Toy Story That Time Forgot (2015)
Toy Story That Time Forgot (2015)

Genre: Fairy Tale and Short Running Time: 22 min.

Release Date: November 3rd, 2015 MPAA Rating: G

Director: Steve Purcell Actors: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kristen Schaal, Wallace Shawn, Kevin McKidd, Timothy Dalton, Don Rickles, Joan Cusack

 


 

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rixie the triceratops (Kristen Schaal) is overjoyed that, for the first time, she’ll be played with as a dinosaur – the very thing that she is. Unfortunately, just as little Bonnie (Emily Hahn) is about to pick up the underutilized reptilian, she opts for a Christmas teddy bear ornament instead (actually, a cat angel). Shortly thereafter, Bonnie visits her pal Mason, who is too preoccupied with a new video game system to engage in make-believe with the items in her backpack: Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Rex (Wallace Shawn), Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton), and Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles). Seemingly abandoned for the afternoon, the unsupervised gang decides to interact with Mason’s enormous collection of Christmas gifts – the entire line of Battlesaurs figures.

Taking on an amusing “Gladiator” theme (featuring the Arena of Woe) mixed with Army Men militarism and an unending lust for warfare, “Toy Story That Time Forgot” introduces numerous new characters, including warrior leader Reptillus Maximus (Kevin McKidd) and an evil pterodactyl cleric (Steve Purcell). The fantasy realms of Battleopolis pits hardened soldiers, which have never been played with and don’t realize they’re toys (just like Buzz in the first film), against a bevy of mirthful, unsuspecting creatures (like a sock monkey). And it’s up to the veteran toys to educate sheltered viewpoints.

Although this short film, originally airing as a TV program in December 2014, reuses plenty of motifs from the theatrical trilogy (including a harrowing sequence in which several of the main characters are threatened with impending doom), there’s still moderate entertainment in seeing artistic takes on popular action figures getting their own quirky translations into animated personas. Of course, the film continues to break a few of the same rules it has always toyed with, such as when an ornament comes to life (begging the question as to which inanimate objects should be capable of taking on movement and self-awareness) and when, after a group meeting, the toys are interrupted and drop where they are – instead of where they were left. No new ground is traversed in this swift little episode, but the Battlesaurs are nevertheless a slick addition to the “Toy Story” cast. It’s worth a watch for avid fans only.

– Mike Massie

  • 5/10