FILM: Toy Story 2 (1999, John Lasseter)

The poster features Woody making a V sign with his fingers behind Buzz Lightyear's head. Above them is the film's title below the names of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. Below is shown "The toys are back!" in all capitals above the production details.

Toy Story 2 is the third feature-length animation from Pixar. When Woody (Tom Hanks) is kidnapped by greedy toy collector Al (Wayne Knight), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) leads a rescue mission to bring his best friend and the toys’ leader home. At Al’s, Woody learns more about himself and begins to question his place in the world and own expectations regarding his role in Andy’s (John Morris) life.

PROS

  • Excellent screenwriting that has a great balance between exciting adventure, serious character-driven drama and fun comedy, and incorporates terrific new characters like Wheezy (Joe Ranft), Jessie (Joan Cusack) and Bullseye, as well as some lovely blink-and-miss references to Star WarsStar Trek and Jurassic Park.
  • Beautiful animation that boasts a rich colour palette, expressive characters and lots of smaller detail as it shows the world from a toy’s perspective.
  • An outstanding voice cast, the returning members all giving terrific turns, while the stand-outs in the new additions are the energetic Joan Cusack as Jessie and the theatrical, somewhat sly Kelsey Grammer as the Prospector.
  • A beautiful score by Randy Newman, while his original song (When She Loved Me) is used to heartbreaking effect in Jessie’s flashback scenes.

CONS

  • For the running time of barely an hour and a half, there are maybe slightly too many ideas – notably the subplot with Bonus Belt Buzz (Tim Allen) does at times feel slightly shoehorned in and its wrap-up is a bit rushed.

VERDICT: 9/10

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