Toy Story 2 - * * *

Toy Story 2

This sequel to Toy Story was originally planned for a direct-to-video release, but was upgraded to a full theatrical debut. All the voice talents from the original film will be returning (including Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear). Andy goes off to summer camp, leaving his toys to fend for themselves. When an obsessive toy collector (voiced by Wayne Knight) kidnaps Woody, it’s up to the other toys to band together and save him before Andy returns home. Kelsey Grammer will voice the highly collectable Smelly Pete, Estelle Harris will voice Mrs. Potato Head, and Ken Michroney will voice Emperor Zurg. Joan Cusack will also provide a voice. Ash Brannon and Colin Brady will direct.

Capsule Review: A very good film, especially considering it is a sequel. Although not as innovative as the original (how could it be), Toy Story 2 still packs plenty of laughs and surprises. The films weakest point is the new villain, who is simply uninteresting, and is almost forgotten by the film’s conclusion.

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