The release date for Toy Story 2 was November 24, 1999. The movie was originally planned to be a direct-to-video release, but was upgraded to a theatrical release due to the success of the first movie.
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Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. The film was directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Ash Brannon. It is the sequel to the 1995 film Toy Story and features the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, R. Lee Ermey, Jodi Benson, Michael Keaton, Kelsey Grammer and Wayne Knight in supporting roles. Like its predecessor, Toy Story 2 was a critical and commercial success. It grossed $497 million worldwide against a budget of only $90 million making it Pixar’s most profitable film at the time.
The Release of Toy Story 2
On November 22, 1999, Pixar released Toy Story 2, the sequel to its smash hit Toy Story. The movie was an instant success, grossing over $485 million worldwide. Not only was it a financial success, but it was also a critical favorite, earning a certified fresh rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Plot of Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy film directed by John Lasseter and produced by Pixar Animation Studios. The sequel to the 1995 film Toy Story, the film features the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Annie Potts, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, and Wayne Knight in supporting roles. The plot follows Andy’s toys as they are accidentally donated to a daycare center while he is on vacation with his family. When Woody realises that he is about to be replaced as Andy’s favorite toy by Buzz Lightyear, he attempts to return home but ends up getting stolen by a greedy toy collector. The other toys mount a rescue mission to save Woody and bring him home.
The film was released on November 24, 1999 in the United States and became the second ever Pixar film to be released after Formula One driver Michael Schumacher won his first World Championship title at the 1999 Canadian Grand Prix earlier that day. The film was highly acclaimed upon release and earned nearly $485 million at the worldwide box office, becoming the highest-grossing film of that year and eventually surpassing its predecessor Toy Story (1995) as Pixar’s most successful movie up until that time. It is now widely considered one of Pixar’s best films and one of the best animated films ever made.
The Characters of Toy Story 2
In Toy Story 2, the gang is back but their owner Andy is now a teenager and headed for college. Woody is stolen by a toy collector and Buzz Lightyear and the gang set out to save him. Along the way, they meet Jessie, a yodeling cowgirl doll, who was also abandoned by her owner and longs for a new home. The following are some of the main characters in Toy Story 2.
Woody – A pull-string cowboy doll who is stolen by a toy collector.
Buzz Lightyear – A space ranger action figure who leads the gang in their search for Woody.
Jessie – A yodeling cowgirl doll who was once owned by a little girl named Emily.
Stinky Pete – A Prospector doll who tries to convince Woody to go to Japan with him so he can be preserved in a museum.
Mr. Potato Head – A plastic potato with various removable parts who is one of Andy’s toys.
Slinky Dog – A slinky toy that is one of Andy’s toys.
The Voice Cast of Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. The sequel to the 1995 film Toy Story, the film features the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, R. Lee Ermey, Phil Hartman (in his final film role) and Joan Cusack. It was directed by John Lasseter and written by Andrew Stanton and Rita Hsiao.
The voice cast of Toy Story 2 features some of the original cast members from Toy Story reprising their roles including Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear. New voice cast members include Joan Cusack as Jessie the cowgirl, Michael Keaton as Ken doll, Kelsey Grammer as Stinky Pete the Prospector and Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head.
The Music of Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy film directed by John Lasseter and produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. The sequel to the 1995 film Toy Story, the film features the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jim Varney, Annie Potts, R. Lee Ermey, Wayne Knight, and Joan Cusack. In the film, Woody is stolen by a toy collector, prompting Buzz Lightyear and the other toys to vow to rescue him.
While Andy is at cowboy camp to prevent Woody from being discovered as a missing toy, Woody’s Roundup gang characters are introduced— Jessie the cowgirl (played by Cusack), Bullseye the horse (played by Ermey), Stinky Pete the Prospector (played by Ratzenberger), and Woody’s own nemesis from his TV show— Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear (played by Knight), who has been rebranded as “Lotso” since his original owner Daisy took him back for being too rough with her.
The Reception of Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2 was released on November 24, 1999, and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics. The film holds a 100% “Certified Fresh” rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 160 reviews with an average rating of 8.9 out of 10. The site’s consensus reads, “Grown-ups will find it funny, kids will be entertained, and virtually everyone will be touched by the unabashed sentimentality.” On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has a score of 89 out of 100 based on 30 reviews, indicating “universal acclaim”.
The Legacy of Toy Story 2
On November 24, 1999, Toy Story 2 was released in theaters and became an instant classic. The movie picks up where the first one left off, with Woody getting stolen by a greedy toy collector. While the gang is trying to rescue him, Woody comes to terms with his own legacy as a toy.
Toy Story 2 is widely considered to be one of the best sequels ever made. It was praised for its humor, heart, and brilliant storytelling. The film was a huge box office success, grossing over $497 million worldwide.
Today, Toy Story 2 remains an important part of the Disney-Pixar legacy. The film introduced several new characters who would go on to star in their own movies, including Jessie, Stinky Pete, and Bullseye. Toy Story 2 also features some of the most memorable songs in any Disney-Pixar movie, including “When Somebody Loved Me” and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”
If you’ve never seen Toy Story 2, or if it’s been awhile since you’ve seen it, now is the perfect time to watch it again. You can find it streaming on Disney+, or you can buy it on Blu-ray or DVD.
The Home Release of Toy Story 2
On October 31, 2000, just over a year after the film’s initial release in theaters, Toy Story 2 was released on home video. The home release included several deleted scenes, as well as a gag reel and other special features. The original plan was for the film to be direct-to-video, but when test audiences responded so positively to the film, Pixar decided to release it in theaters instead.
Toy Story 2 was released in theaters on November 24, 1999, and was welcomed by toy fans around the world. The movie grossed over $497 million dollars worldwide, and is one of the most popular movies ever made.