Video:Toy Story 3 Interviews - Jeff Garlin and John Ratzenbergerwith Rebecca Murray
About.com fan Jeff Garlin provides the voice of Buttercup and Pixar's good luck charm John Ratzenberger returns as Hamm in 'Toy Story 3' hitting theaters in June. At WonderCon, Garlin & Ratzenberger joined producer Darla Anderson to chat up the film.See Transcript
Transcript:Toy Story 3 Interviews - Jeff Garlin and John RatzenbergerRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the 2010 WonderCon in San Francisco.
Jeff Garlin – 'Buttercup' in Toy Story 3Jeff Garlin: "Let me say, I love About.com. I'm saying this on my own."
Jeff Garlin: "Lots of information on anything. It's there to learn about things. Whether it's about stereo equipment, whether it's about an illness, it doesn't matter – I use About.com."
Well, we love you, too.
Jeff Garlin: "Thank you. So I hope that there's an area on About.com called About Jeff Garlin."
We'll make one just for you.
Jeff Garlin: "Make one."
And you'll visit it every day you promise?
Jeff Garlin: "No, I will not visit it. It's for others, not me. I'd be a weirdo if I want to learn about me when I am me."
You've done an animated voice before…
Jeff Garlin: "I was in Wall-E. I was the captain."
So you're back in Toy Story 3.
Jeff Garlin: "Yes."
Which is probably going to be the biggest Pixar movie ever.
Jeff Garlin: "It'll be the biggest movie of my career, and I play Buttercup the Unicorn."
Buttercup – you like playing a unicorn? You okay with that?
Jeff Garlin: "I'm totally okay with that. I'm comfortable."
How do you find a unicorn voice?
Jeff Garlin: "You want to hear my Buttercup voice?"
Yes, I do.
Jeff Garlin: "What's your name?"
Jeff Garlin: "Okay. [in his normal speaking voice] Hi, Rebecca. I'm Buttercup the Unicorn."
Tell me what makes Pixar in your mind stand out from everyone else.
Jeff Garlin: "They make great movies and most movies suck. How's that for a difference?"
John Ratzenberger – 'Hamm the Piggy Bank' in Toy Story 3How is the good luck charm doing today?
John Ratzenberger: "Well, I'm lucky. I'm talking to you."
Thank you very much.
John Ratzenberger: "I'm still above ground."
That's always a good thing. You get to voice Hamm again. Did you think after voicing him once, and then twice, that you'd be doing it a third time?
John Ratzenberger: "No. Well the nature of my job, show business, is you show up, do the best job that you can, and then you carry on. So the fact that they called a second time was wonderful, a third time – that goes right against the odds. But to be in every single film for the last 15 years, that's pretty special."
Is there one that's closer to your heart than the rest of them?
John Ratzenberger: "I love P. T. Flea from A Bug's Life. It makes you laugh."
It makes you laugh – is that the criteria for what you like best?
John Ratzenberger: "Yes. Well isn't that the criteria for everything? Whether it's a friend - someone you feel good around and makes you laugh, that's P. T. Flea."
Toy Story 2 is held up as one of the greatest animated films ever made. How do you think they pass it with Toy Story 3?
John Ratzenberger: "It equals or surpasses it."
How does Pixar do that? You more than anyone else should know – you've been in every single one – how do they keep doing it?
John Ratzenberger: "I do know. The reason they do it is because they consider every film that they do as they're very first film. And they work as hard on the tenth film as they did on the first film. There's still the same things at stake - it's their professionalism. And also technically they give themselves a challenge every single film. And so one film it will be like, 'Well, let's make the fur look like real fur. Let's make the water look like real water.' But they issue themselves a challenge that they don't have to issue themselves. And that's why Pixar's Pixar."
Toy Story 3 Producer Darla K AndersonDo you feel a little more weight putting out a Toy Story 3 than it is even a Wall-E where there's not an audience already built in that's expecting so much?
Darla K Anderson: "Yeah, there is. I mean I made the gigantic mistake about seven months into this film to Google Toy Story 2. Just goofing around, I Googled Toy Story 2 and on Rotten Tomatoes at the time it was the only film that had gotten 100%. I went, 'Oh no! Okay, that was a mistake because I don't know if we'll ever hit that again.' So you do feel the weight of it. You feel a huge responsibility to do it as well as you can do it."
And doing it in 3-D, that's even adding something on top of it that people don't expect.
Darla K Anderson: "Yeah. Well we've always been into 3-D and our films have always had a dynamic range to them, in terms of depth of the filmmaking, and so this one even more because it has huge action sequences and is very big. I think that will really enhance the storytelling."
And one thing about it is it's really emotionally gut-wrenching. Are you worried about how younger children are going to react to it?
Darla K Anderson: "I think it's okay for everybody, in my mind, because I'm really co-dependent from all of our films. This is the fourth one I've produced, and all of our films have big themes and big emotions. So in that way I've been surprised at how well the kids accept that all and kind of need it, need a place to talk about it. And it's not violent, you know? It's just like big emotions."
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