Toy Story 3's abandoned toys focus
Toy Story 3 poses a new question for the gang from the 1995 hit that launched computer animation into the feature-film world: Is there life for a toy after your kid grows up?
The latest Toy Story film, which was screened at the annual ShoWest convention in Las Vegas, sees John Ratzenberger's Hamm The Piggy Bank lament "come on, let's see how much we're going for on eBay," as he and the other toys ponder a lonely future, with their owner, Andy, heading to college and leaving them behind.
Though the film is not yet finished, with much of the animation still in rough form, the screening provided a sneak peek for one of summer's most anticipated releases.
"The youngest kids who saw Toy Story and Toy Story 2 when they first came out are now kind of heading off to college. That's the position Andy's in, so it's very strange and nostalgic for people to see this character that is part of their childhood kind of growing up with them and facing the same life changes," said director Lee Unkrich, who was a film editor on Toy Story and co-director on Toy Story 2.
"For anyone who's had a transition in their life - heading off to college, parents sending their kids off to college, people getting out of college and heading off into the workforce. Those are major transitions. Our characters in their own way are dealing with similar transitions."
For Andy's favourite playthings, Woody and Buzz (voiced again by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen), the transition threatens to end their long partnership as the toys argue over what steps would be best for their future.