Aug 31, 2011 0
Mattel is releasing a space-themed toy line inspired by Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story. The line includes a Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Spaceship Command Center and character action figures. To introduce the line, Mattel and Disney Consumer Products released a “toymation” video that uses stop-motion animation. The video stars Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Rex as they travel into outer space.
A crew of eight people worked more than 1,300 hours during a span of four weeks to complete the toymation, according to Mattel and DCP. The companies also reported that every second needed 12 frames of pictures, and every shot needed at least three takes, many of which had to be done separately with each toy and composited together later.
Other toymation facts include:
• Each toy had to be taken apart and reassembled with wire and museum putty to be rigged properly to animate.
• The dust bunnies were created from an old carpet the team almost threw out right before production on the toymation project began.
• The crew made five trips to the supermarket to clear out its asparagus, big broccoli heads, and artichokes to build the vegetable forest set.