Director: Steve Purcell
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kristen Schaal (VOICES)
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8/10
Disney•Pixar proudly presents a hilarious new animated “Toy Story” adventure. During one of Bonnie’s post-Christmas playdates, the “Toy Story” crew find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to ever return to Bonnie’s room. “Toy Story That Time Forgot” is an unforgettable tale packed with family fun and a must-have for every Pixar fan’s collection!
Shortly after Christmas, Bonnie gathers a few of her favorite toys and heads out with her mother on a play date. Upon arriving and discovering a fancy new video game system ready to demand her undivided attention, Bonnie tosses her bag into the other room which serves as a play room; soon the toys discover some recent Christmas acquisitions such as some fearsome dinosaur warrior toys called BattleSaurs. Before long our favorite toys find themselves inside of a full play-set for the BattleSaurs and in the middle of a whole new adventure.
‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ is sure to bring smiles, laughs and plenty of overall fun for the entire family in this short yet no less entertaining and heartfelt new animated adventure featuring all of your favorite characters such as Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Rex, Mr. Potato Head and the rest of the gang, most of whom once again with the voice talented provided by the stars of the films: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles and more each reprising their respective voice roles once again for this new adventure that kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy and won’t want to miss out on.
Fans of the ‘Toy Story’ franchise in addition to the homes with children will almost surely want to make sure to pick up a copy of ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ on Blu-ray to add to their collection. While some may be somewhat deterred by the fact it’s merely a 22 minute episode-length animated short, many will still be thrilled at the opportunity to own this new adventure on Blu-ray in a release that delivers outstanding high definition video and audio presentations along with plenty of great bonus content including Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) making this a definite must own for many, even if some are a bit hesitant to spend the cash on it.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio in which it was originally broadcast. The video presentation looks magnificent as a whole, delivering a sharp, bright and detailed presentation that beautifully displays all of the warm, vivid colors constantly on display, holding up impressively even during the faster moving sequences and never resulting in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible at any point. Overall, this is a top notch high definition video presentation that should easily please.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack is quite impressive, providing a clean, discrete and highly capable audio presentation, utilizing all seven available channels on a number of occasions to send toys running to one side or another past the viewer and with plenty of noticeable crowd elements during the arena sequence just to name a few examples, while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a solid 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ includes some enjoyable bonus goodies for the whole family. Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary’, plus a number of ‘Deleted Scenes with Introductions by Director Steve Purcell’ (running approximately 9 minutes in length altogether). Also included on the release is a behind the scenes look at the new star of this short with interviews and comments from the creative team in ‘Reptillus!’ (approximately 11 minutes), in addition to ‘Toy Story Goes to Comic-Con’ (4 minutes), ‘BattleSaurs – Animated Opening’ (just shy of 1 minute), and ‘Karaoke: My Unexpected Friend’ which offers two options: ‘Reptillus Sings’ and ‘You Sing’ (each runs 4 minutes).