Two NFL Teams Playing In Real-Time ‘Toy Story’ Game On October 1st
If you watched this week’s Monday Night Football match-up between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, you may have seen a promo for something fun coming this fall. The NFL is handing off one of its regular season games to the characters of the Toy Story franchise.
Just as they have been doing with their slime-filled Nickelodeon broadcasts, the NFL is teaming up with Disney to drum up interest in football from a younger audience. According to The Hollywood Reporter, ESPN+, Disney+, and NFL+ are all going to be streaming the October 1st game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. But it won’t looks like a regular game. Instead, it will be fully animated and played on the floor of Andy’s room, as seen in the popular Pixar movies.
Toy Story Funday Football will animate each play in real time using the NFL’s Next Gen Stats and Beyond Sports technology. Drew Carter, Booger McFarland, and 12-year-old reporter Pepper Persley will handle the play-by-play. Toy Story characters such as Woody and Buzz Lightyear will also make appearances. Buzz looks like he could actually play pro football. Motorcycle-riding stuntman Duke Caboom from Toy Story 4 will even be putting on a special halftime show
The game will stream live on Sunday, October 1st at 9:30 AM EST. Why so early? The game between Jacksonville and Atlanta is being played in London, so there’s a five-hour difference from the East Coast. Replays of the Toy Story game will be available for a short amount of time afterward on Disney+ and NFL+.
By the way, even though Atlanta beat our Panthers in Week 1, I expect Jacksonville to win this game on October 1st. In fact, Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars could even end up in the Super Bowl at the end of this season. Here’s the promo: