This animated sequel to Toy Story (1995) is largely an extended chase, but it transcends this mostly through the use of characterization and drama. To complete a set of puppets from a 50s TV western, a collector (voice by Wayne Knight) steals Woody the cowboy from a boy named Andy, whose other toys try to get Woody back. Gags such as a horse tiptoeing through a minefield of cheese puffs--one false step will wake the sleeping villain--are more memorable than mesmerizing, but the movie's clearly articulated theme is whether life should be lived for the future or in the present, something both adults and children may find provocative. Woody, who's obliged to make such a decision, is only a cartoon representing a toy, but he's humanized by a script containing several nonrepetitive confrontations and some powerful dialogue (persuasively delivered by Tom Hanks). John Lasseter directed a screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Rita Hsiao, Doug Chamberlin, and Chris Webb; with the voices of Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, and Kelsey Grammer. 92 min.
Director: John Lasseter
Writer: Andrew Stanton, Rita Hsiao and Doug Chamberlin
Producer: Karen Robert Jackson and Helene Plotkin
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney and Wallace Shawn