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Film information
Directed by: Angus MacLane
Produced by: Galyn Susman
Written by: Angus MacLane
Music by: Michael Giacchino
Editing by: Axel Geddes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Release Date(s): October 16, 2013
Running time: 21 minutes
Language: English

Toy Story of Terror! is a Halloween TV special that is based on the Toy Story films. It aired on October 16, 2013 on ABC. The special is directed by Angus MacLane and produced by Galyn Susman. The score was composed by Michael Giacchino. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it was premiered on Sky Movies Disney.


Bonnie goes on a road trip and takes Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, Mr. Pricklepants and Trixie with her. They stop by a roadside motel. While they’re there, Mr. Potato Head explores, despite Woody’s protests. Then a mysterious creature attacks. After the attack, Mr. Potato Head is nowhere to seen. Mr. Pricklepants then says “And so it begins!” The toys go to find him.

Then Trixie is taken by the creature. The toys then fall underneath the motel, where Mr. Pricklepants says that the creature takes it victims one at a time. At that moment, the creature takes him and Rex. After running from the creature, Woody, Buzz and Jessie find Mr. Potato Head’s arm.

Woody, Buzz and Jessie then find a way out and take the arm with them. Then the creature takes Woody and Buzz, who is holding Mr. Potato Head’s arm. Jessie is then grabbed by a Combat Carl Doll , who tell her the creature took one of his hands. The creature takes Carl. Jessie hides in a bathtub and the creature finds her. The Creature is revealed to be a lizard named Mr. Jones.

He then takes Jessie to Ron, the Motel Manager, who is stealing Toys from his kid guests and selling them on the Internet. Jessie is reunited with Buzz and the others. Ron hears that someone has bought Woody and puts him in a Box. He then gets another sell. It’s Jessie. While he’s busy, Jessie races to save Woody. They then go to save Buzz and the other toys. Jessie hears Bonnie and rushes to find her when suddenly Mr. Jones attacks her.

Jessie then sees Carl’s other hand and Mr. Potato Head’s Lost Arm in Mr. Jones’s body and pulls them out and uses Potato Head’s arm to open the curtain, revealing all the toys. Bonnie and her mom take the toys back. And the toys go home. Mr. Pricklepants says that the horror movie is now over and the credits are about to roll.

During the end credits scene, Carl, who now has his lost hand back, and his friends go home to their owner Billy while the Police arrive to take Ron (and Possibly Mr. Jones) to Jail. However Ron runs out the back, and steals the police car, only to crash into the motel sign while backing up.

Voice Cast


Toy Story of Terror! is the first of two 22-minute Toy Story TV specials that are scheduled for 2013 and 2014.

Dylan Brown stated in November 2012: "Our first works at Pixar Canada were six-minute pieces, and some one-and-a-half-minute films, which we call shorty-shorts. But we set up the Vancouver studio to produce the 22-minute specials. Pixar in California is currently working on the first one, called Toy Story of Terror."

At D23 Expo, the first ten minutes of the special was shown for D23 attendees.


The special has received generally favorable reviews from critics, with a Metacritic score of 79% based on seven reviews. Matt Roush of TV Guide said, "ABC's Toy Story of Terror! is a delightful half-hour vignette of gags, action and self-empowerment, couching its never-give-up message in terrific non-stop entertainment." Brian Lowry of Variety said, "Toy Story of Terror! is about a quarter the length of the average animated feature, but everything else here could easily be mistaken for the bigscreen version, from the pacing and humor to Michael Giacchino’s score." Rob Owen of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said, "It’s a small adventure befitting the 30-minute running time but it’s also clever in the way it ultimately puts the “Toy Story” characters in a recognizable situation, which is similar to the big-screen movies." Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times said, "Once the annual avalanche of Halloween-themed episodes, specials and movies overtakes TV, you probably don't expect to be using the word "charming" very often. But charming perfectly describes one such entry, Toy Story of Terror!" Todd VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club said, "The Toy Story franchise has always operated best with a note of existential panic, and there’s some of that here, but it feels like the special leans awfully hard on the films that gave rise to it." Robert Lloyd of Los Angeles Times said, "Themes from earlier Toy Story movies are also recycled, which should bother no one. Although Woody and Buzz get their screen time--with Jessie, they are the "Jules et Jim" of computer-animated cartoons about sentient playthings--it is the plucky cowgirl, facing her fears, whose story this is."


Toy Story of Terror!
Released: October 15, 2013
Recorded: 2013
Genre(s): Film score
Label: Walt Disney Records
Length: 20:58
The soundtrack of Toy Story of Terror! was released on MP3 on October 15, 2013.

Track listing

All music composed by Michael Giacchino.

  1. The Suspension Is Killing Me (score)
  2. Thinking Inside the Box (score)
  3. Motel Me a Scary Story (score)
  4. I've Got a Bag Feeling About This (score)
  5. Why'd It Have to Be Crawl Spaces? (score)
  6. The Ballad of Combat Carl (score)
  7. Iguana Be Kidding Me (score)
  8. Nobody Puts Jessie in the Box (score)
  9. Rock 'Em Box 'Em Robots (score)
  10. Pink Peanut Panic (score)
  11. World's Worst Curtain Call (score)
  12. FedExit (End Credits) (score)

Home media

It is uncertain when the special will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the US. However, the DVD version was released at Sainbury's stores exclusively in the UK on February 17, 2014.


  • Won: Annie Award for Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production - Daniel Chong
  • Won: Annie Award for Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production - Kureha Yokoo
  • Won: Annie Award for Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production - Angus MacLane
  • Nominated: Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production
  • Nominated: Annie Award for Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production - JC Tran Quang Thieu
  • Nominated: Annie Award for Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production - David DeVan
  • Nominated: Annie Award for Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production - Axel Geddes, Kathy Graves, Chloe Kloezeman
  • Nominated: VES Award for Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial or Broadcast Program - Paul Aichele, Kiki Mei Kee Poh, Andrew Coats
  • Nominated: VES Award for Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Commercial or Broadcast Program - Jane Yen, Rogan Griffin, Amit Baadkar, Keith Daniel Klohn


  • Toy Story of Terror! is meant to take place about six months after the events of Toy Story 3.
  • This is Pixar's first half-hour TV special.
  • This is the second time to have a female protagonist. The first is Brave.
  • The tombstones at the beginning of the film belong to deceased characters from previous Pixar films. One for instance reads "RIP Simon J. Palladino", a reference to Gazerbeam from The Incredibles.
  • Woody, Buzz, Mr. Potato Head and Rex are the only four characters who were in all three movies to appear in the special. However, Andy and Hamm were mentioned.
  • This is the first Toy Story production in which Jessie appears without Bullseye.
  • The entire short is computer-animated, except a bat seen in a graveyard, which was actually a rubber bat prop, filmed on green screen. Angus MacLane said attempting to simulate one would have been too expensive.
  • This is Trixie's first speaking role since Hawaiian Vacation.
  • Bonnie is seen in the special wearing a T-shirt with DJ Blu-Jay from the Toy Story Toons short Small Fry on it.
  • Al (of Al's Toy Barn) from Toy Story 2 is the winning bidder of Woody in the online auction. Al's name can be seen with an address c/o Al's Toy Barn on the address label affixed to Woody's shipping box.
    • Andrew Stanton even indicated that Al was supposed to appear in the special, but was finally cut.
  • The police officers that pursue and arrest Ron the Manager at the end of the special resemble the ones Mike and Sulley scared in the cabin near the end of Monsters University.
  • Combat Carl lacking a hand is a possible reference to Carl Weathers' character Dillon from Predator, in which the titular Predator uses an energy blast to sever one of Dillon's arms before killing him.
  • Jessie's price on eBid is $19.99. This is a reference to the year Toy Story 2 was released.
  • This is the first Toy Story production in which Hamm didn't appear (not counting the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command intro where he is replaced with an Emperor Zurg toy), which makes Buzz and Rex the only two characters to appear in everything in the franchise.



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