Toy Story 2 is a sequel to the first film, which takes place a year or two later. Woody is accidentally damaged during one of Andy's play times, which causes him no end of concern about becoming an unwanted "broken toy." Later, Woody gets stolen at a yard sale by greedy toy collector Al, so Buzz leads a group of Andy's toys to go rescue him. Meanwhile Woody finds out he's a piece of merchandise from an old kids' show called Woody's Roundup after meeting three other tie-in dolls based on his sidekicks on the show, and that he himself is a valuable collector's item. Woody discovers that they're all going to be sold to a toy museum in Japan, and he has to decide whether to go back to Andy — who will eventually outgrow him — or go to the museum and last forever, but never be loved.It is notable for being Pixar's first sequel, and for spawning a spinoff television series, Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command. In 2009, it was re-released alongside Toy Story as a double feature in stereoscopic Disney Digital 3-D, with the two films completely re-rendered to match the level of detail of Toy Story 3 (the UK had to wait until January 2010 for Toy Story 2 to come out in 3D).
The film provides examples of:
Abuse Mistake: Buzz and the original gang mistakenly believe Jessie and the new gang are torturing Woody; really, they're just tickling him.
Acting Unnatural: Woody tells Buster the dog to "Act casual" while Woody hangs on his collar to rescue Wheezy unseen by humans. Buster begins to strut leisurely, and Woody hisses, "Not that casual!"
[Translated from Dutch] Buzz: Come on, men! 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: Well, that was the other movie.
Brick Joke: At the end when you realize that the events of the film all take place in the span of a few days while Andy was at cowboy camp.
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 byFrasier.
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.
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 up with the other toys as they leave Al's Toy Barn.
Also "Oh Mr. Mike! I'm sorry I damaged your equipment!
As well as in the outtakes Mrs. Potato Head stuffing items ... inside Mr. Potato Head.
Guide Dang It: Rex believes that the Buzz Lightyear video game is using extortion to get him to read a strategy guide. 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!"
Hammerspace: From the Hilarious Outtakes mentioned below: "And a rubber ducky, and a PLASTIC STEAK, and a yo-yo!"
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. The Little Green Men then pester Mr. Potato Head with the line, "You have saved our lives! We are eternally grateful!" until the conclusion in which Mrs. Potato Head decides to adopt them in which the LGM respond with "Daddy!"
Ink Suit Actor: Voiced by Wayne Knight, Al bears more than a passing resemblance to him.
Ironic Echo: Buzz repeats what Woody told him in the previous movie when the latter is concerned that the Roundup Gang will go back into storage forever if he doesn't go to Japan with them.
Buzz: (to Woody) Woody, you're not a collector's item, you're a child's plaything. 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!"
Neck Lift: Emperor Zurg to the 2nd Buzz while they're on top of the elevator.
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!
Other Me Annoys Me: Buzz is annoyed when a duplicate toy of himself is as deluded as he was in the first movie.
Pac Man Fever: Averted — the game is quite on-par with the movie's graphics (despite running in an SNES!) and Rex doesn't even mash buttons!
Then again, since the movie came out in 1999, the choice of an SNES is still somewhat anachronistic. By then the Nintendo 64 was already in full swing. Though it could be argued that it seems to take place a short time after the original, which came out in 1995, back when the SNES was still the most popular system.
Red Alert: Called by the Sergeant during the yard sale.
Redemption Quest: The presence of the non-Buzz toys on the mission to rescue Woody can be read as one of these, in light of the events of the first movie.
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: No. 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 did not! We've got a friend in need! We will not rest until we're safe in Andy's room ! NOW LET'S MOVE OUT!
Remember the New Guy: When Woody meets Wheezy the Penguin from Toy Story 2, his reaction is why he's up on the shelf with him instead of being away to get his squeaker fixed. Justified in that either Andy or Molly may have gotten Wheezy either for Christmas or their birthdays between the first two movies, maybe even for the Christmas they were celebrating at the end of the first one. After all, Buster and Mrs. Potato Head were also Christmas gifts at the end of the first one...
Rousing Speech: Buzz to the other toys while going after Woody in 2. It's so rousing that the Stars and Stripes unfurls behind himout of nowhere. (In the non-US version, the Stars and Stripes is replaced by a spinning globe and fireworks).
Rummage Fail: While Potato Head reaches in to get his "angry eyes", he puts on the extra shoes.
Second Coming: Woody's welcome by Jessie, Bullseye, and Stinky Pete is almost treated as this with all the attendant Hero Worship elements attached to Woody, until he realizes that he's going to be joining them in a museum.
Spot the Imposter: When the toys realize they have two Buzz Lightyears. They're starting to cotton on when one of the Buzzes starts going on about "Star Command" and has a freak-out when his helmet is opened, but the deal is finally cinched when only one Buzz has Andy written on his foot.
Tour Guide Barbie lampshades this at the end of the outtakes seen during the end credits when, after bidding everyone goodbye, she finally stops smiling and comments on it exaggeratedly:
Barbie: Oh, my gosh, my cheeks are killing me! I can't even keep smiling like this anymore! I am exhausted!
Take A Third Option: In Andy's play scenario, he has Hamm hold Bo Peep hostage and tells Woody he has a choice of either feeding to to a shark or death by monkeys. Woody then chooses Buzz Lightyear, who crashes into Hamm, giving Woody enough time to rescue Bo Peep.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: After hearing Stinky Pete's backstory - which finds him sitting on a store shelf for years, watching every other toy get sold but him - you can't help but feel for him. And while he attempts some rather bad things near the end, his desire to find some form of love as a museum piece is understandable.
Stinky Pete had good reasons to do what he did. Sure, he almost ripped Woody into ribbons, but even then he wouldn't have killed him, since his goals depend on Woody's survival.