"A Better Buzz Than I am!"
Toy Story 2
Review by Ross Anthony

Magnificent, super fantastic, rich, wonderful, full, stop-what-your-doing-and-go-see-it appeal.

Where can I start? Voices? Terrific. How about visuals and art direction? Superb. Action? Comedy? Fun? Yes. Yes. Yes. Okay, then screenplay and story line? Better than the original "Toy Story." A mere ounce of this carefully refined script could fuel a rocketship to infinity and beyond!

What are you doing this weekend? Don't worry about that new opera in town, take a pass on the blues band at the local bar, blow off the Sunday night game, duck out of your best buddy's big bash -- go see this film. Kids or no kids, date or no date, heck -- go alone!

Oh, so you didn't see "Toy Story" (a mishap easily corrected). Relax, take the week to rent it. Go see "Toy Story 2" next week or the one following -- don't worry, it won't be blasting off the screen anytime too soon. This is a sequel after all, although it could still be enjoyed as a stand alone, knowledge of the pre-story can only make this excellent production that much more endearing.

And what a production it is! When 100% of the visual imagery is computer generated, the director has millisecond control over ever edit, every cut, every action sequence -- director John Lasseter takes full advantage. A stream of star-burst colors blend animated characters with a kaleidoscopic of voices, rock solid scripting and pinpoint direction. It's fun, uproarious and plainly a great treat you shouldn't deny yourself. Forget the kids, take two hours and go see it!

  • Toy Story 2. Copyright © 1999. Rated G.
  • Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, Estelle Harris.
  • Directed by John Lasseter.
  • Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Rita Hsiao, Doug Chamberlin and Chris Webb.
  • Produced by Helene Plotkin and Karen Robert Jackson at Disney/Pixar.


Copyright © 1999 Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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