YMMV / Toy Story 2

  • Accidental Innuendo:
    "He's selling himself for 25 cents!"
    "Oh, Woody...you're worth more'n that!"
  • Alternative Character Interpretation
    • Some fans believe Emily never forgot Jessie, and did have fond memories of her, but simply felt she outgrew her. It doesn't help that she doesn't get any lines, so you never learn her side of the story. Indeed, this interpretation is popular among those who had similar experiences with their toys.
    • Emily didn't just abandon Jessie on the side of the road; she carried her nestled up against her side all the way there—just like when she was a kid, giving her obvious preferential treatment over the other toys going into the box. More than that, look at the box. Jessie was a charity donation. Emily almost certainly never meant for her old friend to rot away in a dark box forever; she was trying to donate her to a needy child. She was trying to do exactly what Andy does in the third movie—she was getting older, growing up, she didn't play with her toys anymore, so it was time for a good toy to pass on to someone else. It's possible the box just never saw the light of day...or that Al found Jessie in a charity store, and, not wanting to risk her mint-condition status, kept her in a packing box until he'd almost completed his collection. But Emily clearly intended for her to go to a poor child who would treasure her, and Jessie will likely never know that.
    • There are those who also theorize that Emily might have been Andy's mother, giving Jessie and Woody a deeper bond.
  • Award Snub: It received only one Oscar nomination, which it lost, making it the only non Oscar-winning Toy Story film. Its critical acclaim was such that it could have even been nominated, and won, for Best Picture. Notably, it is the only film of the trilogy that couldn't earn a nomination for its screenplay, despite reviews on par with the other two. Granted this was 1999, often thought of as one of the better years for cinema, but it is generally seen as being equal to just about all of the actual nominees.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The massive amount of destruction the toys cause simply by crossing the street under a traffic cone.
  • Ear Worm: Let's be real here, you've probably caught yourself singing the theme song to "Woody's Roundup" from time to time after watching this movie.
  • Faux Symbolism: In Woody's nightmare, the cards surrounding him are all the ace of spades, the card used to represent death in fortune telling.
  • Foe Yay: A meta example between Mr. Potato Head, a Hasbro toy, and Barbie, a Mattel toy.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The blooper where Wheezy swallows his squeaker becomes a lot darker when in Toy Story 3, it's revealed that he was lost before the events of that movie took place.
  • Harsher in Hindsight
    • Woody saving Wheezy from being put in a yard sale. Sometime between the second and third Toy Story movies, Wheezy was one of the toys lost before Andy left for college, possibly even having been sold off in a yard sale.
    • After Frozen, you can almost hear Emily recite those infamous words at the end of the When She Loved Me sequence. For another Disney example, the Stitch! anime has an episode showing Stitch going through a similar experience of being left behind by Lilo, running contrary to the franchise motto of 'ohana: "Nobody gets left behind or forgotten." (Although in that case, it was a misunderstanding.)
    • When watching Al's tapes of their old show, Jessie mournfully shuts off the TV before the conclusion of "Woody's Finest Hour" because, as Pete claims, the show was canceled before it could air. However, if you listen during the scene when Woody rejects Buzz and co.'s rescue, you can hear the conclusion playing in the background. This means Pete has been lying to Jessie, using her abandonment issues, for who known how long to secure his own fate.
    • Prospector accurately predicts the events of the third film - the toys are forgotten and do get sent to a landfill in an experience that they almost don't survive. Thankfully, the toys' ultimate fate is resolved in a happy manner, subverting Prospector's predictions.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Al of Al's Toy Barn resembles another real-life toy maniac...
    • The relationship between Zurg and Buzz (well, second Buzz) is a deliberate Affectionate Parody of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Disney now owns Star Wars.
    • In the end-of-movie outtakes, Stinky Pete tells the Barbies about Toy Story 3 and getting them a part in said film. In Real Life the Barbie played a substantial role.
    • Pete asks Woody if he honestly believes that Andy is going to take him to college. Come the sequel, and Andy really is planning to take Woody with him when he goes to college.
    • Buzz's wings popping out when he sees Jesse being an Action Girl is hilarious now that another fandom has coined the term "wingboner".
    • When the toys arrive at the apartment building, Rex suggests using balloons to float up to the top. The other toys quickly dismiss this suggestion. Apparently Pixar didn't...
    • Woody's Large Ham persona when he struts out of a box and "flirts" with Jessie brings to mind the "Creepy Woody" meme.
    • Kelsey Grammer plays a Big Bad of an even-numbered sequel who is a Well-Intentioned Extremist and expresses Fantastic Racism towards "space toys". Over a decade later, Grammer would later play another Well-Intentioned Extremist Big Bad in another even-numbered sequel known as Transformers: Age of Extinction who would bear Fantastic Racism towards the Transformers, who in Real Life are based on the Hasbro toyline that would qualify as a "space toy" brand due to their alien origin.
    • Stinky Pete's punishment is to be stuck at a new home with a girl and her Barbie doll. Three years later, Grammer played as a Big Bad within a Barbie film.
    • During the blooper reel, Flik and Heimlich appear on scene and are under the impression that the film they're in is a sequel to A Bug's Life, before Heimlich breaks the bad news to Flik. This is darkly funny now when you consider that A Bug's Life today is arguably Pixar's most overlooked film and thus has never been considered for a sequel treatment.
    • While reading his guide, Rex comments on the scheme of video game developers making the games so that the player had to buy the book to beat them. Andrew Stanton later revealed that the guide joke came from having to read video game guides to his son as bedtime stories. Now who do you think paid for those guides?
    • One that's downright hysterical in hindsight: while searching for Woody's hat, Ham says that "the lawn gnomes across the street haven't seen it, but they'll keep looking." On the DVD Commentary, Andrew Stanton jokes about a spin-off movie with the lawn gnomes, which John Lasseter jokingly replies "Shhh! Don't give them any ideas!" Not only did Disney eventually produce a lawn gnome movie, but it was actually John's decision not to have it be part of the Disney Animated Canon.
    • During the second 2016 U.S. presidential debate, undecided voter Ken Bone became an overnight meme hero, and several memes revolved around how heavily he resembled Al, and that Toy Story 2 predicted the rise of Bone.
  • It Was His Sled: Stinky Pete has An Axe to Grind once Woody convinces Jessie and Bullseye to come with him to Andy.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
  • Memetic Mutation: X, X everywhere.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The N64, Dreamcast, and PS1 video game is a well-put together collect-a-thon with fairly large areas, a good variety of upgrades, and no glaring flaws that really ruin the experience. A lot of people recall it almost as fondly as the movie it's based on.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The cleaner who repairs Woody, played by Geri of Geri's Game.
    • The Rock'Em Sock'Em robots in Al's office. "HE WAS TALKING TO ME!"
  • Signature Scene: Geri refurbishing Woody is well-remembered. More so, Jessie's backstory during the "When She Loved Me" sequence.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Villain Stinky Pete the Prospector has the unambiguously nasty aim of keeping Woody from returning to Andy, whom Woody knows to appreciate him. However, as he's defeated, he screams "Children destroy toys! You'll be ruined! Forgotten! Spending eternity rotting away in some landfill!" It's a perfectly legitimate concern, and Pete had no way of knowing how good an owner Andy is. His foreshadowing almost comes true in the third movie.
  • The Woobie:
    • Wheezy. He was shelved after his squeaker broke, leading to him getting a long life of being shelved. He gets MUCH better at the end of the movie, though.
    • Jessie. "When somebody loved me..." She's portrayed with mostly realistic anxiety issues, especially abandonment issues and claustrophobia.


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