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Toy Story 2 Review

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  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's a great, IQ-flattering entertainment both wonderful and wise.

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  • 100

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    What's most amazing is the finely nuanced performances these bits and bytes deliver.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    You can't ask for a family film to do more than Toy Story 2. It's smart and playful enough to entertain adults, yet it never aims above the heads of kids.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This isn't a made-for-video that they decided to put into theaters, but a version intended from the first to be theatrical. That's important, because it means more detail and complexity went into the animation.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 4+

Stunning, witty, exciting, enchanting, and moving.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Toy Story sequel is just as delightful as the first movie (as is the next one in the series, Toy Story 3). The plot again finds the toys banding together to rescue a fellow toy in peril; the fact that characters are separated from their loved ones could scare or upset the youngest viewers. There are also some tense scenes with characters in danger (though no one gets seriously hurt) and a very poignant sequence involving Jessie the Cowgirl. But there's no sex, strong language, drinking, or other iffy content, and kids who watch will take away positive messages about teamwork, friendship, and loyalty. Note: The 3-D version of the movie includes a couple of brief scenes that might spook the youngest viewers, like the evil Zurg trying to blast Buzz, but otherwise the digital effects are played for laughs (or, as the green squeeze-toy aliens would say, "Oooh ... aaah").

  • Families can talk about what the characters learn in this movie. Why does Woody worry about his future? What do Jessie and Pete the Prospector teach him? Are they right?
  • Kids: What's your favorite toy? Why? Would you ever want to save it instead of play with it? Why is collecting stuff for its own sake a hollow pursuit?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: No overtly educational content, but kids will learn about the importance of friendship and honesty.

  • message true3

    Messages: The movie has strong positive themes about loyalty, friendship, and teamwork. Characters learn lessons about themselves and others. Strong message about enjoying life's joys.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: The toy characters once again go to great lengths to rescue a friend in trouble. The movie's villain is clearly motivated by greed and eventually gets his comeuppance. A supporting character betrays one of the main characters due to his own hurts and suspicion -- but this is clearly shown to be wrong. Feisty Jessie is a welcome addition to the gang.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Some tense scenes show the main characters in peril. Some slapstick falls; characters fight/grapple (but no one is seriously hurt). One battle scene turns out to be from a video game. In the 3-D version, a couple of scenes can be briefly scary, like when Buzz's nemesis Zurg is featured. Characters' separation from their friends/loved ones could be upsetting to some younger kids.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Very mild flirting between toy characters.

  • language false1

    Language: Mild insults like "idiot" and "shut up."

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Several of the Toy Story characters are recognizable brands (like Barbie, Ken, and Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head). And beyond that, the Toy Story franchise has the potential for the most merchandising tie-ins of any kid-targeted movie series. Toys, action figures, books, party supplies, plush dolls, you name it -- Disney's Toy Story characters are everywhere, especially kid favorites Woody and Buzz Lightyear. A large part of the movie takes place inside a toy store; companies/brands like Playskool and Mattel are mentioned by name -- other toy brands depicted include Operation, Tinker Toys, and Mouse Trap.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue