“Toy Story 3″ Returns

“Toy Story 3″ and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” will be screened at the 2010 ShoWest confab on March 16 and March 18, respectively.
Toy Story 3, the newest Pixar Cartoon and a 3D adventure. The Disney films will be two of the largest showings at the Nielsen Film Group convention. “The opportunity to showcase the story of ‘Prince of Persia’ and the beloved characters of ‘Toy Story 3‘ in front of the important professionals of the motion picture industry and owners of theaters demonstrates the significance of this audience to forthcoming blockbusters,”

Another new character from Pixar’s long awaited Toy Story 3 has been revealed, and it’s a unicorn. A unicorn named Buttercup to be exact. Over the last week or so we’ve seen several new additions pop up from the Toy Story camp including Ken and Peas-in-a-Pod.

Over at Empire, they’ve posted the latest Toy Story 3 character, and it’s quite shocking that it’s a male. With a name like Buttercup and mile long eye lashes it’s hard to believe she is a he. The character is played by Jeff Garlin, who previously voiced the Captain in the hit, Wall-E. In Toy Story 3, Buttercup has “cuddly unicorn features and velvety-soft, snow-colored fur with sparkly gold and pink accents. He sports a signature mythical golden horn and a fun-to-comb mane and tail.”

The Gold Cream Trophy Winner

The camera pans down to see what Hubie and Bertie can see in “Mouse Wreckers”: Claude the Cat, underneath his vast array of honours. Claude proves no match for the wise-guy Hubie and the enthusiastic dullard Boit.

The backgrounds in this cartoon are by Pete Alvarado from layouts by Bob Gribbroek. As you’d expect in a cartoon directed by Chuck Jones, there’s some really fun animation. Next time you see the cartoon, watch the staggering, hoppy entrance that Bert makes onto the window sill. It’s a great little bit of work. Then Ben Washam picks up the scene after the cut to Claude and his trophies with some really nice finger and head movements on the mice. They do logical things with their bodies to demonstrate emotions, they don’t just stand and talk.

The Hubie and Bertie cartoons show Warners at their best—expressive animation from Jones’ character layouts with little extras, subtle scoring that sets the mood by Carl Stalling and a string of gags by Mike Maltese that build to something incredibly imaginative (in this cartoon, the upside-down room). Everything works together.

Ridin’ to Rigor Mortis

The opening scene of “Wild and Woody” (1948) shows the Walter Lantz studio at its best. Woody is gesturing as he rides a pony, singing “Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie.” He’s expressive. He drops down to lay on the horse during part of the scene, then forms his fingers like guns and flips them around. Top animation. Here are some frames.

The pony’s attractively designed and has a cute little trot cycle. Part of it is on twos at the start but then is completely animated on ones. Darrell Calker’s score complements the action nicely. Even the usually-flat Bugs Hardaway may never have sounded better than when he crooned the opening tune. And Lionel Stander is the best cartoon villain next to Billy Bletcher. He’s great as Buzz.

Ed Love and Pat Matthews receive the animation screen credits. Lantz had Ken O’Brien and Freddie Moore at the time as well. And La Verne Harding. A great animation team with director Dick Lundy that, unfortunately, was gone not too many months later.