Toy Story That Time Forgot

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Delightful franchise add-on has happy messages, some peril.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 45 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational value

The story intends to entertain rather than to educate, but there are some heartwarming messages about self-esteem and friendship.

Positive messages

Trying to be something you're not can lead you into trouble. The joy of physical play is favored over that of virtual entertainment. True friends are there for you in thick and thin, even if it means standing against the tide of popular perception. It's important to think for yourself rather than to just go with the flow. Feel-good reminders about realizing your potential, being grateful for individuality, and sharing joy with others, as well as the special bond between kids and their toys.

Positive role models & representations

Trixie learns to accept herself just as she is, and her change of heart has a positive effect on others as well. A villain exerts control through manipulation, but he's usurped by the truth. Bonnie leads by example in reminding Mason about the joy of make-believe. 

Violence & scariness

Many characters face perilous moments at the hands of a group of battle toys. They're kidnapped and subjected to an arena fight against armored dinosaurs who carry blades and clubs. Some are knocked out of the ring, it's implied that a stuffed toy is ripped to shreds, and two are swallowed by a toy beast, then retrieved and hung over a spinning fan blade. Some of the villainous dinos are menacing, and one gnashes large teeth. Verbal threats. 

Sexy stuff
Language

"Dang it," once. 

Consumerism

This short joins a huge franchise of movies and merchandise featuring the core characters.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Toy Story That Time Forgot is an action-packed addition to the beloved Toy Story saga and sees the characters come face-to-face with a colony of battle-ready dinosaurs who have been tricked into believing they're actual warriors by a scheming, self-serving villain. There's a lot at play here, from a main character's identity crisis to barely obscured admonishments about letting video games consume your playtime, but every turn has a positive message about relationships, loyalty, and being true to yourself. There are multiple instances of peril for some favorite characters, and other toys are subjected to some violence (they're clubbed, hurled long distances, and, in one case, unstuffed), and the villain can be scary at times. Marketing tie-ins are always a consideration when you're dealing with established characters like these, but the story's superb, family-worthy entertainment value overshadows everything else. 

User Reviews

Parent Written byKrisM86 April 23, 2016

Cute but very short

It's a very cute spinoff. The characters are funny, the storyline is good, and it's as well done as any other in the Toy Story franchise, however it i... Continue reading
Parent Written byphil c December 30, 2017

Definitely not a 3+or 4+ IMHO

There are some scenes that are not suitable for 3+, e.g. Buzz and Woody getting eaten by a quite scary looking toy, a scary looking lizard man toy knocking the... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 9, 2015

Good Movie

I think this movie is great. I watched it with younger children and I think it is absolutely fine. The only thing thing is how long it is,I would classify it as... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 22, 2014

A tiny bit....

Violent, for toy story any way. The only thing I can find wrong about this, is that, there is one scene, where a sock monkey gets shredded up. And my sister cri... Continue reading

What's the story?

It's days after Christmas, and Bonnie (voiced by Emily Hahn) arrives at her friend Mason's (R. C. Cope) house for a play date only to find him enthralled with a new video game. With the kids preoccupied, Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Trixie (Kristen Schaal), Rex (Wallace Shawn), and a new friend -- a tree ornament named Kitty Angel (Emma Hudak) -- explore Mason's playroom and discover a veritable army of brand-new Battlesaurs, whom Mason quickly neglected in favor of his virtual games. Much to the delight of Trixie, who laments the fact that Bonnie never casts her as an imposing dinosaur in her play, Reptillus Maximus (Kevin McKidd) welcomes them to the inner fold of the Battlesaurs. But when the devious Cleric (Steve Purcell) manipulates the Battlesaurs' loyalties to threaten her friends, Trixie must convince Reptillus that being a child's plaything really is the ultimate joy.  

Is it any good?

TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT is another little nugget of happiness for fans young and old who just can't get enough of these endearing characters. In surprising fashion, it casts Trixie as the central character and relegates Woody and Buzz to mere supporting roles, but the change proves a welcome one. As Trixie struggles with her own identity crisis from Bonnie's persistent imagining that she's any number of mild-mannered characters, she has to come to terms with her own self-image before she can help her new friend realize his. In so doing, she facilitates new bonds between a child and his toys, harking back to the delights of the original dynamic duo, Andy and Woody.

What this movie lacks is a strong holiday presence, although this isn't necessarily a bad thing. With the exception of a visible Christmas tree and the addition of Kitty Angel, there's little to suggest this is a Christmas special, which obviously bodes well for its broader appeal. But the clever concept of delusional Battlesaurs who fancy themselves real warriors welcomes jokes about Buzz's similar misconceptions as well as good-natured jabs at the grandiosity of modern toys ("Everyone needs an apartment shaped like their own head," Trixie agrees as Reptilius shows her his bachelor pad). And, true to form, the characters never miss the opportunity to impart wisdom on viewers of all ages, celebrating true friendship, loyalty, and the joy of recognizing your unique purpose in life.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Trixie's efforts to remake her image. Why does she want to be scarier than she is? When she gets the chance to play that role, does she like it? Why are we often tempted to change how we look or act because of others' influence?  

  • Why does the Cleric manipulate the Battlesaurs' actions? What does he gain from doing so? Can happiness ever be found by controlling other people? 

  • Kids: To what extent are your desires influenced by what you see on TV and in the movies? Do you like wearing clothes or having accessories with character images on them? Why, or why not?

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