'Toy Story' director John Lasseter hawks toys...in the most pleasant way

toystory3The idea of introducing my 10-month-old niece, Coco, to the world of Toy Story and the concept that toys come alive when you leave the room is awesome. The idea of having to buy two Woodys — one for her to play with, one for her to keep pristine in the packaging — not so much. But John Lasseter, director of Toy Story and Toy Story 2, could get me to do just about anything. Watch the video after the jump in which he peddles the new Toy Story Definitive toy line, and see if your wallet doesn’t miraculously begin to open. It’s the story of the young boy holding a Woody the Cowboy doll at the airport, five days after the first film’s release. I can picture his face. I bet it’s similar to the look I get on the rare occasion that I’m buying a stuffed animal, and I insist on purchasing one from the back of the shelf because I’m convinced it thinks that no one will ever take it home.

Anyone else still secretly anthropomorphize toys or stuffed animals as an adult? Share. You’re among friends…

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  • JackJack

    omg i could cry. i am SO excited for toy story 3.

  • jcarla

    Your niece is named Coco? Does she wear little black dresses?

  • Amanda

    It’s sad how excited I got about buying Andy’s actual toys. I like the packaging idea.

  • Emoney

    I am lucky that I have a couple of small kids, which is a good excuse to play with toys all the time without looking weird. My little guy hasn’t seen Toy Story yet, but I’m going to buy it. I think this is a very cute little video and the movie will of course be awesome.

  • RubyBaby

    Here’s a stupid anthrapomorphic animal episode from my past: Waiting online outside the Empire cinema, Leicester Square, London twenty years ago, I was standing near the front door of a souvenir store where there was a large plastic tray table with a toy “walking” panda on it. Someone had switched it on and the panda had proceeded to walk into a corner of the tray and had gotten stuck. I just couldn’t bear (um, sorry) to watch its little legs go back and forth without it making any progress so much that I left the queue – to the amusement of others – to rescue the panda by placing it in a position it could continue to “walk” and be
    “happy”. Sad, but true.

  • fancypants

    i’m 21 and i still have all my beanie babies which i started collecting when i was 8. they’re cute and nice to have around! i even by some really cool/cute looking ones when i see them (i recently bought an amelia earhart inspired beanie babie bear named bearon).

    • fancypants

      * i even buy

  • Meredith44

    I have always and will (probably) always anthropomorphized toys (and other inanimate objects). I at least have the excuse that I work with kids. :)

  • gretel

    my ‘mom’ doesnt know I can type, but she and her duaghtr w/o stuffin like me,and her daughter 2 all have like a bazILLIon voices for all of us dollz amd aminals. If they only knew we talk amonzt orselves when they aren’t lookin. gotta go…someones comin…(pssst, dont tell,ok?)thanx

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