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zcnp| Toy Story 2
ID:
1999
Comments:
Director: John Lasseter
Screenplay:
Producer:
Cast: Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles
Genre: Kids & Family

Running Time: 95
Aspect Ratio:  1.78:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Features: Animated, Special Edition
Studio:  Disney*Pixar DVD Region:  1 G
DVD Release:  Mar 2010 Discs:  2 (Blu-ray) [$39.99]
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Reviews:  John Lasseter and his gang of high-tech creators at Pixar create another entertainment for the ages. Like the few great movie sequels, Toy Story 2 comments on why the first one was so wonderful while finding a fresh angle worthy of a new film. The craze of toy collecting becomes the focus here, as we find out Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) is not only a beloved toy to Andy but also a rare doll from a popular '60s children's show. When a greedy collector takes Woody, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) launches a rescue mission with Andy's other toys. To say more would be a crime because this is one of the most creative and smile-inducing films since, well, the first Toy Story.
Although the toys look the same as in the 1994 feature, Pixar shows how much technology has advanced: the human characters look more human, backgrounds are superior, and two action sequences that book-end the film are dazzling. And it's a hoot for kids and adults. The film is packed with spoofs, easily accessible in-jokes, and inspired voice casting (with newcomer Joan Cusack especially a delight as Cowgirl Jessie). But as the Pixar canon of films illustrates, the filmmakers are storytellers first. Woody's heart-tugging predicament can easily be translated into the eternal debate of living a good life versus living forever. Toy Story 2 also achieved something in the U.S. two other outstanding 1999 animated features (The Iron Giant, Princess Mononoke) could not: it became a huge box-office hit. --Doug Thomas


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