When Woody is stolen by an obsessive toy collector, Buzz Lightyear and the gang set out to rescue him. Afraid of the fate that awaits him when Andy grows up, Woody is tempted by the idea of immortality in a museum.
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By most measures, this sequel is where both the cast of characters and the franchise itself became the "Toy Story" fans know and love. The 4 years between entries leads to a rather impressive leap forward in animation, allowing Wayne Knight's human character to play a larger role in the plot, but it's the sharper writing that takes centerstage here. For my money, this is the funniest installment in the series.
Too bad they released it in the time that probably every kid that watched the first movie, wasn't into disney movies. The third movie on the other hand had a perfect timing for the original public, when the nostalgia hit them the most.
Who knew we could empathize so much with toy-related problems, or even care for that matter but boy do we. This sequel presents us with a natural evolution to the franchise posing the problem of growing up and what that means to the toys: being left out, forgotten. While this issue may resonate with some poor, unlucky people, this isn't such a problem for us, but still care. Some plot conveniences are annoying tho.
The first class story telling continues - of course it does its Pixar! Probably better than the first one, providing more depth to the characters who already love. Funnier and more emotional at the same time, with the Jesse montage the first time that Pixar demonstrated that they needed to be taken seriously as story tellers not just an animation studio.
A massive step up from the first, humans and animals actually look real this time. But this is pretty much the Buzz Lightyear adventure film, with more characters getting well rounded screen time. The parts with Woody are the less interesting though creates a good balance with the action side of Buzz's rescue mission. The wit is even more sharp, more so if you watch the previous film to get some of the humour.