Toy Story 2 is consistently rated as one of the best movies ever made on huge review sites like Rotten Tomatos and IMDB.
When Toy Story 2 came out in 1999, I was a teenager with less interest in children’s movies than before.
However, I loved the original Toy Story so much that I gave this movie a chance and watched it when it was released on DVD. I was happy to see (or hear) that it had the original cast with Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear.
I also enjoyed the additional characters with Joan Cusack as Jessie, Kelsey Grammer as Stinky Pete, and Wayne Knight as Al the Toy Collector. Because I loved the first movie so much, I had high hopes for the sequel. While the sequel was enjoyable, I don’t think that it lived up to my expectations.
I feel that it lacked the simplicity that the first movie had and that the plot was much more involved. Woody questions what kind of future he will have with Andy and worries that he will eventually be discarded.
However, the basic story of adventure and friendship remains the same with Buzz Lightyear coming to Woody’s rescue to bring him home. While this isn’t one of my favorite Disney movies, I think it has a beautiful message of friendship and is a wonderful movie for children.