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Toy Story 2 (1999)

Toy Story 2 is among the finest kid-films-for-adults, with a truly heartbreaking subtext – what happens to toys when kids stop caring about them?

When his young owner, Andy, goes off to summer camp, Woody the cowboy is stolen by a toy collector who recognises him as a valuable doll. Woody’s erstwhile rival, Buzz Lightyear, leads a rescue party to save him – with chaotic results.

Originally intended as a 60-minute, straight-to-video project, this was a work in progress right up to its release – complete with last-minute additions to the cast. Product opportunism, perhaps. Yet who can be wholly cynical about a film that not only manages to surpass its 1995 predecessor but also restores credibility to that much-debased term “family entertainment”?


Buzz Lightyear’s bid to rescue Woody from the clutches of a sleazy toy collector will keep the youngsters on the edge of their seats.

However, it’s the little touches that will delight the grown-ups, most notably the in-jokes at the expense of Star Wars and Jurassic Park, and the charming re-creation of a 1950s TV puppet show.

Tom Hanks
Buzz Lightyear
Tim Allen
Joan Cusack
Kelsey Grammer
Mr Potato Head
Don Rickles
Mrs Potato Head
Estelle Harris
Slinky Dog
Jim Varney
Wallace Shawn
John Ratzenberger
Bo Peep
Annie Potts
Al McWhiggin
Wayne Knight
John Morris
Andy’s mother
Laurie Metcalf
R Lee Ermey
Jodi Benson
Jonathan Harris
Evil Emperor Zurg
Andrew Stanton
Robert GouletCrew

John Lasseter
Lee Unkrich
Ash Brannon