PIXAR and the NFL Have Merged to Bring Fans a Whole New Kind of Fantasy Football

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Disney and PIXAR are pulling out all the stops to get fans everywhere in a Toy Story state of mind–even fans of the NFL.

On Sunday, October 1, 2023, The Walt Disney Company, PIXAR, ESPN, and the National Football League are partnering to bring fans the Toy Story Funday Football event.

The exciting premiere is a first-of-its-kind, fully animated alternate presentation of the NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Jacksonville Jaguars set in the iconic PIXAR Toy Story universe.

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Toy Story Funday Football, a real-time alternate presentation, will be streamable on Sunday, October 1, beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET on ESPN+ and Disney+stream on Sunday morning, October 1, at 9:30 a.m. ET on Disney+ and ESPN+.

The broadcast will take place during Week 4 of the 2023 NFL season and will complement the presentation of the Falcons vs. Jaguars game available on ESPN+, as well as local broadcast stations and on NFL+.

The actual game will be held at Wembley Stadium in London, England–the host of the NFL International Series game. It will be simultaneously recreated in Andy’s room inside the Toy Story universe.

All the surrounding elements of the big game–from announcers and graphics to the scoreboard, the penalty announcements, to the sidelines, the celebrations, and more–will be given a Toy Story theme inside Andy’s room–a theme sure to delight fans and make new fans out of some.

All the Toy Story gang will be there as well. Woody and Buzz Lightyear will join in the fun, as well as other characters from the fan-favorite Toy Story film franchise, including Bo Peep, Jessie and Bullseye, Bunny, Ducky, Forky, Slinky Dog, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Rex, and the Green Alien Men.

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The characters will be seen throughout the exciting Funday Football event–each one participating from the sidelines (and carrying on with their normal everyday lives as well in other non-game-related elements.)

Half-time will include a special presentation by the incomparable daredevil Duke Caboom, who is planning a spectacular motorcycle jump during the show.

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The technology behind the Toy Story Funday Football event is pretty impressive. The National Football League’s Next Gen Stats Player Tracking system will allow for a virtual re-creation of the entire game, allowing every player and every single amazing play to enter the Toy Story universe in real time. Players from the Atlanta Falcons and the Jacksonville Jaguars will also lend a hand in the form of pre-recorded segments and interviews.

It promises to be the most fun possible, with a mix of the NFL and Disney/PIXAR magic.

Don’t miss the fun! Tune in on Sunday morning, October 1, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. ET on Disney+, ESPN+, and on mobile with NFL+.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!