Toy Story 2
The toys are back in town and ready to play once again on the big screen in Toy Story 2, the exciting sequel to the landmark 1995 animated blockbuster from Disney***Pixar
Disney / Pixar Animation Studios
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"To Al's Toy Barn... and beyond!" Pixar's third feature was originally intended to be done as a direct-to-video release. It was real close... Have you ever seen a decent sequel to an animation? I collect movies and have lots of animations amongst my collection. I've never bought an animated sequel, seen plenty but almost every time been disappointed. The magic of the original is not there and the whole production feels like a cash in. 'Toy Story 2' crashes these thoughts. This sequel to the magnificent 'Toy Story' got so many good reviews from early development and was remade to reach the high standards of a Pixar feature. The same magic, same magnificent and lovable characters are back and it's easily one of the best sequels in the history of cinema. The story continues one year later from the original one. Woody and Buzz have become good friends and life seems good. Woody prepares himself for Andy's cowboy camp but his arm is almost ripped of when Andy takes him in his hands. This is the first time when Andy realizes that even his most precious toys are not everlasting and puts Woody high on the shelf, which is like the worst thing that can happen to a toy! On the shelf, Woody finds Wheezy, who's been on the shelf for a long time. When Wheezy is taken and put on sale on a yard sale, Woody attempts to rescue the penguin. He manages to rescue Wheezy but is stolen by a toy collector, who's been searching for a mint condition Woody toy to complete his collection. Buzz and the company of Mr Potato Head, Rex, Hamm and Slinky gear up for a rescue mission as the thief is recognized as the owner of Al's Toy Barn. In Al's apartment, Woody meets three other cowboy toys that try to convince him of joining them for good and leave for a toy museum in Japan. Will Buzz succeed in rescuing Woody or will Woody join his fellow cowboys? And what will Zurg do..? 'Toy Story 2' is in my opinion (almost used the IMO shortening but I find 'em totally annoying... lol) far more mature than the original. This is the first time that true drama, sadness and emotions are shown in a Pixar film. The scene were Jessie tells of her abandonment, while Randy Newman's "When somebody loved me" song plays in the background, is so full of emotions that I really felt strongly in that one. During that scene I, this sounds stupid.., I started to wonder about the, to me important, toys that I've left behind. In the end it's just not about abandoning a toy, in fact you're abandoning your friend(s). Everyone of you can admit that you've had special toys in your childhood. I had a bear and ended up hanging it after I saw 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' but that's another story... The key themes of the original movie, friendship, commitment, loyalty etc are in this one even more strongly presented. I liked the idea of splitting up the toys, Woody by himself and his new friends and Buzz with the odd gang. This gave the filmmakers more options on how to make the films story stronger. This also enables to concentrate on more characters and not only on Woody and Buzz. This film has a lot of key characters but it doesn't feel as "too much". The animation has not taken any drastic improvements from the original. It still looks amazing considering its age. If you compare Sid's dog from the original to Andy's dog in this one, you can see mayor improvement in animation technology. But like in any other high-class sequel, this one is also "bigger and better" in production values. Which one is better, 'Toy Story' or 'Toy Story 2'? I really can't say. I love both of 'em and I really can't say anything negative about this film either. The voice performances are once again nothing but exceptional. The storytelling is more mature than in the predecessor but it will without any doubt entertain the whole family. After seeing this film for the first time 10 years ago, I knew that Pixar would become one of my favourite production companies. They've never failed me and it says much of this films value when I can say that I enjoy this film every time as much as I did the first time. An excptional film in every way.
- TheMachinist, Friday, September 3, 2010
New toys, new characters and a brand new adventure, admittedly not as good as the first, but a very worthy seuqel all the same. It's great looking through some of the retro toys that appear in this film, which is a novelty to the kids, but to adults too.
- 76Majikat, Sunday, August 1, 2010
Even better than the first film, this sequel benefits from the fact that we already know and care about the characters. This is thankfully used in favor of a story that is much richer and more profound than the previous one, becoming just as well another instant classic.
- blacksheepboy, Sunday, July 25, 2010