92 Min | Animation – Adventure – Comedy | February 2000
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Directors: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack
Toy Story 2 Review: There are few sequels that can equal or even surpass its original, and for an animated feature, perhaps Toy Story 2 is the first of its kind that didn’t end up going direct to video. Toy Story 2 remains the only sequel that Pixar put out, though I’m rooting for The Incredibles to make another appearance on the silver screen. Bringing back its stellar voice cast like Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, and favourite characters that have endeared themselves to us, I’m thrilled that there is so much more story that can be told of our favourite toys in Andy’s room.
Of course toys do not come to life (or do they?) but here in this sequel, the exploration of the friendship theme takes on a different dimension, in Toy Story 2 when Woody finds himself with other toys from the same collection as he is – a cowgirl Jessie, his trusty steed Bullseye, and a prospecting character known as Stinky Pete. The dilemma he faces is whether to cast aside his constant fear of Andy abandoning him for good, and opt for life with his new found family in some museum somewhere, where he’ll be appreciated for many moons to come, or to return with Buzz and his friends for the life he has grown so accustomed to.
The adaptation to change, loyalty, abandonment, friendship – a lot of themes for a children’s movie, but that again is the appeal of Toy Story, that it can be viewed at different levels, for a child who can enjoy the animation and the story at one level, and for adults to reminisce and enjoy it on another. By deftly handling the different themes, and appealing to different segments of audiences with the same movie, Pixar exhibited exactly why they’re top dogs in this field. As always, the music and animation in Toy Story 2, are excellent. Overall, Toy Story 2 is an excellent movie, enjoy it.