Toy Story of Terror!

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Toy Story of Terror! (16 October, 2013) is a Halloween-themed 21-minute television special that aired on ABC. Set after the events of Toy Story 3, the special follows the toys on their road trip, when a flat tire leads Bonnie and her mother to spend the night in a roadside motel. After Mr. Potato Head goes missing, the others begin to search for him, but they find themselves caught up in a mysterious, monstrous, and terrifying sequence of events that lead them to a big conspiracy.

Written and directed by Angus MacLane


[after the title, a black and white showing of clouds are shown and the camera pans down to a graveyard. A woman, Betsy, enters frantic; she runs until she trips over a tombstone and lands on a tombstone. She sees a bat flying towards her, it transforms into a vampire and chases after her].
Vampire [moaning] Betsy...
Betsy: No!
Rex: Watch out! [Pops Up] He's right behind you!
Mr. Potato Head: Hey, down in front!
Rex: Oh, sorry.
[it's revealed to be a movie watched by Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. Potato Head, Rex, Mr. Pricklepants, and Trixie in Bonnie's mom's trunk]
Vampire: I'm coming to get you, Betsy.
Rex: Run, Betsy! Run!
Trixie: Oh, come on. There's no way she can outrun a vampire.
Woody: Oh, don't listen to her, Betsy. You can do it. Don't give up.
[It turns out that Bonnie and her mom are on a car trip. In the car, Bonnie rubs her eye and yawns]
Bonnie: [sleepy] Are we there yet?
Bonnie's mom: [as she drives] Not for a few more hours, Bonnie. You can go back to sleep.

[the toys continue to watch the movie in the trunk; Betsy is trying to get to the door of a church with the vampire closing in on her]
Betsy: Help! Open the door!
Vampire: No one can help you now, Betsy.
Mr. Potato Head: Boring!
Mr. Pricklepants: Patience. All great horror films start slowly. You see, they're designed to... [Annoyed, Mr. Potato Head pulls his ears out, which muted Mr. Pricklepants' talking]
Betsy: Please, let me in! [Betsy manages to get in and close the door to save herself from the vampire. The vampire's laugh is heard. A crash sound is heard which frightens Betsy. She sees a broken vase and sees something behind a curtain]
Buzz: Tactics, Betsy, tactics. Look for something to defend yourself with. [Betsy grabs a vase and empties the flowers and water] There we go.
Mr. Pricklepants: [sighs] Technically, that would be useless. Everybody knows a wooden stake through the heart is the only way to kill a vampire.
[Betsy slowly moves to the curtains and move it revealing a black cat. The toys shout in terror. Betsy yells. The cat screeches and pounces past her]
Mr. Pricklepants: [chuckles] Only a kitty cat. Classic misdirection.
Jessie: A cat? Come on, guys. This isn't scary.

[the car hits a bump, which startles the toys. The car gets a flat tire and Jessie is knocked in a tool box, trapping her inside. Jessie tries to get out, but can't]
Jessie: Help! (Muffled) Get me out of here!
Buzz: Jessie!
Woody: We have to get her out!
Buzz: [tries to open the tool box] Jessie! Jessie, can you hear me? [the car hits another bump and stops at a roadside motel. Buzz grabs a lug wrench and puts it under the tool box] Okay, everyone, on 3. 1, 2, 3! [the toys jump on the lug wrench, tipping the tool box, opening it up, freeing Jessie; Jessie breathes heavily. Woody, Buzz, Rex, and Mr. Pricklepants look at her in concern]
Buzz: Jessie? Jessie.
Trixie: [to Mr. Potato Head] What's the matter with Jessie?
Mr. Potato Head: She was abandoned in a box for years.
Jessie: I... I couldn't... I couldn't find a way out.

[after the car stops at a motel, Bonnie and her mom get out of the car and enter the motel. Bonnie carries her suitcase with her toys in it. Mr. Pricklepants looks outside the bag.]
Mr. Pricklepants: The roadside motel is one of the most common locals for a horror film. Remote, isolated, a comforting environment to allure the suspicions of the audience. I'll expect they'll be asking the innkeeper to use the telephone any minute now.
Mrs. Anderson: Will it be okay if I used your phone? Our car has a flat.
Mr. Pricklepants: [chuckles] Right on cue.
Buzz: It's okay, Jessie. You're safe now.
Woody: We'll be back on the road before you know it. What's the latest, Trixie?
Trixie: Uh, she's still on the phone with the tow truck company.
Mrs. Anderson: 6 am, that's the earliest you can get here?
Rex: 6 am, you mean we have to stay here all night?
Mr. Pricklepants: Bum, bum bum!
Jessie: I don't care where we are, so long as I'm not stuck alone in that box.

[at the Sleep Well Motel, Bonnie and her mom are sleeping in their room. Trixie opens the bag and looks around]
Trixie: Well, it looks like they're asleep.
Mr. Potato Head: [sighs] Finally. [starts to leave]
Jessie: Potato Head, where, where are you going?
Mr. Potato Head: We're at a motel. I just want to check out the amenities. [Jessie stares at him, confused] You know, the free stuff? Little soaps, shower caps, shampoo? Conditioner?
Mr. Pricklepants: Oh, I wouldn't go out there if I were you. The first to leave usually gets it.
Woody: Oh, Potato Head, don't leave the bag. A motel is one of the easiest places for a toy to get lost!
Mr. Potato Head: Aw, shut your worry hole! Nobody's gonna get lost! Besides, I promised Hamm I'd bring him back something nice. [leaves the bag; Jessie sees Rex, Trixie, and Mr. Pricklepants leave too]
Jessie: Wait! Where are you guys going?
Trixie: We were just gonna check out the free stuff.
Mr. Pricklepants: [dramatically] And if something does happen to the potato, [anxiously] I wouldn't want to miss it! [leaves]
Woody: Oh, come on, guys, let's all just stay in the bag! [sighs, because of the toys' disobedience; turns to Buzz] Buzz, I'll grab those guys, you get Potato Head.
Buzz: Got it. [Woody and Buzz leave]
Jessie: No, wait. Don't go!
Buzz: Don't worry, Jessie. I'll be right back. [leaves the bag]
Jessie: Buzz!
[Jessie looks around the bag, breathing shallow. She imagines the bag closing in on her. Jessie, scared to see this, leaves the bag too, out into the dark room]
Jessie: [whispers] Guys! Guys! Where are you?
[A shadow whizzes past, scaring Jessie]
Buzz: Jessie, what's wrong? Are you OK?
Jessie: Buzz, where is everybody?
Buzz: [goes over to her] Not to worry, we’re all right here. See, there’s Woody, Pricklepants, Trixie, Rex…. [Mr. Potato Head is gone] Wait. Where’s Potato Head?
Mr. Pricklepants: [ominously] And so it begins. [A lightning strike is heard and Rex lets out a yelp]

Pocketeer: That was the last one. That means I'm next! Don't you see? I'm the last of the Fastener Four! Look! Zipper Man, Snaps, Speed Lacer! I'm next! I'm next!
Combat Carl Jr.: [slaps Pocketeer in the face] Keep it together, man! We'll find a way out.

Combat Carl: Jessie, listen to me! Remember your training!
Jessie: But I don't have any training!
Combat Carl: Well, forget about that. When Combat Carl gets stuck in a jam, he says to himself: "Combat Carl never gives up. Combat Carl finds a way."

Woody: Okay. Climb on my shoulders, and then we'll… [realizes that Jessie's not with him] Jessie? Jessie! [sees her running towards the curtain]
Rex: Gah! What is she doing?!
Pez Cat: She's headed straight for the curtain!
Buzz: That's not part of the plan. [As Jessie almost makes it, Mr. Jones grabs her by the ankle with his mouth and pulls her back] Jessie!

Jessie: Jessie didn't give up. Jessie found a way!

[As credits appear, a moving truck appears and the PEZ Cat spots it]
PEZ Cat: The transport has arrived!
[Combat Carl Sr. and his son, whose sitting on his shoulder, watch]
Combat Carl Sr.: You heard the cat! Let's move! [As the other toys obey his orders, Carl Jr. gives his father his missing hand] Thanks, buddy. [puts it on] Next stop: Billy's house.
[The truck starts driving away. Carl hops on to the back bumper. Mr. Jones watches from a window]
Ron: [calling out] Mr. Jones! [fills his bowl with lizard food] Here you go, buddy. [Mr. Jones eats] Uh, welcome to the Sleep Well. How may I…? [finds two officers wearing shades facing him]
Officer Phillips: Are you the manager?
Ron: Who, me? Haha! No, I'm not the manager. I'll tell you what, heh-heh… I'll go get him for you. [Backing up from the officers, he slides the curtain, and offscreen, he races outside and into a police car]
Officer Wilson: I told you not to leave the keys in the car.
[Ron backs the police car into the Sleep Well sign, and it crashes down on it. Ron runs away]
Officer Phillips: [in radio] We got a runner.


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