Can you believe it was nearly two decades ago that we first met Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their toy chest-dwelling friends? Hate to make you feel incredibly old, but Disney’s first Toy Story film was released way back in 1995, a mega successful animated adventure that went on to spawn two equally successful and critically acclaimed sequels, first in 1999 and then over a decade later, in 2010.
Though rumors of a Toy Story 4 have been popping up and creating a lot of buzz (no pun intended) in the last couple years, Disney has yet to confirm anything, and it seems that no official plans are in the works. That being said, they launched Toy Story Toons last year, a series of short animated films that take place after the events of Toy Story 3, as a way of keeping fans happy and continuing the wild and whacky adventures of the beloved characters. Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry and Partysaurus Rex are the three that have been released thus far, all of which were shown prior to films like Cars 2 and The Muppets, when they premiered on the big screen.
In addition to the short films, Disney and Pixar made the exciting announcement last October that a Halloween special was in the works, which we were told we had to wait an entire year to see. At the time it seemed too far off to even be excited about, but here we find ourselves already heading into the 2013 Halloween season, and the Toy Story Halloween special fast approaching. In fact, it’s less than a month away!
Giving The Simpsons’ annual Treehouse of Horror special a run for its money, Toy Story of Terror! thrusts Woody and the gang into their most horrifying experience to date, a special that the producers used films like Psycho, Aliens and Predator as inspiration for. The story will see Bonnie (from Toy Story 3 and the cartoon shorts) embarking on a road trip to see her grandma, with the toys we all know and love stuffed into her trunk. When her mom’s car gets a flat tire, they’re forced to spend the night at a spooky motel, which is where the horror element comes into play. One of the toys goes missing at the motel and the others set out on a hair-raising quest to locate their lost pal, in the process finding themselves thrust into a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they suffer the same fate.
Directed by animator and Small Fry director Angus MacLane, the 30 minute Halloween special will feature all the characters you’d hope to see in anything with the name Toy Story attached, including Buzz, Woody, Jessie, Rex, Slinky Dog and Mr. Potato Head, and all of the characters will be voiced by the original actors.
Toy Story of Terror! premieres on Wednesday, October 16, at 8/7c. You’ll find it only over on FOX!