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'Toy Story of Terror!' is here (But what is it anyway?)

"Toy Story of Terror": What starts out as a fun road trip for the "Toy Story" gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this "Toy Story of Terror!" Photo Credit: Disney/Pixar

Ah, "Toy Story of Terror!" has finally arrived but...  this annoying question remains: What exactly is a "Toy Story of Terror!" (airing Wednesday night at 8 on WABC/7).

To be brief: It's 22 minutes of Pixar-packed special effects, famous voices, and a condensation of one great movie franchise into an original, one-time-only Halloween special that is sure to be seen by many millions, if only because this will be rebroadcast on a half a dozen Disney-owned networks from now until the end of time.

But what's truly intriguing — besides the fact that this is Pixar's first-ever TV show much as "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is Disney-owned Marvel's first-ever TV series (not counting the many Marvel character-based series and movies licensed to other producers) — is that this could be the first of other holiday themed "Toy Story" specials.

Not that ABC has confirmed as much but logic would dictate that where there is one, another is sure to follow. And "Terror!" does look terrific. That is to be expected, as Pixar — run by a genius, John Lasseter — is not about to devalue a brand as beloved as "Toy Story."

Take a look at this short trailer (the gang, or some of the gang, go to a motel, and then, one by one, disappear...  It's OK for little children; don't worry). The voices are familiar and well they should be: Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Carl Weathers as Combat Carl/Combat Carl Jr., Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex and Kristen Schaal as Trixie.

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