Just in time to get geared up for the Halloween season, Disney brings Pixar's Toy Story of Terror to Blu-ray and DVD. Loaded with all sorts of horror genre references, it's a must-see for any fright fans with kiddos too small to enjoy scarier fare during the holiday. I actually enjoyed this 22-minute short more than I did any of the actual movies.
Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the rest of the gang go on vacation with Bonnie and her mother. The curious toys decide to explore a mysterious roadside hotel when their car's tire blows out. They find themselves captured by the owner of the inn and put up on the internet to be sold to the highest bidder. When Woody is bought, the rest must come to his rescue before he's shipped out via mail. They face perilous adventures and a dangerous "creature" along the way.
Toy Story of Terror is presented in 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) and English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The video perfectly emphasizes the precise animation Pixar is known for. The picture is vibrant and clean and matches the quality of the full-length films. All the creepy sounds you’d expect from a Halloween special jump out at you thanks to the surround format.
Disney packs the Blu-ray edition of Toy Story of Terror full of exciting bonus material. Three Toy Story Toons entitled “Hawaiian Vacation,” “Small Fry,” and “Partysaurus Rex” are found. Never-Before-Seen special features include vintage toy commercials, deleted scenes, audio commentary and introductions, D23 teaser, and a featurette called “Team of Specialists.”
Although Toy Story of Terror is rated G, there might be some scary moments for younger children and possibly older ones as well. My 13-year-old daughter jumped at one scene and almost flung her ice cream all over the place. Between a lizard trying to eat Woody and other tense moments, it really might be too much for toddlers to take.
Toy Story of Terror is a perfect way to get ready for the Halloween season. It might be a month out, but it can never be too early to start the celebration. Although the actual feature presentation is only 22-minutes long, the addition of three additional cartoons and the special features make this a must-have for anyone’s Disney home entertainment library.