Though the theatrical release of Toy Story 3 was touted as the likely last time we’d see the Toy Story characters on the screen, the folks at Pixar quickly realized that they missed the characters too much to say goodbye forever. The first Toy Story Toon (ie. A Pixar short featuring Toy Story characters) premiered with last year’s Cars 2, while another short—titled Small Fry—premiered with The Muppets. However, it appears that the Toy Story characters aren’t destined to live in 2-minute films forever as it was recently revealed that Pixar plans to unveil two 22-minute Toy Story TV specials in 2013 and 2014. Hit the jump for more.
The folks over at Big Screen Animation came across this bit of info by way of a book industry e-catalogue from Disney Publishing Worldwide. The info reads as follows:
Two 22-minute TV specials are in the works for October 2013 and Spring 2014.
Though it’s not specified, I’m assuming the specials will air on ABC or the Disney Channel. I liked both previous Toy Story Toons quite a bit (especially Hawaiian Vacation), but the frenetic pace required for a 3-minute short film always seemed an odd fit for the Toy Story characters. It’s encouraging to know that we’ve got a couple of Toy Story stories on the way that will hopefully have time for some of the quieter moments that made the Toy Story series so special. Though late 2013 and early 2014 are quite a ways off, we’ve got two Pixar features to appease us in the meantime: this month’s Brave and Monsters University in June of 2013. Watch a clip from the Hawaiian Vacation short below.