It's been a long time since I last watched either "Toy Story" or "Toy Story 2" and to be blunt in that time I have grown bored of the constant output of animations with many being a much of a muchness. I was even a bit wary of watching "Toy Story 2" again as whilst I had forgotten much of what happens I had this nagging feeling than I would not be as entertained by it as I once was. But the good news is that unlike some of these modern animations "Toy Story 2" has stood the test of time and is still entertaining even for grown ups.
As to the storyline well with Andy heading off to Cowboy Camp Woody is excited to some one on one time with his owner but when his arm becomes unstitched he ends up tossed on to the shelf. To make matters worse when Andy's mum decides to do a yard sale Woody ends up accidentally down on display and stolen by evil Al the Toy Collector. To Andy's surprise he not only finds himself with some other western characters Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl and The Old Prospector but learns that he was once a big star. Meanwhile Buzz and his toy friends are coming up with a way to rescue him.
I could easily just say read my review of "Toy Story" because pretty much everything I said about the first movie could be repeated about "Toy Story 2". What that means is we have the creative side of toys who come to life when no one is looking, from the etch-a-sketch doing mug shots of the man who stole Woody to using the spring sausage dogs to bungee jump out of the bedroom. And the wonderful thing is that all of this side is still as entertaining as it was over a decade a go. And on that note the characters are also still entertaining with Tom Hanks voicing making Woody such a great character.
But what makes "Toy Story 2" that bit more special is that it has a clever nostalgic nod with Woody discovering he was a star of a black & white children's TV show. Seeing all the Woody merchandise from a lunchbox to a game where you try to knock his teeth out it is like a trip down memory lane. It is this side which appeals to adults whilst for children you have all the comedy of the characters, the adventures and an amusing opening featuring a Buzz Lightyear computer game.
What this all boils down to is that "Toy Story 2" despite being a product of the 1990's has stood the test of time and is as much fun now as it was over a decade ago.