Toy Story That Time Forgot
Ron Seifried | On 25, Jul 2014
The original Toy Story film was a groundbreaking achievement in both animation and mixing up pop culture references that didn’t bore parents to sleep, having the rare distinction of appealing to a wider audience. The film spawned two sequels, mucho merchandising and coming out later this year, the second TV special.
Pulling together an impressive team including Brave director Steve Purell, WALL-E writer Derek Thompson and executive producer Galyn Susman, who worked on the previous Toy Story special, the power threesome unveiled storyboards and concept art at the San Diego Comic-Con, with a surprise visit from actress Kristen Schaal, Trixie the Triceratops dinosaur toy in Toy Story 3.
Pixar started out making short 3D animated pieces that were mostly originally seen at film festivals in the 1980’s. The short Tin Toy later became Toy Story, but at one point was planned to be a Christmas special. It took over 30 years, but that little Pixar company has finally achieved its goal. The new 21 minute special entitled Toy Story That Time Forgot, will air on ABC this December 2, and includes franchise voice veterans Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Wallace Shawn, Timothy Daton, Don Rickles, Joan Cusack and Kristen Shaal. Newcomers in the cast includes Kevin McKidd from Grey’s Anatomy.
The new special takes place in a “post-Christmas play date” putting the toys “in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional.” The special will be part of the Toy Story canon, returning to Bonnie’s room in Toy Story 3, and not part of some far fetched Expanded Universe.
Schaal’s Trixie the Triceratops is the main character, a survivor of the worst annihilation the Earth has seen, but now with a carefree attitude eager to play with Battlesaurs, other dinosaur-like toys taking their fictional existence too seriously. The themes hark back to the introduction of Buzz Lightyear in the first film, one toy taking the manufacturer’s bio a bit too far.
Nine minutes of footage was screened at Comic-Con, and although nothing is online, a detailed play-by-play could be found at SlashFilm.
Recent online speculation about the origins of the characters Toys have a least one confirmation. Executive Producer Galyn Susman revealed that Woody was Andy’s father’s toy, and thats how Andy ended up with the cowboy doll. That answers why Woody was part of a vintage collectible set based on an old TV show as seen in Toy Story 2, but it still does not confirm why Andy’s father was never in any of the films. Judging by Andy’s affection for Woody over the year, one can assume that Woody replaced Andy’s deceased father in some small way. This one small plot point gives even more depth to an fantastic franchise.