Small Fry (film)
|Directed by||Angus MacLane|
|Produced by||Kim Jorgensen|
|Written by||Angus MacLane|
|Music by||Henry Jackman|
|Edited by||Torbin Xan Bullock|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios
Toy Story Toons: Small Fry is a 2011 Pixar computer animated short directed by Angus MacLane. It premiered with the theatrical release of The Muppets on November 23, 2011. Small Fry is the second short in the Toy Story Toons series, based on the characters from the Toy Story feature films. The short involves Buzz getting trapped at a fast food restaurant, where there is a support group for discarded kids' meal toys from over the years, with a kids' meal toy version of Buzz taking his place.
At a fast food chicken restaurant called "Poultry Palace", Bonnie does not want the electronic Zurg belt buckle that comes with her kid's meal. When she asks for a mini-Buzz Lightyear–themed toy, she is told the restaurant's supplies of them have run out. When her mother asks about the one in the display case, she is told that it is for display only. Inside the display, Mini-Buzz Lightyear complains they will never be played with—as they are just the display toys—to Mini-Zurg (who prefers to stay). Bonnie goes on to play in the ball pit with her own toys; when no one is looking, Mini-Buzz secretly climbs in. He pulls the real Buzz underneath the balls so that Bonnie's mother ends up picking up Mini-Buzz when they leave the restaurant. Once Mini-Buzz gets home, he passes himself off as the real Buzz (explaining to the other toys that the plastic in the ball pit made him shrink), and proceeds to generally annoy the whole gang (save a gullible Rex) with his obvious ruse and his antics.
Meanwhile, the real Buzz is stuck at the restaurant, trying to escape. He crawls through the venting system, but suddenly falls into a storage room where a "fast food-toy support group" is being held, led by Queen Neptuna and consisting of T-Bone, DJ Blu-Jay, Lizard Wizard, Bozu the Ninja Clown, Vlad the Engineer, Gary Grappling Hook, Tae-Kwon Doe, Super Pirate, Beef Stewardess, Nervous Sys-Tim, Ghost Burger, Koala Kopter, Roxy Boxy, Recycle Ben, Funky Monk, Condorman, Franklin, and Pizza-Bot. The support group thinks Buzz is just another rejected toy and Neptuna obligates him to take part. Forced to engage in a role-playing group exercise, he finally escapes by using Gary Grappling Hook, much to the abandoned toys' dismay.
Back at Bonnie's house, the gang restrains Mini-Buzz and forces him to give up the real Buzz's whereabouts. They begin devising a rescue plan when the real Buzz returns. Mini-Buzz is brought into the support group mentioning about what he has done with Buzz now volunteering as his sponsor.
In a post-credits scene, Mini-Zurg is left with the electronic belt buckle as his sole companion much to his delight.
- Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear
- Teddy Newton as Mini Buzz Lightyear
- Tom Hanks as Woody
- Joan Cusack as Jessie
- Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head
- Wallace Shawn as Rex
- John Ratzenberger as Hamm
- Angus MacLane as T-Bone, Super Pirate, Funky Monk, Gary Grappling Hook
- Jane Lynch as Queen Neptuna
- Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants
- Peter Sohn as Recycle Ben
- Emily Hahn as Bonnie
- Lori Alan as Bonnie's Mom, Tae-Kwon Doe
- Josh Cooley as Cashier, Lizard Wizard
- Jess Harnell as Mini Zurg, Vlad the Engineer
- Bret Parker as DJ Blu-Jay
- Emily Forbes as Roxy Boxy
- Kitt Hirasaki as Nervous Sys-Tim
- Carlos Alazraqui as Koala Kopter
- Bob Bergen as Condorman
- Jason Topolski as Ghost Burger, Pizza-Bot
- Jim Ward as Franklin
- The "Condorman" toy is a reference to the 1981 Disney live-action comedy/adventure film Condorman; in an interview, director Angus MacLane said, "I’m hoping for a very small sub-set of the Disney animation fans to be stoked that there is actually a Condorman toy. Maybe it will stir up some buzz about a gritty re-boot." Coincidentally like the Toy Story franchise, the lead protagonist of Condorman is named Woody.
As of July 2012, Small Fry is available as a digital download on Amazon Video and iTunes. The short was released on November 13, 2012, on the DVD and Blu-ray of Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2. It is also on the Toy Story of Terror! Blu-ray, released on August 19, 2014.
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- Lussier, Germain (19 August 2011). "The 'Toy Story' Gang Will Return In 'Small Fry,' Attached To 'The Muppets'". /Film. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "Small Fry (Short)". Amazon. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
- "Small Fry". iTunes. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
- Sluss, Justin (August 26, 2012). "Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2" is coming to Blu-ray in November". High Def Disc News. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
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