Toy Story That Time Forgot Blu-ray Review
Just in time for Christmas, Disney and Pixar have released Toy Story That Time Forgot, a holiday TV special that originally aired about a year ago. Featuring a fun and action-packed journey into the land of the fearsome Battlesaur toys, the special shines on Blu-ray with gorgeous picture quality, interesting extras and vocal performances by all of the original actors, including Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Kristen Schaal, Timothy Dalton, and Joan Cusack.
In Toy Story That Time Forgot, the story picks up just after Christmas as Bonnie is driven to a playdate with her buddy Mason. Mason just got a cool new video game system and is neglecting the awesome, enormous action figure playset he just received featuring the reptilian warriors called Battlesaurs. Bonnie chucks her backpack full of toys into the hallway, and picks up a controller next to Mason. Since neither party seems interested in playtime with Woody and his pals, they decide to check out Mason’s room, stumbling into the incredible world of Reptillus Maximus and his ferocious Battlesaur compatriots. While Trixie and Reptillus quickly take a liking to each other, it becomes clear that he and his fellow Battlesaurs don’t understand that they are toys. This becomes problematic when Trixie’s pals end up fighting against Reptillus in the gladiator arena, as decreed by the decrepit, evil old leader who’s keeping the fearsome reptilian army in the dark.
The Battlesaurs scenes in Toy Story That Time Forgot brought back memories of playing with the He-Man Castle Greyskull playset as a kid, and everything from their power armor and weaponry to their awesome 80’s-style theme song filled me with nostalgia. These guys are a fantastic addition to the Toy Story universe, especially Reptillus (played expertly by Kevin McKidd), who I hope to see as a Disney Infinity figure soon. Reptillus’ story arc may be very similar to Buzz Lightyear’s in the first Toy Story, but he’s still a great character that I hope joins the rest of the cast whenever Toy Story 4 rolls around.
While Toy Story That Time Forgot has a runtime of just 22 minutes, Pixar didn’t go light on the extras. In fact, this short has more features than some feature film Blu-rays I’ve reviewed recently. Reptillus! gives an inside look at the development of the film, the voice recording sessions, and a ridiculously detailed synopsis of the vast backstory that was created for the Battlesaurs. There’s also a commentary track, a Comic-Con feature, a karaoke track, deleted scenes, and perhaps best of all, the 2D animated opening sequence for the Battlesaurs TV show. This was created for a deleted scene (why this was deleted remains a mystery to me), but is shown in the storyboards. The song is fantastic and the intro hit me with a wave of 1980s nostalgia; I wanted to instantly run to the store and buy all the Battlesaurs toys that don’t actually exist. For the record, I would totally watch a Battlesaurs cartoon. Every. Saturday. I know I’m not alone!
If you’re a fan of Toy Story or Pixar films in general (and if you’re not, I don’t want to hang out with you), Toy Story That Time Forgot is a must-own Blu-ray. The film may be short but it is something that is totally worth rewatching, with great humor and a heartwarming if familiar story.