by Bret W.
Disney and Pixar team up yet again to bring us another delightful tale of Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang. This sequel successfully accomplishes what few sequels do: it is as good as or better than the first film in the series. I’ll be honest, the first time I saw Toy Story (1995) I was pretty knocked out, not just by the amazing computer animation, but also by the fun story and the great voice acting by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, as well as the supporting cast. But this episode beats the pants off the first adventure-wise. The story is multi-faceted and never cheap, although some of the laughs are (which is good!). It’s just a great all-around film, fun for all ages, and a worthy follow-up of the original.
Once again we find Woody and Buzz leading the toys in Andy’s room, along with Andy’s new puppy, in a world of fun for Andy. When Andy tears Woody’s arm, Woody is shelved and Andy goes to camp without him. Andy’s mother puts some toys out for a yard sale while he is gone, and Woody successfully rescues one, but is stolen by a toy collector in the process.
The toy collector takes him back to his office to be repaired, where Woody is reunited with Jesse, Bullet, and Stinky Pete, all characters from a bygone TV show called Woody’s Roundup. While Buzz leads a team of toy commandos to rescue Woody, Woody’s excitement over being the star attraction makes him want to stay with the Roundup Gang and be sold to a Japanese museum.
Like I said before, I enjoyed this film every bit as much as the first. Fans of the original Toy Story will take great delight in this new adventure. Tons of humor for both young and old alike make it a fun film to watch with the kids, and the action is not too overbearing for parents wishing to monitor what their children watch. The Disney/Pixar team have certainly hit another homerun with Toy Story 2.