Toy Story and Toy Story 2
by Elaine Hegwood Bowen
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Toy Story is the ultimate, timeless, endearing, funny story of toys. A classic story in which children of all ages from now until eternity can find such delight, and it’s hard to believe that I was having so much fun watching it.
Toy Story made history in 1995 as the first feature-length, computer-animated film, and it, along with the sequel Toy Story 2, is available March 23 on DVD and Blu-Ray discs in a combined double pack, with both featuring previews of the upcoming Disney Toy Story 3.
Andy’s family is planning to move at the end of the week, but before the move they plan Andy’s birthday party, and with it chaos erupts in the household. Woody, Mr. Potato Head, voiced by Don Rickles, Little Bo Beep, toy soldiers and others brace themselves for the new toys that they think Andy will like better.
But there’s more! Buzz doesn’t believe he’s a toy; he believes he’s the real thing—an actual space ranger. While Woody connives against Buzz, one day he accidentally knocks Buzz out the window, and the other toys accuse him of evildoing.
Toy Story 2 picks up the tale, with Woody being toynapped by the local toy collector who needs Andy’s favorite toy to complete his “Woody’s Roundup” collection. Together with Jessie, voiced by Joan Cusack, Bullseye and the Prospector, Woody is on his way to a museum where he’ll spend the rest of his life behind glass. It’s up to Buzz, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, Rex and Slinky Dog to rescue their friend and remind him what being a toy is all about.
Kids all around and of all ages will delight in this combo pack, just in time for the theater premiere of Toy Story 3 that begins June 18, 2010.
Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago.
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