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Premiere Date and Huge Cast Revealed at ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ SDCC Panel

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Posted by Brkyo614 • July 24, 2014

The Good Dinosaur may be over a year away, but we’ll be able to see another Pixar take on dinosaurs much sooner in Toy Story That Time Forgot. As the synopsis and poster have hinted, dinosaurs will play a big role in the second half-hour Toy Story special. At this morning’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, the cast and crew behind the short finally shed light on these new characters and brought along new concept art, plot details, and a release date.

Many have noted that for a Christmas special, Toy Story That Time Forgot seems only tangentially related to the holiday season. That’s because it was originally conceived as a six-minute Toy Story Toon; it was only when John Lasseter suggested expanding it to a half-hour special that the holiday theme was added. At the center of the story are the Battlesaurs, a lineup of characters spoofing 80s toy lines. They include Kevin McKidd as Reptillus Maximus, the bespectacled Ray-Gon, the Godzilla-like Goliathon, and their leader, the Cleric. Like Buzz in the first Toy Story, the Battlesaurs aren’t aware that they’re toys. Rex and Trixie quickly get swept up in their elaborate universe when a post-Christmas play date goes awry.

In addition to the concept art shown above, the panel also featured an extended work-in-progress clip, a peek at some upcoming merchandise, and a brief Q&A session. At the panel, Pixar confirmed that Toy Story That Time Forgot will air on ABC on Tuesday, December 2. Mark your calendars!

(Images and news via FindingMickey.com and Stitch Kingdom)

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‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ Heads to Comic-Con with New Poster

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Posted by Brkyo614 • July 21, 2014

Disney has recently eschewed San Diego Comic-Con in favor of its own D23 Expo, but with D23 taking a year off, Pixar will still be showing up at Comic-Con this weekend. Rather than showcasing its 2015 films, the studio will be pushing its 2014 holiday special, Toy Story That Time Forgot, with a one-hour panel on Thursday. Attendees will receive a gorgeous new poster by Hellboy artist Mike Mignola featuring Reptillius Maximus, a new character voiced by Kevin McKidd. The official panel description reads:

"Calling all Toy Story fans! ABC and Disney•Pixar present an exclusive first look at the upcoming holiday special, Toy Story That Time Forgot. Executive producer Galyn Susman (Toy Story OF TERROR!), director Steve Purcell (Brave), and head of story Derek Thompson (WALL•E) give you an exclusive inside look at the sketches, storyboards, and concepts that went into the making of this Disney•Pixar special! (Thursday July 24, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm, Room 6A)"

TV Line (via Pixar Times) also reports that the panel will be moderated by Michael Giacchino and feature Kristen Schaal (voice of Trixie) and Kevin McKidd. Any Pixar fan headed to San Diego this weekend won’t want to miss this.

And here’s the latest synopsis for the short, which airs this winter on ABC:

"During a post-Christmas play date, the gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie‘s room in this Toy Story That Time Forgot."

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‘Toy Story of Terror’ Blu-ray/DVD Confirmed for August [UPDATE: Preorders Available]

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Posted by Brkyo614 • May 16, 2014

Some time has passed since Toy Story of Terror premiered on television last Halloween, but Disney has finally announced plans to release the half-hour special on home video on August 19. In addition to Blu-ray and DVD, the special will also be released on Disney’s new Disney Movies Anywhere service.

Despite being a half-hour special, Pixar hasn’t skimped on the bonus features for Toy Story of Terror. Here’s what to expect alongside the film:

  • Toy Story Toons Shorts: Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry, Partysaurus Rex
  • Audio Commentaries: Toy Story of TERROR!, Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry, Partysaurus Rex
  • Team of Specialists — Director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make Toy Story of TERROR!
  • 3 Deleted Scenes + Editor Introductions (Blu-ray and digital only): Pencil Topper Trilogy, Travel Brochures, Road Trip Roulette
  • Vintage Toy Commercials + Director Introductions — Old Timer, Combat Carl, Transitron
  • D23 Expo Teaser

The Disney Movies Anywhere release will also include two exclusive extras:

  • A new short piece about film references featuring Mr. Pricklepants
  • Deleted Scene: Bob’s Boatyard with Editor’s Introduction

No word on pricing yet, but expect more details when pre-orders become available. Also worth noting: the next Toy Story TV special, Toy Story That Time Forgot, airs this Winter on ABC.

Did you enjoy Toy Story of Terror enough to seek the home video release?

UPDATE: Amazon now has both the Blu-ray and DVD versions for preorder at $10.49 and $9.99, respectively.

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D23 Expo Round-Up: ‘Toy Story of Terror’, New Cars Toons on the Way

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 11, 2013

Pixar had a strong feature film showing at this year’s D23 Expo, but that doesn’t mean they neglected their short-form lineup. In addition to revealing the Monsters University short Party Central, the studio shared new details on the upcoming Toy Story of Terror and teased a new pair of Cars shorts.

On Friday, Pixar concluded their segment of Disney’s animation panel by showcasing the first ten minutes of Toy Story of Terror (read a full synopsis over at /Film). Director Angus MacLane and Pixar general manager Jim Morris then shared more at a short-centric panel the following day, describing Terror as the studio’s "first horror film" while still remaining "accessible to everyone." Over the weekend, Variety also dropped an October 16 premiere date for the half-hour special.

At the same panel, frequent Cars Toons director Rob Gibbs also took the chance to reveal two new entries in the series: Radiator Springs 500 1/2 and To Protect and Serve. Both will arrive next year on Disney Channel.

With Party Central attached to The Good Dinosaur in 2014, it looks like it’ll be a while before we see another wholly original Pixar short. Still, Pixar’s franchise shorts continue to act as fun windows into worlds we already know and love.

Which upcoming Pixar short are you most anticipating?

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What to Expect from Next Week’s D23 Expo

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 1, 2013

Since 2009, the D23 Expo has essentially been Disney’s own Comic-Con. Open exclusively to members of Disney’s D23 fan club, the Expo offers an expansive show floor as well as sneak peeks at upcoming Disney and Pixar productions. Previous D23 panels have included major announcements and extensive looks at upcoming Pixar films, and this year should be no different. Here’s a glimpse at what to look forward to when the convention kicks off next week:

Friday, August 9

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Art and Imagination: Animation at The Walt Disney Studios Fans know that animation is the heart and soul of Disney. Get an up-close look at the exciting and innovative projects on the horizon from our animation studios, from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Thanksgiving release Frozen and Pixar Animation Studios’ summer 2014 feature The Good Dinosaur to Disneytoon Studios’ Disney’s Planes and far beyond. Join Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter and our filmmakers and stars for the behind-the-scenes scoop on our upcoming animated features, including exclusive film debuts, can’t-miss announcements, and thrilling live performances.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pixar’s Small Fry director Angus MacLane signs Buzz Lightyear Small Fry action figures

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Pixar: Doing Our Homework — Learn from Pixar filmmakers why research is such an integral part of the filmmaking process. Once a story idea is seeded, Pixar filmmakers set out to become experts, embarking on research trips to immerse themselves in places, people, and experiences that inspire and inform their filmmaking. Whether it be spirited Scots, delectable French cuisine, or deep sea adventures, Pixar always focuses on creating an authentic film that captivates audiences with a new world to explore.

Saturday, August 10

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Meet Brad Bird, the director of Pixar’s The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Disney’s upcoming film Tomorrowland

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Disney Legends Awards Ceremony — The 2013 Disney Legends Awards, hosted by Disney CEO Bob Iger and noted television personality Tom Bergeron (host of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and America’s Funniest Home Videos), is a tradition that pays tribute to the talented people who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy. Since 1987, 249 men and women have been named Disney Legends in honor of their work at The Walt Disney Company. This year, Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman, technology visionary Steve Jobs, television icon Dick Clark and four others—Tony Baxter, Collin Campbell, Glen Keane, and Ed Wynn—will be named and honored as official Disney Legends.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Art of The Good Dinosaur — What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Explore the world of possibility in Disney•Pixar’s upcoming original feature film The Good Dinosaur, directed by veteran filmmaker and longtime Pixar artist Bob Peterson. Take a closer look at the artistry and production design behind this remarkable film and immerse yourself in Pixar’s imaginative world where dinosaurs live on.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Toy Story OF TERROR! and the Motivation Behind Pixar’s Short Form Content — From toys on vacation to tow-riffic four wheelers, Pixar keeps some of their most beloved characters alive and well through much of its short-form content. This fall, Pixar debuts its first-ever television special, Toy Story OF TERROR!, a new adventure with Woody, Buzz, and the gang. Hear from Toy Story OF TERROR! Director Angus MacLane, Producer Galyn Susman, and a few more of Pixar’s short-form filmmakers as they share their experiences and favorite moments and talk about the exciting challenges of expanding the worlds of these characters loved by audiences across the globe.

Sunday, August 11


1:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m. Women of Pixar — Jessie. Dory. Sally. Merida. Although they exist in different worlds and never cross paths, these iconic Pixar females have one thing in common: girl power. Meet a dynamic group of women from Pixar, whose experience and success at the studio have helped craft some of the most memorable animated films in recent history.

Take a look at the full schedule for information on non-Pixar-related events. While we won’t be attending, we’ll keep up with any Pixar news as it comes. It should be a very exciting weekend for Pixar fans!

Which panel are you most looking forward to?

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More Details on ‘Toy Story of Terror’ TV Special!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • May 14, 2013

The Toy Story Toons have been a smart way to reunite with the the Toy Story characters without resorting to a feature-length sequel. They also give some smaller characters a chance to be in the spotlight; just as Rex took center stage in Partysaurus Rex, the upcoming Toy Story of Terror half-hour special will hone in on cowgirl Jessie, according to TV Guide.

"We’ve gotten to see a lot of development in Woody and in Buzz and we felt it was Jesse’s turn to really show some growth," producer Galyn Susman says. But that doesn’t mean other characters will get shafted; in fact, we’ll finally get to know Combat Carl (now voiced by Carl Weathers), the soldier toy who faced Sid’s wrath early on in the first Toy Story.

We previously learned that the 30-minute short will focus on a family road trip gone terrifyingly awry. Director Angus MacLane, who previously helmed Pixar shorts Small Fry and BURN-E, expanded on what that entails:

"There was some support to make a scary, but not necessarily Halloween-themed half-hour Toy Story special for television. There was some concern early on about not making it too scary for kids. I think we’ve done a good job of balancing staying true to Toy Story and staying true to the genre. As far as adults are concerned, I’ve always thought that we make these movies for ourselves. I think it’s funny and like the other Toy Story films, I think there is plenty of stuff in there that only adults will get." MacLane also mentions that the short will explore a road trip family dynamic among the characters —  including Bonnie’s toys, who were introduced in the third film.

Sounds like a lot to pack into 30 minutes, but any return to the world of Toy Story is worth getting excited about. Pixar’s first full-fledged TV special will air this October on ABC.

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