Toy Story of Terror

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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.

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Toy Story of Terror

Dropping the gang from Toy Story into a campy horror special makes a lot of sense considering how many terrifying elements were in the original movie. Spike as mad scientist, the three mile island of misfit toys, John Ratzenberger as a pig. It’s a lot of fun to see the boundless imagination that goes into playing with toys as a kid shifted into genre storytelling. And yet with all that, a pez dispenser totally steals the show in this trailer for Toy Story of TERROR!. Check it out for yourself and enjoy laughing through the fear:

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BIG HERO 6

Despite the recent bout of sequel and prequelitis that Pixar has suffered (arguably from a Patient Zero named Disney), the ships seem to be creatively righting themselves. They’re also apparently tethering themselves to the Golden Gate bridge in order to watch the sunset. The picture above is from Big Hero 6, which is one of many projects that The Mouse opened up about during this year’s D23 conference. It’s one of the biggest signals of Marvel sensibilities merging with Disney — an exciting prospect that could bring some fantastic comic book properties to the big screen beyond the post-Avengers plans through, gulp, 2021. There’s a world out there of comic heroes that may not be right for live-action, and it’s encouraging to see that Disney understands that potential and is willing to take a chance. There are some innovative ideas here, nestled in a comfortable nest of old favorites (and, yes, a few cash-grabs). Luckily for now they all look gorgeous.

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