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Falcons-Jaguars game to have animated ‘Toy Story’ broadcast

The telecast will be entirely animated, with players’ movements synchronized with what’s happening on the field.

WASHINGTON — Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the “Toy Story” universe will appear in an NFL game for the first time.

Sunday’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars at London’s Wembley Stadium will be played in Andy’s room as part of an alternative television broadcast.

this Toy Story Foundation Football TV Broadcast It will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and Disney+. ESPN+ also has anchors.

This is the second time this year that ESPN has used Disney characters for an animated alternate broadcast. In March, it broadcast the “NHL Big City Green Classic” during a game between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.

ESPN has had success with alternate broadcasts of NFL games, including “ManningCast” during “Monday Night Football” and the playoffs.

Tim Reed, the network’s vice president of programming, said NHL games provide a good benchmark and serve as a foundation.

“We looked at a lot of different concepts and then settled on Toy Story because it resonated with older generations and kids. It was also a way to promote and build awareness of the ESPN+ exclusives,” he said.

The telecast will be entirely animated, with players’ movements synchronized with what’s happening on the field. This is accomplished through the NFL’s Next Generation Stats System and player tracking data provided by Beyond Sports.

Beyond Sports is a Netherlands-based company that focuses on player animation and ensuring player tracking data is used with animation products. ESPN’s creative services have produced more than 100 Toy Story character animations that can be incorporated into broadcasts.

Pixar Animation Studios, which produces the “Toy Story” series, worked with ESPN to ensure the story didn’t stray too far from the established storyline.

“When you make a regular game, you’re documenting it. We’re creating the storyline of the game,” said coordinating producer Drew Gallagher. “Making this piece was a fun and imaginative experience. We kind of leaned into the cartoon logic of it all, like aliens coming down from the sky and throwing the ball at the line of scrimmage. That’s what we leaned into A fun bit of silliness.”

Fans can also expect to see Bo Peep, Bullseye, Forky, Green Aliens and Slinky Dog.

During halftime, Duke Kaboom will attempt to jump over a double-decker bus on a motorcycle.

Drew Carter, Bug McFarland and 12-year-old Pepper Pursley will serve as announcers for the game. All three will be fully animated, with their body movements observed through motion capture technology.

The game will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, but replays of “Toy Story Fund Day Football” will be available on Disney+ for 30 days. Globally, live demonstrations or replays will be available to view in more than 95 countries, including the United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico and France.

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