Last week at the D23 Expo, Disney announced that a new half-hour long Toy Story special will air on ABC this fall. The Pixar-produced horror film homage called Toy Story of Terror will feature all of the usual Toy Story suspects.
In the special, Bonnie (the toys’ new owner since Toy Story 3, in case you’re not in the loop) brings them along with her on a trip to her grandmother’s house. When the family stops at a motel for the night, toys begin to mysteriously disappear. According to the official description of the special, “After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate.”
The special is rife with references to classic horror films, so it should be a fun watch for adults and kids alike. If the story sounds like the plot of every horror movie ever, it’s because it’s supposed to. As a satirical take on horror tropes, it’ll likely be more comedic than terrifying.
Many of the Toy Story Trilogy’s cast will return, including Tom Hanks (Woody), Tim Allen (Buzz), Timothy Dalton (Mr. Pricklepants), Joan Cusack (Jessie), Kristen Schaal (Trixie) and Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head). Carl Weathers will join the cast as Combat Carl.
Toy Story of Terror is directed by Angus MacLane, who helped animate 15 Pixar films and shorts, and was the directing animator of WALL-E. MacLane is joined by producer Galyn Susman, whose résumé includes the production of eight other Pixar titles.
The special will air on October 16th at 8pm on ABC.
Before Toy Story of Terror, the last new installment in the Toy Story saga came in the form of an authentically-voiced short called Partysaurus Rex, which was released in theaters with Finding Nemo 3D.