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While "A Bug's Life" was a success,
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it didn't quite bring in the numbers that "Toy Story" did, and even the critical reaction to it, seemed to be kind of mixed.
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So, Pixar went back to the drawing board with "Toy Story 2"! I don't think people really knew what to expect with this.
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I mean, it's a sequel to a film they really, really liked. And seeing how this was a new production studio,
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we didn't know, could they do sequels? Could they do follow-ups?
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Well, a lot of sequels are usually not as good as the first one,
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so people are kind of nervous,
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but at the same time, they were excited to see their favorite characters again. And from my standpoint,
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"Toy Story 2" was not only as good as the original, I think it's even better.
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Okay, what's the story? Woody and Buzz are back again.
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But this time, Woody is in a bit of a predicament:
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A garage sale is going on and sadly one of the older toys is being sold off. Woody goes in to save him,
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but inevitably gets stolen by a nasty toy store owner.
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Because, we figure out that Woody is actually a very rare toy. In fact, he used to actually be part of a TV show.
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Woody's a collector's item, and he's not the only one. He also comes across a cowgirl named Jessie, a horse named Bullseye,
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and a miner named The Prospector. The race is on for the rest of Woody's friends to go out and save him,
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but it seems like Woody may have second thoughts about returning back home. Because he knows that eventually he has to face the inevitable:
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That Andy will grow up and some day forget about him. He has another choice where he can be taken to a museum
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where he can be enjoyed by children forever.
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People would come from all over the world just to see that he exists.
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And it's great writing like this that, once again, makes "Toy Story" great.
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Yes, there is kind of a villain in this movie with the toy store owner,
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and, yes, even another one that's eventually revealed, but again, their motivations are understandable.
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It's just the fact that they want to force their point of views on other people that ultimately make them, kind of, bad guys.
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But the dilemma that Woody has to go through, is actually a good dilemma. In fact,
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you're kind of siding with him going to the museum. Heck, some of these toys even have backstories.
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Jessie's backstory is one of the emotional highlights of the entire film.
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But to balance it out, she's not just a sad stick in the mud, she's a very fun active character, as well.
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In fact, all of the new characters are. We have a Mrs. Potato Head, the Evil Emperor Zurg,
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another Buzz Lightyear that goes through the exact same motions as the first one,
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and look, even Barbie makes an appearance in this! How cool is that that the marketing team that brought us Barbie,
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something so controlled and so protective of their identity,
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actually allowed them to kind of make fun of their brand? As I said before, I'm not a huge Randy Newman fan,
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but you know what? The song in here, is a good song, probably one of his best, in fact.
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I'll admit, it's very well done. The CG on the people has gotten better, too.
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I mean true, they don't look like actual people, but the textures are better, and yeah,
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even a lot of the facial expressions seemed to work pretty well. The dramatic moments are very strong. They're never out of place,
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they're very emotionally satisfying and you relate with every single aspect of it.
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You relate with dealing with the inevitable, what will ultimately happen in the end. What should you do?
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What's the better thing for yourself and for others? What's the selfish thing?
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What's the unselfish thing? All this stuff plays in and it's very,
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very smart and very, very well done! Just when you think something like "Toy Story" couldn't possibly get any better,
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they surprised us with this very well told, well written, well developed,
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interesting CONTINUTION of a story, not a rehash. It's clever, it's funny, it's dramatic, it's visually interesting,
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it's musically interesting, the characters are wonderful. I've gone on about it long enough. See it, if you haven't, already.
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