The Muppets promises to be one of the most fun movie experiences of 2011, and if all the parody teasers, trailers and other related marketing didn’t give us enough reason to rush out and see the film, this bit of news will. Disney film will be screening a brand-new short from Pixar, with the Toy Story franchise’s Buzz Lightyear in the spotlight.
Titled Small Fry, the seven-minute film is written and directed by Angus MacLane, the Pixar animator who previously wrote and directed the Wall-E-related short BURN-E. Apart from Buzz, several other Toy Story charcters will appear in the short, including Hamm (John Ratzenberger), Jessie (Joan Cusack), and of course Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks). The other new star of note is Glee’s Jane Lynch, playing the vain support-group leader called Neptuna. The voices of the new mini characters are provided by MacLane himself, but Mini Buzz will be brought to life by Pixar director Teddy Newton, who directed last year’s Academy Award nominated short Day & Night.
The movie focuses on Buzz Lightyear getting left at a fast food restaurant and requiring the help of Happy Meal-like toys to help him find his way back home and stop a petite Buzz imposter.