Even though Pixar won’t be fielding a feature film this year, Disney-Pixar had such success with last year’s Toy Story holiday short that they thought they’d do it again this year. ABC announced a new holiday special titled Toy Story That Time Forgot, which will air during the holidays late this year. During a play date, the toys meet up with a set of too-cool action figures who turn out to be dangerously delusional.
The short features Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy) as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie. Hit the jump for more on the special, as well as premiere dates and info on more ABC series.
The Toy Story shorts have been a nice way of continuing the franchise without the burden of heavy expectations that would come with a new feature film. Thus far, they’ve been fun little episodes that are nice ways to warm up a crowd of kids for a Disney feature. But with Toy Story of Terror!, Pixar has made their most ambitious Toy Story short film to date. In addition to being the longest short film, it’s also the first one to push beyond being cute and provide some drama and tension. Once the film gets past a rough start, it ends up being as funny and as emotionally moving as any of the three features.
From Disney•Pixar and director Angus MacLane (Small Fry) comes a spooky new tale featuring all of your favorite characters from the Toy Story films. Toy Story OF TERROR! starts out as a fun road trip for the gang, but quickly takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate. The voice cast includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Carl Weathers as Combat Carl/Combat Carl Jr., Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex and Kristen Schaal as Trixie.
I have to admit, Toy Story OF TERROR! is so much fun that after watching it, I immediately wanted to watch it again, so naturally, I jumped at the chance to talk to football star turned actor Carl Weathers about his experience making the 30-minute film. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, he talked about what made him want to be a part of the Toy Story franchise, what he thought when he saw what Combat Carl and Combat Carl Jr. would look like, that the recording process took four days, two of which he got to spend at Pixar, and how he hopes Combat Carl will make another appearance, in the future. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Disney has released the first clip from the Pixar short film Toy Story of Terror! ahead of its TV debut next week. The half-hour short finds the Toy Story gang staying in a motel after Bonnie takes them on a road trip only to have the car break down along the way. Once inside the spooky motel, one of the toys goes missing, and the rest of the group is suddenly caught up in “a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate.” This clip is incredibly promising, as we see the group discuss the aforementioned disappearance and how to proceed with the overly dramatic Pricklepants chiming in with appropriate gusto.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. Toy Story of Terror! premieres on ABC on October 16th at 8/7c.
A new trailer has surfaced for Pixar’s very first TV special Toy Story of Terror!. The half-hour short film finds the Toy Story gang staying in a motel after Bonnie takes them on a road trip only to have the car break down along the way. Once inside the spooky motel, one of the toys goes missing, and the rest of the group is suddenly caught up in “a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate.” Dave caught 10 minutes of the special at D23 and deemed it a “must-watch,” and I look forward to catching up with the Toy Story characters next month.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Toy Story of Terror! will premiere on ABC October 16th.
What do the above-mentioned properties have in common? Well, they’re spooky, will both appear on TV this October and have just released first looks at their respective posters. (Other than that, very little besides the word “story”.) First up is the poster for FX’s American Horror Story: Coven, the third season of the Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk horror anthology that will see the return of stars Jessica Lange, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, Alexandra Breckenridge, Patti LuPone, Gabourey Sidibe, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, and Lily Rabe on FX starting Wednesday, October 9th at 10pm.
We also have a look at some art from Toy Story of Terror!, a Halloween special that will see Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang heading out on a road trip that takes a disastrous detour. Toy Story of Terror! premieres Wednesday, October 16th at 8pm on ABC. Hit the jump to see both posters.
If you’re a fan of all things Disney and have yet to attend D23, make plans to change that for next year as this event is only going to get bigger and better. Today was my first-ever experience attending D23, the annual Disney event that’s just for fans. In my naivete, I assumed it would be like San Diego Comic-Con. Some things are similar: the lines, the sneak peeks, the star sightings. But where Comic-Con is a loose collection of mostly unrelated one-hour panels scattered across a few days, D23 is a top-notch production meant to entertain and reward fans from start to finish.
In today’s D23 presentation for “Art and Imagination: Animation at the Walt Disney Studios”, the production company’s three animation divisions were highlighted. This article deals with a recap of the anticipated work coming out of Disney/Pixar, which includes Bob Peterson and Peter Sohn’s The Good Dinosaur, Pete Docter’s Inside Out, Andrew Stanton’s Finding Dory, and two short films, including Monsters University’s “Party Central” and the Halloween special, Toy Story OF TERROR! Hit the jump for some up-to-the-minute info on each of these films as well as my take on the presentation itself.
This weekend, Monsters University becomes Pixar’s 14th feature film, the latest addition to an exceptional body of work that started nearly 20 years ago with Toy Story. Pixar is coming off 2 movies that did not quite live up to the impeccable reputation built by the first 11, so it is up for discussion whether the animation studio can ever recapture that magic or must settle into a new phase. At this fork in the road I present Pixar by the Numbers, a feature that provides a numbers-based snapshot of each Pixar movie and its place in the filmography by looking at the box office, critical reception, and miscellaneous facts.
Hit the jump for a comprehensive review of Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monster’s, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University.
Pixar continues to roll out Toy Story shorts, and this Halloween we’ll be getting another one. Disney has announced that they’ll be releasing Toy Story of Terror on ABC. According to TV Guide, the short will be 30-minutes long, and has the toys staying in a motel after Bonnie takes them on a road trip only to have the car break down along the way. Once inside the spooky motel, one of the toys goes missing, and “the rest of the gang will find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate.” The short will appeal to kids, but adults should enjoy references to Psycho, Aliens, and Predator. One of the Predator references could be the return of Combat Carl (from the first movie), who will be voiced by Carl Weathers. The gang will be joined by Toy Story 3 toys, Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton) and Trixie (Kristen Schaal).
Hit the jump for the image and more.
This time last week I was two movies into the triple feature I teased the last time we met. While I can’t say I was overly impressed by Gangster Squad, both Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained made their respective cases as qualified Best Picture nominees. Of the two, Zero Dark‘s unrelenting final act not only made it my top pick of the day but also provided some of the most sustained tension I can remember experiencing in a movie theater. Having now seen it for myself, I must say that I wholeheartedly agree with those who have voiced their disbelief at Kathryn Bigelow‘s Best Director Oscar snub.
Zero Dark Thirty praise aside, on tap in this week’s Top 5 are The Last Stand interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, and more, a live-action remake of Toy Story, a new trailer for Primer writer/director/star/almost literally everything else Shane Carruth‘s Upstream Color, Mama interviews with Guillermo del Toro and more, and all of our Sundance 2013 coverage to date. For your reading pleasure, a recap and link to each awaits after the jump.
Toy Story was a landmark in the history of computer animated filmmaking even though it could have conceivably been made in any medium because the story was so good. YouTube user jonasonsMovies decided to bring the Pixar classic into the real-world, and remaking a scene or two would have been a cute little thing. But jonasonsMovies went the entire 80 minutes of the film’s runtime. I hope that Disney’s lawyers don’t come rushing to take this thing down because it’s a wonderful tribute to a terrific movie.
Hit the jump to watch live-action Toy Story.
A couple of great Disney Blu-ray deals are featured as Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day. Both the Toy Story and Cinderella trilogies are 51% off for today only. You can own Pixar’s Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3 on 3D Blu-ray for $48.99, which is down from the list price of $100. Also, for the Disney Princess fans, the limited edition six-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack of the Cinderella is on sale for $44.49, down from the list price of $89.99. That’s one hell of a deal, as the combo also includes a collectible jewelry box packaging.
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Disney-Pixar premiered the new Toy Story short, Partysaurus Rex, when they released Finding Nemo 3D last month. The short features Rex (Wallace Shawn) getting a chance to cut loose and be a party hero to bath toys. A couple nights ago, the short debuted on the Disney Channel, and now it has gone online. I didn’t get a chance to see the short in theaters, but after watching it online, I wish I had. It’s bright, loud, and colorful. It’s also pretty funny.
Hit the jump to check out Partysaurus Rex.
More Toy Story is headed to the small screen. Though most figured that Toy Story 3 would be the last time we saw Pixar’s loveable band of toy characters in their own story, the studio decided to let Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang live on in short form. The first Toy Story short, the very funny Hawaiian Vacation, debuted with Cars 2, and the studio has continued the trend with two further shorts, Small Fry and Partysaurus Rex.
Earlier this summer we got wind that Pixar was planning two 22-mintute Toy Story TV specials to debut in 2013 and 2014, and now we have a tantalizing title for the first installment: Toy Story of Terror. Hit the jump for more.
Pixar’s Finding Nemo 3D opens in theaters this weekend, and unlike some post-converted movies that are released as a cash grab, Finding Nemo 3D is absolutely worth seeing again, especially in 3D. When the movie was first released almost ten years ago, the gorgeous ocean-set pic looked beautiful and the animation was stunning. However, when Pixar converted the film, they also re-rendered it (without changing anything), and it’s now even more vivid with higher resolution. Finding Nemo has never looked this good, and the 3D actually helps tell the story. Another reason to see Finding Nemo 3D is Pixar’s latest Toy Story short, Partysaurus Rex, which is playing before the movie. In the short, Rex (Wallace Shawn) gets to shed his nerdy persona as he becomes a party star after saving bath time for some tub toys. Here’s a clip.
Pixar recently held a press day for the film at The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. While there, I was able to speak with director Mark Walsh. We talked about how he got the job directing the short, how the film changed during production, Easter Eggs, the music (which was done by BT), and more. Hit the jump to watch.