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When Pixar brought the original Toy Story out in 1995 many people were stunned at the quality of the movie This was no mere theatrical release It looked like live action but it was all done on a computer or more precisely many computers The toys looked staggeringly real They looked not like cartoon characters but what you might find on the floor of a kids unkempt room And whats more they had more life than most characters played by real-life actors A standard axiom of animated feature films says that the greater the original the lesser the sequel The higher the roman or arabic numeral after the title the worse the quality will be There have been sequels to Snow White The Jungle Book Aladdin The Lion King and others that were measurably worse than the original films Its a pattern as old as movies themselves and of course it applies to live-action movies as well In general - good original bad sequel great original so-so sequel And this is where Toy Story 2 breaks the rules Ah those folks at Pixar and of course at Disney While the original took place largely in Andys room the second film wanders out into the streets of the city - and even to a toy store All of the gang is back from the first one including the late Jim Varney as Slinky Dog Whats the plot Woody Tom Hanks is swiped from Andys front yard he wasnt supposed to be sold dont fret by a toy-store owner Wayne Knight looking to cash in on Woodys value as a collectible Naturally the other toys led by Buzz Lightyear launch a rescue mission But does Woody want to be rescued Were introduced to three new characters the other dolls in a collectible set from a long-ago TV show You know kind of like Howdy Doody only everyone was a marionette With Woody completing
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