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Toy Story 2

  • Mar 16, 2011
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I don't think Toy Story 2 was as great as its predecessor, but I still think it is a wonderful movie and one of the best sequels ever made. This is sadder than the first one, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't have all the heart, character, and humour that the first one had. The movie also introduced some great new characters like Jessie, Bullseye, and the Happy Prospector. It also keeps the standard of stellar animation, voice acting, and memorable characters as the first film.

This addition in the Toy Story series brings Andy a year older. Woody is looking forward to Andy taking him to cowboy camp but his arm gets ripped and he has to stay behind. He accidentally gets put into a yard sale, and when Andy's mom finds him, he subsequently gets stolen by a greedy toy collector who wants to sell him, among other toys, to a museum in Japan. Turns out Woody is a very valuable toy, part of a popular TV show called Woody's roundup along with Jessie, The Prospector, and Bullseye. Woody wants to go back to Andy, but his mind is quickly changed by the idea of remaining immortal in a museum whereas he would be gone when Andy grew up.

Buzz and the rest of the toys lead a rescue mission to save Woody. Plus, there's Jessie's motivations. It turns out Jessie belonged to a girl named Emily, who loved her as a kid but drifted apart from her when she became a...TEENAGER!! In these movies, teenagers are the devil though. Not that that's a bad thing, I stopped playing with my toys when I was a teenager. Anyway, Buzz and the rest of the toys rescue Woody but it turns out he doesn't want to be rescued. There's also a gleeful homage to Star Wars with Buzz fighting his archnemesis who turns out to be (spoilers) his father (end of spoilers).

This film captures hearts once more and explores new issues that the first film did not. Whereas the first film explored issues of rivalry and favouritism, this film starts to explore the concept of growing up and separating from your toys. Jessie's story was so sad that I was almost in tears and it was easily the saddest part of the movie. The wonderful song (written by Randy Newman) didn't help either and that one scene is probably what prevented me from giving this movie a full 100.

The voice acting and the characters are just as spectacular as they are in the first film, so they aren't really worth commenting. In fact, everything else on this movie that can be said can be found in my review of the first Toy Story movie. Only a few sequels have even had the potential to surpass their originals. Some examples are Spiderman 2, The Dark Knight, X-Men 2, and this.

Although I personally like the first film better, it is a joy to own both of these films and seeing them again after so long makes me desperately need to rent Toy Story 3. If you haven't seen this movie, you desperately need to see it now. However, I would advise you see the first one beforehand just to get some elements of the overall story. As a film unto itself, its great. As a part of the Toy Story series, its great. As an addition to the Pixar canon and to animated film in general, its earned a well-deserved spot. My only hope is that it can be remembered 20 years from now as fondly as I remember it today

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review by . July 07, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Everyone knows about the runaway success of the first Toy Story film in 1995.  When it first dropped down it instantly became one of Disney/Pixars best known classics.  When the idea of a sequel emerged, Disney was pretty sure it was going to be a straight to video affair.  This was in part because it was always how Disney had done their sequels and also because the track record of Disney sequels wasn't exactly something to be proud of.  Upon hearing this Tom Hanks and Tim …
Quick Tip by . July 18, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Good movie the first one was the best though in my opinion
review by . January 24, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
Here is a sequel that equals its predecessor in sheer enjoyment. Wonderful new characters make the story fresh. Loved all the references to Star Wars. I will be one of the first to purchase the video when it comes out. Hope that this is only the first in a long line of sequels or possible television series.
review by . February 04, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Better than the first     Cons: none     The Bottom Line: make it a family movie night and definitely veiw this movie for yourself.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. That would explain how it went when we took our daughter to see this film. It was so funny the entire theatre, young and old were laughing through almost the entire film.      The first Toy Story I found to …
review by . January 10, 2000
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Animation, funny, lighthearted     Cons: None     Toy Story 2 takes off right where Toy Story left off. More adventures for Woody and Buuzz and the rest of the gang. The animation is wonderful and draws you right in. The beauty of this movie is that it appeals to a very wide audience. Children will love it yet the plot, dialogue and humor is sophisticated enough for adults to really enjoy it too. My big complaint about children's movies is that they …
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In this dazzling sequel to the 1995 blockbuster, Andy heads off to summer camp, leaving the toys behind to fend for themselves. In much the same way Buzz discovered he is a mass-produced product in the first installment, Woody discovers that he is a valuable collectible spawned by a popular 1950s kiddie-puppet TV show, "Woody's Roundup Gang," when he is kidnapped by an evil toy collector, Al McWhiggin. Through Al, who plans to sell him to a Japanese toy museum, Woody is reunited with the toy versions of his TV cohorts--plucky cowgirl Jessie (Cusack), prospector Stinky Pete (Grammer), and trusty horse Bullseye. Woody must choose between seeing Andy grow up and forsake him and living a sterile but eternal life behind glass being admired--but not played with. Meanwhile, the rest of the original toy troupe undergoes a thrilling crosstown adventure to locate their kidnapped friend and restore him his rightful owner. Extremely entertaining, surprisingly touching, endlessly thrilling eye candy for anyone of any...
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Director: John Lasseter
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 24, 1999
MPAA Rating: G
Screen Writer: Andrew Stanton
DVD Release Date: Walt Disney Home Video (March 23, 2010)
Runtime: 1hr 32min
Studio: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios
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