Toy Story 2

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Toy Story 2
The toys are back in town!
Genre: Comedy adventure
Directed By: John Lasseter
Produced By: Helene Plotkin
Karen Robert Jackson
Written By: Joss Whedon
Andrew Stanton
Joel Cohen
Alec Sokolow
Starring: Tom Hanks
Tim Allen
Cinematography: Sharon Calahan
Distributed By: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release Date: November 13, 1999 (El Capitan Theatre)
November 24, 1999 (United States)
Runtime: 92 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $90 million
Box Office: $497.4 million
Prequel: Toy Story
Sequel: Toy Story 3

Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated movie. It is the sequel of Toy Story and the second movie in the Toy Story franchise.


Woody is stolen from his home by toy dealer Al McWhiggin, leaving Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang to try to rescue him. But when Woody discovers that he's actually a valuable collectible from a once-popular television show called "Woody's Roundup" and is reunited with Jessie the yodeling cowgirl, his horse, Bullseye and his faithful sidekick, Stinky Pete the Prospector, he decides to stay.

Why It Rocks

  1. Great animation for 1999 standards, which is a slight improvement from the first film.
  2. This film introduces us to Jessie, Bullseye, Stinky Pete and Emperor Zurg.
  3. The characters are still unforgettable.
  4. Excellent voice-acting, just like in the first movie.
  5. Like the first film, the sequel has a great story with good morals.
  6. The most impressive part of the film is how it was essentially finished in a year and it still managed to be a great sequel.
  7. Jessie's backstory is really emotional and the song, "When She Loved Me" really helps to emphasize her feeling of abandonment.
  8. Wayne Knight does a pretty good job as Al McWhiggin and Zurg.
  9. Events from the first film are referenced (e.g. when Sid strapped Buzz to a rocket and when Buzz tells Woody that he’s a child’s plaything like when Woody told him that), which keeps the film in proper continuity.
  10. The “Delicious hot schmoes” moment.
  11. Like the previous film, Randy Newman's score is still amazing.
  12. Rex's line, "But I don't wanna use my head", still remains hilarious.
  13. The scene where Woody gets fixed is extremely satisfying, even a Youtuber thinks its the most satisfying movie scene, he even made a video about it, watch here.
  14. Excellent ending to the film (Not the franchise).

Bad Qualities

  1. The scene where Woody has a nightmare where he gets dropped in a trash can and handled in by a swarm of toy arms while Andy closes the lid is somewhat disturbing for its target audience.
  2. In one blatant act of trying to pander to PC culture, one fake blooper (Stinky Pete talking to two Barbie dolls for a role in Toy Story 3) has been removed by Disney due to the John Lasseter allegations that led to his resignation, which actually caused a lot of controversy.


Toy Story 2 holds a 100% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 8.6/10 and a critic consensus that reads "The rare sequel that arguably improves on its predecessor, Toy Story 2 uses inventive storytelling, gorgeous animation, and a talented cast to deliver another rich moviegoing experience for all ages."

Box office

The film was no less successful than its predecessor in a commercial perspective. It became 1999's highest-grossing animated film, earning $245.9 million domestically and $497.4 million worldwide—beating both Pixar's previous releases by a significant margin.

Critical response

Despite production struggles, Toy Story 2 opened on November 24, 1999 to wildly successful box office numbers, eventually grossing over $497 million, and received critical acclaim, with a rare 100% rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes. Toy Story 2 has been considered by critics to be one of few sequel films to outshine the original, and it continues to be featured frequently on lists of the greatest animated films ever made. On Roger Ebert & The Movies, Roger Ebert and guest critic Joel Siegel of Good Morning America gave Toy Story 2 a “two thumbs up”.

Awards and nominations

The film was nominated an Academy Award for Best Song When She Loved Me. It did manage to win six Annie Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy. It also won a Grammy Award for When She Loved Me.


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6 months ago
Score 1
It's one of my favorite sequels, along with Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Dark Knight, The Empire Strikes Back, Incredibles 2, and Spider-Man 2. :)

Hiatt Grey

5 months ago
Score 1
Toy Story 2 is one of those rare sequels that are better than the original.


4 months ago
Score 1
Al McWhiggin for Smash

X9 The Android

4 months ago
Score 1
His special attack should be on his Chicken disguise

AbareKillerFan 2002

3 months ago
Score 1
From all the four movies, I think this is my favorite

AbareKillerFan 2002

one month ago
Score 1
Excellent sequels, excellent sequels everywhere

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