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Thursday 28 May 2015

Benson hopeful for Toy Story 4

Jodi Benson is hoping there will be another Toy Story film
Jodi Benson is hoping there will be another Toy Story film

Jodi Benson, who voiced Barbie in the Toy Story films, is hopeful they will make a fourth instalment of the hit animated franchise.

Toy Story 3 appeared to wrap up the series when Andy's toys, including Woody and Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, were given away to a children's nursery.

But Jodi, best known for voicing Ariel in Disney classic The Little Mermaid, revealed: "I have heard from various folks the talk of doing a fourth one. Of course that would be amazing, because I think each one has just been stronger than the first. It's a really great series."

She said working on the Pixar movies was, "really fun".

"John Lasseter is just an incredibly talented genius. My first day with Toy Story was playing with a box of Barbies actually with John; playing with them and creating what she might sound like, because we didn't have a voice for her in particular.

"But he wanted to make her very real, very vulnerable, and not just make her an external plastic sort of character, but bring a real humanness to her."

Jodi admitted being the voice of The Little Mermaid has changed her life.

Recalling her first audition she revealed: "I had never done a voiceover job before, so I went and talked into the mirror, created what I kind of thought she would sound like and then went back in and created a reel to reel audition, and about a year and a half later I got the call that my tape had been selected, so it was totally a miracle."

The Little Mermaid is now available on Disney Blu-ray and DVD.

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