In Toy Story that Time Forgot, Trixie, (Kristen Schaal) Bonnie’s triceratops, wishes that Bonnie would play with her as a dinosaur for once. She’s been everything but a dinosaur, and Trixie wants a change of pace! After Christmas, Bonnie is invited over to her friend Mason’s house for a playdate, so she brings Trixie, Rex (Wallace Shawn), Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz, (Tim Allen), and a new toy, Angel Kitty (Emma Hudak) also known as Confucius Cat, along for the ride. When Bonnie joins Mason with his new game console, the toys are left to their own devices in the playroom, where they encounter delusional and dangerous action figures called Battlesaurs, lead by the hilariously hammy Reptillus Maximus (Kevin McKidd). Trixie and Rex are welcomed immediately, but any toys that aren’t dinosaurs are considered fresh meat for the Battlesaurs’ gladiatorial games. Can Trixie teach her fellow dinos reason? Will Woody and Buzz make it out alive, or are they dryer lint?
Trixie learns that being Bonnie’s toy and being loved is better than being just one thing. She also teaches the Battlesaurs that being loved is better than battle. Angel Kitty is usually heard spouting odd sentiments like you would find in fortune cookies except for one statement: “Be grateful for your gifts, they are all around you.” She then disappears. (Angel Kitty also plays “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” on her horn.)
The Battlesaurs are an affectionate parody of popular toy lines from the 80’s and 90’s complete with over the top theme song and ham-tastic leader. The crew at Pixar spent a great deal of time working on the Battlesaurs and making them feel authentic. As always, Pixar’s motto is “go big or go to Dreamworks.” Adults will get a charge out of this running gag and the myriad pop culture references and jokes throughout the show.
So, while not as grand in scope and pathos as it’s full length predecessors, Toy Story That Time Forgot is a very passable adventure for the Toy Story gang. Because of the talent of the Pixar crew, even this short subject is great fun any time of year. It’s lesson of contentment and learning to surrender to love is also a great thing to be taken into account when viewing this little show. Highly recommended!
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