Pixar-produced half hour Toy StoryHalloween Special written and directed by Angus MacLane that first aired in primetime on ABC on October 16, 2013. Featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles, Timothy Dalton, Wendy Schaal, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ken Marino, Kate McKinnon and Carl Weathers.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.
The Cameo: Older Sid from the third movie makes an appearance, this time as a tow truck driver.
Cat Scare: In the classic horror movie that the toys watch in the car. The heroine is alone in a spooky castle after being chased by a vampire, and the suspenseful scene builds up to the surprise appearance of a cat. Lampshaded by Mr. Pricklepants, of course.
Hurricane of Puns: With Michael Giacchino on music duties, the soundtrack album (yes, there is one) is packed with them - "The Suspension Is Killing Me," "Motel Me a Scary Story," "I've Got a Bag Feeling About This," "Iguana Be Kidding Me," "Rock 'Em Box 'Em Robots," and "FedExit (End Credits)."
Improvised Weapon: Buzz urges the woman in the vampire film to find something in the castle she can use to defend herself. She ultimately picks up a vase, which Mr. Pricklepants points out would be useless against a vampire.
Laser-Guided Karma: The motel owner attempts to steal a police car... and crashes into the hotel sign.
Last of His Kind: The Pocketeer, who is the remaining member of the "Fastener Four" who wasn't sold.
Combat Carl: When Combat Carl gets stuck in a jam he says to himself "Combat Carl never gives up. Combat Carl finds a way." Now say it!
Jessie: Combat Carl never gives up-
Combat Carl: You're not Combat Carl!
Jessie: Ohhh! Jessie never gives up! Jessie finds a way!
Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Played with. Mr. Jones is definitely the villain to the toys, but his behavior is more dog-like than reptilian, and clearly has no malicious intent.
Rousing Speech: Combat Carl gives one to Jessie to get her to get in a box to rescue Woody.
Shout-Out: Even in a half-hour special, Pixar found places to put references to their other films.
The name on the tombstone that Betsy runs into in the opening horror movie bears the name Simon J. Palladino, the civilian name of Gazerbeam in The Incredibles. The epitaph even says "A public servant with a unique vision".
The famous Pizza Planet truck appears in a blink-and-you-miss-it shot on a flyer in Ron's office. Additionally, Bonnie's mom has an "I brake for Pizza Planet" license plate holder on her car.
In a non-Pixar related example, two of the other toys mentioned are The Pocketeer and Speed Lacer. Pocketeer himself resembles a Fisher Price version of Nite Owl who had a line about needing pockets and zippers in his costume.
invokedSpecial Effect Failure: In the classic horror movie that the toys watch at the beginning, the vampire bat is very obviously held up by a string.
Spit Take: Ron does this when he sees the offer he got on eBid for an old cowboy doll.
Stealth Pun: The older sounding toy clock is an "old timer."
The Stoic: The cops are surprisingly calm about the motel owner jacking and then crashing their car.