Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Who's Who Wednesday: Rex

Rex: "RAWR!!"
Woody: "Oh, how ya doin', Rex?"
Rex: "Were you scared? Tell me honestly."
Woody: "I was close to being scared that time."
Rex: "Oh, I'm going for fearsome here, but I just don't feel it! I think I'm just coming off as annoying."

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It’s always hard, especially in Toy Story, to pick a favorite side-kick, but I find that Rex is pretty high on the awesome scale. This ferocious (or not so much) dino first appeared in Pixar’s Toy Story in 1995 and has reappeared in both the 2nd and 3rd movies. While Rex tries his best to be the scariest and toughest dinosaur to ever grace Andy’s toy box, Rex just can’t seem to shake that lovable and friendly side of himself. Luckily in most of Andy’s imaginary adventures, Rex usually gets to be the fierce and destructive force who battles the good guys. 

Despite wanting to be the leader and being the largest of Andy’s toys, Rex dislikes confrontation and it is shown when he believes Woody could have pushed Buzz out of the window in the first of the Toy Story films. Rex gains more confidence throughout the movies. Rex also enjoys video games although he has a difficult time defeating Zurg in Buzz Lightyear: Attack on Zurg.

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Rex is a bit clumsy and being the largest of the toys, he panics a bit more than his counterparts and is characterized as a bit silly and dimwitted constantly being the last to escape danger. Just like the other toys Rex fears that Andy will stop playing with him, leave him to the garbage, or find a better dinosaur which is why he constantly tries to be more fearsome.  Luckily in Toy Story 3, Rex finally finds a dinosaur that he doesn’t have to compete with, befriending Trixie the Triceratops, one of Bonnie’s dinosaurs. 

Rex was featured in his own animated short titled Partysaurus Rex where he tries to shake the “Partypooper Rex” label when he gets onto the bath toys telling them they will overflow the bathtub while Bonnie is gone. Wanting to be liked, Rex joins in the fun creating a club-like party with disco balls in the bathroom. 

While Rex doesn’t do any meet and greets at the Disney parks you can find him hanging around Toy Story Midway Mania and at the Hollywood studios Pixar Play Parade. You can also find Rex in the musical adaption of Toy Story on the Disney Cruise Line.  

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