New Details on Toy Story That Time Forgot Revealed at Comic-Con
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.24.2014
Introducing the Battlesaurs...
IGN has a report of the Comic-Con panel for Pixar and ABC's Toy Story That Time Forgot, which will air on the broadcast network on December 2nd. Executive producer Galyn Susman, director Steve Purcell, head of story Derek Thompson and Kristen Schaal, who voices Trixie, were at the panel which revealed some new details about the story. Check out the recap of the panel below:
Clips from Toy Story That Time Forgot show Bonnie taking Woody, Buzz, Rex, and Trixie over to a friend's house a few days after Christmas. The friend, Mason, got a video game and isn't paying attention to his other new toys, including an epic set of Battlesaurs. Trixie is excited to meet the other dinosaurs, and she's the co-lead of the special. Purcell said, "Our main character from the Toy Story world is Trixie. She's the one who takes us into this world. Trixie felt like she had this explorative spirit, this charm to her."
Woody and Buzz are present (and yes, Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are on board for voices), but Trixie befriends the Battlesaurs and gets into gear. She thinks they're just playing around, but the characters don't realize they're toys. Note: the Battlesaur designs are perfect for action figures. In the special, they fight in the Arena of Woe (or Whoa) and beat up other toys. Reptillus Maximus, voiced by Kevin McKidd, is the other star of Toy Story That Time Forgot, and he's sort of like a nice version of Beauty and the Beast's Gaston. He's got skills, he's handsome, he's charming and witty, and he seems to have a crush on Trixie.
The Battlesaur world is completely rounded out. Thompson said they did all they could to make a realistic world for the Battlesaurs even though they're kind of absurd. They wanted to have answers about why they're fighting and where they came from, so they created a hierarchy for them. There are clerics who are the spiritual leaders. There's Ray-Gon, a scientist who's in charge of sizing up the Battlesaurs and getting them into the best fitting gear. There are female warriors, the Elysian Guards, and the Raptorian Guards who are like the Stormtroopers in this world - meaning they're the most common.
The Battlesaurs live in a wrecked world that's been ruptured by zeta rays, and they're trying to survive in a place that essentially wants to crush them. One of the challenges they face is Outworld beasts like the Goliathon. Plus, the beasts are a tribute to the Godzilla and Kaiju stuff they love.
A handful of clips were aired at the panel, and they showed Trixie and Rex being welcomed into the Battlesaurs world. So far, the Christmas special looks entirely endearing with laugh out loud moments. When Rex gets battle gear, he gets full length cyber arms and seems to be really excited about it. The entire room cracked up. There is some Christmas flavor, but it doesn't seem overt.
Other news of note: a new character called Angel Kitty is introduced in the special, and she's voiced by Joan Cusack. The little ornament-toy is incredibly cute and sure to be adored by fans. Michael Giacchino is composing the score.