YMMV: Toy Story 2

  • Accidental Innuendo: "He's selling himself for 25 cents!"
  • Award Snub: It received only one Oscar nomination and won none, 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Evil Emperor Zurg.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.