Hot diggity dog, it’s still Disney Spirit Week on the blog!
By now you know that my contribution to Disney Spirit Week is the ultimate March activity: brackets!
Here’s how it works:
There are 22 Pixar films. Using soccer cup guidelines, I seeded them based on box office reports, and put like seeds together to randomly assign matches. Also like soccer rules, and because there were a strange number of movies, the first round has movies competing in groups of three.
Each day of Disney Spirit Week, I’ll post here AND in the SavEars Facebook group the new matches. You can vote in the comments to the blog or on the SavEars page. I’ll stop taking votes at 11:59 pm, the day of. A big thank you to everyone who has voted on the SavEars and the blog! We’ve had more than a few matches that were decided by one vote, so believe me when I say, every vote counts in this not-at-all official-but-still-very-high-stakes Pixar Cup!
Each round I’ll share fun facts and trivia to help you decide which of these amazing films deserves to win the Pixar Cup. Every vote counts!
Here’s where our bracket stands, heading into Round 2.
- Finding Nemo
- The Incredibles
- Cars 2
- Finding Dory
- Incredibles 2
- Cars 3
- Inside Out
These were some interesting matches. Finding Dory won by a landslide but Up only won by one vote!
On to Round 2, Part : We have two matches today and it’s toys vs toys! Which Toy Story is the ultimate Toy Story? Time to settle this once and for all. (JK. You know eventually they’ll release Toy Story 5 and we’ll have to debate this all over again.) For each of the matches below (A and B) choose one winner!
- Toy Story
- Toy Story 2
One way animators figure out if an actor’s voice will fit with a character is to animate the character speaking a monologue from one of the actor’s movies. Tom Hanks was the first choice for Woody, so the animators created test footage of Woody using Hanks’s voice from his movie Turner & Hooch. It was seeing this footage that convinced Hanks to sign on for the role. Toy Story was the first animated feature for Hanks and his co-star Tim Allen, who played Buzz Lightyear. To make their characters interactions realistic, the two recorded their dialogue together. This is unusual, as voice actors for animation usually record alone with the directors. The other serious contender for the voice of Woody? Paul Newman, who would go on to be the voice of Doc Hudson in Cars.
The second installment of the Toys franchise added some stellar cast members including Joan Cusack as Jessie, Kelsey Grammer as Stinky Pete, and Jodi Benson (the original voice of Ariel!) as Barbie. But in development one of the concerns was if production would be able to get back the original stars, Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. There was some concern about the actors’ availability, but both ended up reprising their roles as Andy’s favorite Cowboy and Spaceman. Tim Allen wasn’t the team’s first choice for the first movie! Initially, Billy Crystal was approached for Buzz, but he passed. Crystal has said that after he saw the movie he was so angry at himself for passing, that when he was offered the role of Mike Wazowski in Monster’s Inc he said yes immediately.
- Toy Story 3
- Toy Story 4
The cast saw another upgrade as Andy’s toys traveled to Sunnyside and later became Bonnie’s toys. Ned Beatty was the Sunnyside leader Lotso, with Whoopi Goldberg as Stretch and Michael Keaton as Ken, his seconds in command. Jodi Benson was back in an expanded role as Molly’s discarded Barbie. Bonnie’s toys were a plethora of talent, with former James Bond Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants and comedian Kristen Schaal as Trixie. In addition to John Ratzenberger’s Hamm, some other actors are doing Pixar double duty: Bonnie Hunt, who voiced Dolly, is also Sally in the Cars films and Jeff Garlin, who voices Buttercup, is also the Captain in WALL-E. Both John Morris and Erik Von Detten reprise their roles as teenage Andy and Sid, respectively. One actor who did not reprise his role was Jim Varney as Slinky Dog, since he unfortunately passed away. He was replaced by actor Blake Clark who, in a magical touch, happened to be a friend of Varney’s.
After being absent from Toy Story 3, Annie Potts was back as everyone’s favorite lamp, Bo Peep. The expanded cast also included comedy duo Key & Peele as Duck and Bunny, who improvised much of their material that made it into the film. Keanu Reeves was tapped to play Duke Caboom, a departure from his usual serious action roles. Comedy legends Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Betty White voiced Bonnie’s toddler toys who have been forgotten about in the closet. The rest of the original cast from previous films returned, except Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head. He passed before any of his lines were recorded. At the urging of his family, the Pixar team collected unused recordings from previous films as well as recorded material of Rickles doing press and related media in order to re-purpose them so his voice would still appear in the film.
Now it’s time to make your picks. Who is advancing to the next round of the Pixar Cup? Which Toy Story deserves to go to the finals? Tune back here tomorrow to see vote for Round 2, Part 2!
Who do you think will take it all? Who do you vote for today? Join in the fun in the comments!
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