Starring: Kristen Schaal, Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Wallace Shawn, Kevin McKidd
Written By: Steve Purcell
Directed By: Steve Purcell
Studio: Disney / Buena Vista
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The latest Toy Story special is That Time Forgot, which aired on ABC as a Christmas special last year. While it’s a cute & fun 22 minute special, I thought it could have been better.
Toy Story That Time Forgot takes place 2 days after Christmas. Bonnie goes on a playdate with Mason, and brings along Woody, Buzz, Trixie, Rex and Angel Kitty. When she gets there, Mason has a new gaming system that Bonnie wants to play with instead and the toys find themselves in uncharted territories. Trixie and the gang encounter a bunch of dinosaur action figures called The Battlesaurs. In order to escape the Battlesaurs, they must win the gladiator arena style fighting the action figures put on.
When I watched this last year, I was somewhat disappointed because it’s not really a Christmas themed special like it was originally advertised. It takes place 2 days after Christmas, that’s about it. I wanted to have some festive cheer and it wasn’t really that. Woody and Buzz take a backseat as well, and they only feel like cameos as Kristen Schaal’s Trixie gets the spotlight this time. I guess I’m okay with that but at least they were in it. I’d call shenanigans if they didn’t appear at all. This is definitely a special centered around Trixie though so some people might be disappointed in that.
The animation is of course amazing; it’s Pixar after all. There’s lots of funny moments in the special especially with Rex and the new character Reptillus (voiced by Kevin McKidd). It’s about time Toy Story included some action figures in their universe since action figures are big with young boys. I know I had my fair share of He-Man, Gi Joe, and other action figures. Does Star Wars count? If so, then I had a billion action figures of them.
This is still a fun and entertaining special despite the running time of 22 minutes. It took them 3 years to make this but I wish this was an hour long. I can’t see how parents can justify spending money on something that is 22 minutes long but it does have re-watching possibilities. If anything, they should have animated the deleted sketches and made this longer for the Blu-Ray and DVD.
Battlesaurs: Animated Opening for the Fictional TV Series
Reptillus: Origins of the Battlesaurs World
Toy Story Goes to Comic-Con
Karaoke: My Unexpected Friend
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
English Dolby Digital Stereo
English DTS-HD MA 7.1
Widescreen 1.78:1 Color
Bottom Line: An entertaining Toy Story special that’s too short
Running Time: 22 minutes