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Sunday 26 April 2015

Toy Story cast back on big screen

Toy Story characters Jessie, Woody and Buzz Lightyear are back in a new short film
Toy Story characters Jessie, Woody and Buzz Lightyear are back in a new short film

Woody the cowboy, Buzz Lightyear and their Toy Story pals are back on the big-screen in a new adventure.

The voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Michael Keaton, Joan Cusack and other stars are featured in a Toy Story short film that runs before the Pixar Animation sequel Cars 2, which debuts in US cinemas at the weekend.

Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation has Hanks' Woody, Allen's Buzz, Cusack's Jessie the cowgirl and the other toys coming up with a scheme to give doll sweethearts Ken and Barbie (Keaton and Jodi Benson) the trip of their dreams.

After lending his voice to the franchise's three blockbuster feature-length films, Hanks says he'll keep coming back to do the voice of Woody whenever Disney-owned Pixar wants to do more with the Toy Story characters.

"Are those people some brand of genius that you can't really begin to fathom?" Hanks said of Pixar, whose 11 feature-length animated films have all been critical and commercial successes. "As long as I don't develop a smoker's cough, yeah, I'm there. Whatever they need. There's only one Woody, and it's me."

Along with winning six of the 10 Academy Awards for feature-length animation since that category was added, Pixar has earned 10 Oscar nominations for its short films, winning three.

"We really believe in the short film," said Pixar's creative mastermind, John Lasseter.

"One, in the case of these, it just kind of keeps new animation of our favourite characters going. Secondly, for us internally, it's a great way for us to let younger artists take the next step up in their career to try directing."

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