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Toy Story Takes Field: NFL Game Gets Kid-Friendly Animated TwistWoody, Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story universe to experience first NFL game.

The Atlanta Falcons’ game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday will be televised from Andy’s room as part of an alternate telecast.

ESPN+ and Disney+ will carry the “Toy Story Funday Football” broadcast. The main broadcast is also available on ESPN+.

This marks ESPN’s second animated alternate broadcast of the year, showcasing Disney characters.

It broadcast the “NHL Big City Greens Classic” during a game between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers in March.

ESPN has achieved success with alternative NFL game broadcasts, like the “ManningCast” during “Monday Night Football” and playoff matchups.

Innovative Animation

The NHL game, according to Tim Reed, the network’s vice president of programming, provided a nice basis and something to expand on.

“We explored various ideas before deciding on ‘Toy Story’ because it has broad appeal across different age groups,” he elaborated.

“Additionally, it serves as a means to promote and generate awareness for the ESPN+ exclusive game,” he added.

The telecast will be animated, with the players’ movements matching what is happening on the field in real-time.

This is accomplished through the use of player-tracking data provided by the NFL’s Next Gen Stats system and Beyond Sports.

Beyond Sports, a Dutch business, will be in charge of the player animation and ensuring that the player tracking data integrates with the animated output.

ESPN’s creative services department has created over 100 animations of “Toy Story” characters that may be incorporated into the broadcast.

Pixar Animation Studios, which produces the “Toy Story” franchise, collaborated with ESPN to ensure that the narratives stayed on track.

Animated Extravaganza

“When you participate in a standard game, you’re essentially recording it,” said coordinating producer Drew Gallagher.

“But in this case, we’re essentially crafting both the storyline and the game as we proceed, and the process has been an enjoyable and imaginative one.”

“We’re embracing the comic logic of it all, as seen, for instance, when the aliens drop the ball at the line of scrimmage. That’s the type of delightful silliness we’re aiming for.”

Bo Peep, Bullseye, Forky, Green Aliens, and Slinky Dog will also appear.

Duke Caboom will try a motorcycle jump over double-decker buses during halftime.

The game’s announcers will be Drew Carter, Booger McFarland, and 12-year-old Pepper Persley.

All three will be completely animated, with their movements captured using motion-capture technology.

The game will begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Sunday, but a replay of “Toy Story Funday Football” will be available for 30 days on Disney+.

Over 95 countries, including the United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, and France, will be able to watch the presentation live or on replay.

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