Early Look At The Toy Story Short That Will Play Before The Muppets

Set to precede The Muppets in theaters when the film releases on November 23rd is a 7-minute short that will too-briefly bring Toy Story back to the big screen. An image from the short has made its way online and based on the photo, short seems to be a very fitting word.

I’d understand it if you didn’t want to know anything about the Toy Story short, which is set to play before The Muppets in theaters later this month. If that’s the case, or you were thinking maybe you’d prefer to be surprised, but then succumbed to temptation and decided to read this article anyway, I’ll give you one last chance to turn back, because, in addition to the photo, we also have some details on the plot of the short, which sounds fairly excellent.

USA Today (opens in new tab) posted an article about the Toy Story short Small Fry, which includes comments from writer/director Angus MacClane.

The short will have a “Happy Meal-type toy” kidnapping Buzz Lightyear and switching places with him so he can “take over his play-filled existence.” This leaves the real Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), “to deal with a support group for discarded unloved fast-food toys." While the photo below doesn’t give us anything to go on as far as what kinds of mini-toys we’ll be seeing, I honestly hope there’s at least one Fry Guy. The article does mention “T-Bone” and “Super Pirate” mini-toys.

Here’s the photo USA Today posted, which gives us a look at the miniature version of Buzz Lightyear. I bet his buttons don’t even work.


It's an itty-bitty Buzz! And his head makes up about a third of his mass, which is funny.

Back on the subject of the unloved fast food toys, MacClane say:

"These toys' existence is about being really popular before the meal and then being totally forgotten about. And sometimes they don't even get played with."

This is probably true and it sounds like it’ll make for a great short. Tom Hanks, John Razenberger, Joan Cusack and Tim Allen all lend their voices to the short, reprising their characters as Woody, Hamm, Jessie, and Buzz respectively. Meanwhile, Jane Lynch will also lend her voice to the short, playing the part of Neptuna, the “narcissistic support-group leader,” which sounds like a perfect part for her.

Check out USA Today (opens in new tab) for the full article and more comments from MacClane. And check out Small Fry when it premieres along with The Muppets on November 23rd.

Kelly West
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