Friday, November 13, 2015

Buzz and Woody Are Back in "The Toy Story That Time Forgot"

Years go by in between "Toy Story" movies. Disney and Pixar have always found ways to keep the franchise alive, whether it is a TV series, short films, or what I call special seasonal "episodes" like 2013's "Toy Story of Terror." Just in time for Christmas, we're given the gift of "The Toy Story That Time Forgot" on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. It's the perfect time of the year since the action takes place right after the presents are torn open from under the tree.

In "The Toy Story That Time Forgot," our heroes find themselves in uncharted territory. The coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional during one of Bonnie's post-Christmas playdates. It's all up to Trixie the triceratops if the gang hopes to ever return to Bonnie's room.

Disney stuffs the Blu-ray edition of "The Toy Story That Time Forgot" with exciting extras that will thrill children of all ages. An animated opening for the fictional TV series "Battlesaurs" is found. We also get a featurette which tells the origins of the Battlesaurs world. Viewers are also transported to San Diego for "'Toy Story' Goes to Comic-Con.” Deleted scenes, commentary, a karaoke video, and more are included.

Since it was originally aired on television, "The Toy Story That Time Forgot" is rated TV-G. The special is appropriate for all ages to enjoy. There's some mild peril our heroes face, but nothing too scary or intense.

"The Toy Story That Time Forgot" is a charming addition to the franchise. At 22 minutes long, it takes a concept and successfully runs with it just long enough to keep viewers young and old entertained. Parents who grew up watching science fiction like "At the Earth's Core" "Planet of the Apes," and "The Lost World" will definitely recognize and appreciate the homages the Pixar team pays to those movies. At the same time, children will love seeing their favorite characters from "Toy Story" soldier through another humorous adventure with Woody and Buzz leading the pack.

"The Toy Story That Time Forgot" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.

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