‘Toy Story 3’ Tale Of Superhero Redemption For One Porky Character

The choice for Woody is a clear one: live behind glass for the rest of his life, unloved but untarnished. Or return to Andy’s bedroom to be used and loved, but potentially destroyed. At the end of “Toy Story 2” Woody makes his choice to be loved. And so, too, have the folks at Pixar Studios, who, with 2010’s “Toy Story 3,” are dusting off their old playthings and putting them back in the cinematic sandbox for one last adventure.

And one of those adventures may lead one favorite character to take center stage, revealed actor John Ratzenberger, who plays Hamm the Piggy Bank. “Hammy is a villain in the beginning of the movie,” he said. “[But then], Hammy becomes a superhero. You’ll see.”

Hammy was a villain at the beginning of “Toy Story” too — in one of Andy’s childhood play fantasies.

In February, the “Wall Street Journal” ran a story about video game licensing, where they casually dropped that the plot of “Toy Story 3” would follow Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang at a day care center, where they’re left when Andy, their owner, goes away to college. The plot line jibes with an original storyline for the first “Toy Story.”

But whatever madcap adventures are in store, we can apparently expect one thing…a lot more Mrs. Potato Head.

“[It’s] wonderful!” gushed Estelle Harris, who voiced the wedlocked vegetable. “I have a much bigger part. ’Toy Story 2’ was my entrance, and I was a newlywed. But now, I’m still very much in love with Mr. Potato Head.”

Forget about plot points though, there is one thing audiences need to know about “Toy Story 3” above all, said Harris — it’s gonna be amazing.

“You know the wonderful thing about Disney/Pixar movies I think is they believe in this above all, to thine own self be true,” she said. “And they are.”

Andrew Stanton revealed that he did some script work on the film last year. According to IMDB.com, the sole credited writer on the project now is Michael Arndt, an Oscar winner for “Little Miss Sunshine.”

In the annals of film sequels, “Toy Story 2” is one of my favorites, right up there with “The Empire Strikes Back,” so I have tremendously high hopes for this film. What about you? Looking forward to Woody’s return, and if so, what do you really want to see? Sound off below.