, 2009


yes, finally we get to see a new toy story, it will be good and awesome and all that jazz the first two were.

bc on Apr 23, 2009


Boy its risky doing a third. The first two were so well done.

JimD on Apr 24, 2009


I like it 😀

FoolMoon on Apr 25, 2009


cant wait but i am a little worried disney is going to take control of pixar and turn the toy story franchise into something like the shreks. as long as pixars in control it will be perfect. ---------

george on May 26, 2009


i will see toy story 3 in theatres 3-d in theatres june 18th 2010 my favorite toy story 3 chracter are woody buzz lightyear jessie the cowgirl rex and bonnie my favorite toy story 3 actors are tom hanks tim allen joan cusack micheal keaton emily hahn and jodi benson i like toy story 3 when i were the 3-d glasses i lwill see woody and the gang come out of the screen and meet them so i can't what to see toy story 3 so i will see toy story so i will see toy story 3 in theatres june 18th 2010 dightal 3-d at imax movie theatre at king prussia see ya.

andries price on Aug 7, 2009


YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU WOODY!!!!!!!!!! CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!! TOO...DANG.........EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GRGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

sam on Oct 26, 2009


check out these kids rapping about Toy Story 3:

LS on Apr 26, 2010

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