Most fans of the Toy Story franchise are of the opinion that Toy Story 3 was the perfect send-off for the toy gang who we met in Pixar’s first feature, all the way back in 1995. It ended their story nicely, made for a perfect trilogy (which is the accepted number of films for series to come in), and generally it just seemed that any sort of Toy Story 4 would feel like a cash grab that was trying to exploit a brand name rather than give us a story somebody wanted to tell.
There is that little problem that the Toy Story characters are still a lot of fun and deep down we all want to spend more time with them though. So recently Pixar has been deftly navigating our conflicted emotions by not making another full-length Toy Story feature, but still allowing us to watch the gang go on smaller adventures in shorts that have been playing before other movies. And on October 16 they’re going to take things a step further by airing a half-hour special on ABC called Toy Story of TERROR!. We’ve already posted the trailer for the special, but now Pixar has released an image of a new character who we have yet to see, and who the usual crew is going to encounter when they go on their Halloween adventure. Click through to check him out.
Meet Combat Carl. If you’re thinking that he bears a striking resemblance to Action Jackson star Carl Weathers, there’s a reason for that. Carl Weathers is voicing him. As if a halloween-themed Toy Story special didn’t sound awesome enough already, now we know that it’s going to give us Buzz and Woody interacting with Apollo Creed too. It looks like there’s still a little meat on this Toy Story bone. You take the regular cast, add in some Carl Weathers and a spooky situation, baby you got a TV special goin’!