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Quotes from what other press are saying about Toy Story 2
(last updated November 26, 1999)

Paul Clinton of CNN - "Toy Story 2 is a brilliant example of that rarest of Hollywood phenomena -- a sequel to a major hit film that's as good, if not better, than the original. This is mainly the result of a perfect mixture of two essential elements. First, there's an excellent script by Andrew Stanton and his team of writers Rita Hsiao, Doug Chamberlain and Chris Webb. Stanton also provides the voice of a new character, the evil Emperor Zurg.Second, there's the remarkable technology developed by Pixar for the film A Bug's Life (1998). It's this approach they've now taken to even greater heights in this latest, stunning film..."

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Mark Caro of the Chicago Tribune - "Toy Story 2 includes a few very funny references to Star Wars, but here's the best joke: This computer-animated sequel blows the latest Star Wars sequel out of the galaxy. It's far more exciting, boasts better characters, contains more laughs, provokes more thought and engages more emotions than The Phantom Menace , and the visual effects are just as dazzling in their own way..."

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Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times - "I forgot something about toys a long time ago, and Toy Story 2 reminded me. It involves the love, pity and guilt that a child feels for a favorite toy. A doll or an action figure (or a Pokemon) is yours in the same way a pet is. It depends on you. It misses you. It can't do anything by itself. It needs you and is troubled when you're not there. Toy Story 2 knows this, and for smaller viewers that knowledge may be the most important thing about the film--more important than the story or the skill of the animation..."

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Peter Stark of the San Francisco Chronicle - "There's no getting around it, Toy Story 2 is the most entertaining movie of the year. Funny and action-packed, it's also got that rare thing, heart. Pack up the kids, Grandpa and Grandma and everybody else, and head for the theater. The Pixar wizards with their amazing computer animation have outdone themselves with this generous and dramatically rich sequel to the blockbuster 1995 Toy Story..."

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Jay Boyar of the Orlando Sentinel - "...At a recent preview screening, Toy Story 2 certainly held the attention of the audience, which included a large percentage of children, all of whom were so astonishingly well-behaved that they seemed positively engrossed. The new action scenes, including an airline-runway climax, are at least as exciting as those of the original, and the wit is at least as sparkling. The first film did have novelty going for it, but the sequel is more smoothly paced and more complexly plotted..."

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Kevin Maynard of Mr. Showbiz - "Toward the end of Toy Story 2, I was glad to see those squat, sycophantic, three-eyed green aliens from the first film show up. See, I'm starting to know how they feel, because I now blindly worship John Lasseter, the lead director of both Toy Story flicks and A Bug's Life, and the executive VP of Pixar. For his company's latest collaboration with Disney, they've upped the ante by making a technologically marvelous animated movie that's just as funny and inventive as the first, but also more emotionally engaging than most live-action films..."

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Susan Wloszczyna of USA Today (4 out of 4 stars) - "...expectations run to infinity and beyond for this second rocket trip to an ultratech wonderland that splits its personality between its leads - cowboy Woody's buckaroo derring-do and space ranger Buzz's galactic gallantry - and its makers - Disney (zip-a-dee-do-dah attitude) and Pixar (spectacular stunts). How bold are director John Lasseter and his cyber-teers? Bold enough to think they can get away with what should be a groaner Star Wars joke and, surprise, turn it into one of the biggest laughs..."

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Kenneth Turan of the LA Times - "...Toy Story 2 makes it all irresistibly comic as well as surprisingly emotional. Fast-moving and busy, piling jeopardy on top of jeopardy but still finding time for an amusing subplot involving a Tour Guide Barbie, Toy Story 2 may not have the most original title, but everything else about it is, well, mint in the box."

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