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Friday, February 12, 2010

New Toy Story 3 Trailer!

Hey, gang, here's the new Toy Story 3 trailer!

What more can I blog about Toy Story 3 that I haven't blogged about before? Maybe how I'm geeking out a bit over how prominent Barbie and Ken are in this film. "I'm Barbie." "I'm Ken." So obvious, but so brilliant.

Here's a well-known trivia fact: Pixar had originally hoped to feature Barbie in the very first Toy Story, and her role in the film would have been...unexpected. You'll remember the first film, the bully Sid has all those mutant toys that he'd created. Well, a mutilated Barbie was going to be the leader of the mutant toys. According to the creators, Barbie's personality was going to be modeled on Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2. In fact, when this mutilated Barbie first met Woody and Buzz, she was going to utter the classic Terminator line, "Come with me if you want to live." But, with Pixar still being a very new company, and all of Hollywood having doubts about the first computer animated film, Mattel said "No" to Pixar's pitch.

But of course, the film was a phenomenal hit, and Mattel was beating down Pixar's door to have Barbie in Toy Story 2.

Just as in Toy Story 2, Barbie is voiced by Jodi Benson, still best known to Disney-philes as the voice of Ariel. Ken is voiced Beetlejuice and Tim Burton's Batman himself, Michael Keaton.

And another little trivia fact I just gleamed. The Ken in this trailer is actually a "Safari Ken," released in the late-1980s. Yes, that Ken doll actually existed.

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