Over the weekend at the D23 Expo, Disney announced that Pixar will be bringing us a 30-minute special titled Toy Story of Terror. Set to premiere on ABC on October 16th, the short will be directed by Angus MacLane and will follow our loveable characters as they “embark on a trip to Bonnie’s grandmother’s house. During an overnight detour to a roadside motel, one of the toys goes missing, and strange events befall the others as they try to avoid meeting the same fate.”
As expected, most of the Toy Story cast will return, with Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack,Timothy Dalton, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, and Kristen Schaal all set to reprise their roles. Newcomers include Carl Weathers, who will voice Combat Carl and Stephen Tobolowsky, who will voice a hotel clerk at the motel that the gang stays at.
/Film was lucky enough to get a preview of the footage at D23 and here’s how they described it:
“The special opens with black-and-white footage of humans running from Dracula in a graveyard. The scene turns out to be part of a movie that Rex and the other toys are watching in the back of a car, from their perch inside the trunk. A flat tire bumps Jessie into the tool chest, and the entire family pulls over into a roadside motel.
“Later in the evening, the toys head out, splitting into smaller groups. Mr. Potato Head vanishes. As Woody, Buzz, and Jessie are investigating, Rex pushes them down a vent. A while later something grabs Woody and Buzz; it turns out to be Mr. Potato Head’s arm.
“The characters (including Mr. Potato Head’s arm) wind up in a bathroom and then get taken too. Combat Carl shows up to warn Jessie that he’s seen things, horrible things, and that they’d better run back now. There’s a noise, and Combat Carl disappears, leaving Jessie alone in the bathtub.”
Honestly, this sounds great. I love Toy Story, it’s one of Pixar’s best properties and to see them continuing to develop shorts like this for the franchise makes me very happy. The shorts that we’ve seen thus far have all been very well done, my favorite being Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex. From the sounds of it, Toy Story of Terror sounds like another worthy entry into the franchise and I can’t wait to see it
Be sure to catch Toy Story of Terror when it premieres on ABC on October 16th.