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‘Toy Story Of Terror’ Is A Must Watch For Families This Halloween

Wed, October 16, 2013 6:16pm EDT by Kristine Kowalski 1 Comment
Toy Story of Terror
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Our favorite ‘Toy Story’ characters are back — and their adventures are spookier than ever! We watched the fun show — and here’s why you should tune in too!

Toy Story of Terror follows the old gang on their latest adventure, but this one’s seriously scary! The toys end up at a creepy roadside motel, and one by one, each of the characters go missing! If those aren’t the makings of a genuinely scary Halloween show, what are?! The show premieres on ABC on Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. — here’s why it is not to be missed!

‘Toy Story Of Terror’ Halloween Special — A Must Watch For Families

The Toy Story gang has had their fair share of wild adventures and scary encounters with humans in the franchise’s three feature films, but the Halloween special is a fun reunion with the iconic characters — and just in time for Halloween!

Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, Trixie, and Mr. Pricklepants are all stars of the show, and they go on a major road trip with their kid Bonnie. When they take a detour and end up at the rickety Sleep Well Motel, the toys find that there really are some hidden mysteries that slink among the shadows!

The short film is smartly structured and intelligently executed: it references classic horror films and Halloween flicks in both plot and visual imagery — so we see the characters watching the vampire and goblin movies that they’re slowly becoming a part of as the plot thickens!

New characters like Lego Bunny and a Cat PEZ dispenser are introduced, when the toys find themselves trapped by yet another overeager toy collector trying to cash in the big bucks (haven’t they realized by now that they will be outsmarted?!)  and they can easily grow to be new endearing favorites!

Besides it being awesome to see all the toys back together in the special, it’s great to hear all of the iconic voices that made them famous. Tom Hanks (Woody), Tim Allen (Buzz), Joan Cusack (Jessie), Carl Weathers (Combat Carl/Combat Carl Jr.), Timothy Dalton (Mr. Pricklepants), Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head), Wallace Shawn (Rex), and Kristen Schaal (Trixie) all reprise their roles and make their characters really come to life.

‘Toy Story of Terror’ Has The Perfect Amount Of Spookiness

If your little ones scare easily, they may be spooked by the toys’ spooky encounters. After all, the title includes the word “terror,” and the show might get trigger a gasp out of even the most fearless kids out there!

But the show is technically appropriate for kids of all ages. The scary moments turn quickly into cute scenes or funny jokes — and are no scarier than any of the creepy scenes featured in the movies (I’m thinking of you, Sid!) The show blends different kinds of humor, too, so younger tots can appreciate the silly moments while older kids — and yes, nostalgic adults — will really get a laugh. Definitely don’t let the little ones watch it alone — and use the scary tone as an excuse to stay close by to indulge in the episode.

Tell us, HollywoodLifers — will you be checking out Toy Story of Terror?

WATCH: ‘Toy Story Of Terror’ Sneak Peek

— Kristine Hope Kowalski

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