The hilarious computer-animated short film Toy Story of Terror! features characters from the Toy Story series as they try to solve a baffling mystery. After being forced to take a pit stop at a motel during a long road trip, Mr. Potato Head disappears. It's up to Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and friends to find their potato pal and figure out who is behind the mysterious hijinks. This collection also includes three short Toy Story Toons: Small Fry, Hawaiian Vacation and Partysaurus Rex, as well as a variety of special features including vintage toy commercials, audio commentary and more.~Tom Ciampoli
Toy Story of Terror! is Pixar’s first TV special, and a really good one. The studio has previously only made feature length and short films before, and a TV special was a new challenge.
Pixar has previously been able to tell stories of various lengths, but the half hour of network television gave Toy Story of Terror! a very specific runtime. Toy Story of Terror! had to conform to a runtime of exactly 21 minutes and 30 seconds in length and not one frame longer or shorter.
This is just one of the many insightful things learned on the great Toy Story of Terror! DVD and Blu-ray release. The release is packed with special features that show how Toy Story of Terror! was made. There’s more to be done than the average person would expect, and there’s enough in depth material that anyone will learn something. The filmmaking process is undoubtedly different when using animation, and there’s a lot of material that shows just how different it is. Part of this is in an insightful featurette, but a lot of it comes from the various great commentaries included.
Also included on the release are deleted scenes, the Toy Story Toons shorts, and vintage toy commercials. The toy commercials focus on a few of the new toys introduced in Toy Story of Terror! and are made in the style of the eras the fictional toys would have come from. Like the one embedded below, these are a highlight of the release and completely hilarious.
As for Toy Story of Terror! itself, this is an excellent TV special. The half hour format allowed Pixar to tell a smaller Toy Story tale that is as intimate as the movies. Focusing on Jesse was a great idea, and the way the story is structured around her character works absolutely perfectly. The TV special is an interesting type of story for Pixar to use, and we’re completely excited for Toy Story that Time Forgot.
Toy Story Toons shorts (Blu-ray, digital, DVD)
• Hawaiian Vacation
• Small Fry
• Partysaurus Rex
Audio commentaries (Blu-ray, digital, DVD)
• Toy Story of Terror!
• Hawaiian Vacation
• Small Fry
• Partysaurus Rex
Team of Specialists (Blu-ray, digital, DVD)
• 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 (Blu-ray, digital)
• Pencil Topper Trilogy
• Travel Brochures
• Road Trip Roulette
Vintage toy commercials & director introductions (Blu-ray, digital, DVD)
• Old Timer
• Combat Carl
D23 Teaser (Blu-ray, digital, DVD)
My son loves it, but I actually enjoyed it more!
It’s a fun little half hour, bit sized film that has a great story and fast paced. Fun, but not too creepy jump out at you moments. Just right for kids and adults. Great purchase...now we just need Toy Story 5.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1.5 years when reviewed.
Good movie. Nice quality. No issues. Would buy more.
This fun movie has tons of cool plot twists and suspense. It makes fun of horror movies and horror conventions while also using brilliant story telling, and uses a group of vintage toys as a sort of team of specialists Ala mission impossible. Combat Carl, a name mentioned in Toy Story as their version of GI Joe, makes an appearance as a key character (Although eagle-eyed Pixar Nerds like me will notice the Combat Carl in this is black while the one in Toy Story is White. Obviously, like GI Joes, there are different versions of Combat Carl.) And the commercials included are amazing! I definately recommend watching it first with the commercials. As for the Shorts, it has Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry, and one I haven't seen before: Partysaurus Rex, which is AWESOME in High Definition (you may want to turn your volume down in some spots. It gets pretty loud!) All in all, a fun time for and Pixar Nut or Toy Story fanatic. The biggest complaint I have is I wish they hadn't put the menu in black and white!!! Because the highlighted stuff is White and the unselected stuff is a whitish gray, it's hard to tell what you're selecting.
I got to admit that I was hesitant about making this purchase because there are some
Disney movie continuations I don’t really care for. To my grateful surprise, this is just another great Toy Story mini-movie to add to the collection! All of the classic characters are still in this: Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. Potate Head, etc. To be honest I think it would have been just a wee bit better if there was more of Bullseye in this. Still a great movie for the family, for sure.