Toy Story: That Time Forgot (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
November 1, 2015 by Dennis Amith
With the holidays around the corner, if you happen to be a “Toy Story” fan or someone wanting to give a child a wonderful gift to keep them busy during the holiday season, you’ll definitely want to check out “Toy Story: That Time Forgot”! Recommended!
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TITLE: Toy Story: That Time Forgot
YEAR OF AIR: 2014
DURATION: 22 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:78:1), English 7.1 DTS-HD MA, French & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Subtitles: English SDH, French & Spanish Subtitles
RATED: TV G (General Audiences)
RELEASE DATE: November 3, 2015
Directed by Steve Purcell
Written by Steve Purcell
Executive Produced by John Lasseter
Produced by Galyn Susman
Music by Michael Giacchino
Cinematography by Robert Anderson, Erik Smitt
Edited by David Suther
Casting by Natalie Lyon, Kevin Reher
Production Design by Anthony Christov
Art Direction by Belinda van Valkenburg
Featuring the Voices of:
Tom Hanks as Woody
Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear
Kirsten Schaal as Trixie
Kevin McKidd as Reptillus Maximus
Emily Hahn as Bonnie
Wallace Shawn as Rex
Steve Purcell as The Cleric
Jonathan Kydd as Ray-Gon
R. C. Cope as Mason
Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head
Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants
Lori Alan as Bonnie’s Mom
Joan Cusack as Jessie
Emma Hudak as Angel Kitty
Ron Bottitta as Mason’s Dad
Disney•Pixar proudly presents a hilarious new animated “Toy Story” adventure. During one of Bonnie’s post-Christmas play dates, the “Toy Story” crew 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 ever return to Bonnie’s room. “Toy Story That Time Forgot” is an unforgettable tale packed with family fun and a must-have for every Pixar fan’s collection!
Back in 2014, to kick off the Christmas holiday season, ABC aired “Toy Story: That Time Forgot”.
Directed by Steve Purcell (creator of the “Sam and Max” video games and writer/co-director for “Brave”) and reprising the role of Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Prickle Pants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie, the film would also feature the voices of Kevin McKidd as Reptillus Maximus and Emma Hudak as Angel Kitty.
The TV special took three years to be made and received nearly seven million viewers and also receiving positive reviews from critics.
Almost year after its debut on television, “Toy Story: That Time Forgot” will now be released in Nov. 2015 on Blu-ray courtesy of Disney.
“Toy Story: That Time Forgot” takes place two days after Christmas and Trixie (the toy triceratops) is depressed that Bonnie never plays with her like a dinosaur.
One day, Bonnie takes Trixie, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Rex and her cat Christmas Ornament named Angel Kitty and puts them in her backpack as they visit her friend Mason’s home for a playdate.
As Mason invites Bonnie to play video games with him, she tosses her backpack into Mason’s playroom and the toys discover that Mason has a large collection of dinosaur-themed action figures known as “The Battlesaurs” which he received for Christmas.
The Battlesaurs are led by Reptillus Maximus and The Cleric and Reptillus takes Rex and Trixie to be suited up in armor. As Trixie and Reptillus become good friends, the Cleric orders the Battlesaurs to take Woody and Buzz as hostage.
As Trixie and Reptillus go out and play in an arena, she is horrified that Reptillus Maximus and the Battlesaurs starts attacking Mason’s toys and now, worries that Woody and Buzz will be hurt. But why are the Battlesaurs behaving this way?
“Toy Story: That Time Forgot” is visually impressive. Presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 aspect ratio), the TV special features vibrant colors and wonderful detail.
The toys show plastic sheen and even the Cleric and his staff show detail that make them look like plastic toys which is great. Even Woody’s clothing shows wonderful detail. Both Bonnie and Mason are well-animated and rendered.
I didn’t notice any banding issues or artifacting, if anything “Toy Story: That Time Forgot” looks fantastic in HD!
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Toy Story: That Time Forgot” is presented in English 7.1 DTS Master Audio and French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio.
The dialogue and musical score are crystal clear, while lossless audio is primarily ambiance and music driven, especially when the Battlesaurs theme song is sung.
Subtitles are in English SDH, French and Spanish.
“Toy Story: That Time Forgot” includes the following special features:
- Reptillus! – (10:51) The filmmakers share a peek at the origins of the Battlesaurs world and culture, and explain the character design and development of its greatest hero, Reptillus Maximus.
- Toy Story Goes to Comic-Con – (3:37) The “Toy Story that Time Forgot” team heads to San Diego to unveil the project to the public, led by their own longtime Comic-Con veterans, director Steve Purcell and head of story Derek Thompson.
- Karaoke: My Unexpected Friend – (3:55) Watch as Reptillus sings “My Expected Friend” or take on the instrumental version, so you can sing.
- Battlesaurs – Animated Opening – (:49) A 2D animated opening for the fictional animated TV series, “Battlesaurs.”
- Deleted Scenes – (9:21) “Toy Story That Time Forgot” director, Steve Purcell, introduces scenes that were developed and storyboarded for the special, but were ultimately cut from the final version. Featuring five deleted scenes.
- Commentary – Commentary with “Toy Story that Time Forgot” director, Steve Purcell, and head of story, Derek Thompson, on the process of making “Toy Story That Time Forgot.”
“Toy Story: That Time Forgot” comes with a slipcover and a Disney Movie Rewards code.
There is no doubt that this “Toy Story” TV special was going to receive a tremendous amount of viewers on television.
As many people are still clamoring for a new “Toy Story” film, it was wonderful for Disney to announce that a Christmas TV special, “Toy Story: That Time Forgot” would be airing on television and that a lot of the actors of the films will reprise their role. In fact, it’s quite wonderful that Disney/Pixar dedicate themselves the three years in getting this 22-minute special created because it’s no surprise to hear that each “Toy Story” film produced is quite expensive but also time intensive and took years to make.
And the TV special did not disappoint at all as it featured the toys new owner Bonnie having fun with her toys and bringing them over to her friend’s home for a playdate. And of course, the toys meeting Mason’s toys which are “The Battlesaurs”. But with a message that with all the video games that children are preoccupied with, there is also fun can also be had with toys (which can be forgotten).
But the film showcases the Pixar quality that we are familiar with. The Blu-ray release of “Toy Story: That Time Forgot” features amazing detail, vibrant colors and looks magnificent in HD. The lossless soundtrack also was well-done and the acting for this TV special was superb as always.
While a few of those clamoring for a Woody and Buzz-driven storyline, the main character in this TV special is Trixie the triceratops, who wants to be played with like a true dinosaur and when she meets Reptillus Maximus and other dinosaurs via Mason’s “The Battlesaurs” playsets, she sees something within them, that they don’t have with her and her other toy friends.
So, even at 22-minutes, Pixar was able to not only make a beautiful animation but also one that is well-written for its short duration.
Overall, with the holidays around the corner, if you happen to be a “Toy Story” fan or someone wanting to give a child a wonderful gift to keep them busy during the holiday season, you’ll definitely want to check out “Toy Story: That Time Forgot”! Recommended!
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