Fans have been checking out recently released shots of the new characters from the upcoming Pixar film Toy Story 3. We've seen Trixie, the triceratops, Buttercup the unicorn, Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear (who smells like strawberries) and the fantastically named Mr. Pricklepants the hedgehog. Well, at the Toy Story 3 panel at WonderCon in San Francisco on Saturday, we got a look at a few never-before-released scenes.
After a few brief statements from director Lee Unkrich, we were told that they were going to choose three people from the crowd to do voice-overs for the scene. The first man to the stage was an audience member, but the next two just happened to be Kristen Schaal, the voice of Trixie, and Jeff Garlin, who plays Buttercup.
After the two teased the chosen audience member about his British accent, we got to check out what they did with the scene. In it, Woody (Tom Hanks) finds himself in the room of a little girl having a tea party. When she runs out to powder her nose, Woody tries to get the attention of the other toys and find out where he is.
Mr. Pricklepants is trying to stay in character, being something of a thespian, but the other two introduce themselves and explain where they are in the soap opera they're performing. When the girl returns, she brings out what may be the most foul combination in history, a plastic hamburger topped with her "secret ingredient": jelly beans. We finally saw the scene fully scored with Timothy Dalton, the real voice of Mr. Pricklepants.
Next, we saw a scene where the toys arrive at a day care center after being donated. From inside the box, they see a room full of kids playing with toys. Everyone is excited except Woody, who misses the now college-aged Andy.
When they fall onto the floor, all the day-care toys come to welcome them, including Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear (Ned Beatty), who explains the situation. He tells them that, with a new group of kids always on the way in, they can never be hurt. They'll never feel abandoned or alone. Anyone else getting choked up?
We also see a Ken doll (Michael Keaton), dressed up in head-to-toe turquoise, encounter Barbie (Jodi Benson) for the first time. It's love at first sight. She tells him he has a nice ascot. If the roar of the crowd was to be believed, the sneak peek went over well.
Before the end of the panel, Kristen Schaal was told by Unkrich that she will be in every Pixar picture going forward. The crowd certainly loved her. And if we're going by their casting history, this woman will be employed for life.
Toy Story 3 will open in theaters on June 18.