|TOY STORY 2 (1999)|
|"You never forget kids like Emily or Andy, but they forget you."|
|Time: 85 mins.|
Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
Though I enjoyed this follow-up to one of the best animated movies of all time, in my opinion, I didn't laugh out loud until about a half hour into the movie and for a comedy that's not good. I was amused by the goings on, but they weren't as hysterical as the first. This has everything to do with the story, which is much more poignent and heartfelt than the original, at least for adults. The theme is to enjoy your time as a beloved toy because someday you're going to be packed away and no longer of use. Pretty heady stuff for a cartoon, but though TOY STORY 2 occasionally strikes a sad note, the overall experience is energetic and fun. In the first one, Woody and friends spend the whole film trying to convince Buzz he's a toy, in the second Buzz and friends have to convince Woody that being a toy is worthwhile, even if the love won't last forever. The great thing about TOY STORY 2 is that your favorite toys are back and just as endearing.
The film opens with Woody all excited about joining Andy at Cowboy Camp, but right before they're about to leave his arm rips and Andy ends up leaving without him. Stuck on a high shelf until he can be mended, Woody discovers Wheezy, a broken penguin squeeze toy, who was supposed to be fixed, but was left on the shelf forgotten. When Wheezy is selected to be sold at the family garage sale, Woody attempts to rescue him. Unfortunately for Woody, he winds up being stolen by an evil toy salesman, Al, who needs him to complete his collection of Woody's Roundup Gang. Collectibles from a 50's puppet show, Woody, his show partners Stinky Pete and Jessie, and his horse Bullseye along with every piece of merchandise you can imagine are slated to be sold to a Japanese musuem. Stinky Pete and Jessie have been waiting years for Woody to be found so they can finally be admired again. They convince Woody that Andy will be fine without him, that he'll be stored away sooner or later and that being admired by millions will be a much better use of his life. Overjoyed that he's a collectible, Woody eventually succumbs to their way of thinking and is actually excited about going.
That is until the gang shows up to rescue him. Buzz, Dinosuar, Mr. Potato Head and Slinky Dog have travelled very fair and put themselves in danger to rescue Woody and return him to Andy's playroom. Woody can't go to Japan. Andy would be devestated to lose him. The choice is taken out of Woody's hands and the gang is on the chase again to make sure that good rules the day. The final third of the film is one spectacular action sequence after another. All well-worth the price of admission. The toy store sequence is also just a plethora of inside jokes and fun for all. The animation is just as crisp, clean and wonderful as the first. If you're a fan of TOY STORY, you'll have just as much fun watching the sequel. If you haven't seen the original, get out from under the rock you're living under, rent it, and then see the second. This is must-see filmaking, animated or not.