“Toy Story 2” Review

Toy Story 2

– for not containing material to warrant a higher rating.
Director: John Lasseter
Starring: voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kelsey Grammer, Joan Cusack, Wayne Knight
Running Time: 1 hour, 32 minutes

Plot Summary
In a desperate rescue attempt by Woody to save a toy friend who’s about to be sold at a yard sale, Woody accidentally lands in the hands of a toy collector who takes Woody into his possession. As Buzz forms another rescue team to this time rescue Woody, Woody meets some new friends from his era and soon is faced with an important decision. Should Woody go back to his loving owner Andy or stay with his new found friends who he fits in with?

Film Review
Still searching for “the perfect movie?” Don’t think they can make a good, wholesome family movie these days. Well, Disney and Pixar have proven it can be done. Wait no longer, look no further, and hold onto your cowboy hats because Toy Story 2 is the answer to our theatrical prayers.

Woody and Buzz return, as do all of the original cast from the 1st installment. The computer animation is crisper, smoother, clearer, cooler. The jokes are funnier, the plot even more clever, the characters even more lovable.  Despite its ingenious, engaging plot, the creators throw the crowd some extra pleaser jokes with references to Jurassic Park and Star Wars (Empire Strikes Back).

It’s nice to see each main character getting more screen time and given more of a personality. In the first movie, we saw the vulnerability of Buzz and the jealousy of Woody, while in TS2, we get to see the group more as a team and as friends which made it more enjoyable as a whole.

With a lot of fun, a pro-friendship message, and a whole new look at old toys and how they “feel,” TS2 pulls at the heart strings maybe even a little more than the first. After the film, you’ll probably feel the need to hug your dusty old Winnie the Pooh or whip out your worn G.I. Joe’s from the cold, dark, dusty corners of your attic. Talk about a guilt trip.

In summary, the movie is fantastic, and I fail to see anything wrong with the film. It’s good family entertainment and I recommend it to everyone.
John DiBiase (reviewed: 11/28/99)

Parental Guide: Content Summary
. Sex/Nudity: None.
. Vulgarity/Language: None.
. Alcohol/Drugs: None.
. Blood/Gore: None.
. Violence: Few explosions, Woody’s arm rips a couple times. A toy punches another toy. Some toys wrestle, etc…

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