Parents' Guide to

Toy Story 2

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Stunning, witty, exciting, enchanting, and moving.

Movie G 1999 92 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 59 parent reviews

age 3+

Best entry to the series for the youngest viewers

This is the gentlest of all the toy story movies. There's no significant violence*, no offensive language or sexual stuff, and no one wants to hurt anyone else. In the first one, you have a kid blowing up toys and some very scary mutilated toys at Sid's house. This one has none of that, and requires no knowledge of the first to enjoy. My sensitive kid has been enjoying this movie since she was 2 or 3. *The movie opens with a scene from a video game where Buzz is trying to break into Zerg's headquarters. Ultimately, Zerg shoots Buzz with a laser beam and reduces him to ashes. Be prepared to explain that the characters are playing a game and no one really got hurt, or just skip the opening scene if you think that would be too intense for your kid.
age 5+

Toy Story 2 Movie Review By Logan Strohl

The rare sequel that lives up to its predecessor and they right about that. It's even better then the first one. Great cast score story and songs. Fun for the whole family and fans of pixar.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (59 ):
Kids say (131 ):

This film is stunning, witty, exciting, enchanting, and very moving, and amazingly, it's just as good as the sensationally entertaining original. The animation is better -- the main characters' facial expressions should have qualified the animators for a Best Actor Oscar, and the backgrounds are more authentically lived in. And the script is excellent. It's very, very funny, with sly references to classic films, and it's also insightful and touching, with a sort of Velveteen Rabbit theme about the important role that a well-loved toy plays in the life of a child.

In these days when 8-year-olds can talk knowledgeably about the extra value that a "mint" tag adds to a Beanie Baby auction on Ebay, it's enormously valuable to think about the issue that Woody faces in Toy Story 2. Should he have a brief but satisfying life as the beloved friend of a child who will eventually grow up and leave him bereft? Or should he remain perfectly preserved and perpetually honored as a museum exhibit? It's a hard choice, but one that gets at the very heart of what growing up really means.

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