In a move blending animation and football, ESPN is gearing up to showcase one of its upcoming matches in a style never witnessed before. This special event, titled “Toy Story Funday Football,” promises a “fully-animated” take on the showdown between the Jaguars and the Falcons.
What makes this venture particularly intriguing is its label as a “first-of-its-kind NFL presentation.” Viewers can expect to see their favorite football players rendered in animation, all set against the backdrop of the Toy Story universe, specifically in ‘Andy’s Room’.
The official statement details, “Fans will view every run, pass, score and all football-related action through state-of-the-art tracking technology enabled by the NFL’s Next Gen Stats player tracking data and Beyond Sports.”
Bringing this magical fusion to life, the game will unfold in Andy’s iconic bedroom. Familiar faces like Woody, Buzz, Bullseye, and more will spice up the sidelines. Everything, from the graphics to the halftime show, which will spotlight Duke Caboom, will resonate with the Toy Story flavor.
This merger by Disney+ seems inspired by Nickelodeon’s innovative approach to the NFL playoffs back in 2021. That venture, which saw Saints coach Sean Payton get slimed, was praised for its refreshing twist on conventional NFL broadcasts.
Opting for a unique approach, ESPN and Disney+ have chosen the Jaguars vs. Falcons game, set as part of the NFL’s London tour, to pilot this concept. The game’s timing, early in the morning, suggests that this otherwise overlooked matchup could serve as a trial for more such broadcasts in the future.
Football enthusiasts and Toy Story fans alike can catch the action on both Disney+ and ESPN+. For those who prefer a more traditional viewing experience, the regular broadcast will air on NFL+ and ESPN+.