One of the highlights of the Disney animation panel at this year's D23 Expo was the ten minutes of footage screened from the first-ever Pixar television special, "Toy Story of TERROR!," a "Toy Story" spinoff airing this Halloween on the Disney-owned ABC. At the end of the highly evocative clip, the collected audience let out an audible groan. We wanted it all!
One thing teased by that footage (but never actually seen) was the inclusion of Combat Carl, the G.I. Joe-style war toy who was blown to smithereens by the evil toy torturer Sid in the original "Toy Story." Well, Combat Carl is back in "Toy Story OF TERROR!," and guess who voices him? That's right: Apollo Creed himself, Carl Weathers. Please file this under: amazing.
Today, we finally gotten our first look at Carl (via Empire), and he appears to be ready for battle. We can't wait to hear what Weathers does with the character. We're hoping that he in some way references his character and/or performance from John McTiernan's immortal "Predator." An "Arrested Development" joke might also be nice.
In "Toy Story OF TERROR!," Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang find themselves stranded in a spooky hotel in the middle of the night. One by one, the toys go missing, menaced by some unseen force. What was so striking about the footage screened at D23 was how genuinely creepy it was; there were just as many scares as there were laughs.
"Toy Story of TERROR!" is Pixar's first television special, and marks something as a return to the original intent of the first "Toy Story," which was initially intended as a Christmas special for ABC, based largely on Pixar's "Tin Toy" short. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Timothy Dalton, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn and Kristen Schaal all return for the special (pretty impressive, no?), which airs on October 16 on ABC.