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- Rated: TV G
- Starring: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Combat Cark, Mr. Pricklepants, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, Trixie, Transitron
- Written By: Angus MacLane, Andrew Stanton (Characters), John Lasseter (Characters)
- Directed By: Angus MacLane
- Studio: Pixar, Walt Disney
- Original Year of Release: 2013 (TV), 2014 (Blu-ray)
- Special Features: See Below
Toy Story of Terror Bu-ray Review
A new holiday tradition
By Robert T. Trate
August 18, 2014
Toy Story of Terror Bu-ray Review
© Pixar/ Disney
Last October I made a special effort to catch Pixar and Disney’s Toy Story of Terror TV Special. There are certainly not many new holiday TV specials anymore, let alone any good ones. With Pixar’s name attached, it should warrant everyone’s attention. It was a fun romp with our favorite Toy Story characters, both new and old, as their new owner, Bonnie, took them on a road trip. I recorded it on my DVR and watched it again right before Halloween. It sat there waiting for next October, until Disney and Pixar announced that Toy Story of Terror would arrive on Blu-ray. I thought it was a bit extreme to release just a twenty one and a half minute cartoon on Blu-ray. Thankfully, there are special features, Toy Story shorts, commercials, and deleted scenes included as well.
In all honesty, in seeing Toy Story of Terror again, the story, by itself, reminded me of the joy of all three films. Visiting with these characters was great. I can’t remember the last time I laughed out loud or felt that warm glowing feeling inside after watching something. Everything here is brilliantly laid out and Toy Story fans will love seeing their characters face the new dilemma of the horror genre, which is broken down for us by Mr. Pricklepants. For those that don’t know the horror genre inside and out, Pricklepants explains each horror movie moment before it happens. This allows the audience to either understand what’s happening or be in on the joke. After watching the Toy Story of Terror for the third time, I had an intriguing thought. What if Pixar actually did a real horror movie? They apparently know the genre well enough, which is evident here.
When the Blu-ray loads its main menu, it asks you if you would like to play Toy Story of Terror with the vintage commercials. This option gives you commercial breaks for Toy Story of Terror. These are not real vintage toy commercials, but old ads for toys in the Toy Story Universe. They are a mixture of 2D animation, live action and CGI. They only get better as the special goes on.
There are numerous deleted scenes that editor, Axel Geddes, walks us through. It was refreshing to hear someone speak about characters and story and actually give a damn. Geddes walks us though the strict 21:30 run time and why these scenes, not rendered, are cut from Toy Story of Terror. Here you will see “The Pencil Topper Trilogy” and how Potato Head spends time with the gang and still plays cards at the same time. It will throw you for a loop to see our cast of beloved characters gambling with what they are wearing. After seeing these deleted scenes I hope that “Spewtopia” and “Taffy Town” are made into another Pixar project.
Alone, Toy Story of Terror is worth owning. To sweeten the deal, Disney and Pixar added three additional Toy Story shorts that have appeared theatrically over the past three years.
“Hawaiian Vacation” (2011), which aired in front of Cars 2, is the tale of the toys helping Barbie and Ken enjoy their vacation after they fail to make it to Hawaii. It’s fun and features all the things that you love about the toys in Toy Story.
“Small Fry” (2011) was the Pixar short that screened in front of The Muppets. It is more of tale about new toys in the Toy Story universe, toys that actually come with kid’s meals. The names alone are fantastic. There is Tai Kawn Doe, Lizard Wizard, and even an old Disney superhero, Condorman. I’ve ruined nothing, trust me. There is so much going on here you’ll have to watch it twice to take it all in.
“Partysaurus Rex” (2012) is probably the strangest and trippiest of all the Pixar shorts or films. Originally attached to the re-release of Finding Nemo, Rex finds himself is taken to the tub by Bonnie. He is left there to discover what it is like in the world of the bathroom toys. Rex becomes “the man” as he is the only one with arms to control the water and the fun.
Toy Story of Terror arrives on Blu-ray August 19th, 2014.
Bonus Materials for This Product:
Blu-ray + Digital Copy
“Toy Story Toons” Shorts:
Team of Specialists - Director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make Toy Story OF TERROR!
3 Deleted Scenes + Editor Introductions
Pencil Topper Trilogy
Road Trip Roulette
Vintage Toy Commercials + Director Introductions