Toy Story 2 is a 1999 Academy-Award-nominated CGI film, the sequel to Toy Story; the third Disney / Pixar feature film, which featured the adventures of a group of toys that come to life when humans are not around to see them. Like the first film, Toy Story 2 was produced by Pixar Animation Studios, directed by John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich and Ash Brannon, and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 19, 1999, in some parts of Australia on December 2, 1999 and the United Kingdom on 11 February 2000. The film is set for re-release in stereoscopic 3D on February 10, 2010, leading up to the highly-anticipated release of Toy Story 3 on June 18, 2010.
The movie keeps most of the original characters and voices from the first movie, including Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, Annie Potts, and John Ratzenberger. They are joined by new characters voiced by Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Wayne Knight, and Estelle Harris.
Woody is brought to Al's apartment, where he discovers that he is a toy created from a popular television show of the past, "Woody's Roundup", and that Al now has a complete collection of memorabilia which he plans to see to a Japanese toy museum. Woody meets the toy versions of the show's co-stars, Jessie, his sidekick, Bullseye, his horse, and Stinky Pete, an old prospector and who is still in his original box. The three are excited to be going to Japan, but Woody has doubts, knowing that he is Andy's toy. Later, Al brings over a toy repairman, who restores Woody's arm and gives him a fresh paint job, which Woody appreciates. Woody slowly warms up to the idea of going to Japan, particularly after hearing that Jessie was once a girl's toy but later abandoned after she grew up.
Meanwhile, Buzz and the others make their way to the toy store to try to locate Woody. In their escapades, Buzz gets in a fight with a newer Buzz toy and the original Buzz is trapped while the rest of the rescue team take Buzz #2 with them across the street to Al's apartment where they now know Woody is being kept. Buzz manages to escape and follows the team, inadvertently letting loose an Emperor Zurg action figure who trails behind him. The team manages to use the elevator to get to Al's apartment and attempt to take Woody home, but Woody refuses to leave. The original Buzz manages to catch up to the group, and helps to remind Woody that he is a toy, meant to be played with, and convinces Woody to leave with them. Woody gets an idea and invites the other "Woody's Roundup" toys to come to Andy's house, but before they can accept, they find that Stinky Pete, who has left his box, has blocked the exit route, determined to get the complete set to Japan. Before Buzz and the other toys can interfere, Al enters and packs the toys, including Woody, Jessie and Bullseye for shipping to the airport. Buzz and the others quickly leave the building, with Buzz #2 interceding to stop the Emporer Zurg toy; the rest of the team steal a Pizza Planet truck and manage to drive it to the airport.
In the baggage area, Buzz and the others find the crates with Woody and the other toys. They manage to free Woody and Bullseye, and stick the Stinky Pete doll into a girl's backpack so that he will know what it is like to be a toy, but they are unable to get Jessie out in time before she is loaded on the plane. Woody, Buzz and Bullseye give chase, and together they manage to save Jessie before the plane takes off, though Woody's arm is torn again. The toys happily return to Andy's home, later learning that Al has gone bust due to the failure to sell his collection to the museum. Andy returns home from camp, and is excited about the new Jessie and Bullseye toys. Andy carefully repairs Woody's arm and marks both Jessie and Bullseye with his name, making both of them feel appreciated. Woody and Buzz acknowledge they know that Andy will eventually grow up, but they'll be there for each other when he does. The movie ends with Wheezy, who is now fixed, singing, "You've Got a Friend in Me."
See main article Toy Story 2 (soundtrack).
Randy Newman wrote two new songs for Toy Story 2 as well as the complete original score:
The film also includes two new versions of "You've Got A Friend In Me", the theme from the first film. The first is performed by the puppet Woody (Hanks) "on guitar" as part of the "Woody's Roundup" show. The second is a Vegas-style finale production number sung by Wheezy (singing voice provided by Robert Goulet).
Pixar and Disney had a five-film co-production deal and Pixar felt that with its change in status, Toy Story 2 should count as one of the pictures in the deal. Disney, however, felt that since the production of Toy Story 2 was negotiated outside of the five-picture deal, it should not count. This issue became a particularly sore spot for Pixar, leading to a falling out between Pixar CEO Steve Jobs and Disney CEO Michael Eisner, concluding in Pixar's 2004 announcement that it would not extend its deal with Disney and would instead seek other distribution partners. With Eisner's departure and Pixar's ultimate purchase by Disney, however, these problems have been overcome.
It received an 87/100 Universal Acclaim on Metacritic.
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