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Toy Story 2

Toy Story 2 is the 1999 sequel to the 1995 film that provides some big laughs but some slow stretches thanks to an overly intricate screenplay, which, on the positive side, provides an imaginative backstory for our hero Woody.

This time around, Woody (Tom Hanks) is kidnapped at a garage sale by a nasty toy collector (voiced by Wayne Knight). It's then revealed that Woody was created after the lead character in an old black and white television series with co-stars Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl (voiced by Joan Cusack) and Stinking Pete (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) and that he and their dolls are about to be sold to a museum in Tokyo.

This story would have been enough for a viable sequel but John Lasseter and Pete Docter's screenplay has added a couple of unnecessary subplots revolving around Buzz Lightyear's nemesis in a video game named Zurg and the introduction of a Buzz double who escapes from his box and traps our Buzz in. Tim Allen actually does a viable job creating the two different Buzzes though.

I was also bothered by the fact that Woody remains loyal to Andy after Andy's treatment of him at the beginning of the film. Unfortunately, there is also a backstory thrown in for Jessie that really slows the film down. But the animation is brilliant and some new characters like Jessie, Stinking Pete, and Tour Guide Barbie (voiced by Jodi Benson) are fun and more than make up for the film's minor problems. Make sure you stay tuned through the closing credits.