It's the same old cliche, lightning never strikes twice and all that. However, one summers night in 1999 i remember me and a big group of mates going to the UCI Cinema in Cardiff to see Toy Story 2...By the time i'd walked out after the outtakes it hurt to breathe i'd laughed so hard! From the parody opening sequence, (complete with deliberate mistake - did you spot the floating rocks as Buzz flies through the rocky valley? It was meant to be full of water....), to the genuinely sad sentimental pieces, (the Sarah Mclachlan music when Sandy tells of when her owner abandoned her brings a tear to my eyes every time, listen to the commentary and see how similar the directors felt....), right to the rousing closing scenes as Woody is rescued. This is genuine 100% cinematic gold.
Toy Story 2 manages that rare blend that means there is never a dull moment. There's so much packed that every grown up is guaranteed to laugh at many of the jokes, whilst the kids will still laugh cause it just sounds daft to them! (the scene where Barbie has a jibe at toy stores Buzz Lightyear shortage still raises a chuckle).
And that's before you even begin to digest the amazing animation which is leaps and bounds above even the 1st movie. Again this is pristine all the way through, the reflection on Buzz's helmet as he lands on earth, the tiny dimples on Peeps hat, (the best tv's really will unravel the minutest of detail), the intimate detail as Woody has a makeover, (spot the guy from the short off A Bugs Life), finished off with colour and depth that really has that 3D 'Pop' that only Blu Ray can muster. And then there's the sound...WOW!! Hold on to your sofa, strap down the cat, secure any glasses, and let the subwoofer blow the room apart! Simply reference quality audio by Gary Rydstrom, (look him up on Wikipedia, this guy with the unnasuming dodgy jumper has masterminded some of the best movie audio EVER. Fact).
As with Toy Story this has an amazing group of extras and a frankly hilarious commentary that goes to show how much pride and fun these guys had making this 'movie'.
Get this along with the 1st movie and prepare not be disappointed.....