October 13, 2013 at 11:44 am #304212
WORLD PREMIERE WEDNESDAY OCT 16 8|7c
From Disney•Pixar comes a spooky new tale featuring all of your favorite characters from theToy Story films.
What starts out as a fun road trip for the Toy Story gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this Toy Story OF TERROR!
The cast of “Toy Story OF TERROR!” includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Carl Weathers as Combat Carl/Combat Carl Jr., Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex and Kristen Schaal as Trixie.
From director Angus MacLane and producer Galyn Susman, Toy Story OF TERROR! will premiere WEDNESDAY OCT 16 8|7c on ABC!
Sneak peek — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMYMn1BZX0oOctober 13, 2013 at 12:32 pm #304214
Will Toy Story OF TERROR! be eligible for the Animation Emmy next year?October 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm #304215
Will Toy Story OF TERROR! be eligible for the Animation Emmy next year?
I believe it will… I could be wrong though. Regardless, I’m looking forward to it. Should be good fun. I like that the original cast always gets back together for these. They obviously love playing these characters.October 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm #304217
Looking forward to this, especially with all the cast on board.October 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm #304218
If it’s better than Scared Shrekless, I’ll be satisfied.October 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm #304219
[quote=”tyman21″]Will Toy Story OF TERROR! be eligible for the Animation Emmy next year?
I believe it will… I could be wrong though. Regardless, I’m looking forward to it. Should be good fun. I like that the original cast always gets back together for these. They obviously love playing these characters. [/quote]
Cool! It would be super cool to see a Toy Story production win the Oscar and the Emmy.October 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm #304220
Looking forward to this, especially with all the cast on board.
I heard from the Toy Story 3 behind the scenes stuff that the cast loves the characters they play, so it doesn’t surprise me that they would reprise these roles, and it doesn’t hurt that that movie made over a billion dollars worldwide and got near-unanimous critical response.October 14, 2013 at 3:07 am #304221
The cast is also eligible for Voice-Over performance, so Tom Hanks or could be adding his sixth Emmy to his mantle, or Tim Allen could be adding his firstOctober 14, 2013 at 8:38 am #304222
Tim Allen finally getting an Emmy after being snubbed all those years for Home Improvement… I like the sound of that!October 14, 2013 at 11:56 am #304223
The cast is also eligible for Voice-Over performance, so Tom Hanks or could be adding his sixth Emmy to his mantle, or Tim Allen could be adding his first
Emmys, move the voice-over category to the primetime telecast next year. Hell, the animated series category needs to head over there too.October 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm #304224
Review: ‘Toy Story Of Terror!’ Is A Hauntingly Great Halloween Special
by Drew Taylor
October 14, 2013 11:04 AM
When development began on what would eventually become “Toy Story,” back in the early ’90s, the project was not envisioned as the first-ever fully computer-generated animated feature. No, back then Disney and Pixar‘s goal was more modest: it would be a television special, timed to Christmas and based in part on John Lasseter‘s Academy Award-winning short film “Tin Toy.” The team at Pixar still wanted to do a feature, but a 30-minute television special would be the perfect in-between; these were filmmakers who had very limited experience actually hammering out the fundamentals of long-form storytelling. In Disney’s estimation (particularly animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg), Pixar had to walk before they could crawl. Of course, that didn’t happen.
Pixar and Disney went ahead with a feature-length version of the project, with the only carryover being the central concept of toys that come to life when humans are out of the room. Since then, Pixar has had limited involvement with television projects. They produced a series of interstitial bumpers for the ABC Saturday Morning line-up in 1996 (around the time of the movie’s home video release) and were involved in doing some animation for the “Buzz Lightyear: Star Command” animated series. But between those initial talks and now, Pixar has stayed almost completely off the small screen. Until now.
“Toy Story Of Terror” is proudly being proclaimed as Pixar’s first television special and instead of Christmas, the designated holiday is Halloween. This makes a lot of sense, especially since the last time we really saw the “Toy Story” characters, save for the amazing “Toy Story Toons” that have been released in the past few years (“Hawaiian Vacation,” “Partysaurus Rex” and “Small Fry“), was “Toy Story 3,” a movie that was just as much a horror film as it was a family adventure.
The set-up for “Toy Story Of Terror” is fairly simple: Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton), Rex (Wallace Shawn), Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles) and Trixie (Kristen Schaal) are in the trunk of Bonnie’s mom’s car, watching an old-fashioned horror movie. The car gets a flat tire and Bonnie and her mom decide to spend the night at a seedy motel. The toys get out to explore and get picked off one… by one… Unlike the wonderful “Treehouse of Horror” episodes of “The Simpsons” (or the “Shrek” Halloween special), “Toy Story Of Terror” doesn’t follow the format of a horror anthology. Instead, it’s a single, 30-minute narrative. And it rules.
Back at the D23 Expo this summer, during the Disney Animation panel, they screened the first ten minutes of “Toy Story Of Terror” and the crowd was audibly dazzled. When the ten minutes was over, the collected crowd let out a groan/sigh that echoed throughout the cavernous convention center. The footage that was screened over the summer ended with Jessie, trapped in the motel shower (of course) menaced by some unseen force. (In a delicious nod to “Body Double,” Jessie is frightfully claustrophobic.) From there, the special goes an entirely different route… It’s hard to talk about without giving anything away, so if you want to stay fresh for when the special airs on October 16th, turn back now. We’ll tread light when it comes to spoilers but just know that we will talk about some things that you might not want to read about beforehand.
Okay, one of the more refreshing aspects of “Toy Story Of Terror” is that it doesn’t break the rules of the franchise. It doesn’t suddenly become supernatural, awash in phantasmagoric spookiness. Instead, it’s rooted very much in the “Toy Story” world, with threats that matter to toys and (especially) to these characters. A number of fears are played up (not just Jessie’s claustrophobia) and they’re handled in a delicate, thoughtful way. This is not a “Toy Story” special with ghosts and goblins and sparkly vampires. This is very real world and very “Toy Story.”
The special was written and directed by Angus MacLane, a longtime Pixar employee who directed the “Small Fry” short film (there’s even a weird “Small Fry” visual reference, with Bonnie wearing a DJ Blu-jay T-shirt at the end of the short). MacLane is intimately familiar with these characters, and there’s an effortlessness to the storytelling that is simply wonderful. The special toggles between comedy and horror with ease, mostly facilitated by Mr. Pricklepants, the thespian hedgehog, who points out the tropes of the genre as the characters are going through them. “Psycho,” “Vacancy,” “Hostel,” “Alien,” “Motel Hell,” and countless other horror movies are casually referenced, but the nods never slow down the narrative. The folks at Pixar have always been good about not stopping to admire their own cleverness.
There is also some, inter-franchise fan service, as well, as Carl Weathers shows up as Combat Carl, a G.I. Joe-type toy that was referenced in the original “Toy Story” as one of the unfortunate toys Sid tortures and destroys. There are a few new characters, too, who you will fall in love with (get ready to want your very own Pez Cat). We don’t know if there will be toys produced in conjunction with “Toy Story Of Terror” but we very much would like a Lego Rabbit on our desk.
“Toy Story Of Terror” succeeds as a stand alone special (it already feels like a perennial favorite like “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown“) and a part of the continuous “Toy Story” universe. The animation (handled by Pixar’s California campus) is fluid and beautiful, with commonplace character attributes like the glow-in-the-dark sections of Buzz’s space suit and Woody’s loose, ventriloquist-dummy-like limbs taking on a new eerie dimension, especially when accompanied by Michael Giacchino‘s effectively atmospheric score. Everything about “Toy Story Of Terror” is so great, in fact, that it feels a lot more like “Toy Story 3.5” than a thirty-minute television event. It’s also just nice to spend time with these characters, even if they are running for their little toy lives. [A]October 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm #304225
“ABC’s Toy Story of Terror! is a delightful half-hour vignette of gags, action and self-empowerment, couching its never-give-up message in terrific non-stop entertainment.” — Matt Roush, TV Guide
“Toy Story of Terror! is about a quarter the length of the average animated feature, but everything else here could easily be mistaken for the bigscreen version, from the pacing and humor to Michael Giacchino’s score.” — Brian Lowry, VarietyOctober 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm #304226
Between Toy Story of Terror and the finale of Futurama, we already have two strong contenders to win the Outstanding Animated Program award next year. If the Family Guy/Simpsons crossover and the Simpsons/Futurama crossover are released in time, this could be the most competitive Animated Program race ever. It’s just too bad this means there probably won’t be any room for Legend of Korra to break in.