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Toon Talk: Toy Story 2 Special Edition DVD
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by Kirby Holt (archives)
January 3, 2006
Kirby reviews the recently released Toy Story 2 Special Edition DVD.
Toon Talk
A Review by Kirby C. Holt


(c) Disney

Toy Story 2

Special Edition Disney DVD
Plastics, Part Deux

On the heels of this past fall's Toy Story 10th Anniversary Edition DVD comes a new Toy Story 2 Special Edition, also remastered and remixed to maximum effect for today's home entertainment systems. Images and sound are crystal-clear as would be expected; for a full technical analysis, see the original Toy Story DVD review here.

Originally intended as a direct-to-video sequel, the folks at Pixar and Disney wisely saw that they had gold on their hands with TS 2 and released it theatrically, four years after the first groundbreaking film, to unanimous praise and popularity. It was quickly deemed one of those rare breeds, the sequel equal to, if not better than, the original (see "Out of the Box? sidebar, below).

Taking the best of the first Story and deftly tweaking it just enough to remain fresh, yet still true to the original, 2 cemented Pixar's reputation as the preeminent storyteller in the computer animation medium, a fact that has continued to this day with all of their subsequent pictures (their latest, Cars - due next summer, is previewed on this set with a new trailer).

Available previously as either a bare-bones single disc or as part of The Ultimate Toy Box, collector's who don't have the Box set are now able to own a bonus-laden edition of this award-winning contemporary classic.

Toy Story 2 - The Awards

And the nominees were ... (wins noted by *):

Academy Awards:

  • Best Original Song: "When She Loved Me?, Randy Newman

Golden Globe Awards:

  • *Best Picture - Comedy/Musical: Karen Robert Jackson and Helene Plotkin, Producers
  • Best Original Song: "When She Loved Me?, Randy Newman

Grammy Awards:

  • *Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: "When She Loved Me?, Randy Newman
  • Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Randy Newman

Annie Awards:

  • *Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature: Karen Robert Jackson and Helene Plotkin, Producers
  • *Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production: John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich and Ash Brannon.
  • *Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production: Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear
  • *Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature Production: Joan Cusack as Jessie
  • *Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production: John Lasseter, Peter Docter, Ash Brannon, Andrew Stanton, Rita Hsiao, Doug Chamberlain and Chris Webb
  • *Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production: Randy Newman
  • *Outstanding Individual Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production: Dan Jeup and Joe Ranft
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement for Character Animation: Doug Sweetland
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production: William Cone and Jim Pearson

MTV Movie Awards:

  • Best On-Screen Duo: Tom Hanks and Tim Allen

American Film Institute:

  • AFI 100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains (2003): Buzz Lightyear
  • AFI 100 Years, 100 Songs (2004): "When She Loved Me?
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