At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), Pixar held a Toy Story That Time Forgot panel moderated by famed compose, Michael Giacchino. Guests of the panel were treated to background storyboards, still images and even saw a sneak peek of the short along with images of the Battlesaur toys (which will be released this holiday season). Although the half-hour television special isn’t premiering until December 2, 2014, Sky (A UK-based media company that also released a Toy Story of TERROR! clip last year) has just released a hilarious commercial allowing us to get a glimpse at the “dangerously delusional” band of Battlesaurs. Be sure to watch the commercial which is uploaded on our PixarPost YouTube channel below.
The hilarious fifty-one-second commercial was directed by veteran television spot and Partysaurus Rex director, Mark Walsh and we have to say that the character development by Steve Purcell-and-team is just brilliant – the Battlesaurs draw you in right away and make you want to see more. Speaking of Steve Purcell, not only is he the director of the half-hour special, but he also voices the hilarious and somewhat goofy, Cleric (pictured below).
We’ve already watched the commercial six times and the humor comes across in more depth each viewing. We particularly love the moments when the Cleric utters, “Alchemy“, when Ray-Gon blows the dust off of the network cable and our favorite moment is when Buzz and Woody are tied (with a pipe cleaner) to a spit over a battery-operated candle – genius! Additionally, since we know that the special takes place during a post-Christmas playdate, it was great to see the little details of the wrapping paper still on one of the Battlesaur boxes.
During a post-Christmas play date, the Toy Story gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room.
What are your thoughts now that you’ve had a chance to see the Battlesaurs in action? To get caught up on all the details (plot, vocal cast, story development and more) regarding Toy Story That Time Forgot, be sure to check out the related posts below. Also, be sure to join us in the Pixar Post Forum to chat more about the upcoming special.
Thanks for the heads up from our reader Max den Hartog!
Oh man, this is great stuff. I had no idea this commercial was directed by Mark either! How'd you find that info? Too awesome. I love how you noticed the snowflake wrapping paper still on some of the Battlesaur packaging…I also caught Andy's airplane on the desk in that same screen shot! I love the look of the dinosaurs and the whole toy line, including the packaging that Steve's team designed. It feel like a real line you could go pick up at Toys R Us, and I hope that's the case come Christmas! Some of my fave moments in this are Angel Kitty's hilarious voice/personality and Ray-Gon's Wi-fi (wee-fee) ritual. Great stuff, thanks for this awesome write-up T.J. and sharing this clip!
Hey Dan! Yeah, the wrapping paper was a great touch to really sell the idea that this is post-Christmas! Also, we determined that Mark directed it from Junn Lee's Twitter post (https://twitter.com/ijunns/status/504728169748774912) …plus, it made sense with his history of television-spot directing!Also, yes, yes, yes – the packaging is amazing – I really hope it looks just like that in stores!Nice catch on the airplane as well – that's interesting because this doesn't take place at Andy's or Bonnie's house (in case he donated that to her at any point as well). It must have just been used as a prop.
Oh, and I love the Cleric's one mechanical arm!
The Battlesaurs are hilarious! While Buzz used to be so delusional that he would go the distance to do strange stuff, Pixar is taking it to the next level and make so the Battlesaurs are so rooted to their delusional beliefs that they don't notice what's actually going on! But unlike Buzz, it seems that they may try to be intimidating, but they can't really do any harm(\”fire the offerings!\” At least I think that's what the Cleric said)I too love the overall design of the Battlesaurs and the packaging is great. To me, the boxes look like those boxes that the huge Hot Wheels tracks come in, like where the car has to go through all the obstacles and stuff. My favorite new character is definitely Ray-Gon!When Angel Kitty uttered that adorable line, \”Joy has no limit, when we look to the sky\” reminded me so much of Linus from the original Peanuts Christmas special in every way. The soft, yet clear voice, the simple wisdom in the words, all of it! I really like that and I hope Angel Kitty gets a similar speech to Linus's at the end of the special, but more centered around the Battlesaurs and Bonnie's toys getting along. This commercial is amazing, thanks for posting! 🙂
The Cleric says, \”Burn the offerings\”! Ha – so good! Yeah, I also think it's going to be more about intimidation rather than actual harm. That's also a really interesting observation about Angel Kitty's voice sounding similar to Linus' voice – it absolutely does!
Cannot wait to see this.
I know – it's going to be so much fun. The Battlesaurs immediately feel like we've known them forever and they're old friends!
Cannot wait to see this good job.
I think this is a general consensus – people definitely want to see this! 🙂
Release date for the Blu Ray????
No date has been listed as of yet, but we'll be sure to list it as soon as we hear anything!