Toy Story 2 (1999)

Woody (Tom Hanks), gets stolen by a toy collector named Al (Wayne Knight) who wants to send him to a museum in Japan. It’s up to Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and other toys to rescue him.

Director: John Lasseter

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles, Jim Varney

MPAA Rating: G

Fun Fact: The first sequel that Tom Hanks and Tim Allen had worked on.

Toy Story launched the career of Pixar in 1995 and to this day is still one of the most beloved films of all time. It set the standards of how animation could be done and storytelling for all sorts of films. With Pixar going for a sequel, the expectations would be higher than ever.

Toy Story 2 delivers in so many ways that it’s one of the rare instances that a sequel may have passed the original. It has everything that makes a film great, especially a family feature. It has a nice blend of action, adventure, comedy, and morals that makes it enjoyable. Just like the first one, the animation is top notch and it continued Pixar’s trend of hits. The best parts of the film to me are all the pop culture references throughout. There are so many classic lines from other films that you will be quoting them with the characters.

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen continued their chemistry just like the first film. Even though it’s voice acting you still want to see them together on screen. Joan Cusack was a nice addition to the cast. You can tell the enthusiasm in her voice with the Jessie character and it sounded like she wanted to do this role. Kelsey Grammer was also a nice addition as the villain Stinky Pete. He could express the emotions the right way as the lead villain.

Like I said earlier in the review one of the best parts of this film is the moral. It gives kids views of working as a team and loyalty. It’s easy to relate to because it’s not humans teaching something but, toys. Every kid likes to play with toys and it might be easier to get the message across to them.

Overall Toy Story 2 is not just a great sequel but, it might surpass the first one. It has everything that a family film needs to have. While kids will love it, adults will love it as well.

Verdict: Hit

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