Us Pixar fans were having a rough time: no movie coming out this year, Monsters University missing out on the Oscar nominations, same as Blue Umbrella…but at long last! Good news! The Pixar Post (via Variety) reports that Toy Story That Time Forgot, an all new Pixar Christmas special, will air right before Christmas this year!
First things first, here’s the summary:
During a post-Christmas play date, the Toy Story 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.
So it looks like we’re going to get to know Trixie better! Pixar has done a truly wonderful job of slowly putting all of the wonderful Toy Story characters in the spotlight, including Bonnie’s toys that were introduced in the trilogy’s final film Toy Story 3. After the incredible three movies that had Woody at their core, the short films and TV Specials have instead focused on characters like Buzz, Rex and Jessie.
Animated Christmas specials have become very popular over the past decades. The Christmas special canon is already filled with wonderful additions such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Charlie Brown Christmas Special and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas to name a few. Many new specials are made each year, in hopes of hitting it big and getting re-aired each year. DreamWork’s Shrek franchise has a Christmas special, but it never took off like some of the old classics. It’s no question that Toy Story That Time Forgot will be an instant classic and make it onto ABC’s annual 25 Days of Christmas.
ABC will air the special, just like it did with Toy Story of Terror, the wildly successful Halloween special. All of the main voice actors will be back and Kevin McKidd, who voiced both the Lord MacGuffin in Brave, will join the excellent cast as Reptillus Maximus. Steve Purcell, co-director and co-writer of Brave, will helm the TV Special.
No official run time was announced, but it’s likely that it will be 30 minutes much like Toy Story of Terror. Also, Pixar didn’t announce a release date, but we predict it will air shortly after Thanksgiving, which will allow ABC to re-run the special many times during December.
What are your thoughts about the ‘Toy Story’ Christmas special? Do you think it will become a new holiday classic?