‘TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT’
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Prehistoric Adventure for the ‘Toy Story’ Gang
It’s time to go prehistoric with the Battlesaurs!
‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ is the second of the two ‘Toy Story’ short films (the first was ‘Toy Story of Terror’). There is a Christmas theme to this film with the story is set two days after Christmas. I purchased both ‘Toy Story of Terror’ and ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ DVDs on New Year’s Eve 2015.
I enjoyed ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’! It’s not as good as ‘Toy Story of Terror’, but the story is fairly good. I enjoyed the Christmassy feel to it and these short films are good fillers in the ‘Toy Story’ world. I did like Trixie’s story here and getting to know her from her first appearance in ‘Toy Story 3’.
In the story, Trixie feels that she’s not played with as a dinosaur by Bonnie. Soon, Bonnie takes Woody, Buzz, Rex, Trixie and a Christmas toy called Angel Kitty for a play-date at Mason’s house. The toys are soon tossed into Mason’s playroom and they soon enter into the world of the Battlesaurs.
Again, like ‘Toy Story of Terror’, not every character from ‘Toy Story’ features in this short film. It is difficult to focus on every character from ‘Toy Story’ in a short film. This gives the chance for Trixie to develop as a character and also to see more of Woody, Buzz and Rex who get in trouble in this film.
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen return to voice Woody and Buzz in this ‘Toy Story’ film, as well as Wallace Shawn to voice Rex and Kristen Schaal to voice Trixie. Jessie; Mr. Potato Head and Mr. Pricklepants do make an appearance in this film, although they appear at the beginning and the end of this story.
The film opens with Bonnie playing with her toys after Christmas. It’s a nice scene and it was interesting to see how Bonnie plays with her toys differently compared to how Andy played them in the first two ‘Toy Story’ movies. Even Rex makes comparisons to how Andy played him as a dinosaur.
As I said before, this film focuses on Trixie, who wants to be played as a dinosaur by Bonnie. She then meets the Battlesaurs at Mason’s house, and they are very impressive with their battle armour. It then transpires that the Battlesaurs take themselves seriously and don’t know that they are toys.
The way that Trixie, Woody, Buzz and Rex meet the Battlesaurs is interesting. Woody and Buzz are ignored by the Battlesaurs, but Trixie and Rex are accepted as they are of course dinosaurs. Trixie and Rex are excited when they have battle armour, until they see toys get ‘massacred’ in the arena.
I was anxious for Woody and Buzz when they were fighting Reptillus Maximus in the arena before they got swallowed up by the Goliathon. Trixie is upset and angry before she defies the Battlesaurs for what they’re doing. She has to get to Trixie and Mason to save Woody and Buzz from more harm.
The story’s themes are profound in ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ and that’s not just the Battlesaurs’ theme song. I like how Trixie gets to learn that it doesn’t matter how toys are played with by kids. So long as the toys are there for kids is what matters. This is what Trixie tries to tell Reptillus Maximus.
I liked Mason’s playroom where the Battlesaurs’ world is set. The disarray of toy boxes to make that world is very impressive. It sometimes makes you feel you’re back in prehistoric times with the Battlesaurs. It almost makes Mason’s playroom bigger than it is as its all from the toys’ point of view.
The Battlesaur characters include Reptillus Maximus (voiced by Kevin McKidd). Reptillus is a noble Battlesaur, who forms a close bond with Trixie. Through the film, Reptillus goes from believing he is a real Battlesaur to realising that he is a toy. I liked it when Reptillus soon chooses to be played with.
There’s also the Cleric (voiced by writer/director Steve Purcell). The Cleric is like the emperor of the Battlesaurs and prefers for his kind to live in ignorance of the reality of who they are. He becomes very mean to Bonnie’s toys when they visit and treats them as enemies to the tribe during this film.
The Angel Kitty (voiced by Emma Hudak) is a little cat toy used as a decoration for Christmas. She gets played with by Bonnie as a ‘teddysaurus’. The Angel Kitty doesn’t do much, except saying random proverbs throughout this short film. She also has a little bugle that gets smashed to pieces.
I like the ending of this short film, as Bonnie and Mason soon stop playing on the video game (which Mason has been obsessed about over Christmas) and they play with the toys. Reptillus Maximus feels glorious from his playtime and Trixie is happy to be played with by Bonnie in whatever fashion.
There aren’t any special features on the DVD for ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’. Thankfully though this short film isn’t on a loop and has a main menu to start from with a scene select option and a language set-up option. It would have been nice to have had behind-the-scenes extras on this DVD.
‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ is a good entertaining film from the ‘Toy Story’ series. It’s not the best short film I’ve seen of ‘Toy Story’, though its above average for me. There are good moments of humour in it. I’m so looking forward to the next ‘Toy Story’ short film if that gets made as well as ‘Toy Story 4’ in 2019.
‘Toy Story of Terror’ rating – 9/10
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