Toy Story 2 (1999)

Toy Story 2 (1999)

Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, Wayne Knight, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, Estelle Harris, R. Lee Ermey, Jodi Benson, Jonathan Harris, Joe Ranft, Andrew Stanton, Jeff Pidgeon

Directed by John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich & Ash Brannon

Expectations: Low, I remember being very disappointed in this.

Like Puppet Master II yesterday, Toy Story 2 does everything it can to one-up the previous film and give the audience more of everything they loved. While this worked for Puppet Master II and led to a better overall film, Toy Story 2 actually comes out worse for wear, still managing to be a great, fun movie, but one that doesn’t quite reach as high as the near-perfect Toy Story. Regardless of comparison, if you liked the first one, you’re sure to enjoy this one as well.

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Toy Story (1995)

Toy Story (1995)

Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, John Morris, Erik von Detten, Laurie Metcalf, R. Lee Ermey, Sarah Freeman

Directed by John Lasseter

Expectations: High. Haven’t seen this since it came out.

Pixar is a monolith within the American animation industry. Their films appeal to both young and old viewers, satisfying on a number of levels. It is this reason that any new Pixar film, like any new Hayao Miyazaki film, is an event for all in attendance. Toy Story was their first feature and it makes sense that it would lay all the groundwork for this high caliber of work, and it does so in such a confident way that no matter how jaded you are, the team at Pixar proves that they have a wonderful working knowledge of how to make not just a great animated film, but a great film period.

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