The chance to talk to Kristen Schaal dropped out of nowhere. The week after “Toy Story 3” opened, Disney suddenly offered phoner opportunities with a bunch of the voice talent, and would I be interested in speaking to any of them?
I like Schaal’s work. She’s got terrific timing, and she has the unique ability to suggest torrents of crazy surging underneath a reasonably normal facade — if you’ve seen her in “Flight of the Conchords”, you know what I mean. She does the same thing for a split-second (with just her voice!) in “Toy Story 3”, when Trixie the Triceratops rushes to close an instant-messenger window; the moment speaks to a much bigger world we’ll never fully understand, and it gets a huge laugh.
Anyway, we talked about all kinds of stuff, including the difference between Pixar and DreamWorks and the recent media dust-up over Olivia Munn joining the cast of “The Daily Show”. It’s a short little Q&A, but like Schaal’s best stuff, she manages to get a lot across in a small window of time.