Today Hypable got to attend an early screening of Toy Story of TERROR! at Pixar Animation Studios, and we’re here to tell you that it’s something you won’t want to miss! This review is spoiler free.
When most people think of the Toy Story franchise, they immediately think of the first three movies and, most commonly, how they were the perfect trilogy with a satisfying ending. A lot of people were, and still are, skeptical when they hear of a Toy Story comeback – be it a fourth movie or television short.
You needn’t be afraid. Toy Story of TERROR! is an amazingly fun short that reminds us why we love the franchise in the first place.
Without giving away spoilers, Toy Story of TERROR! takes us on a journey with our favorite animated toys as they travel with Bonnie and her mother to an unknown destination. The family makes a pit stop at a motel after running into a mechanical issue and things just get creepy from there. Despite being a kid’s short, these 22 minutes actually made us jump a couple of times, so we’d suggest not having popcorn in your lap – we’re still cleaning ours off the floor!
Many of your favorite characters – voiced here by the same actors who helmed them in the film series – are back. Rex is still Rex, Potato Head is as stubborn as ever, and Woody is just as heroic. The real treat in this short is seeing a surprising amount of character development for Jesse, who goes through some scary situations. You wouldn’t think that 22 minutes is enough to do any sort of character development (especially since we’ve seen these characters before), but you will be pleasantly surprised.
Besides some of your favorites, a few new characters are introduced including one who made a very small appearance in a film previously.
Toy Story of TERROR! is a Pixar television special you won’t want to miss, and even if you have reservations about seeing the story of these characters continue, we think you’ll enjoy it once you give it a chance.
Also noteworthy: The special makes several references to classic horror films. Keep an eye out so you don’t miss them.
Will you be watching ‘Toy Story of TERROR!’?
Toy Story of TERROR! releases next Wednesday, October 16 at 8:00PM on ABC.