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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 for 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

Cast

Tom HanksWoody (voice)
Tim AllenBuzz Lightyear (voice)
Joan CusackJessie the Yodeling Cowgirl (voice)
Kelsey GrammerStinky Pete the Prospector (voice)
Don RicklesMr. Potato Head (voice)
Jim VarneySlinky Dog (voice)
Wallace ShawnRex the Green Dinosaur (voice)
John RatzenbergerHamm the Piggy Bank (voice)
Annie PottsBo Peep (voice)
Wayne KnightAl the Toy Collector (voice)
John MorrisAndy (voice)
Laurie MetcalfAndy's Mom (voice)
Estelle HarrisMrs. Potato Head (voice)
R. Lee ErmeyArmy Sarge (voice)
Jodi BensonTour Guide Barbie / Barbie on Backpack (voice)
Jonathan HarrisGeri the Cleaner (voice)
Joe RanftWheezy the Penguin / Heimlich (voice)
Andrew StantonEvil Emperor Zurg (voice)
Jeff PidgeonGreen Aliens / Mr. Spell (voice)
Jack AngelAdditional voices (voice)
Bob BergenAdditional voices (voice)
Mary Kay BergmanJessie - yodeling / additional voices (voice)
Sheryl BernsteinAdditional voices (voice)
Rodger BumpassAdditional voices (voice)
Corey BurtonWoody's Roundup Announcer (voice)
Rachel DaveyAdditional voices (voice)
Debi DerryberryAdditional voices (voice)
Jessica EvansAdditional voices (voice)
Bill FarmerAdditional voices (voice)
Pat FraleyAdditional voices (voice)
Jess HarnellAdditional voices (voice)
John LasseterBlue Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot (voice)
Nicolette LittleAdditional voices (voice)
Sherry LynnAdditional voices (voice)
Mickie McGowanMom at yard sale (voice)
Andi PetersAdditional Voices (voice: UK version)
Phil ProctorAirline Rep / sign-off voice / Mr. Konishi (voice)
Jan RabsonAdditional voices (voice)
Carly SchroederAdditional voices (voice)
Madylin SweetenAdditional voices (voice)
Hannah UnkrichMolly Davis (voice)
Lee UnkrichRed Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot (voice)

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  • Genre: Animated Movies
  • Theme(s): Fantasy, Satire/Parody/Comedy, Family
  • Director: Lee Unkrich
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 92 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.77:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 24, 1999
    EuropeFeb 11, 2000
    JapanMar 11, 2000
    AustraliaDec 2, 1999
  • Ratings
    North AmericaG
    EuropeU
    AustraliaG
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaMar 23, 2010
    EuropeMar 8, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 20, 2001
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