December 2, 2014 at 12:00 am #339578
Taking place after a Christmas season, the toys find themselves lost in an uncharted territory when a set of the coolest action figures turns out to be dangerously delusional. It is up to Trixie to help the toys to return to Bonnie’s room.
The special received 7 Annie Award nominations yesterday including Best Animated Special Production.December 2, 2014 at 12:01 am #339580
TV Review: ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’
December 1, 2014 | 09:00AM PT
TV Columnist @blowryontv
Effortlessly picking up where “Toy Story of Terror” left off, Pixar has delivered a second splendid ABC holiday special plucked from one of its signature franchises, “Toy Story That Time Forgot,” again moving a peripheral character into the equivalent of a starring role. Funny, warm and not afraid to include gags clearly intended more for parents than their kids, it’s the kind of production that keeps the franchise fresh (and crassly, merchandise flying off shelves) while waiting for yet another sequel.
The conceit could hardly be simpler: Little Bonnie has a play date with a friend, and takes a bag of her toys along. But once she gets there, the boy has a topnotch game console, and the more tangible diversions are quickly abandoned.
Left alone, the toys encounter a group of dinosaur-like playthings (a cross-pollination, essentially, of the “Transformers” and “He-Man” strains) that appear to be somewhat unclear on the whole “toy” concept. That leaves triceratops Trixie (voiced by Kristen Schaal) to try to help save her pals, while dealing with a warrior toy named Reptillus Maximus (Kevin McKidd).
Written and directed by Steve Purcell (“Brave”), the fast-moving half-hour would seem to owe a debt to a certain early “Star Trek” episode, thrusting Woody, Buzz and Rex into the roles of unlikely gladiators. Yet there are also some rather priceless bits worked into it — including a Christmas message, a sly “Star Wars” homage (“I find their lack of armor … disturbing”) and an adorable little toy called Angel Kitty, who spouts disarming lines of Hallmark-card wisdom.
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprise their familiar roles, but as with “Toy Story of Terror,” which centered on Jessie, they play a relatively minor role — one that impressively demonstrates the breadth and depth of the franchise’s bench.
Synergy is often overrated, but in this case, ABC’s connection to Disney yields obvious dividends, providing what should be a ratings boost, while ensuring “Toy Story” remains present in the minds of children — and not incidentally, those who buy them holiday gifts. (Disclosure: My wife works for a unit of Disney.)
Beyond such practical concerns, however, “Toy Story That Time Forgot” — which will be paired with the perennial “A Charlie Brown Christmas” — actually fulfills that time-honored tradition of delivering genuine family fare around the holidays. And for at least one night, anyway, the spirit of specials past has a friend in ABC.
TV Review: ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’
(Special; ABC, Tues. Dec. 2, 8 p.m.)
Produced by Pixar Animation Studios.
Executive producer, John Lasseter; producer, Galyn Susman; writer-director, Steve Purcell; editor, David Suther; music, Michael Giacchino. 30 MIN.
Voice cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kristen Schaal, Kevin McKidd, Wallace Shawn, Timothy Dalton, Don Rickles, Joan CusackDecember 2, 2014 at 6:49 am #339581
Come on, give us hope!December 2, 2014 at 10:22 am #339582
This looks really good! I will be watching this tonight.December 2, 2014 at 8:34 pm #339583
I loved it! It was such a fun, cute, amusing special! Let’s hope that Pixar doesn’t screw it up with Toy Story 4. *fingers crossed*December 2, 2014 at 9:54 pm #339584
It was great! More more more.December 2, 2014 at 10:39 pm #339585
Yeah, I also enjoyed it. I’m going to need more Reptillus Maximus. He was cool and a worthy addition to the franchise.
Toy Story of Terror! went nowhere last year at the Emmys. We shall see if this does any better. ABC also has a Frozen special in the spring (with a new song).December 2, 2014 at 11:19 pm #339586
Do all of these specials diminish the Toy Story brand… or improve it?