‘Toy Story’ Epilogue Goes Hawaiian

'Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation'

Last year’s Oscar-nominated animation blockbuster “Toy Story 3″ was emphatically described as the final chapter of the adventures of Buzz, Woody, and friends.  But from Entertainment Weekly comes word of a new short film in which fans get one more glimpse of what became of these beloved characters after their curtain call.

“Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation” will premiere in June, attached to the release of “Cars 2.” The short stars Barbie and Ken, in which the loving duo make the most of missing a chance to vacation in Hawaii. Though the ensemble may not make it to our island shores, we’ll see them “trying to recreate the tropics in their new owner’s bedroom.”

The Entertainment Weekly report features a 30-second clip from “Hawaiian Vacation,” and an interview with director Gary Rydstrom, who previously directed the short film “Lifted” (which accompanied the release of 2006’s “Ratatouille“).

“It was fun to think of the things they could do to make the magic of Hawaii come alive in Bonnie’s room,” Rydstrom says.

Chances are that magic won’t go much deeper than the cheesy, tiki-themed trappings of a grade-school luau, but it’s still neat to see a huge movie franchise choose Hawaii as the theme of its first epilogue. (Rydstrom suggests there will be more “Toy Story” shorts to come.) And as I’ve blogged before, there’s clear affection for Hawaii within Pixar’s corporate family. Company co-founder and Apple CEO Steve Jobs has mentioned Hawaii in announcing the first iPhone, included Hawaii in a major iPhone television ad, and often takes vacations in Hawaii.

Update: Turns out word of a Hawaii-themed ‘Toy Story’ short leaked out in December… thanks to Twitter! There’s also going to be a children’s book to go along with it.

[Entertainment Weekly]

3 Responses

  1. There is something magical about the beautiful Islands of Hawaii and the magic of Pixar is why we love their films so much.

  2. john says:

    i wonder how you say “buzz lightyear” in hawaiian?!

  3. Kauai Boy says:

    One can only wonder if other powerhouse movies with ensemble casts will be drawn to the 50th State,
    not just for sequels but for prequels as well.

    Dylan Imaikalani Watanabe will keep his ears finely attuned for any word of a casting call…you know, for the role of the little boy who finds Ken and Barbie washed up on shore after they fall from the Na Pali cliffs.

    http://hawaiianodysseus2.blogspot.com/2011/01/life-imitates-art-hawaiian-version-of.html

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