'Toy Story 3' adds sidekicks for Buzz Lightyear and Woody

Fans have been waiting 11 years for this. • Like a well-worn wubby, Toy Story 3 hits theaters Friday, available in 3-D and IMAX. And since Toy Story 2 in 1999 was widely regarded as one of the best sequels ever — animated or live action — it's no wonder expectations are hitting infinity and beyond. (The movie was not screened in advance; look for a review online at tampabay.com/things-to-do.) • The original Toy Story was as much of a game changer to animation in 1995 as Avatar is to sci-fi spectacle today. Fifteen years later, it's tough to remember what 'toons were like before Pixar introduced computer animation to feature films. • This time, Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) plot a mass escape from a day care center, where the entire toy box gang has landed in the clutches of destructive toddlers. • Along with all the beloved familiar characters, fans will meet tons of new toys — all headed for stores, of course. Which ones will end up in your kid's toy box? Here's a look at 10:

Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear

Voice: Ned Beatty

Lots of love for Lotso, a grandfatherly ol' bear who smells like strawberries. Sweet! He's also the first fuzzy plush toy for the computer-generated franchise. Pixar's technology wasn't advanced enough to create realistic "fur" until Monsters, Inc. in 2001. Look familiar? He was under a little girl's bed in last year's Up.

Buttercup

Voice: Jeff Garlin

With the little pink hearts on the nose and fun-to-comb mane and tail, silly us never guessed Buttercup is a he. Huh.

Chunk

Voice: Jack Angel

Ken would love to wipe that smile right off Chunk's face when he teases him about being a girl's toy. And he can. A button spins Chunk's face from friendly to fierce.

Ken

Voice: Michael Keaton

Barbie's boy toy is a swinging bachelor with his own glam Dream House. Ken takes his fashion cues from the '80s, with a "nice ascot," sockless loafers and flashy gold belt.

Peas-in-a-Pod

Voices: Charlie Bright, Amber Kroner and Brianna Maiwand

At last, your kids will be begging for peas! The cutest veggies ever are soft and round with rosy cheeks in a zippered pod. They even have adorable names: Peatey, Peatrice and Peanelope.

Stretch

Voice: Whoopi Goldberg

The rubbery, glittery octopus with suction cups on her tentacles seems very friendly, but things get a little sticky at the day care center in the film.

Trixie

Voice: Kristen Schaal

The triceratops is hardly cuddly — look at those horns — but could she be the girlfriend Rex is longing for? Voiced by the hilarious Schaal Flight of the Conchords.

Twitch

Voice: John Cygan

The "insectaloid warrior" looks ready for a throwdown with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. And those muscles! He certainly turns Mrs. Potato Head's, uh, head. You might recognize Cygan's voice from The Commish (Detective Paulie Pentangeli) and The X-Files (Sheriff Spencer).

Mr. Pricklepants

Voice: Timothy Dalton

From James Bond in suave suits to Mr. Pricklepants in — lederhosen? Go ahead, run your fingers through his fur.

Dolly

Voice: Bonnie Hunt

It's easy to predict that little girls will be clutching this updated rag doll with the sunny smile in real-life day care centers. Good thing she's machine washable.

Information from Times film critic Steve Persall, imdb.com, Disney.com and USA Today was used in this report.

Toy Story 3

Also starring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn and John Ratzenberger.

Opens Friday.

103 minutes, Rated G

'Toy Story 3' adds sidekicks for Buzz Lightyear and Woody 06/17/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:56am]

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