While Andy is away at summer camp Woody has been toynapped by Al McWiggin, a greedy collector and proprietor of “Al’s Toy Barn”! In this all-out rescue mission, Buzz and his friends Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex and Hamm springs into action to rescue Woody from winding up as a museum piece. They must find a way to save him before he gets sold in Japan forever and they’ll never see him again! —IMDb
A pioneer of modern animation, notably the computer-generated animation that dominated the mid- to late ‘90s, John Lasseter started out doing traditional hand-drawn work. His passion for animation began in high school and, after writing an exuberant letter to Disney Studios, he started studying art and drawing on his own. Shortly after graduation, Lasseter became the second student to be accepted into Disney’s new animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. In the summers, he worked as an apprentice at the Disney Studios. While in school, he created two short films, Lady and the Lamp and Nitemare, both of which won Student Academy Awards. Shortly after graduation, Lasseter was hired by the Disney feature animation department and he spent the next five years there, working on such features as The Fox and the Hound (1981) and the short Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983).
In 1982, Lasseter received his first exposure to computer animation… read more
Ash Brannon (born 1969 in Columbus, Georgia) is an American animator, writer and director. He was a story artist and directing animator on Toy Story and co-director on Toy Story 2.Besides working at Pixar he has also worked with Dreamworks Animation on Over the Hedge and Sony Pictures Animation on Surf’s Up.
Brannon studied TV/Film at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida for high school and went on to CalArts for further education. Studying in CalArts Character Animation program, Brannon likewise practiced his skills in animation as a trainee for Disney’s The Little Mermaid. From 1990-92. In the meantime, Brannon served as an animator for such projects as Nike’s Hare Jordan Super Bowl ad in 1992 and the television series That’s Warner Bros.!.
He won an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production and Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production on Toy Story… read more
Lee Unkrich (born August 8, 1967) is an American director and film editor. He is a longtime member of the creative team at Pixar, where he started in 1994 as a film editor. He later began directing, first as co-director of Toy Story 2. After co-directing Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo, Unkrich made his solo directorial debut with Toy Story 3, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2011. Unkrich is the 2011 recipient of University of Southern California’s Mary Pickford Distinguished Alumni Award recognizing alumni contributions to the cinematic arts. With the award, Unkrich joins a list of distinguished USC alumni including Robert Zemeckis, Walter Murch, Jon Landau, Gary Rydstrom and Jay Roach.
A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Unkrich spent his youth acting at the Cleveland Playhouse. Unkrich graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1990. Before joining Pixar in 1994, Unkrich worked for several years in television… read more
It is definitely the weakest Toy Story film, but that does not imply that it is bad. It is a fantastic movie and an A+ sequel; and that is more than you can say about most sequels. The scene that gets me every time is Jessie's "When She Loved Me" scene. When I saw the re-release in theaters, I cried hard. However, I wasn't the only one...EVERYONE in the theater just wept or sniffled. That's true power right there.
Our favourite gang of toys is reunited in this sequel and they are having a blast. I watched the first Toy Story when it came out, I was 14 years of age and loved it, both for the cutting edge animation… read review
Toy Story 2 is my favorite film. It deepens the themes of the first Toy Story while staying totally true to the characters. It has genuine humor, heart, story, ideas, the list could go on forever… read review
The stigma associated with sequels is that they always attempt to either go bigger or rehash what was already done. Both variations are usually set-ups for failure, sacrificing story for more bells… read review