Toy Story 2 (1999)

John Lasseter directs Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack in this sequel to Toy Story, where Woody falls into the hands of an unscrupulous toy collector and learns of his secret origins.

Toy Story 2 was intended as a direct-to-video cash-in. Then someone accidentally deleted a lot of the animation code and they got a chance to spruce it up to a cinematic feature. It is almost on a par with the perfect first film and the emotionally devastating third. The 1990s Computer Generated Imagery is starting show its creakiness, those humans in the airport are terrifying polygon automatons. Maybe that’s the point. The toys are truer than humanity? Jessie’s song slows things down but… boy oh boy… does it get you in the feels. And the epic grand finale lacks the zip of the moving van chase nor the gut blow of the trash compactor. But you get more Rex. That’s all I want in life really. More paranoid dinosaur.

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