TOY STORY 2, 1999
Voices: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusask, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Wayne Knight, Laurie Metcalf, Annie Potts, Estelle Harris
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.
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Pixar seems to have a monopoly on great storytelling because it seems no one at this point can compete with them in creating heartfelt characters and engaging storylines as seen in Toy Story 2. As a follow up the blockbuster masterpiece back in 1995, Toy Story not only continues the story of the lovable toys such as Woody and Buzz, but it exceeds all expectations as they push the boundaries of technology and deliver something no one could have imagined; a great sequel.
The story takes place a few years after the first and Andy is off to cowboy summer camp leaving behind his toys. His mother decides to start a yard sale much to the horror of the toys. By a mix up, Woody is taken or rather stolen by Al, a robust proprietor of a toy store. He wants Woody because he’s a collectible of an old 50’s series with Woody as the title character.
Before becoming Andy’s toy, Woody never knew of his past and so when he discovers that he is a valuable commodity and one with a respectable history, he finds it appealing that he could become immortal in a toy museum that’s dedicated to him. While in the custody of Al he meets his female counterpart named Jessie, a cowgirl who has been waiting for Woody’s return. Joan Cusak is excellent as the voice of the excitable cow girl.
After Woody’s abduction, Buzz and the rest of the toys organize a rescue plan to save their friend, but throughout the film the question is not if they can save Woody, but does Woody want to be saved?
The story follows the obvious question of what happens to Andy’s toys when Andy gets older and no longer interested in playing with dolls and action figures. Well, it’s a question that the toys are pondering themselves and while the film doesn’t necessarily provide an answer but it does hint at the notion.
The original film brought a new computer animation unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, and this time around they not only brought something new but they continued to advance the story without compromising the heart of the original for the sake of mindless entertainment. Pixar continues to amaze its audience with witty dialogue that are suitable for children and required for the attention spans of adults. They have done a wonderful job at addressing both sides of their target audience. It seems Pixar just gets better and better with each new film. Toy Story 2 never loses its intended audience nor do they overwhelm kids with their witty dialogue. It’s quite simply a perfect film, one of many under the name of Pixar.