When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends vow to rescue him, but Woody finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting.
Title :Toy Story 2 (1999)
Release : 24 November 1999
Genre :Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Language:English | Arabic | Spanish
Director:John Lasseter, Ash Brannon
Stars :Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack
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Toy Story 2 (1999) movie review
Toy Story 2 is, of course, the follow-up to the enormously successful Toy Story. Disney wanted Pixar to produce a 60 minute direct-to-video sequel, as it was doing to so many of its hits of the 1990s, thus milking their franchises with watered-down versions of their cartoons, often featuring completely different actors and much lower standards of animation. Pixar, backed by successful test screenings of early footage, pushed for and got permission from Disney to produce a full-length feature film. A decision that would prove them right and would be one of the nails in the coffin of the then relationship between Pixar and Disney.
This time around, Woody (Hanks) and Buzz (Allen) are good friends who have learned to co-exist in their toy world. But when Woody is ripped and accidentally “sold” at a Yard Sale, Buzz must lead a toy crew to rescue his cowboy friend. In reality, Woody has been stolen by a toy collector who wants to sell him to a toy museum in Japan. It seems that in the 1950s Woody was a famous toy with his own television show. The Toy collector already has Jessie the cowgirl (Cusack), Bulls-eye the horse, and Stinky Pete the prospector (Grammer), and with the addition of Woody, he can make quite a bit of money. What’s even worse is that before long Woody’s even starting to think it’s a good idea.
While there are just as many laughs and all of the old characters and new ones are in this one, the plot in this one is a bit more outrageous. I know it’s silly to even broach the subject of realism in a movie like this, but with the way the toys behave here, it would be impossible for people not to know that toys come to life. They venture outside, cross a busy street (disguised in cones), invade a toy store, drive a pickup truck, battle in an airport and drive an airplane loader home to Andy’s house. It all makes for an entertaining ride, but in taking the toys so far outside the home, the movie loses a little bit. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a great movie, it’s just not as good as the original.
Eric, in your review of Toy Story, you mention how Woody is like a child and he must get used to the arrival of a new brother in the form of Buzz, the new toy. Here I might argue that Woody is more like a parent. He is faced with the knowledge that someday Andy will grow-up and move out; going off to college and getting married and he won’t need Andy or his other toys anymore.
The script is also littered with lots of in-jokes, including one by Tour-Guide Barbie (whom Mattel was more than happy to license for this movie after denying that license for the first one), who mentions that “back in 1995 short-sighted retailers did not order enough Buzz Lightyear dolls to meet demand”. (Which was true in real-life). There are also many small tributes and references to other Pixar films and filmmakers for those with a quick-eye and a pause button.
After the success of this movie, no one would second-guess Pixar again and there was no question that Toy Story 3 (due out in 2010, the 15th anniversary of the original) would be released anywhere but in theaters.