Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #313 Toy Story 2

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2011 at 1:49 AM

Movie #313 Toy Story 2

(1999, US, d. John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich)

The rare Hollywood sequel that manages to squeeze in both heart, valuable thematic content, and relevance into itself, Toy Story 2 is more of an achievement marker for the filmmakers than the actual story about toys that can talk. It’s predecessor changed Hollywood and it’s very easy to develop the ‘more and bigger’ mentality when producing the sequel. Instead of making things bigger, instead the filmmakers just added more, but still stayed true. ‘More’ in this case refers to the number of new toys. But Lasseter and Unkrich knew that these cool toys would only be as valuable to story as they were to lives of the two people this series has always been about: Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and Buzz (voiced by Tim Allen). They, in turn, take the first step in developing one of the finest trilogies ever made in Hollywood. It is a fun, enjoyable, sometimes even tear-inducing film. A montage near the third act revealing the backstory to one of the major new characters acts literally as a measure to how human we are. And while we’re on the subject of montages, Pixar has always been that company that understood their purpose: not to be cheap or take the easy way out, but rather to tell a story purely through visuals. Not so cool music can make it seem cooler, but because by telling it purely through visuals, a more powerful sequence can be developed. Toy Story 2 is a milestone not only for children’s movies but also for Hollywood sequels. Fun, funny, and thoroughly enjoyable for whatever age group watching, it’s a film with heart and love that isn’t easily forgotten.

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