Behind-the-Scenes Look at ESPN’s Toy Story Funday Football
In an unprecedented collaboration, ESPN, The Walt Disney Company, and the National Football League are joining forces for Toy Story Funday Football—an innovative presentation that brings together cherished characters from Pixar Animation Studios.
Set to unfold this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. ET, fans are in for a unique experience as they dive into a fully animated spectacle available on Disney+, ESPN+, and on mobile through the NFL+ app. The live recreation of the Atlanta Falcons and the Jacksonville Jaguars game at London’s Wembley Stadium takes place within the iconic setting of Andy’s room, a beloved location from the Toy Story films. This special event stands as the latest testament to ESPN’s commitment to innovation, offering alternate telecasts in key sporting events to captivate audiences in new and exciting ways.
Andy’s room will replicate the on-the-field gameplay from Wembley Stadium—host of the NFL International Series game—where each Falcons and Jaguars player will have an animated representation on a familiar-looking field, modified for the Toy Story setting. Fans will see all of the football-related action through state-of-the-art tracking technology enabled by the NFL’s Next Gen Stats player tracking data and Beyond Sports.
In addition to the gameplay, other aspects—including the announcers Drew Carter (play-by-play), Booger McFarland (analyst), and Pepper Persley (reporter); the graphics; the scoreboard; the penalty announcements; and more—will embrace the Toy Story-themed presentation in their packaging and delivery. Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep, Jessie, Bullseye, Bunny, Ducky, Forky, and other characters from the acclaimed animated franchise will be visible throughout, participating from the sidelines and in other non-gameplay elements. And, during the special Halftime Show, daredevil Duke Caboom will attempt a motorcycle jump!
This pioneering NFL presentation is made possible by ESPN, ESPN’s Edge Innovation Center, The Walt Disney Company, NFL, Pixar, Next Gen Stats, Beyond Sports, and Silver Spoon. ESPN and Disney’s Toy Story alternate telecast complements the primary game presentation of the Falcons and Jaguars’ Week 4 matchup available on ESPN+, local broadcast stations in the markets of the participating teams, and on mobile with NFL+. In the U.S., a replay will be available shortly after the game ends on Disney+ and NFL+ (for a limited time). Globally, Toy Story Funday Football will be available in over 95 markets live and/or on replay. Video on Demand will be available 24 hours after the live broadcast ends.
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