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Wednesday, October 16, 2013: Toy Story of Terror!

by Ethan Alter October 16, 2013 6:00 am
Wednesday, October 16, 2013: <i>Toy Story of Terror!</i>

ABC continues to exploit the many brand names of its parent company -- that would be the Walt Disney omnimedia empire -- with a Halloween-themed special based on the signature Pixar franchise about the world's most trouble-plagued group of toys.

After mostly serving a supporting character in the feature film franchise, Toy Story of Terror! puts Cowgirl Jesse (once again voiced by Joan Cusack) front and center. While overnighting at a roadside motel with their new owner, Bonnie, Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and Jesse go in search of a missing toy and get caught up in a series of adventures, with the latter enjoying her own side-mission involving new toy, Combat Carl (voiced by Carl Weathers). While not quite as funny as some of the Toy Story shorts that have played in front of Disney's features (I particularly liked the one where Buzz stumbled upon a support group for fast food novelty toys), it's a cute little cartoon with a positive message about believing in yourself. Won't replace Garfield's Halloween Adventure or, for that matter, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown in our hearts, though.

Toy Story of Terror! premieres at 8 PM on ABC opposite the sixth-season finale of Toddlers & Tiaras. At 9 PM, put the kids to bed and switch over to BBC America's answer to Liz & Dick, Burton and Taylor, a biopic starring Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter as the Battling Burtons.

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