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.
Mr Potato Head
Mrs Potato Head
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