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.
    • 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.
  • 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 reject's 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:
  • 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:
    • Stinky Pete, who spent his whole life stuck on a toy shelf never being sold until Al came along. Once he was finally bought, he was kept in the box as a collector's item instead of a toy.
    • Al. Word of God reveals that his parents never let him play with toys as a child, which is why he's so obsessed with them. Once he loses his Woody's Roundup collection, he films the latest Al's Toy Barn commercial crying. Even if he's a greedy thief, it's pretty easy to pity him.
  • Memetic Mutation: X, X everywhere.
  • 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!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Stinky Pete might not be anywhere near as bad as Lotso, but he crosses it when he deliberately rips Woody's arm with his pick and threatens to do worse if he doesn't get back in the case.
  • 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 off of.
  • 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.