Pixar has conquered the big screen and is now ready to tackle television with its first TV special, Toy Story OF TERROR!. With the entire cast from the film franchise returning, along with the large production team at Pixar working for over two years to produce the special, there is no doubt that this is the next major release from the animation studio. Although its 21-minute running time is considerably shorter than the 90+ minutes we are used to seeing from Pixar’s feature releases, it still allows the studio to pack in enough thrills and heart. Learn more about the special and go behind the scenes in a new video that has just been released. Watch it after the break!
There are some interesting facts presented in the video by director Angus MacLane and producer Galyn Susman, both of whom are no strangers to Toy Story shorts. MacLane last directed Small Fry, which premiered in theaters with The Muppets in 2011, while Susman produced Hawaiian Vacation, which debuted with Cars 2 earlier that year. We also get a peek at some new characters, such as Combat Carl, Jr., who is definitely inspired by Mini Buzz who appeared in MacLane’s Small Fry short.
Watch the video in HD below:
Susman says to turn the volume of your television up to best enjoy the Toy Story special. While that will certainly create a more eerie atmosphere for this Halloween tie-in, it will also let you listen in to the score by Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up). The last Pixar projects that Giacchino contributed to were Cars 2 and La Luna, both of which were completed over two years prior, but that is no surprise as the composer is one of the busiest in the industry. It is great to see the talented musician working with Pixar again and I cannot wait to turn up the sound and listen to his music.
The soundtrack was released earlier today for download. You can purchase it now on Amazon for $7.99.
Toy Story OF TERROR! makes its world broadcast premiere tomorrow night on ABC at 8 pm EST.