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Toy Story 2

Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy film directed by John Lasseter and produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It is the second installment in the Toy Story franchise and the sequel to Toy Story (1995). In the film, Woody is stolen by a toy collector, prompting Buzz Lightyear and his friends to rescue him, but Woody is then tempted by the idea of immortality in a museum. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jim Varney, Annie Potts, R. Lee Ermey, John Morris, and Laurie Metcalf all reprise their character roles from the original film. The returning cast is joined by Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Estelle Harris, Wayne Knight, and Jodi Benson, who voice the new characters introduced in this film.

Disney initially envisioned Toy Story 2 as a direct-to-video sequel. The film began production in a building separated from Pixar, on a small scale, as most of the main Pixar staff were busy working on A Bug's Life (1998). When story reels proved promising, Disney upgraded the film to a theatrical release, but Pixar was unhappy with the film's quality. Lasseter and the story team redeveloped the entire plot in one weekend. Although most Pixar features take years to develop, the established release date could not be moved and the production schedule for Toy Story 2 was compressed into nine months.

Despite production struggles, Toy Story 2 opened on November 24, 1999, to wildly successful box office numbers, eventually grossing over $497 million. It received critical acclaim, with a rare 100% rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes, like its predecessor. It is considered by critics to be one of few sequel films to exceed the original in terms of quality and is frequently featured on lists of the greatest animated films ever made. Among its accolades, the film won Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 57th Golden Globe Awards.

Plot[]

Young Andy Davis prepares to go to cowboy camp with his toy Woody, but accidentally tears Woody's arm during playtime. Andy leaves without Woody, who is put on a shelf with Wheezy, a squeeze-toy penguin with a broken squeaker. When Andy's mother puts Wheezy in a yard sale, Woody rescues him.

Woody is spotted and stolen by greedy toy collector Al McWhiggin, the owner of Al's Toy Barn. At Al's apartment, Woody meets Jessie, Bullseye, and Stinky Pete, and learns he is based on the main character of a 1950s television show called Woody's Roundup. Al has collected an entire room full of Roundup memorabilia, but lacked a rare "Woody" doll. When Woody tries to leave, Jessie becomes furious, and Pete explains a museum in Tokyo, Japan wants to buy the complete collection. Without Woody, they will be returned to storage, which triggers Jessie's claustrophobia.

Al accidentally rips Woody's arm off completely while planning a photograph of the Roundup gang, and calls a toy cleaner to come the next morning to fix Woody. That night, while Al is asleep, Woody attempts to retrieve his arm and escape, but is foiled when the TV turns on and wakes up Al. Woody angrily blames Jessie when he finds the television remote in front of her, and the two fight when she denies it.

The next day, the cleaner reattaches Woody's arm. Woody discovers that Jessie once belonged to a girl named Emily, who eventually outgrew her and gave her away. Pete warns Woody the same fate awaits him when Andy grows up, whereas he would last forever in the museum. Woody decides to stay, much to the delight of the others.

Meanwhile, Buzz, Hamm, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, and Rex set out on a mission to rescue Woody in Al's Toy Barn. While searching for Woody, Buzz is imprisoned in a cardboard box by a Utility Belt Buzz Lightyear action figure, who believes Buzz is a rogue space ranger. Utility Belt Buzz joins the other toys, who mistake him for Andy's Buzz. After discovering Al's plan, they enter his apartment building through the elevator shaft. Andy's Buzz escapes and pursues them, but accidentally frees an Evil Emperor Zurg action figure, who follows Buzz with the intent of destroying him.

The toys find Woody and Andy's Buzz rejoins them, but Woody refuses to go home. Buzz reminds Woody that a toy's true purpose is to be played with, which he would never experience in a museum. Woody realizes Buzz is right, and asks the Roundup gang to come home with him and the other toys. Jessie and Bullseye agree, but Pete obstructs them, revealing he was actually responsible for foiling Woody's earlier escape attempt; he has never been played with, being still in his original packaging, and wants to go to the museum. Al then returns, puts the Roundup gang in a suitcase, and departs for the airport.

Andy's toys pursue Al but are caught in the elevator shaft by Zurg, who confronts Utility Belt Buzz and reveals himself to be Buzz's father. Rex inadvertently knocks Zurg down the shaft. Utility Belt Buzz reconciles with and stays with Zurg, who survived the fall, while Andy's toys, accompanied by three toy Aliens, steal a Pizza Planet delivery truck and follow Al to the airport. There, they sneak into the baggage handling system and find Al's suitcase. Pete rips Woody's arm and threatens to take Woody apart if he tries to escape, but Andy's toys subdue Pete and place him inside a little girl's backpack. They free Bullseye, but Jessie ends up on the plane bound for Japan. Assisted by Buzz and Bullseye, Woody enters the plane and frees Jessie. They escape the plane as it is taking off, and return home in a stolen baggage carrier.

Andy returns from camp and accepts Jessie, Bullseye, and the Aliens as his new toys, then repairs Woody's arm. Wheezy's squeaker has been fixed as well. As the rest of the toys celebrate, Woody tells Buzz he is no longer concerned about Andy outgrowing him, as they will still have each other for company.

Sequel[]

On 2010 Toy Story 3 arrive to the big screen

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