The Horror Honeys: Toy Story of Terror: By Globatron's Ghost, You Shall Be Remembered!

Toy Story of Terror: By Globatron's Ghost, You Shall Be Remembered!

A Revenge Honey Spooky Kids Halloween Review by Linnie

Toy Story of Terror! (2013)

Mr. Pricklepants: The roadside motel is one of the most common settings for a horror story. Remote, secluded, ordinary. A quiet place to alleviate the audience's expectations. I'll be expecting her to ask the innkeeper for the phone any minute now.
Bonnie's Mom: Can we use your phone? Our car has a flat.
Mr. Pricklepants: Right on cue.

It's not always the easiest to find horror movies that are safe to watch with the little monsters in your life. But around Halloween, most parents are looking for something with just the right amount of spookiness and fun to keep their kids entertained, while not making them want to gouge their eyes out with stale candy corn. So leave it to the people at Pixar to craft a short film that won't only make kids insanely happy, but will leave horror-loving parents absolutely in love with the genius screenwriters, who are obviously horror fans themselves.

If you haven't watched Toy Story of Terror yet, you've been missing out kiddies!

Rex: So what happens next?
Mr. Pricklepants: Usually this is the point of the story where the characters are picked off one by one.

The Story: Set after Toy Story 3, Buzz, Woody, and the gang are on a road trip with Bonnie and her mom. But when they get a flat tire and are forced to spend the night at a motel, horror expert Mr. Pricklepants points out that they are landing smack dab in the middle of the conditions for a perfect horror film. Is there something nefarious about the motel's owner, as Pricklepants suggests, or are the toys really facing their last hurrah at the hands of homicidal toy-murdering maniac?

Pricklepants, AKA a Horror Honey in this situation.
Obviously, our motel owner isn't the Disney version of Norman Bates, but the villain's reveal is insanely clever, and it will make you question your decision to ever sell toys on eBay again. Toy Story of Terror was made-for-TV, so it's short, but even in its truncated run time, you will experience the same range of emotions that you get from a full-length Toy Story movie: it's sweet, sad, funny, and in the end, totally endearing. While all our old friends are back, we're introduced to new characters via Combat Carl (Carl Weathers), Combat Carl Jr. (also Weathers) and Kate McKinnon as the cutest Pez Cat ever. There is no shortage of toys to fall in love with, though I am particularly attached, as always, to Trixie (Kristen Schaal). 

Combat Carl never gives up! Combat Carl finds a way!
Of course, any horror fan will immediately find themselves enamored of Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton), who we meet as he is yelling at a young girl in a vampire movie to drop the vase and find a stake. Equal parts voice of reason and harbinger, Pricklepants is the character that makes Toy Story of Terror the kind of movie that parents won't mind watching ad nauseum with their children around Halloween. Well... won't mind as much.

If you are looking for a film to add to your collection for the kids, or are just a Pixar fanatic (like me), you won't regret buying Toy Story of Terror. It's become one of my holiday season mainstays!

Revenge Honey Rating: 4 & 1/2 perceptive porcupines out of 5

Toy Story of Terror is available via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube VOD, Vudu, Google Play, & blu-ray/DVD

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