Disney's Christmas Gift To You Is More 'Toy Story'

by Marisa LaScala

Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the Toy Story gang are returning to your television when "Toy Story That Time Forgot" premieres on December 3 on ABC. But we've seen so much of Andy's toys lately — weren't they just here on Halloween? — that it might be hard to tell if this is something we've all seen before. So, is "Toy Story That Time Forgot" new, or is it a rebroadcast of an old special?

Rejoice, it's a holiday miracle! (Or, you know, just a happy occurrence.) "Toy Story That Time Forgot" is totally, completely, brand new.

But you'd be forgiven for being confused. There's been so much Toy Story in the popular consciousness, it's hard to keep it all straight. Earlier in November, it was announced that Toy Story 4 is definitely happening. It'll be arriving in theaters in June 2017. This comes on the heels of the Halloween airings of "Toy Story of TERROR!" That one was the re-broadcast, having premiered originally in 2013. Apparently, it did so well that they decided to show it again this year, and follow it up with a brand-new, Christmas-themed special.

So, what do we know so far about "Toy Story That Time Forgot?"

It's Only the Second Half-Hour Special in the Franchise

Sure, there are a bunch of Toy Story shorts, including "Partysaurus Rex" (which aired before Finding Nemo's 3D re-release and is currently my favorite), "Small Fry" (which aired before The Muppets), and "Hawaiian Vacation" (which aired before Cars 2). But "Toy Story of TERROR!" and "Toy Story That Time Forgot" are the only two half-hour TV specials. They can pack a lot of jokes into those shorts, but the specials are really where it's at. They give the creators enough time to throw together a bunch of jokes and have a plot.

Trixie Is the Star

Thus far, Trixie the Triceratops hasn't had her big moment in the spotlight. She'll get her chance in "Toy Story That Time Forgot," where she's slated to be the hero. (I know, it's hard to get Woody and Buzz to stop playing hero long enough for anyone else to step in, but they'll find a reason this time.) We know that Trixie has internet skills — and she can touch-type, which is pretty impressive for a three-toed dinosaur — but no word on whether or not that's what she'll rely on her web savvy to save the toys this time around. In any case, there should be plenty of comedy from Kristen Schaal, who provides the voice of Trixie (and Louise on Bob's Burgers).

There Will Be All-New (Possibly Crazy) Toys

Trixie gets pressed into service when a playdate goes bad — a playdate with a new bunch of toys, that is. The new group is described as "the coolest set of action figures ever." That sounds like a threat to Bonnie's toys, until it's discovered that the action figures are also "dangerously delusional." It's then Trixie's job to get them all up to the safety of Bonnie's room. It might be Christmas, but it seems like there's still a little bit of terror to go around.

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