Sunday, September 7, 2014

Toy Story of Terror! (Disney Blu-ray) - Should Be a Part of Your Family's Halloween Tradition

Toy Story of Terror came out last Halloween, and I was probably as excited or more than my kids. You see, I love Disney movies. I watch nearly all of them at some point, but Toy Story really knows how to twist your nostalgia strings. It's an honest series of movies, and now a brilliant nearly meta exploration into horror fiction. We're going to do this in two parts. One my thoughts on the movie and Blu-ray coverage. The second  part is the reaction of my two girls. They watched it with me this morning.

DOC TERROR review:

The Blu-ray looks absolutely perfect and is the sign of quality you'd come to expect from Disney. This should be no surprise. Nice slip sleeve. Comes with a digital HD copy. You can either watch the movie by itself, with commentary OR you have the choice to watch it with vintage toy commercials. These are newly created commercials crafted to feel like the toy commercials of yesteryear. They are spot on and greatly contribute to the viewing experience offering really belly laughs. You can view the commercials separately, check out deleted scenes or take a gander at the crew behind the toys.

Perhaps the most fun was the inclusion of several Toy Story short movies included on the disc to flesh out the release (keep in mind that Toy Story of Terror is only 22 minutes long). These are not horror related, but are all Toy Story!

The special itself is actually quite frightening at times focusing on traditional horror elements of the horror pictures from the 60's and before with moments that seem to emulate psycho, classic monster movies or even large monster pictures of the 50's. The rules are carefully laid out as to white comprises a solid horror picture to great comedic effect.

MY KIDS' reviews:

Ava who is nearly three years old really laughed at the movie for the first 14 minutes. By the time one of the main characters was caught, she began to lose interest. Too much dialogue for her. Not enough action. Makes sense. She last a good while, and I think her enjoyment of the picture will continue to grow as she gets old. She did not want to watch it when it originally aired last year. This year she jumped up and down and said "spooky scary Toy Story" with a big ol' smile on her face.

That's my girl!

Bella who is ten years old absolutely loved this movie and adore Toy Story in general. She laughed at the short and we even talked about some of the horror related influence. She had scene it last year, was eager to see it again this year and will definitely watch it with me next year. She was actually more enamored with the extra shorts on the disc. She hadn't seen them before though she had heard about them. She loved all of it.

The most surprising part of watching it with Bella was that she actually though the faux toy advertisements were real. They were that spot on! She asked me if we had those toys when we were kids. I said, no, but that the advertisement looked very familiar to me.

I can assure you that this will become a Halloween holiday tradition and greatly increases our enjoyment of the season. We are headed to Disney World November 1st so hopefully we can catch some last minutes cuddly creepies before they set up for Christmas.

You can order Toy Story of Terror now.

Synopsis from Disney:

Disney Pixar proudly presents a wacky new tale featuring all your favorite characters from the Toy Story films. Join Woody, Buzz, Jessie and their pals in a frighteningly fun animated adventure.

What starts out as an exciting road trip for the Toy Story gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse following a detour to a roadside motel. After Mr. Potato Head suddenly disappears, his friends find themselves caught up in a hilarious mystery that must be solved before they suffer the same fate in this thrilling Toy Story OF TERROR

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