Toy Story 2 3D Review: Play It Again (And Again)
TOY STORY 2 3D: On Special Two Week Release From Friday 22nd January
It’s hard to believe that Toy Story 2 is 11 years old.
But it’s still just as fresh, fun and lively as it was when it was first released in 1999 and this 3D spruce up for a limited two week release is a welcome coat of new paint for the Pixar classic.
All the toys from the first movie make a reappearance: rootin’ tootin’ cowboy Woody (Tom Hanks), boisterous space ranger Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Mr Potato Head, Hamm the piggy bank, Slinky the dog and Rex the befuddled Dinosaur.
After rescuing Wheezy the Penguin from a yard sale, Woody is snatched up by a collector who wants him to complete a set. It’s up to Buzz, Rex, Hamm and Mr Potato Head to save him.
Meanwhile, Woody meets Cowgirl Jessie (Joan Cusack), Prospector Stinky Pete (Kelsey Grammar, still in his original box) and his horse Bullseye. They’re to be transported to a museum in Japan where they’ll form part of a permanent collection. Will Woody decide to stay with his owner Andy or achieve immortality behind glass?
It’s still an incredible piece of work.
It’s written with a warm-hearted humour that would become the trademark of Pixar films to come. But it’s tinged with the toys’ melancholy self-awareness that they only have value if they’re played with and that eventually they will be obsolete.
Randy Newman’s songs are also focal plot points and the perpetually effervescent Jessie only sits down to lament her owner’s passage from cowgirl-obsessed child to make-up wearing teenager.
It’s a scene which foreshadows the opening scenes from Pixar’s Up – a montage which marks it as one of the most moving scenes in animation history.
The action scenes are still brilliantly exciting – a piece in which the toys cross a road under traffic cones oblivious to the human-sized chaos they’re causing is a particular highlight. But it goes way beyond action-based antics and graphical delight, it triggers such powerful feelings of nostalgia that it’ll make you want to open the loft and play with your own toys – a twinge of guilt washes over you when you think that they might be missing you after years of neglect.
It’s a film that’s stood the test of time magnificently and one that has universal appeal.
The 3D isn’t quite as prevalent as you’d really expect or like it to be (it’s only in the opening 10 minutes that it really dazzles), but if that’s the excuse it takes to put Toy Story 2 back in cinemas, I’m all for it.