Lasseter's story is universal and magical: what do toys do when they're not played with? Cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Andy's favorite bedroom toy, tries to calm the other toys (some original, some classic) during a wrenching time of year--the birthday party, when newer toys may replace them. Sure enough, Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is the new toy that takes over the throne. Buzz has a crucial flaw, though--he believes he's the real Buzz Lightyear, not a toy. Bright and cheerful, Toy Story is much more than a 90-minute commercial for the inevitable bonanza of Woody and Buzz toys. Lasseter further scores with perfect voice casting, including Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Wallace Shawn as a meek dinosaur. The director-animator won a special Oscar for "the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film." In other words, the movie is great. --Doug Thomas
Toy Story 2
John Lasseter and his gang of high-tech creators at Pixar create another entertainment for the ages. Like the few great movie sequels, Toy Story 2 comments on why the first one was so wonderful while finding a fresh angle worthy of a new film. The craze of toy collecting becomes the focus here, as we find out Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) is not only a beloved toy to Andy but also a rare doll from a popular '60s children's show. When a greedy collector takes Woody, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) launches a rescue mission with Andy's other toys. To say more would be a crime because this is one of the most creative and smile-inducing films since, well, the first Toy Story.
Although the toys look the same as in the 1994 feature, Pixar shows how much technology has advanced: the human characters look more human, backgrounds are superior, and two action sequences that book-end the film are dazzling. And it's a hoot for kids and adults. The film is packed with spoofs, easily accessible in-jokes, and inspired voice casting (with newcomer Joan Cusack especially a delight as Cowgirl Jessie). But as the Pixar canon of films illustrates, the filmmakers are storytellers first. Woody's heart-tugging predicament can easily be translated into the eternal debate of living a good life versus living forever. Toy Story 2 also achieved something in the U.S. two other outstanding 1999 animated features (The Iron Giant, Princess Mononoke) could not: it became a huge box-office hit. --Doug Thomas
I really liked that we were able to purchase Toy Story 1 and 2 in a combo pack. The stories are funny and very child friendly.Published 15 months ago by EinCanada
my 3 years old loves this movie, the three movies are very good. very original and good for adults too.Published 23 months ago by Genny
Why must they stick to this archaic way of releasing their movies on video/DVD? I could understand discontinuing collector's or limited editions, but why discontinue entire movies? Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Charlie Watts
If you look at Amazon.com it's priced at $75US and we Canadians have to pay $250? NOT A CHANCE! I'd rather try my luck bidding on Ebay for it than pay that price. Read morePublished on June 17 2004
my son totaly loves this movie. he picks it every time. i don't know why he loves it so much. he will whatch it at nap time relax and go to sleep same at bed time. Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by "buffy_howe1"
My copy of Toy Story was stolen along with about 300 of my other DVDs incl some rare ones a couple of weeks ago . Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by Shelby Chameleon
This is definitely a collector's item. It is one of the extremely rare cases when a sequel is better than the original (which was a five star by itself)
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My entire family loves these movies. While we enjoyed the second movie more, both are a joy to watch again and again. We bought the DVD's to replace worn out VHS copies. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004