Lasseter also has a gift for collaborating with artists and writers outside Pixar's fold. Joss Whedon helped shape the final script of Toy Story before he became the king of cult TV with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly. Whedon shared an easy rapport with the animators - "We were raised on the same cartoons and toys," he said. And he enjoyed an active give-and-take with Lasseter: "I was having trouble with Tom Hanks' voice [as the cowboy doll, Woody], and John suggested I watch a scene near the beginning of Nothing in Common, where he jokes with everybody as he walks through his office." That did the trick.
January 27 2006
Joss Whedon talks about his stint on Toy Story. A couple of quotes from Joss here in this article about John Lassiter and Pixar (possible reg req).
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