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Toy Story 2 (1999)

  Directed by: Ash Brannon, John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich
Written by: Ash Brannon, Doug Chamberlain, Peter Docter, Rita Hsiao, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Chris Webb
Starring: Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Hanks, Wayne Knight, John Morris, Annie Potts, John Ratzenberger, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, Jim Varney
Links: Toy Story 2 on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Book
Genre: Cartoon/Animation

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Toy Story 2 (1999) is also mentioned in mino's review of A Bug's Life (1998) and mino's review of Finding Nemo (2003).

"I've had my fill" - a review by pearly

As a general rule, sequels are not as good as the original, right? Right. Often, a sequel is so bad that it should never have been made in the first place. Toy Story 2 is not that type of sequel. It comes close to being as good as Toy Story (1995), in fact. Not quite there, but nearly.

Why isn't it as good? Well, mainly, it's because it starts to get a little too much towards the end. The main storyline of the sequel, that of a toy store owner and dealer in collectibles (Al, voiced by Wayne Knight) who steals Woody (Tom Hanks) to complete his set of "Round Up Gang" toys, is a great one. It's better than any other storyline I can think of to follow Toy Story. Yet, towards the end, I feel that it runs out of steam a bit, and just huffs and puffs its way to the end.

Why is it good anyway? Well, it's still a heap of fun, with the addition of new characters giving the film an extra boost. In particular, I enjoyed Mrs Potato Head's appearance; while I also liked Jessie (Joan Cusack), one of four members of Woody's Round Up Gang, I did find her a little annoying. Also, the story really is ingenious, weaving in little snippets of details from the first one which are clever if you pick up on them, and going down the whole "rare and collectibles" path so popular with toys.

Of course, the look of the thing is amazing, as you would expect. There are probably more bits with humans involved in this one, as well as Andy's new puppy, which is so much cuter and more realistic-looking than Sid's evil dog from the first one.

Put simply, this was a fun sequel, but I'm glad they put the franchise to rest after this one, because any more would seriously have been stretching the friendship.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 5 Oct 2004

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