The “Toy Story” toys are back and getting ready to celebrate not having to lay still when Bonnie and her family go on vacation over Christmas in “Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation.” Meanwhile, Ken and Barbie have snuck away from the daycare in Bonnie’s backpack because Ken thinks Bonnie will be taking that bag to Hawaii and wants to treat Barbie to a dream vacation so they can have their first kiss. When they realize they are in Bonnie’s room and not Hawaii, Ken has a meltdown, but Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the toys step up to give them their dream vacation.
This is a very cute short that continues the toys’ story very well. I love seeing TV specials and shorts based on the Pixar characters and this is one of my favorites featuring the characters from “Toy Story.” It was an excellent way to spend six minutes. We get an update on all of our favorite characters, plus some of the new friends we met in “Toy Story 3.” It tells its own story in a concise way and still manages to call back to one of the more popular Pixar sequels. Plus, it doesn’t feel as disconnected from the spirit of the original “Toy Story” as “Toy Story 4” does.
I love how the toys rally together to give Barbie and Ken their dream vacation. It’s clear that Ken cares for Barbie and wants to give her something special. It’s also clear that Ken isn’t the brightest crayon in the box and didn’t think his plan through. But, the toys step up as they have plenty of times before and are still there for each other. They save the day with a modified “Hawaiian” vacation and then Ken and Barbie get to share their first kiss, even if it is in the snow rather than on a beach.
I said before this is one of my favorite shorts featuring the “Toy Story” characters and I think I would rank this one second. I love the humor in “Small Fry” with the tiny Happy Meal-sized Buzz trying to take the place of the real Buzz a little more. That being said, I still laughed a lot at this short and really enjoyed myself. It’s worth the time, especially if you want a refresher of the old friends without having enough time to sit down and watch a whole movie.
Ranking: 4.5 stars out of 5
What did you think of “Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation?”