“Toy Story That Time Forgot” is my favorite of the Toy Story TV specials that air on ABC. I want to say this is the one from last year, as I have distinct memories of that Battlesaurs theme song. Growing up when I did, I have a certain affection for animated shows as thinly disguised commercials. It’s nice to see new delusional toys that aren’t Buzz Lightyear, as that whole angle is what helped to start the series. Kristen Schaal also has a fun turn as Trixie the Triceratops.
That being said, it’s a 22 minute long special that flies by at breakneck speed. Kids are used to it due to cartoon saturation, but I think I’ve aged out of the appeal. I wanted to learn more about the Battlesaurs and less with the Woody/Buzz schtick. Kevin McKidd delivers a strong turn as the lead Battlesaur, but I expected no less. I attribute the majority of this to the involvement of Steve Purcell as the special’s director. Sam and Max for life, people.
The Blu-Ray comes with the animated opening of the Battlesaurs series, origins of the Battlesaurs world, featurettes, deleted scenes, commentary and a karaoke video as the special features. The A/V Quality continues Disney’s successful 2015 reign. The 1080p transfer is stunning, while the DTS-HD 7.1 master audio track blows away the broadcast. You can tell by listening to the film that they did spend 3 years working on a 22 minute special. I appreciate the overkill and I recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 11/3/2015