At the time of publishing, it is currently mid-November. For most people, they’re starting to thinking about where they’ll place the Christmas tree in their living room. Meanwhile, for my fiancée, she’s already had three inflatable snowmen in our front garden for the past three and a half months.
What I’m trying to say is that it’s officially festive season for everyone, which gave me the chance to chat to Santa, himself, Tim Allen about the second season of The Santa Clauses.
The comedy actor was joined by his costars, Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias and his on-screen (and off-screen) daughter, Elizabeth Allen-Dick.
As someone who has watched Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 4, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins, Lightyear, Toy Story Treats, Forky Asks a Question, Toy Story of Terror! and Toy Story That Time Forgot a lot – seriously, listing those wasn’t even a challenge; I should get out more – I needed to ask Tim about the anticipated Toy Story 5.
The Buzz Lightyear voice actor actually said that, just yesterday, someone who sold him his coffee asked him the exact question. Which either makes me a terrible journalist, or the barista a very, very good journalist. I’ll go for the latter?
Tim then continued, penning a story which saw Andy as a fully-grown adult, and now a father, who – with the help of his children – found a broken Buzz action figure for sale online.
“This is really off-the-cuff. It made me very emotional yesterday, because a guy – I went to a coffee bar; he grinds his own coffee – asked me the same question just yesterday, and I said, ‘I don’t know if this is where the story’s going, but what if the whole story was through Andy as an adult? He has children and they just happen to be online and the kid goes, ‘Have you ever seen this toy?’, and Andy sees that Buzz has got a hand missing, and they’re selling these vintage toys, and Andy goes and gathers all the toys up. He has to go out and find each one of them, put them back together, bring them back to his house, and starts the whole thing over again with his son’. What a wonderful idea; that it’s all through Andy’s eyes, because we made his life and now he’s returning that favour.”
Previously, Tim confirmed Toy Story 5 on Twitter. (Let’s face it; it’s still Twitter. Who calls it X?) In February, he wrote “See ya soon Woody, you are a sad strange little man and you have my pity. And off we go to a number 5! To infinity and beyond!”
Elizabeth Allen-Dick, Tim’s daughter, reflected on her time on the set of The Santa Clauses, sharing her biggest pinch-me moment, saying, “One of my favourite scenes of all time of this season was this big prom scene.
“Everyone dressed up. Like, the whole, entire cast and crew dressed up for the scene. The crew had shirts with fake suit and ties on. Some people had full-on dresses on. It was so fun. Everyone was there. It was this amazing day.”
But, then again, if your dad is ACTUAL Santa Claus, isn’t every moment a bit of a pinch-me moment? Sigh. Why can’t my dad be Santa? Or at least Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor?!