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Summary: "Toy Story 2" is a 1999 computer animated comedy movie, once again directed by John Lasseter and distributed by Pixar Studios. The film is a sequel to the 1995 movie, "Toy Story", which was one of the most critically acclaimed movies of all time and also one of my own personal favourites; Toy Story 2 not only lives up to the magical brilliance of the first one, it somehow beats it. I'm not the only one who loves this wonderful feature length picture, earning an extremely rare 100% on the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes and boasting high scores across the board on many fan rating websites; it's clear that the genuine conclusion is that this is one fine film. The story is about Buzz's search to find Woody after a toy collector steals him and plans to send him to Japan, but Woody may not want to be found. Pretty much all of the major voice actors from the original film return to this one, including the superb Tom Hanks and fantastic Tim Allen; this was great for me as these two have such great chemistry together. John Lasseter returns to the directing chair and Randy Newman returns to compose the musical score, who for me is a true legend among the film industry. Throughout my Toy Story 2 review I will mention the cast and crew, talk about the story in length and give a long, detailed review on different aspects of the movie and what my opinion of them was. Thanks for reading, and here is my Toy Story 2 review for you, enjoy.
Cast and Crew: Director - John Lasseter
Producers - Helene Plotkin and Karen Robert Jackson
Screenplay - Andrew Stanton, Rita Hsiao, Doug Chamberlin and Chris Webb
Score - Randy Newman
Woody - Tom Hanks
Buzz Lightyear - Tim Allen
Jessie - Joan Cusack
Stinky Pete - Kelsey Grammer
Hamm - John Ratzenberger
Slinky the Dog - Jim Varney
Rex - Wallace Shawn
Mr. Potato Head - Don Rickles
Mrs. Potato Head - Estelle Harris
Bo Peep - Annie Potts
Andy - John Morris
Plus many more great, talented voice actors and actresses who all contribute fantastically to this movie; and without them the film couldn't have worked.
Story: We dive back into the world where toys are real and they only come alive when their owners aren't looking, and we reunite with Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang as they go on another adventure. So to start things off, Woody is all set to go to cowboy camp with Andy; and he can't wait! But before this is due to happen, his mother hosts a yard sale and this is by far one of the most terrifying aspects to a toy's life. All of the major characters survive (phew) but Wheezy, an old, broken toy and also Woody's close friend; is put up for sale and it's up to Woody to save him. He manages to save him, but at a deadly price, as he is kidnapped by a toy seller who plans to sell Woody to a toy museum in Japan. So Buzz, Hamm, Rex and all the rest of the gang, plan to travel across the city in order to save Woody and get their friend back; but they encounter many mishaps along the way! Meanwhile, back at the toy collector's apartment, Woody meets up with some new toys who tell him that being sold to the museum isn't a bad thing, as it means they are going to be immortal and idolised; as opposed to being thrown into the trash eventually. That's the basic jist of the story as I don't want to give away too much due to spoilers, but this is the core idea, and it's executed perfectly, but I'll go into that in more detail in the next part.
Review: If you've read my "Toy Story" review, then you'll know how much I enjoyed the film and the amount of nostalgic value the film holds dear to me, well Toy Story 2 is pretty much the same, only better. Yes very few sequels can beat their original, let alone match it, "The Dark Knight" is a good example, "The Godfather 2" often gets thrown around, and "Terminator 2" is one of my own personal favourites, but I think it's time we add Toy Story 2 to the hall of fame class. It truly is brilliant, I'm not just saying this since I loved it as a kid; I'm saying it because it's one heck of a movie and I really do enjoy it. Let's start with the voice acting, and like I mentioned earlier, it's terrific. All of the actors bring their A-Game here and none of them seem out of place, Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are marvellous as usual, and the secondary characters such Hamm and Rex; wouldn't be as funny if not for their great voice actors. Now the story is a stroke of genius, it's smarter and more convoluted than the first one; which is a good thing, and it's features some great scenes, my personal favourite being the car ride scene (so funny). As I mention the word "funny", this film is jam packed with jokes, gags and whatever else; it's very laugh out loud. I watched this a few month back with my family and just like we did when we were young; we were laughing constantly and I'll even admit I spilt my drink more than a few times haha. But seriously, everything about this film is great, even the first one I was struggling to think of "disadvantages", so I shoe-horned one in at the last minute! I'm even struggling to think of one here, the Toy Story trilogy might not be my favourite movies of all time (it's top 10, but not higher), but I'll be the first one to admit they are probably the most flawless. For example, the Lord of the Rings trilogy are my second favourite movies behind Titanic, but LOTR contains many flaws and imperfections, it's strange. But back to Toy Story 2, the new toys are fantastic and are aided by great voice actors, the score is once again brilliant and the song "When She Loved Me" is very powerful and used to great effect; and overall it's just good fun. It may not be as deep as some movies can be, but it's deeper than most animated flicks that come out nowadays and much more enjoyable. So to conclude the review section; a nostalgic classic that I loved as a kid and still love now, it's easily a 5 star movie and definitely in my top 10 movies of all time.
Conclusion: Great box office returns, critics loved it as did fans, and a reputation that most films would die for; all of this and more is the reason why Toy Story 2 is one of the greatest animated movies of all time. It takes the original, matches, and then somehow defies all odds and beats it; it's that good. Stuffed with humour, a great score, voice acting from the Gods and a great movie experience that is rare to come by; I'd recommend this one strongly. The length is great, short and sweet and never drags; also I've seen it plenty of times and it's just as enjoyable as when I first saw it nearly fifteen years ago. Additional information for adults, it's a great movie for children as they should be very entertained. If you enjoyed the first, you'll love this, and if you didn't (go see a doctor) then I'd probably stay away, but you should know you are in the massive minority. I'll finish by saying a fantastic movie with animation that still looks great today; and writing this is making me want to watch it; so excuse me while I go prep my cheap but still working blu ray player. Thanks for reading, I really appreciate it.
PS - To Al's Toy Barn, and beyond!
I have always loved the Toy Story films since I was little, and that will never change. I first seen the film when it came out, and I adored it as much as the first one. I recently rewatched the movie, and I was not disappointed.
Basically, if you haven't seen the first film, there is a young boy called Andy who owns a lot of toys. When Andy or his parents aren't around, the toys come to life. The film has a wonderful cast, such as Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. The animation is just wonderful, and there are no faults. It's such a fantastic film, that is great for either children or adults to watch. There are some scenes that are a little sad / tense, but there are so many funny bits.
Overall, this is a wonderful film and everyone should be watching Toy Story. It is a great series of films.
Toys Story 2 is Pixars 1999 sequel to the 1995 film, Toy Story. After the success of the original film, most people were looking forward to seeing the characters we know and love and what had happened in the intermittent years.
Toy Story's original success was because of the relationship the child Andy had with his toys. They secretly come to life when no humans are looking, but this is the way Andy see's them anyway in his imagination.
In this second installment, Andy is old enough to go off to cowboy camp in the summer holiday, and he is supposed to take Woody (Tom Hanks) with him. However Woody gets broken just before they leave, so he gets left behind.
In Andy's absence, his mum decides to have a yard sale and get rid of a few 'old' toys. Woody can't bear to see his pal Wheezy be sold, so he stages a rescue mission, only it goes horribly wrong when he is spotted by a collector and he is stolen and taken miles away from his home.
Woody learns his history, and how he used to be a character in a TV show - Woody's Round Up. He meets Jessie the Cowgirl (Joan Cusack), Bullseye his horse, and Stinky Pete the Prospector (Kelsey Grammar.) Woody prepares himself to stay with these toys and have a new life.
Meanwhile, the rest of Andy's toys, led by spaceman Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) stage a rescue mission of their own. They take a dangerous journey of their own across town to try and get Woody home before Andy gets back from camp.
Will they be able to persuade Woody to come home?
This film for me is slightly weaker than the other two as there are some duller moments in there that I don't want to watch over and over. I find the bits where Woody is with the other Round up Gang toys a bit dull, especially when we learn about Jessie's past with a girl called Emily. However, there are some good moments when the rescue moments are occuring, particularly a comical scene where the toys are all trying to cross a busy road without being seen by anyone. One of my favourite lines from here is "Buzz, I am your father!" A blatant Star Wars rip off, but it amuses me every single time I watch this.
I loved the scenes in the Toy store as you get to see a few more girly toys like the Barbie dolls, and there are again comical moments as they work out how to trip the sensors to open the automatic doors, and they go round the store in a pink Barbie car. Although the middle is weak, the beginning and ending of the film is strong, and it always makes me think how ingenious these toys are at negotiating their way around.
Animation is just as good as in Toy Story, and it is nice to learn a little more about Woody's background and get the new strong female characters, Jessie and Mrs Potato Head. I also like hearing You Got a Friend in Me as the theme song for the TV show, so you kind of see where it comes from. I didn't like the song that accompanies Jessie's backstory, as it doesn't have a catchy tune, and is just sad and a bit dull. This is the point where my kids lose interest for a bit, before coming back for the finale.
The best bit about this whole film though, is the out takes that are shown at the end of the film. They are really hilarious, and it is a complete mickey take but done in such an original way. We always make sure we watch this.
Our overall family opinion is we'd rather watch one or three, but we will watch this now and again and always enjoy it when we do. But it is the weakest film in the trilogy.
Toy Story continues the story of Buzz, Woody, Potato Head etc and was released by Pixar in 1999 after the phenomenal success of Toy Story. The original toy story was the story of Buzz lightyear disrupting the settle toy community of Andy's bedroom and his now predominance over Andy's old favourite Woody. The second film focuses on Woody rather than Buzz and fills in the back story of Woody as a toy, as with the first film the film includes, Mr. Potato head, Ham the piggy bank, Bo Beep, Rex, etc. All voiced by actors from the first film, Buzz by Tim Allen, Woody by Tom Hanks etc.
This film starts very simply with Woody doing daring deeds to rescue a toy friend from the dreaded yard sale. He loses his position on the back of Andy's dog during the rescue and is discovered by the owner of Al's Toy Barn as a valuable toy. Al steals Woody and the story begins, Buzz et al then hatch a rescue plan.
Meanwhile, Woody discovers he's a valuable toy as an original from a hit early 60's cowboy show. Al has collected all the other characters from the show in Jessie the cowgirl, Bullseye the mule, and Stinky Pete the prospector. Pete is still in his original box. Al now he's found Woody wants to sell the whole collection to a museum in Tokyo and the story is on.
This is once again a story which children adore, played in the CGI world which Pixar created we once again engage with Buzz, Woody, Potato head etc. Each has his own personality, desires and wishes, the addition of Mrs Potato Head gives a nice comedy feel and the scenes in the toy shop are a delight.
Yes, the ending is a bit trite and doesn't engage quite as well as TS1 but it keeps your young child engaged and the songs, and music throughout soon permeates into the child's consciousness so now we have our 2 year old demanding "friend in me" after the song Woody sings.
Adults can enjoy it; there are little moments which are for the adult viewers and the occasional guilty pleasure especially some of the acid comments by Hamm and Potato head. They have become the secret stars of the films and their behaviour is always something to look forward to.
Following on from my last review we catch up with Toy Story 2 released in 1999, containing a lot of familiar faces from Toy Story such as Woody, Buzz, Mr Potato Head, Slinky the Dog and Hamm all of which are toys of Andy.
The story begins with Woody preparing for Cowboy Camp with Andy but he has lost his hat and fears that without this Andy will leave him behind, but Slinky saves the day at the last minute as he arrives with Woody's hat just as Andy plays with him for the last few minutes before camp his arm is torn and Andy has to leave him behind, his mum places him up on a shelf saying that toys don't last forever and they leave for camp.
Woody is distraught at being "shelved" and fears his life with Andy is over when he hears a sneeze from behind a book and discovers an old friend Wheezy who has also been confined to this shelf due to his broken squeak, they discover that Andy's mom is having a yard sale and Wheezy is taken from the shelf a few moments later. Woody decides to rescue Wheezy and calls upon the help of Andy's dog Buster to get him outside to the yard sale to rescue Wheezy which he manages to do but just as he is heading back to the safety of Andy's room with Wheezy and Buster, Buster jumps over a toy and knocks Woody from his back where a little girl spots him and asks her mum to buy him for her, she refuses as Woody is broken and tosses him back onto the table of the yard sale, as she does so Woody's string is pulled and he utters "Reach for the Sky".
This phrase catches the attention of Al, the owner of Al's Toy Barn an avid Toy Collector and he knows that Woody is worth a lot of money but tries to con Andy's mum into selling him a few toys for 50 cents but luckily she recognises Woody and states how he is not for sale and locks him away safe in a cash tin, but as Andy's mum is distracted with a diversion Al causes he breaks into the cash tin and steals Woody, all the other toys can do is watch on as Woody is stolen.
The toys then set off on a mission to rescue Woody but will the manage to do this and what exactly does Al want with Woody?
With Toy Story 2 you do not really need to have watched Toy Story to be able to follow. although watching Toy Story does give you a background to Andy and his toys.
As Woody meets new friends he has to make decisions between new friends and old friends and its not until he has time to reflect that he realises that his new friends can join his old friends and they can all enjoy themselves together no matter what barriers appear in their way.
Despite the film now being 11 years old it seems far from dated, which is pretty normal for Disney films as they never really seem to age. The animations on this film as so detailled, for instance when Woody is on the shelf the dust and where he moves around on the shelf leaves dusty prints behind which is pretty detailed and not something you would necessarily pick up on if it was not there.
The animations are more life like, taking in the detail of the trees, leaves, interior of the cars, pavements right down to the detail in Al's apartment.
Toy Story 2 I feel is much more entertaining and you find yourself chuckling throughout the film with the one-liners and annoying alien toys.
The dedication of the toys is remarkable as they risk all to rescue Woody and his new friends Jessie and Bullseye.
Like Toy Story the sound track is not all that memorable with 2 songs that I can remember throughout the whole film but of course there is the song that you can easily relate to with Toy Story "You've got a friend in me" as it plays at various times throughout the film.
An enjoyable film even 11 years on.
I feels that Toy Story 2 has more of a story to it than the previous film, it again tries to portray how important toys are to children and how important friendship is.
After the success of the first film it was almost always inevitable that there was bound to be a sequel. But truth be told, how many of us ever expected it to be as good as this? And who would've thought they could squeeze an equally excellent third film out of the franchise? One thing is for sure, the Toy Story series has rapidly become Disney Pixar's jewel in the crown and deservedly so!!
This time around the toys are in fear of being replaced. Woody is damaged when part of his arm becomes detached and slowly the other toys begin to face the inevitable outcome that sooner or later Andy, their owner, is going to grow bored of them. When a certain squeaky penquin toy is entered into the yard sale that Andy's mom has organised, Woody rushes to the rescue but is snapped up by a greedy toy collector, the owner of Al's Toy Barn, who recognises him as a rare cowboy doll from a sixties T.V show! Witnessing this dastardly deed, the other toys lead by Buzz leap to the rescue in what proves to be their biggest adventure yet...."to Al's Toy Barn and beyond........."
This is every bit as good as the original film if not better and criticisms by the likes of Barry Norman that the film is a little too "plot-heavy" are totally unfounded! The introduction of new characters, Jessie The Yodelling Cowgirl and Prospector Stinky Pete, keep the story fresh and alive and there are some real emotional and heart-wrenching moments that include a flash-back sequence in which Jessie recounts how she was abandoned by her owner to the accompanient of a suitably sad piece of song. The way this film can pull at the heart-strings one minute and then have you rolling in your seat with laughter in the very next frame is pure genius and, even though my daughter is obsessed with Toy Story right now and this film is playing in our house almost every day, I must have seen this film nearly ten or twenty times now and still find little in-jokes that constantly amuse me. Such as one scene in the Airport Baggage system when Buzz is rushing about with a travel label entitled "Butte" stuck to his bottom!
Toy Story 2 sets a high precedent for all other animations to follow and it comes to something that nothing else that either Disney or Pixar, either together or seperately, have produced has ever quite come close to the magic this film and its sequels have been able to achieve. The only other animated series of films I have enjoyed this much in recent years is the Ice Age films and even they pale slightly in significance when compared to the Toy Story movies. And of them all, I still think that Toy Story 2 is my favourite of them all...though seeing as I have only seen number 3 once so far, that is still open to debate!
As far as I am concerned, this is one of the best sequels of all time! Is there any stopping this series? Like Buzz would say...the answer can only be "To Infinity.....And Beyond........"
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Toy Story 2 see Woody, Buzz and the Gang all back with Andy but things are about to change as Andy goes off to cowboy camp. Woody has been looking forward to going to cowboy camp with Andy and is frantically searching for his hat so he is complete and fit to go. Unfortunately Andy rips Woody's arm before they go so he decided to leave him behind. Woody is devastated by this and Mom puts him up on a high shelf so she can repair his arm.
Woody is upset and soon discovers that another old broken toy is also on the shelf and has been forgotten about, Wheezy who has a broken squeak. Mom is having a yard sale and clears out some of Andy's toys and places Wheezy in the box so Woody decides that he must go and rescue him with the help of the family dog.
When Woody reaches the yard sale he is spotted by a toy store owner and despite Mom hiding Woody away as she says he is not for sale Al, the toy store owner steals him and makes off. Buzz and the gang have witnessed this and decide that they must make a rescue mission and get Woody back to Andy's room.
Can Buzz and the gang work together in the big wide world to save Woody and if not just what does Woody's future hold?
I loved the first film and had high hopes for the second one being just a good and I can say it really did live up to my expectations. I was wondering what they were going to do with the story for this film as another one centred around the house and the garden would have been quite boring but the story they did produce really was good and very entertaining. I loved how the toys had to go out into the big wide world and seeing how they coped with it.
The animation was excellent throughout the film and the attention to detail really was spot on. The character really did come to life and they were made to look so real. We had a lot of background scenery in all of the shots and the way this was made was excellent and it all looked so detailed and real. I loved how the humans actually looked like humans and their appearance was not changed at all as this made the film seem more real. The shading of the characters and the way they moved was created and produced in such a way I did at times forget that this was an animation. I did purposely look out for small details and found loads which were added just to make the film look more real and some included the wobbling of Al's belly when he walked and the way he had orange fingers after eating a bowl of Wotsits!
The characters were all very easy to get to know and like even if you have not seen the first film. They all had great voices ad I am glad that the original cast came back to do the voices again as they seemed to work and fit very well. The main vocals for me came from Tom Hanks how played Woody, Tim Allen who played Buzz and Joan Cussack who played Jessie. They somehow managed to bring the animations to life and make them have emotions and feelings just by the way they read their lines and I think this is quite a skill and a lot of credit needs to go to both the actors who voiced the parts and the animators for the way they were able to put small characteristics and eye movements in to fit with the voce.
There is some humour in the film and both me and hubby did have a good laugh at times, this is a family film which is aimed more at the young market but some of the jokes and spoken bits were aimed at the adult audience and I think this was a good mix as it means it is more enjoyable by the adults that are made to sit through it by their children and it keeps them interested. There is an evil member of the cast in this film but I do not think he is overly scary and would certainly not upset young viewers.
The music throughout the film was very good and in keeping with the story and animation, the one song which really stood out for me was 'You've Got a Friend in me' and the one which was sung at the very end. The songs were mainly lively and enjoyable and children will soon be able to sing along to them. The rest of the music was good and helped with the story setting and emotions of the film.
There are no bonus features to speak about as this is a film only review. The running time of the film is 92 minutes and I think this is an appropriate length for children to be kept sat still. The rate is a Universal and have to agree with this as it is suitable for the whole family to sit and share together.
I can only give this film the full 5 stars as it has everything you need for a good family film. The animation is excellent, the characters are easy to get to know and like and the story is very entertaining. Cant wait to see Toy Story 3 now!
Well we are going to see Toy Story 3 tonight so in order to refresh my memory I decided to watch Toy Story 2 this morning. This is a film only review.
With things now calmer between Woody and Buzz, Woody is looking forward to going to Cowboy Camp with Andy. However, when Andy decides to play with his toys quickly before leaving he accidentally breaks Woodys arm and therefore decides he would be better off leaving him behind.
Woody is devestated, especially when he ends up in a box ready for a garage sale by accident! He bumps into an old friend there and vows to save him meaning that he must be present at the sale. This is where a collector spots him and ends up stealing him to take him back to his own personal collection!
The other toys including Buzz are devestated, and Buzz vows they will rescue Woody.
I really enjoyed this film. I couldnt remember seeing it before so it was quite new to me but I found it easy to understand and enjoyed watching the whole thing.
The new characters in the film made it fresh and new from the original, however I still enjoyed the parts of the film which had the original characters in and now I feel I really know the characters well and I love them all individually!
The plot was really interesting and kept my interest throughout the film, it was fun and action packed and I really enjoyed the way things turned out and the ending was done very well.
Again the animation was brilliant and it lived up to the first film. Although the cast are all very well known, it is easy not to put the characters to the actors as all of the characters are animated, this allows you to get into the film and just see the characters as characters.
I really enjoyed the film and cant wait to see the next installment tonight!
The film was released in 1999.
It stars Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack and Kelsey Grammer.
It runs for 92 minutes and is rated a U.
Toy Story 2 starts out with Andy about to go to Cowboy Camp for a week, and Woody is excited. However, when his arm gets torn, Andy decides to leave him behind, worrying Woody that maybe his days as a toy are numbered, and that soon Andy will grow up and stop playing with them. Alone on the dusty shelf, he discovers another toy up there - an old squeak toy who broke some time back. When Andy's mom starts up a yard sale, she grabs the squeak toy and Woody decides to save it, but is found at the sale by toy salesman Al, who offers to buy Woody. However, Andy's mom refuses, which simply drives Al to steal the doll, taking it back to his offices, where Woody meets up with Jessie, Bullseye the horse and the old Prospector - dolls of the television show which Woody was the star. Woody is shocked to know he is merchandising from this television show, and even more shocked to know that Al wants to sell the complete set of "Woody's Roundup" characters to a museum in Tokyo.
With Buzz and the rest of the toys set out to rescue Woody, he has to make the choice if he wants to leave, or stay as Andy's toy.
Toy Story 2 is one of the only exceptions in films where the sequel really does match up the original. After all, with the name "Disney" attached to it, and the fact that it's a sequel is kind of a worrying sign (I mean, have Disney ever done a decent sequel?) but Toy Story 2 is brilliant. It's funny, well-written and a really compelling film.
Although at first I remember not really liking the Woody's Roundup storyline, upon rewatching it, I actually loved it. The extra characters - both expanding on the "universes" of both main toys Buzz and Woody by adding in extra characters didn't seem tacked on, like it can do. I thought the Zurg/"second" Buzz Lightyear part was really funny. The characters like Jessie and the Prospector both had really good storylines and motivations which made them more or less instantly likable (or dislikable, depending on the character).
With the characters already developed from the first film, Toy Story 2 can go right into plot, and it trails behind it an onslaught of gags and jokes, including the typical Pixar "inside" jokes, and some cool repeats of scenes from the first film, just twisted around in some way.
It's classic Pixar storytelling with some really impressive animation. Definitely worth a watch
Toy Story 2 was released in 1999 trying to live up to the fantastic Toy Story. I am always dubious about these sorts of sequels as it so hard for them to measure up to the success of the original films. However, in this case it is one of the exceptions I'm glad to admit. I loved this second film just as much as the first which is a great acheivement.
I think having seen Toy Story 2 a few times on DVD, that, rather than re-inventing the wheel it builds on what made the first movie great and brings back the favourite characters and builds on the story from the first one. It is also extremely funny.
The difference at the start of this movie is that Woody and Buzz lightyear don't start off as enemies like they were in the original. They did of course become friends during their adventures before and surviving the outside world together. In this story continuation their owner Andy is off to cowboy camp. However, Woody gets broken and is left behind much to his dismay. Then in a bizarre twist of fate he is kidnapped by an evil toy shop keeper. He knows how much this sort of toy is worth. This of course signals a race against time to save him. As well as Buzz and Woody all the old favourites are back like Mr Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex the green dinosaur and others besides.
The thing that I love about this movie and Toy Story as well for that matter is that the story is quick and never gets dull from the start. You find yourself swept way with it all and can't believe how fast the time goes as you enjoy it. It is also hilarious as the gang once again get involved in some crazy situations in their adventure.
The animation as normal is perfect in my opinion and Pixar have done it again and they continue to do it over and over again. The colours are bright and fun and the voices are fantastic with Tom Hanks once again playing Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz.
Once again Toy Story 2 is another great movie for the whole family and children and adults alike will love it.
Toy Story 2 was released in 1999 as the sequel to Toy Story. Recently Toy Story and Toy Story 2 have been re-released as part of the build up to the new Toy Story 3 (not very creative names but at least you know what you are getting)
Toy story 2 follows on from the first film with the main characters Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and Buzz (voiced by Tim Allan) in this one Woody is kidnapped (or should that be toynapped) for sale on the japanese market and discovers that he used to be a phenomenon with his own TV show and merchandise, there follows a rescue attempt by Buzz and the other toys.
The animation is as you would expect from a Pixar film very slick and seamless with many funny scenes and lines it is easily watchable no matter what your age. Although in my opinion not as good as the first one it is still an excellent and well made entertaining film, the other toys also get slightly more involvement making it more varied.
My little one loves all things toy story and as a diversion when you need to get things done this is ideal, plus you can feel safe in the knowledge that as it is Disney there will be no scarey or unsuitable bits in the movie. I would recommend this one and with the upcoming release of number 3 it is possible to get both movies for a discounted price if you shop around.
Well worth a watch.
Andy: Voiced by John Morris
Woody: Voiced by Tom Hanks
Buzz: Voiced by Tim Allen
Jessie: Voiced by Joan Cussack
Stinky Pete: Voiced by Kelsey Grammer
Wheezy: Voiced by Joe Ranft
Rex: Voiced by Wallace Shawn
Slinky Dog: Voiced by Jim Varney
Hamm: Voiced by John Ratzenberger
Mr. Potato Head: Voiced by Don Rickles
This is the sequel to Toy Story, which centres around Andy, a little boy whose toys come alive when he's not there! However, this time around, Woody is accidentally placed in a garage sale whilst Andy is away at summer camp. A man named Al sneaks him away from it, not even buying him. Woody meets up with some more of Al's collectibles, a cowgirl and a prospector, whilst Buzz and the rest of the gang enter the outside world in order to rescue him!
This film is such an amazing sequel; I wouldn't say that it's better than the first Toy Story, simply because they are two totally different films, but I would say that they are about the same. This film really comes high up on my list of films, and it is one of those films you'll want to watch over and over again.
Again, Tom Hanks and Tim Allen do excellent jobs with the voices; they seem to be made to do the parts of these toys. Joan Cusack and Kelsey Grammar are also amazing as Jessie and Stinky Pete, you can really get a feel for the toys having these actors' voices as their real voices. I particularly love Joe Ranft as Wheezy, a penguin who seems like he has a sore throat. It is a great example of how good the actors are, since Wheezy doesn't sound like an actor trying to do a 'wheezy' voice, but rather a penguin with a sore throat! It's extremely realistic in this way.
Again, the characters are all likeable; they all have their own little qualities which you can grow to love. The toys which are in Andy's bedroom, such as Slinky Dog and Rex are the funniest characters in the film in my opinion; especially when they are trying to rescue Woody - they do everything to try to save their pal. You can instantly feel a sense of warmth towards the characters, and the way they would do anything in order to get their friend back.
The animation of the characters is again, above standard. Everything is detailed really well, and all of the toys are animated like real people; they walk properly, not like toys, which is a good thing since it would be extremely odd if they were walking around quite stiff and like puppets! They all look like toys, but they don't really act like them, which makes them seem more realistic to us and shows us that they are like real people.
The storyline was a great part of the film; the plot was shared by all the characters rather than Woody and Buzz being the centre of attention. The idea of Woody being helpless when he's been such a strong character before is a new twist on things, and it really does work throughout the film. Everything about the story is brilliant, and it's a great follow on from the first Toy Story film.
Toy Story 2 is on Amazon at £24.99, and although it is definitely worth it, I would recommend shopping around at places such as HMV and Asda, where it is usually much cheaper. This film is thoroughly recommended, and if you haven't seen the first one, I think you should watch them both!
So with baby Scarlet well and truely addicted to Toy Story I thought I would try her with the second one as the first had started to get on my nerves a bit. I can tell you the whole story word for word with who said what we have watched it that many times. So on with Toy Story 2 I went and as a very big film fan I don't usually like sequels but this one is just as good if not actually better than the first.
== The Story / Plot ==
As with the first film the plot centres around a little boy called Andy and his toys in his bedroom. The main toys who rule the room are a cowboy called Woody and a Space Ranger called Buzz Lightyear.
Unlike the fist film though Buzz Lightyear and Woody are friends. So when Woody is left behind from Cowboy camp with Andy due to an accident and after a rescue mission for Wheezy, Woody is stolen and it is upto Buzz to rescue him.
Along with Slinky Dog, Mr Potato Head and Rex the Dinasour, Buzz sets off on his mission across the city to rescue Woody from his Kidnapper.
When they come across the apartment he is being kept in they find a whole new set of toys from 'Woody's Round Up' which is the TV programme where the Cowboy Doll originated.
== Producers ==
The sequel film is another Disney/Pixar movie and was released in 1999.
== Quality ==
Again with Toy Story that was released in 1995 the quality of the picture is just amazing. This year this film is 10 years old and looks just as good as the new films I have seen that were produced in 2009. There are no errors or inconsitancys with the film what so ever which I think is fantastic as I generally find lots in films and it really annoys me.
== Cast ==
Woody - Tom Hanks
Buzz - Tim Allen
Jessie - Joan Cussack
Stinky Pete - Kelsey Grammer
Mr Potato Head - Don Rickles
Rex - Wallace Shawn
Slinky Dog - Jim Varney
Hamm - John Ratzenberger
Al - Wayne Knight
Bo Peep - Anne Potts
Mrs Potato Head - Estelle Harris
Andy - John Morris
Wheezy - Joe Ranft
Barbie - Jodi Benson
Andy's Mom - Laurie Metcalf
== Run Time ==
92 minutes but make sure you watch the outtakes at the end as they are quite funny.
== Price ==
£13.50 from Amazon.
== My Opinion ==
Even though Scarlet has made me watch this film over and over, I could still do so 5 times a day. I am more of a fan of this second film than the first and find some of the story actually makes me laugh out loud.
I especially love Slinky Dog and Mrs Potato Head, finding myself laughing out the outtakes at the end of the film. Even though the Characters are fictonal and of course Animated I feel myself warming to them alot more in this film than I can the first one. Bring on Toy Story 3 in the summer!
Sitting down watching Scarlet watch the film I can see it is really easy for her to follow aswell and only being 19 months old I am glad she knows what is happening.
The only problem I have found is that the toys to buy for the Characters are so expensive but after finding some on ebay I have been able to buy Scarlet a Buzz and Woody.
== Baby Scarlet's Opinion ==
Well as she sits down for the whole film, gets so excited when she see's the start and laughs at the funny bits I would say she loves it. AS she knows how to put the DVD player on herself she watches it whenever she wants (which has to be about 5 times a day) or just has it as background noise when she is playing.
Baby Scarlet would certainly recommend this to all her fellow Toddlers and even Adults out there.
This is the great Disney/Pixar sequal to the hit movie toy story and has all the favourite characters plus more.
Released in 1999 but 2000 in the U.K.
The movie follows Andys toys again but is this time about Woody being accidently sold at the home of Andy at a garage sale while Andy attends Summer camp.
Woody is placed on the stall Andys mother is selling her junk on after he tries to rescue Wheezy the toy penquin and is snapped up by toy store owner Al of Als Toy Barn.
Als purpose is to sell woody to a collector as he is a very collectible toy.
Woody realises he is not the only collectible Al owns and meets up with Jessie the cow girl and Stinky Pete the Prospector along with Bullseye the mule who were all characters from a long ago shelved T.V series called Woodys Roundup.
The toys are to be sold to a Japanese collector as a set and Woody is given a makeover by a toy repairer when Andys name is sprayed over.
Woody is temped at the prospect of being a cherished toy as Andy seems to be out growing him recently.
The other toys in Andys room launch a rescue bid when they realise Woody has been taken by the evil Al.
We see the toys hilarious attempts to rescue Woody.
This is a great film for child and adult alike if you have not already seen it it is well worth a watch.
I love the cowgirl Jessie in this movie, im sure she was put in to make the film more girl friendly.
The film runs for 89 minutes and is available from Play.com for £11.55 with free delivery, this is the 2 disc collectors edition.
Great Christmas present for someone.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Despite Pixar's incredibly strong track record with their superb animated films, I was undeniably sceptical when a sequel to one of my favourite films, Toy Story, was released. However, whilst this in no way bests the original film (despite many people claiming this), it does recapture most of the magic thanks to the same endearing characters and another masterfully constructed plot, replete with stunning animation.
The film opens as Woody (Tom Hanks) attempts to save Wheezy, a penguin toy who is broken, and who is going to be sold by Andy's mother. However, when rescuing him, he himself becomes caught by the nefarious and overzealous toy collector Al McWhiggin from Al's Toy Barn (advertised in the first film), who steals him. Buzz leads Mr. Potato Head, Rex, Slinky Dog and Hamm in mounting a rescue mission to bring Woody back safely before he's sold on and it's too late.
Toy Story 2 also introduces some wonderful new characters, chiefly Jessie (Joan Cusack), and a horse named Bullseye, who are part of a television show that also starred the likeness of Woody. Woody is trapped with them, as they are all part of the same collector's set, and therefore are worth a lot more money together. He finds them irritating at first, but soon enough makes friends with them and so mounts an effort to escape the evil Al's clutches.
Against my nervy expectations, this managed to be a surprisingly very good sequel that retains most of the charm and whimsy thanks to endearing characters and stunning animation. It also leaves some hope that perhaps Pixar might make lightning strike twice with the third sequel, due for release next June.
Whilst overrated, and certainly not as good as the original, it still retains the original's charm and makes for a pretty entertaining film. Also, the film will be available with the first film in some special 3-D screenings for the first few weeks of October.
John Lasseter and his gang of high-tech creators at Pixar create another entertainment for the ages. Like the handful of other great movie sequels, Toy Story 2 comments on why the first one was so wonderful while finding a fresh angle worthy of a new film. The craze of toy collecting becomes the focus here, as we find out Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) is not only a beloved toy to Andy but also a rare doll from a popular 60s children's show. When a greedy collector takes Woody, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) launches a rescue mission with Andy's other toys. To say more would be a crime because this is one of the most creative and smile-inducing films since, well, the first Toy Story. Although the toys look the same as in the 1994 feature, Pixar shows how much technology has advanced: the human characters look more human, backgrounds are superior, and two action sequences that book-end the film are dazzling. And it's a hoot for kids and adults. The film is packed with spoofs, easily accessible in-jokes and inspired voice casting (with newcomer Joan Cusack especially a delight as Cowgirl Jessie). But as the Pixar canon of films illustrates, the filmmakers are storytellers first. Woody's heart-tugging predicament can easily be translated into the eternal debate of living a good life versus living for forever. Toy Story 2 was deservedly a huge box-office success. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com