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Toy Story & Toy Story 2 in 3D Double Feature

A double feature of the 1995 Pixar animation and its 1998 sequel, both screening in 3-D. Total running time is 173 minutes. Jonathan Rosenbaum's review of Toy Story: "Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios join forces on an entertaining computer-generated, hyperrealist animation feature that's also in effect a toy catalog. Given all the details in this G-rated picture about plucked-out eyes and severed limbs, the assumption appears to be that toy characters aren't 'real' enough to be disturbing, though they certainly tend to be more lifelike here than the humans. (There's even a stirring climax when an assortment of mutilated and grafted-together mutant toys threaten to take revenge on the sadistic human boy who created them—a moment recalling The Island of Dr. Moreau and Freaks.) The main toy characters here are a cowboy and a space cadet, though there's the usual Disney-style collection of secondary roles. The voices of some of the toys are delivered by Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, and Jim Varney; directed by John Lasseter from a screenplay by Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, and Alec Sokolow." Lisa Alspector on Toy Story 2: "This animated sequel to Toy Story 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." Both movies are rated G.

Credits

Director:

  • John Lasseter

Cast:

  • Tom Hanks
  • Tim Allen
  • Don Rickles
  • John Ratzenberger
  • Annie Potts
  • Joan Cuzack
  • Kelsey Grammer
  • Estelle Harris
  • Jim Varney
  • Wallace Shawn

Writers:

  • Andrew Stanton
  • et. al.

Producers:

  • Ralph Guggenheim
  • Bonnie Arnold
  • Karen Robert Jackson
  • Helene Plotkin

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