This October, Pixar Animation Studios will release their first holiday special, so it makes absolute sense for the first of Pixar’s characters to star in that special to be the gang from Toy Story. Entitled Toy Story of Terror, the 30-minute special will reunite the voice cast from the Toy Story franchise, as reported by TV Guide.
The Halloween special follows the further adventures of the toys after Toy Story 3 (as well as the first three Toy Story Toons), on a road trip with Bonnie and her mother, that takes a very unexpected turn.
“Bonnie is on a road trip to go see grandma with her mom and the toys are in the trunk,” producer Galyn Susman says. “Mom gets a flat tire and they have to spend the night at a motel and all kinds of chaos ensues.”
Though the special will include all our favorites such as Buzz (Tim Allen), Woody (Tom Hanks), Rex (Wallace Shawn), and Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles), the primary focus will be on Jesse (Joan Cusack).
“We’ve gotten to see a lot of development in Woody and in Buzz and we felt it was Jesse’s turn to really show some growth.” Susman says.
Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton) and Trixie (Kristen Schaal) who first appeared in the third film as Bonnie’s toys, will also be featured players this time around. As an added bonus we’ll also meet and hear from Combat Carl (Carl Weathers) for the first time, who you may remember was blown up by Sid in the first film. Could he be returning as ghost of a toy?
The special’s director Angus MacLane had this to say about the tone of the special:
“There was some support to make a scary, but not necessarily Halloween-themed half-hour ‘Toy Story’ special for television…”
“There was some concern early on about not making it too scary for kids. I think we’ve done a good job of balancing staying true to ‘Toy Story’ and staying true to the genre. As far as adults are concerned, I’ve always thought that we make these movies for ourselves. I think it’s funny and like the other ‘Toy Story’ films, I think there is plenty of stuff in there that only adults will get.”
The special will take some of its inspiration from Psycho, Aliens, and Predator, but will have “the right balance for both adults and children.” During Toy Story of Terror one of the toys goes missing while at the motel (here’s hoping for some The Shining references as well.) The rest of the toys then find themselves thrown into a mysterious sequence of events that they must figure out before they all endure the same fate (possible references to Clue too?).
As with all Pixar films, the special will be lighthearted, though there will be moments of terror present. We will also be shown what life is now like for Andy’s former toys with their new owner Bonnie.
“This is the first time that they’ve been on a road trip away from the house, so we’re exploring the relationships and the things that might come up on a road trip with toys, some of whom have lived and worked together for years, while others have only just met…”
“They definitely have a family dynamic that is fun to see now that they’re all together on one road trip.”
I personally am really excited for this special and can’t wait to see all the events unfold. What do you think, will you be watching Toy Story of Terror? Would you like to see more holiday specials from Pixar with our favorite characters from their films?