One of the most underrated James Bonds to ever play the role, has been cast in the upcoming sequel, Toy Story 3. According to Empire, Timothy Dalton will lend his voice to a character in the CGI animated feature from Disney-Pixar. Disney president John Lasseter announced the news today at the London-based Disney Animation Showcase. What could Bond, James Bond possibly have to offer Toy Story staples like Woody and Buzz Lightyear?
According to Lasseter, Dalton will voice Mr. Pricklepants, a hedgehog toy with thespian tendencies. I literally laughed when I read that description, because in my mind you can already tell where they’re going with this character. They wouldn’t specify on whether or not Mr. Pricklepants will serve as the film’s villain, but with a name like that how could he not?
After this announcement, the audience was treated to a special viewing of a scene from the movie, which centered on the Toys and a now college age Andy.
The clip showed Andy packing from college, and emptying all his toys into a black bin bag for storage in the attic. He hesitates over Woody and Buzz, finally putting Woody in the box of things to take for college. But all the toys are panicked – especially Woody, who’s worried for his friends. When Andy is distracted by his little sister and leaves the garbage bag on the landing instead of upstairs in the attic, his mother takes it out to the kerb – and a frantic Woody has to save his friends from a rapidly approaching bin lorry.
Just reading that description made me feel old. Andy is a young adult now, and it makes us realize that 1995 really was a long time ago. That’s the thing about Disney films, they always make you remember a specific time and place from your life. For me, Toy Story represents 5th grade, and Capri Sun fruit drinks. I know it sounds weird, but it was a staple during my youth. What about yours?
What do you think of the latest casting news from Toy Story 3? Should Dalton play off his Bond persona in the film?