Premieres June 24 across North America, before each screening of Cars 2.
At the 83rd Annual Academy Awards The Lost Thing won the Oscar for Best Animated Short, while Pixar’s Toy Story 3 won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
The Lost Thing is based on a short story by Shaun Tan, who’s book Lost & Found is out next week and we’re giving away three copies. Details here.
Also, Randy Newman won the Oscar for Best Original Song for Toy Story 3‘s “We Belong Together.”
Congrats to the winners!
Beginning June 24, 2011 a new Toy Story short film titled ‘Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation’ will play before every screening of Pixar’s upcoming sequel Cars 2. This is the first in a series of Toy Story shorts, the second of which will premiere November 23, 2011 before screenings of Disney’s The Muppets.
Check out the second still after the break.
Did you know Pixar originally wanted Jim Carrey to voice Buzz Lightyear, but could not afford to pay Carrey’s salary? Or that Billy Crystal was offered the chance to voice Buzz Lightyear, but declined?
Another interesting fact is that Tom Hanks recorded his dialog for Woody during the breaks of Sleepless in Seattle and A League of Their Own and not during the breaks of Philadelphia or Forrest Gump because he didn’t think it was right to do comedic roles in between serious roles.
Check out the rest of the 33 fun facts at BuzzFeed.com
The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards were announced earlier today and there aren’t any surprises, with “Toy Story 3,” as expected, leading the animated pack.
Pixar’s “Toy Story 3,” “The Illusionist,” and DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” were nominated today for Best Animated Feature. “How to Train Your Dragon” also earned a second nomination for Best Original Score.
Toy Story was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, and Best Original Song for “We Belong Together” by Randy Newman. Disney’s Tangled also nabbed a nomination for Best Original Song for “I See the Light.”
Pixar also nabbed a Best Animated Short nomination for “Day & Night.” The other four animated films nominated alongside Pixar are “The Gruffalo,” “Let’s Pollute,” “The Lost Thing,” and “Madagascar, carnet de voyage.”
Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich and screenwriter Michael Arndt join NPR’s Terry Gross for a 37 minute discussion about the Toy Story trilogy, coming to DVD and Blu-ray Disc November 2.
“Ultimately, we wanted to treat this third film like the completion of a saga, as if we had been telling one grand story of the course of the three films,” Unkrich says. “So what we arrived at was that it was vital to have Andy grown up and be at that transition where the toys were no longer being needed or wanted or loved.”
Listen to the interview here.
According to studio estimates Sunday, Toy Story 3 (as expected) took the No. 1 spot this weekend, raking in $110.3 million in domestic ticket sales.
Toy Story 3 became the third animated film to open with over $100 million in the first weekend. The other two are Shrek the Third with $121.6 million and Shrek 2 with $108 million.
Congrats to director Lee Unkrich and the rest of the film’s incredibly talented crew.
In theaters June 18, 2010.