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Story | Oct 10, 2013 | 1:31 PM"Toy Story of Terror" (ABC, Wednesday). And so the three-headed holiday season begins, with a Halloween special wrought from the "Toy Story" franchise -- a franchise, it hurts my brain to realize, that is nearly 20 years old. No expense, horses or gigabytes have been spared for its being merely a TV show. (I do assume all the relevant codes reside on a supercomputer somewhere, waiting to bring these characters economically back to life.) Tom and Tim and Joan and Don and Wally and Timothy and Kristen (Hanks, Allen, Cusack, Rickles, Shawn, Dalton and Schaal, that is) are back as Woody and Buzz and Jessie and Potato Head and Rex and Pricklepants and Trixie, with new-to-the series Pez Cat (Kate McKinnen), Pocketeer (Ken Marino) and Combat Carl (Carl Weathers), whose specs are contained in his name. (It's a name you will hear a lot, as he refers to himself in the third person) It begins in the classic way: a road trip -- Woody and the gang are along for the ride -- a rainy night, a flat tire, an unexpected stop. ("A roadside motel is one of the most common locales for a horror film," says pedantic stuffed hedgehog Pricklepants, who keeps up a meta-commentary throughout, in the manner of "Scream.") Stephen Tobolowsky plays the desk clerk; did a chill just run down your spine? When Mr. Potato Head -- foolish plastic potato! -- leaves the safety of a motel closet to check out the "amenities" in the dead of night, he kick-starts a genre-familiar sequence of separation and disappearance and things moving about in the dark. (Themes from earlier "Toy Story" movies are also recycled, which should bother no one.) Although Woody and Buzz get their screen time -- with Jessie, they are the "Jules et Jim" of computer-animated cartoons about sentient playthings -- it is the plucky cowgirl, facing her fears, whose story this is.
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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Available on VOD beginning Thursday Drew DeNicola's documentary tries to explain how a Memphis rock 'n' roll band that toiled in obscurity in the early 1970s went on to become so beloved and influential. DeNicola has a...