Toy Story 2

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The second movie of the Toy Story franchise.

A plot summary, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Woody prepares to go to cowboy camp with Andy, but Andy nearly rips Woody's right arm off. Andy decides to leave Woody behind, and Andy's mother puts Woody on a shelf. The next day, Woody discovers Wheezy, a penguin squeaky toy, has been shelved for months due to a broken squeaker. When Andy's mother puts Wheezy in a yard sale, Woody rescues him, only to be stolen by a greedy toy collector, who takes him to his apartment. Buzz Lightyear and all of Andy's other toys identify the thief from a commercial as Al McWhiggin, the owner of a toy store called Al's Toy Barn. Buzz, Hamm, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, and Rex all set out to rescue Woody.

At Al's apartment, Woody learns that he is a valuable collectable based on a 1950s TV show called Woody's Roundup and is set to be sold to a toy museum in Tokyo, Japan. While the other toys from the show — Jessie, Woody's horse Bullseye, and Stinky Pete — are excited about going, Woody wants to return home because he is still one of Andy's toys. Jessie is upset because the museum is only interested in the collection if Woody is in it since they will return to storage if he is absent from the collection. When his arm is torn off accidentally, Woody attempts to retrieve it and escape but is foiled by someone mysteriously turning on Al's television set. The next morning, a cleaner repairs his arm and Woody learns that Jessie was once the beloved toy of a child named Emily, who eventually outgrew her and gave her away. Stinky Pete warns him that the same fate awaits him when Andy grows up, whereas he will last forever in the museum. This convinces Woody to stay, now believing that all toys eventually get discarded by their owners.

Meanwhile, Buzz and the other toys eventually reach Al's Toy Barn. While searching for Woody, Buzz is imprisoned into a cardboard box by another Buzz Lightyear action figure with a utility belt, who thinks he is a real space ranger, like the original Buzz from the first film. The new Buzz joins the other toys, who mistake him as their Buzz. After discovering Al's plan, they arrive at his apartment while Buzz escapes and pursues them, accidentally freeing an Emperor Zurg toy, who immediately goes after him, intent on destroying him. After the toys find Woody, Buzz rejoins them and proves that he is Andy's Buzz, but Woody refuses to go home. Buzz reminds Woody of a toy's "true purpose" and warns him that in the museum, he will only be able to watch children from behind glass and never be played with again. After seeing a boy play with him on the TV, Woody changes his mind and asks the Roundup toys to come with him, but Stinky Pete prevents their escape...

Tropes common to the franchise are listed on the Toy Story franchise page. Tropes specific to this movie include:

Buzz: You still worried?
Woody: About Andy? Nah. It'll be fun while it lasts.
Buzz: I'm proud of you, cowboy.
Woody: Besides, when it all ends, I'll have old Buzz Lightyear to keep me company. For infinity and beyond.

Buzz 2: All Rangers are to be in hypersleep until awoken by authorized personel!
Buzz 1: Tell me I wasn't this deluded.

  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Watching the film today, some of Stinky Pete's dialogue to Woody before his reveal as a bad guy, and Woody's dialogue back, was very reminiscent of a counselor talking to a victim of domestic abuse. Doesn't help that Pete's being voiced by Frasier.

Pete: Was it because you're damaged? Hmm? Did this Andy break you?
Woody: Yeah, but -- no, no, no, no, no! It was -- it was an accident -- I mean--
Jessie: Sounds like he really loves you.
Woody: It's not like that, okay?!

    • The way in which Geri (the cleaner) cleans up Woody is almost like Woody was at a high-class stylist.
  • The Elevator From Ipanema: When Al is riding the elevator down to the lobby, the music playing is a "Ipanema"-style version of the main theme from A Bugs Life.
  • Eureka Moment: How Buzz figures out who took Woody.

Mr. Potato Head: Let's leave Buzz to his toys.
Buzz: Toy... toy... toy... Hold on! (Types 'Al's Toy Barn' into Mr. Spell)

  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Invoked on the DVD Commentary.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Wheezy.
  • Evil Laugh: Zurg, after killing Buzz in the Fake-Out Opening.
  • Evil Overlord List: In the opening action sequence, Zurg obviously read the List and put in a fake "Source of Zurg's Power" battery (a hologram) in his lair to trap Buzz.
  • Eye Scream: Even knowing Woody doesn't really feel anything, it's hard not to flinch when his eye is being cleaned.
  • Fantastic Racism: Pete's hatred of "space toys" would count, though he does have a Freudian Excuse.
  • Fake-Out Opening: The beginning with Buzz Lightyear infiltrating Zurg's planet.
  • Fake Static: Al uses this while talking to Mr. Kinoshi on his cell phone.
  • Flat What: Probably a lot of viewers' reaction to "Buzz" getting blown up in the Fake-Out Opening.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Zurg's Ion Blaster, particularly in the video game, shoots yellow-green "plasma". Zurg also fires green, ping-pong-like balls in his fight against Impostor Buzz at the elevator shaft in Al's apartment (probably supposed to represent plasma bullets). Buzz can usually dodge these by jumping across the air, tumbling acrobatically, etc. Averted by Buzz's laser. which instantly hits the target.
  • Furry Confusion: A brief moment of this happens when Buzz uses an out-of-the-box, yet apparently non sentient or even alive Cymbal-Banging Monkey in his attempt to catch out with the other toys as they leave Al's Toy Barn.
    • Methinks that monkey held one big grudge...
  • Guide Dang It: Rex believes that the Buzz Lightyear video game is using extortion to get him to read a strategy guide. Of course, he unwittingly defeats Emperor Zurg in person at the elevator shaft, and once he gets home, he declares, "I don't need to play; I lived it!"
  • Hand or Object Underwear: Bullseye, after his saddle falls off.
  • Hammerspace: From the Hilarious Outtakes mentioned below: "And a rubber ducky, and a PLASTIC STEAK, and a yo-yo!"
  • Hello, Nurse!: Barbie, complete with the jaw drop.

Mr. Potato Head: I'm a married spud, I'm a married spud, I'm a married spud...
Hamm: Then make room for the single fellas!

  • He's a Friend: Woody to Andy's other toys when they arrive to rescue him.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Continuing from the popular gag from A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2 features bloopers as though these are real actors performing on set.
  • Hit Scan: Buzz's laser. Unlike Zurg's Ion Blaster, it hits its target instantly.
  • Homage: When the toys are at a toy store and driving around in a toy car, Rex at some point falls off and starts running after them to catch up. Mr. Potato Head spots Rex in the side mirror with the text "Warning: Objects in mirror are closer than they appear" written. This is clearly a parody of a scene in the original Jurassic Park movie where the island visitors tries to escape a T-Rex in the same manner, mirror warning and all.
  • I Owe You My Life: Mr. Potato Head acquires a trio of squeaky alien hangers-on in the second movie after he rescues them from falling out of a car. "You have saved our lives! We are eternally grateful!"
  • Ironic Echo

Buzz: (to Woody) You. Are. A TOY!

Stinky Pete: Fair?! I'll tell you what's not fair! Spending a lifetime on a dime store shelf watching every other toy be sold! Well, finally my waiting has paid off, and no hand-me-down cowboy doll is going to mess it up for me now!"

Buzz 2: Could somebody please explain what's going on!?
Buzz 1: (referring to Woody) Its alright, Space Ranger. It's a Code 546.
Buzz 2: *gasp* You mean it's a--?
Buzz 1: Yes.
Buzz 2: *gasp* And he's a--?!
Buzz 1: Ohhh yeah.
Buzz 2: (runs and kneels at Woody's feet) Your majesty!

Buzz: Come on, fellas! Did Woody give up when Sid had me strapped to the back of a rocket?
The Other Toys: [Glumly] No.
Buzz: And did Woody give up when you threw him out of the back of that moving van?
Mr. Potato Head: [Guilty] Oh, you had to bring that up.
Buzz: No, he didn't! We've got a friend in need! We will not rest until we're safe in Andy's room ! NOW LET'S MOVE OUT!

Rex: But I don't wanna use my head!