Toy Story Of Terror (2013) Review

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Toy Story Of Terror (2013)

Directed by Angus MacLane

Starring:
Tom Hanks
Tim Allen
Joan Cusack
Don Rickles
Wallace Shawn
Timothy Dalton
Kristen Schaal
Stephen Tobolowsky

Music by Michael Giacchino

Running Time: 22 Minutes

Plot Synopsis:
When Bonnie and her mother get a flat tire while travelling, they must spend the night in a motel. The toys are at first excited to be spending the night. But then they begin disappearing one by one…

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My Opinion:

This 22 minute TV special aired in the UK over the weekend. I’m a huge fan of Toy Story and all things Pixar so I couldn’t wait to see what they’d do for a Halloween Special.

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This was a lot of fun and I have a feeling I’ll be watching it every October in the same way that I watch It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown every year.

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It starts out with the toys in the back of Bonnie’s car watching a classic black and white horror movie. Mr Pricklepants, being the thespian he is, chuckles as he explains all the horror movie cliches to the other toys and continues to do this after the car gets a flat tire and Bonnie & her mother stay in a motel for the night.

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When the humans are asleep, the toys want to explore the motel despite Mr Pricklepants telling them that a motel “is one of the most common locales for a horror film”. After the toys start disappearing, it’s all up to Jessie to face her biggest fear in order to solve the mystery and save her friends. Jessie takes center stage in this one which is nice for a change as Toy Story is often so “boy”. But all the usual main characters are of course in this plenty plus we get to meet a few new toys.

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Toy Story Of Terror is a great short. It’s actually quite scary at first (in a kid-friendly sort of way). I know a four-year-old who has watched it about ten times already and always hides during a couple of tense scenes but always laughs like crazy during a couple of bits and ALWAYS asks to immediately watch it again. As with all Pixar stuff, it’s quite a clever and well written little story with a nice twist. Recommended (for all ages). 🙂

My Rating: 8/10

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23 thoughts on “Toy Story Of Terror (2013) Review

  1. I have a two young kids. Like the four year old you know, both of them love this short. Unlike the four year old you know, they don’t even get scared.

    Oh. I like it, too. Like all things Toy Story, it is quite successful. Good review.

  2. Wow, this sounds so cool!!! I’ve never heard of this at all, but i suppose this makes sense as you said it aired in the UK only (?). I wonder if there’s a way to watch this online or something, I really really want to. 😀

    • Oh we had to wait for it in the UK – think it aired a good couple weeks earlier in the US. I hope you can find a way to see it! It was fun. 🙂 I wonder if they’ll actually stick it on a DVD at some point soon or if we’ll have to wait another year to see it if people missed it…

    • Damn! I’ll let you know if I notice it repeated but not sure about that as it’s after Halloween now. I’m sure they’ll stick it on a DVD at some point. Just hoping they won’t wait an entire year for next Halloween…

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