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Toy Story 2 (1999)

Toy Story 2 (1999)


Starring the voice of
Tom Hanks
Tim Allen
Joan Cusack
Kelsey Grammer

Directed by John Lasseter

After the success of their first movie together, Disney/Pixar went ahead to make many more movies together, but soon they returned to the movie that started it all, Toy Story, but Disney’s initial plan was for Toy Story 2 to be a home video, but upon reading the script and seeing the reels they noticed the possibilities of another blockbuster lurks, so Disney pumped money into it, recalled the voice cast and Toy Story 2 was made, a wonderful additional to its 1995 original.

Toy Story 2, picks up from where the last one stopped, and it didn’t neglect to let us know that Andy himself is getting older; the puppy and the Mrs Potatoe Head toy mentioned at the end of the first film are also featured in this movie, their addition to the clan, was so well done that you will not feel like they were crowding. Then the adventure in this movie is not a Woody trying to clear himself, it is a save woody adventure. The movie’s directing is just as good as the first, the score not so great, but it is negligible and the CGI is upgraded.

The movie plot sees Woody (Tom Hanks) get stolen by a collector, the other toys noticed this theft and with Buzz (Tim Allen) hell-bent to save Woody, recruited some other toys: Rex, Mr Potatoe Head, Slinky Dog and Hamm the piggy bank on a journey to go save Woody from his captor.

The crew that went to save Woody made the movie for me; their addition took the scope away from what the first movie was all about, Woody and Buzz. This movie too is about Woody, but now some other toys too are involved in this outside rescue.

The idea for a sequel was being put together after the release of the first, but production faced a lot of hiccups on the way, mostly due to Disney’s set release date of the film costing Pixar to work at a fast pace to meet the set release date. The movie story had a lot of recycled ideas that were in the draft of the first film, which were discarded. These ideas included but not limited to, the obsessive toy collector, who here in this movie is the main antagonist (Sid Philips, Andy’s former neighbor before they moved was the first movie’santagonist).

Upon its release, Toy Story 2 cost 90 million dollars to make, and it recruited over 480 million from the box office, making it a commercial success. The high approval rating of the film puts it in the league of movies (rare movies) whose sequels are regarded to be just as good as the original, or even better.

Toy Story 2 is a fun and great movie.


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