Toy Story That Time Forgot: Should the Holiday Special Go Down in History?

Reindeer are so last Christmas. This year, it’s all about dinosaurs, and ABC’s Toy Story That Time Forgot — which premiered Tuesday — has ’em in spades.

This latest made-for-TV Toy Story sends Woody and the gang to Bonnie’s friend Mason’s house, where they encounter a twisted civilization of self-unaware dinosaur battle toys.

Actually, it’s not even fair to say “Woody the gang,” as Trixie the Triceratops (voiced by Bob’s Burgers‘ Kristen Schaal) really takes the lead this time around. It’s her unbreakable desire to be treated like a dinosaur — I can relate — that leads everyone into harm’s way and, unfortunately, that’s not enough to save them when the dino-people turn ugly.

Fortunately, Bonnie and Mason are forced to play with their toys when the power to their video game is knocked out — a subtle-but-accurate reference to future generations’ preference of electronics over simple toys — and the dino-people discover that true happiness comes from being played with. (Or something like that.)

TRIXIENow that we’ve worked our way through the plot, I have to admit this movie left me with a few questions, five to be exact:

* Do you also find it difficult to empathize with triceratops, even those voiced by beloved comediennes? I think Cera from The Land Before Time really ruined the whole species for me.

* If Bonnie and Mason hadn’t shown up just in the nick of time, would those dino-people have killed Woody and his friends?

* Follow-up: How would Bonnie even begin to make sense of that upon discovering her dead toys?

* Isn’t it a little unsettling to think of every single one of your Christmas ornaments also coming alive at night? Like, just hanging up there while you sleep?

ANGEL KITTY* That said, can we please get way more of that prophetic cat ornament in all future Toy Story projects? What an adorable little weirdo.

What’s your take on Toy Story That Time Forgot? Grade the special below, then drop a comment with your full review.


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16 Comments
  1. Mare says:

    I want Reximus Maxium or whatever the name of Kevin McKidd character to show up in more Toy Story specials.
    This was a fantastic special.

  2. Simon Jester says:

    Not as good as last year’s Halloween special, IMHO.

  3. That cat ornament freaks me out!

  4. I loved the cat. As much as I dislike religious symbolism, the cat herself was cute. I’d like to see more of her. And I do agree on triceratops, can’t emphasize with them after Cera in Land Before Time at all. She made them come off as snobbish and such.

    But it is unsettling thinking that my ornaments are just hanging there. And makes me wonder if my Alex Ovechkin, Michael Oher, Joe Flacco or even Jimmie Johnson ornaments come to life… that freaks me out and it is a little unsettling. Just hanging there on the tree… and Ovie hitting a Christmas light or something as a puck.

  5. John says:

    The cat reminded me of Marcel the Shell and I howled every time she spoke. Need more of her in the future.

  6. betty says:

    Loved it. Hoping for a new Toy Story movie. Love my Buzz and Woody.

  7. RUCookie says:

    If Bonnie and Mason hadnt shown up, I had hope that the green army men would have saved them!

  8. Maureen T says:

    I absolutely loved it. That “adorable little weirdo” cat was one of my favorite parts. Maybe next year they do a 2 hour movie with her instead of Grumpy Cat!

  9. Matt Ceccato says:

    I did miss Combat Carl, but the villain was top notch.

  10. Jason94 says:

    My favorite was the reptillus maximus character !!

  11. Shannan says:

    I’m sorry I just didn’t get it as a “holiday” special. I want another Prep and Landing. I love Lanny and Wayne.