Toy Story 2 – Movie Review
In this sequel to the first Toy Story movie, Woody accidentally gets caught up in a Yard Sale situation. Denied by Andy’s mom as an item for sale, a local toy store owner steals Woody. The man, Al, who owns his own business called Al’s Toy Barn, has been searching for a Woody doll to complete his set of collector toys from an old TV series called Woody’s Roundup. The collection features Woody, a cowgirl doll named Jessie, a horse named Bullseye, and “Stinky Pete” (an old man doll who apparently was the bad guy on the show).
All of this happens while Andy is away at camp.
The toys in Andy’s room witness him being taken, and head out to search for Al’s Toy Barn in hopes to find Woody there. Meanwhile, Woody is getting to know and becoming friends with his fellow Roundup gang, and preparing to be shipped off to a museum in Japan – this being the primary reason why Al wanted these toys in the first place, because he could make a big sale with them. Woody is excited about being a famous toy and decides to stick with this new group rather than find his way back to Andy.
I thought the storyline here was surprising considering the personality and character of Woody, and how he could ever let anything get in the way of being Andy’s toy.
Woody learns of Jessie’s past, and how she once had an owner, but was donated after years of not being played with. Apparently this was a traumatic experience, and one that almost every toy would go through at some point.
A comical series of events take place with the toys who are trying to find Woody, as they eventually end up in Al’s Toy Barn, including goofy Barbie dolls and another Buzz Lightyear who gets mixed up with their group by accident.
This movie sets the stage for the next sequel, Toy Story 3, which in my opinion is the best of the three films. I recommend this movie if you’ve seen and liked the first.