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Toy Story 2

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  Toy Story 2 Review
Tookey's Rating
10 /10
Average Rating
8.38 /10
Voices of:, Woody: Tom Hanks , Buzz Lightyear : Tim Allen
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Directed by: John Lasseter
Written by: Andrew Stanton, Rita Hsiao, Doug Chamberlin and Chris Webb

Released: 1999
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 85

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There is something worrying about the characters’ obsession with ‘being past it’. The fear of being thrown on the scrap heap when a better model comes along was introduced briefly in Toy Story, but pervades the sequel. Woody lives in fear of the day Andy will discard him and he gets kidnapped while saving Andy’s oldest toy, Wheezy, from the Garage Sale. Toys are loved for a while and then left by the roadside sold in a garage sale or, if they’re lucky, left to vegetate on a shelf. If this sounds like a Despatches or Panorama investigation into elder abuse, it’s not far off. The toys watch television alarmed that Andy will notice any new models while in Al’s store, hundreds of brand new, boxed toys line the shelves encouraging consumers to replace a broken or outdated toy. It is interesting, too, that the only elderly toy in the film is the only nasty one. ‘Stinking Pete,’ from Woody’s Round-Up, remains physically separate in his box and, like an old relic, wants Woody to join him for life eternal in a museum. If this insistence on ageing and death doesn’t detract from the children’s enjoyment of the film, it might start to affect their guardians.
(Joyce Glasser, Mature Times)

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