Toy Story 2:
Electric Boogaloo
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Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, John Ratzenberger, Jim Varney, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Wallace Shawn


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Normally, I'm the kinda guy that sorta gets the heebie-jeebies about Disney animated spectacles. I get annoyed when each one is a 'another masterpiece' - because the whole POINT of a masterpiece is that there's only ONE (hence, a MASTERpiece among many other underlingpieces) - and I generally think Disney will soon be waging an armed ground war with McDonald's for control of the Earth. Mickey vs. Ronald in the World Series of Love.

I have to make an exception with the Toy Story concept, though, simply due to my own childhood imagination. I used to have Transformers and G.I. Joe toys scattered all over the place, and I remember many times falling asleep, dreaming about all my toys coming to life and having adventures throughout my house, on the furniture, all o' that. Naturally, that means neat-o computer animation of a bunch of toys living lives of their own appeals to me in no small way. Perhaps I'm duly biased, but I had a blast at the first one, and I had fun at this one, too.

This time, Woody gets swiped by a slovenly toy collector to be sold with the complete set of "Woody's Roundup" antique toys for big bucks, and Buzz and the crew run off to rescue him. But once Woody discovers his true roots, will he really want to go back to Andy, only to be outgrown? That's the dilemma, and it's a good time for all.

I would actually love to see all the voice actors in a live-action movie of some kind - Tom Hanks, Don Rickles, Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger, Kelsey Grammer, Annie Potts, Wallace Shawn... that would be a friggin' funny movie. These voices give a great deal of personality to the characters, and a whole lot for the animators to work with. I'm very much in favor of an animation boom, as long as we keep the Peabo Bryson numbers at bay. Even though I don't like anime, I'm in favor of stuff like 'Princess Mononoke' hitting it big, and we need more great films like "The Iron Giant." There's so much that can be accomplished through animation... and the sooner we stop associating cartoons with kids movies, the better. That's part of the reason why I love the South Park movie, too.

I also would like people to stop associating comic books with kids only, too... a lot of that stuff is really good... but then that might also be part of my desire not to be a total geek.

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