Toy Story 2

Year: 1999
Production Co: Pixar
Studio: Disney
Director: John Lasseter
Writer: Ash Brannon/Lee Unkrich/Pete Docter/Andrew Stanton/Rita Hsiao/Doug Chamberlin/Chris Webb
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Annie Potts, Wayne Knight, Laurie Metcalf

After the haul the original made off with a sequel was inevitable, but because Pixar wrote, refined, polished, rewrote and improved the script before they drew a single frame, it's as much a pleasure as its predecessor.

The premise is similar, only this time Woody's (Hanks) the one in need of rescuing. When an unscrupulous toy collector (Knight) realises how rare and valuable Woody is and makes off with him during a garage sale at Andy's house, the gang go off in pursuit to rescue him.

But Woody learns about his past and a simpler time when cowboy toys were all the rage before upstart spaceman toys took over. He meets his 'proper' family, Jessie the Cowgirl (Cusack) and Stinky Pete the Prospector (Grammer) and starts to think his destiny is to live with them immortalized in a museum before Buzz and his friends catch up with him and go to work convincing him his destiny is to be played with by a kid who loves him.

The race is once again on to get home, but you won't notice how similar the story is to the 1995 hit, you'll just enjoy the new gags and pop culture references.

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