DVD Review: Toy Story 2 (2-Disc Special Edition)
Release Date: December 26, 2005
Distributor: Buena Vista
· John Lasseter
· Tom Hanks (voice)
· Tim Allen (voice)
· Joan Cusack (voice)
· Kelsey Grammer (voice)
· Don Rickles (voice)
· Jim Varney (voice)
· Toy Story DVD Review
by Chad Maddux
Published: January 2, 2006
It's a toy's two worst nightmares: becoming a "broken" toy and being part of a yard sale. The adventures of Woody, Buzz, and all of Andy's toys continue in 1999's "Toy Story 2," now available in a new 2005 DVD release.
Woody, the toy cowboy voiced by Tom Hanks, has been greatly anticipating his annual trip with his owner, Andy, to cowboy camp. Moments before their trip begins, the stitches holding Woody's right arm in place pop loose. Woody is "shelved" and Andy leaves without him. While on the shelf, he discovers another shelved toy that was supposedly off to be repaired. When that toy winds up in the yard sale, Woody goes to save him.
While saving his fellow toy, Woody is spotted by a greedy man who tries to buy Woody. After failing, the man steals Woody to complete a collection that he intends to sell to a Japanese museum. The gang of toys witnesses Woody's kidnapping and a group of them, led by Buzz, sets out to rescue their friend.
During their rescue, the gang will encounter evil toys, elevators, traffic, airplanes, and plenty of other items frightening to a small toy. "Toy Story 2" definitely preserves the magic of the original film while adding a new chapter to the adventure. The film is great for kids but is also fun for adults. The terrific film is not the end of the entertainment. This set features plenty of bonus features that keep the entertainment going for hours.
First up are some "outtakes" from the film. The outtakes are, obviously, not real outtakes since it's an animated movie. However, this adds to the humor because the creators had the opportunity to create some fake outtakes where anything is possible. Had it been a live-action film, any of them could have really happened. I love bloopers and I loved these too. My favorite sequence involves the Potato Heads. You'll see.
"Who's the Coolest Toy?" features a variety of actors who provide voices to the characters, including Tim Allen and Tom Hanks. They give their opinions on whether Woody or Buzz is better. Although, there is plenty of disagreement. As it turns out, all of the actors think their respective character is the best.
I love interactive features and the "Which Toy Are You?" game is one of them. You answer a series of questions to find out to which toy from the movie you are most similar. I happened to be the Evil Emperor Zurg. That's not totally bad, is it?
"Ponkickies" is a bit strange. It is another interactive feature, sort of. You don't actually do anything but you can "play" with Woody. Apparently, "Ponkickies" is a Japanese TV show on which Woody, Buzz, and Jessie visited to play Rock, Paper, Scissors. The audio is in Japanese but each time you hit "Play," Woody will spit out a sign and you can do the same. (We tied.)
The music medley is a 3-minute sing-a-long about some of the toys in the film featuring clips. The "Autographed Pictures" bonus feature is a slideshow of pictures of the animated characters that have been "signed" by those characters. There are also three deleted scenes.
The "Making of" feature is a little over eight minutes long and features John Lasseter and others discussing how they ensured that a sequel would not destroy the beloved original. The feature includes clips from the movie as well as clips of the actors doing the voices. It features the standard "making of" content.
The "Behind the Scenes" content is a wide variety of very comprehensive coverage of the film. It begins with a 3-minute profile of director John Lasseter and 3-minute, 30-second profile of the cast of characters. In addition to those two items, there are five categories. Each of those categories are broken down into subcategories which are also broken down into the actual featurettes. There are simply too many to even list. All I can say is that this DVD set features one of the most intricate and comprehensive sets of behind-the-scenes content I've ever seen. Although some are relatively short, they cover it all in approximately two hours worth of material.
This two-disc set is jam packed with bonus content, as you can see. It comes in a standard double-DVD case which slips into the decorate outer box. The DVD menus are easy to navigate and very well designed. One item to note about the menus: they display the length of each item (excluding interactive content), something not normally found in DVD menus. Featuring hours worth of content, this DVD set is absolutely terrific and is a worthy addition to the DVD collection of any kid (and any kid-at-heart).
Also available for purchase: Toy Story (10th Anniversary Edition)
|Content and Bonus Features
Feature Presentation (92:15)
Who's the Coolest Toy (3:19)
Which Toy Are You? Game
Riders in the Sky Music Medley (3:11)
Autographed Pictures (0:45)
Making of "Toy Story" (8:10)
Deleted Scenes (4:11)
Behind the Scenes