Toy Story 2 (1999) – Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon, and John Lasseter

The Movie Book from DK Canada continues to entertain, and it’s next big recommendation was Toy Story, which I’ve previously covered off, but I was delighted to see that on the What Else To Watch list there were other Pixar films that were primed for a re-watch.

So I threw in the blu-ray and settled in for the 1999 follow up to the Oscar winning Toy Story.

All your favorite characters are back, Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and all the rest, plus some new characters as we get an expansion on Woody’s history. When Andy’s mom (Laurie Metcalf) throws a collection of toys together for a yard sale, Woody ends up in the pile, and a toy collector/toy store owner Al (Wayne Knight) realizes what he is…

He’s a collector’s item from a television show called Woody’s Roundup, and we are introduced to his fellow cast members, Stinky Pete the Prospector (Kelsey Grammar), Woody’s horse Bullsye, and the rambunctious and brilliant addition to the series, Jessie (Joan Cusack) – who gets poignant beautiful backstory that stands in contrast to Woody’s.

Back in Andy’s room , Buzz and the gang are trying to track down their missing friend, and but Al has a collector in Japan that wants to pay for Woody and the rest of the restored collection (over seen by Geri from Geri’s Game).

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So this time, it’s Woody who tends to get a little delusional, while Buzz reminds him he is a loved toy, not a collector’s item.

The film takes what was established in the first film, and expands it beautifully, and you can see the leap forward in technology already even in the short couple of years between films.

Pixar has always been adamant about putting their character and story first, and it shows. The character development and the detail paid to their design makes the world a real thing, one that people have loved for decades now.

Some have argued that perhaps Pixar has gone to the well one too many times with this collection of characters, and for some film series that could be true, but as mentioned, Pixar has always put character and story first, and as long as their are great stories and character development that is worth sharing then this I say keep going!

Woody, Buzz and company have now found their homes in the hearts of a couple of generations now, much like actual toys, and happily, these ones seem to get better with age.

Pixar films have shown that family movies can be just that, for the family. There are things in all of them for younger viewers, as well as the ‘grown-ups.’ Though honestly, I never need an excuse to settle in for a Pixar film.

And neither should you. So pick up a copy of DK Books’ The Movie Book and find a Pixar classic to watch tonight!

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