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Creating the right buzz

Actor Tim Allen speaks about the Spanish twist to Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 3.

hollywood Updated: Jun 25, 2010 03:21 IST
Hindustan Times

Toy StoryActor Tim Allen speaks about the Spanish twist to Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 3

What can audiences expect from Toy Story 3?
Even though I knew the story and had read the ending, it grabbed me in the best possible way. I know audiences are going to have the same reaction. This is a very simple story about friendships and staying together... the ending is really a new beginning.

What are some of the obstacles that the toys face as Andy prepares to leave for college?
It is all about second chances. The toys are thrown away by mistake and end up in a daycare center. What looks like heaven, at first, soon becomes purgatory for them. So they have to find a way to get themselves back home.

What adventures does Buzz encounter in Toy Story 3?
In this third film, Buzz gets to expand his role. When he accidentally gets reset, he speaks perfect Spanish. He’s a conquistador and a bull fighter. It’s pretty hysterical. I really do like being Buzz. He’s a lot of fun to play.

Can you give us a sneak peak at some of the new characters?
I like the new toys. Jeff Garlin does a great job with the unicorn, Buttercup. Timothy Dalton plays Mr Pricklepants who is a theatre-loving hedgehog who takes the craft of acting very seriously. And Michael Keaton brings alive the character of the Ken doll.

What other character would you like to play if not Buzz?
I like Mr Potato Head quite a bit and I am beginning to really like the new hedgehog character, Mr Pricklepants. Ken is very interesting and he is real super deluded. However, in the end, Buzz is really who I like to be. It’s a character I developed with John Lasseter.

Friendship is a major theme in these films. What makes the relationship between Buzz and Woody work?
I think their relationship works because they accept each other’s limitations. Woody is honest and he wants to do everything for the group; it’s always about other people. Buzz is a doer and a fixer. Give a job to Buzz and he will get it done. There is an overall respect for each other and this makes for a great relationship.

Can you talk a little bit about the process of voicing an animated character?
Being in an animated movie is much more difficult than you might imagine, especially for a live performer. There are also whole days that you just do grunting and panting and breathing just so the animators can match it to the characters. It’s an incredibly complex mechanical process that ends up on screen as an amazing, fun experience. It’s like watching magic.

First Published: Jun 24, 2010 16:28 IST