Television

Celebrate 20 years of “Toy Story” with “To Infinity and Beyond” special

It’s a franchise that the world has loved for the last twenty years, despite the studios constant attempts to make us cry for an hour straight. We know it as Toy Story and it’s still wowing tiny little faces to this day.

This year ABC will air a tribute to the Pixar Animation Studios film that started it all, and brought us a new form of computer animation that would create an entire new era of entertainment. The original special is called “Toy Story At 20: To Infinity and Beyond,” and it will premiere THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m., EST).

The special will feature interviews with key creative leads and voice talent involved with the creation of this milestone film, including Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, John Ratzenberger, R. Lee Ermey, Randy Newman, Joss Whedon, John Lasseter and Ed Catmull.

Along with the interviews, the network will feature a special showing of “Toy Story” that same evening. The special night will look at how Pixar went from making computer animated short films to eventually creating the world’s first computer animated feature, “Toy Story.” Producers, animators, technical artists, designers and some of the film’s voice talent will discuss making the film and the impact it has had over the years, spawning two sequels, with a new installment, “Toy Story 4,” on the way.

“Toy Story At 20: To Infinity and Beyond” was executive produced and directed by Brad Lachman of Brad Lachman Productions in conjunction with Pixar Animation Studios.

With Toy Story 4 just around the corner, this should give you just enough time to mentally prepare yourself for the happy-tears that will cause you to leave the theater looking at your phone so the audience can’t see your puffy raccoon eyes streaking with mascara.

Set a reminder, “Toy Story At 20: To Infinity and Beyond,” will premiere in full on ABC THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m., EST) as a special event.