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Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated movie. It is the sequel of Toy Story and the second movie in the Toy Story franchise.

Plot[]

Woody is stolen from his home by toy dealer Al McWhiggin, leaving Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang to try to rescue him. But when Woody discovers that he's actually a valuable collectible from a once-popular television show called "Woody's Roundup" and is reunited with Jessie the yodeling cowgirl, his horse, Bullseye and his faithful sidekick, Stinky Pete the Prospector, he decides to stay.

Why It Rocks[]

  1. Great animation for 1999 standards, which is a slight improvement from the first film.
  2. This film introduces us to Jessie, Bullseye, Stinky Pete and Emperor Zurg.
  3. The characters are still unforgettable.
  4. Excellent voice-acting, just like in the first movie.
  5. Like the first film, the sequel has a great story with good morals.
  6. The most impressive part of the film is how it was essentially finished in a year and it still managed to be a great sequel.
  7. Jessie's backstory is really emotional and the song, "When She Loved Me" really helps to emphasize her feeling of abandonment.
  8. Wayne Knight does a pretty good job as Al McWhiggin and Zurg.
  9. Events from the first film are referenced (e.g. when Sid strapped Buzz to a rocket and when Buzz tells Woody that he’s a child’s plaything like when Woody told him that), which keeps the film in proper continuity.
  10. The “Delicious hot schmoes” moment.
  11. Like the previous film, Randy Newman's score is still amazing.

Bad Qualities[]

  1. The scene where Woody has a nightmare where he gets dropped in a trash can and handled in by a swarm of toy arms while Andy closes the lid is somewhat disturbing for its target audience.
  2. In one blatant act of trying to pander to PC culture, one fake blooper (Stinky Pete talking to two Barbie dolls for a role in Toy Story 3) has been removed by Disney due to the John Lasseter allegations that led to his resignation, which actually caused a lot of controversy.

Reception[]

Toy Story 2 holds a 100% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 8.6 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "The rare sequel that arguably improves on its predecessor, Toy Story 2 uses inventive storytelling, gorgeous animation, and a talented cast to deliver another rich moviegoing experience for all ages."

Box office[]

The film was no less successful than its predecessor in a commercial perspective. It became 1999's highest-grossing animated film, earning $245.9 million domestically and $497.4 million worldwide—beating both Pixar's previous releases by a significant margin.

Critical response[]

Despite production struggles, Toy Story 2 opened on November 24, 1999 to wildly successful box office numbers, eventually grossing over $497 million, and received critical acclaim, with a rare 100% rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes. Toy Story 2 has been considered by critics to be one of few sequel films to outshine the original, and it continues to be featured frequently on lists of the greatest animated films ever made. On Roger Ebert & The Movies, Roger Ebert and guest critic Joel Siegel of Good Morning America gave Toy Story 2 a “two thumbs up”.

Awards and nominations[]

The film was nominated an Academy Award for Best Song When She Loved Me. It did manage to win six Annie Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy. It also won a Grammy Award for When She Loved Me.

External Links[]

  • Toy Story 2 at the Internet Movie Database
  • Toy Story 2 on Rotten Tomatoes
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