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Blu-ray Review: Toy Story 2
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toy story 2Toy Story 2
Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Directed by John Lasseter
Starring Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles
Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: March 23, 2010

Toy Story 2 had a lot to live up to. The original Toy Story was an instant hit both critically and commercially. It’s success started PIxar down the path of awesomeness that would eventually lead to nine other formidable films that I still cherish. So the question is, how would they follow up such a massive hit? With more of the same, as it turns out.

Where the first film focused on Buzz Lightyear more and was really his story, the sequel gives a similar treatment for our favorite cowboy, Woody. Woody’s friend and owner Andy heads off to cowboy camp leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin (owner of Al’s Toy Barn) kidnaps Woody. At Al’s apartment, Woody discovers that he is a highly valued collectible from a 1950s TV show called Woody’s Roundup, and he meets the other prized toys from that show, Jessie the Cowgirl, Bullseye the Horse, and Stinky Pete the Prospector. Back at the scene of the crime, Buzz Lightyear and the other toys from Andy’s room — Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex, and Hamm — spring into action to rescue their pal from winding up as a museum piece. The toys get into one predicament after another in their daring race to get Woody before Andy returns.

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Michael Keaton is a Ken Doll in ‘Toy Story 3’
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Toy StoryIESB spoke to Jodi Benson — who voiced Ariel in The Little Mermaid and also did the voice for Tour Guide Barbie in Toy Story 2 — about Toy Story 3.

Benson confirmed that Mr. Michael Keaton himself will be joining the cast as a Ken doll to her Barbie.

Keaton played the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton’s 1989 feature Batman and its 1992 sequel Batman Returns, as well as the title role in Burton’s Beetlejuice. In recent years, the actor starred in the horror film White Noise and played Lindsey Lohan’s father in Disney’s Herbie: Fully Loaded. He also voiced Chick in Disney’s Cars.

Original cast returning includes Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as the required Buzz and Woody, along with Wallace Shawn as Rex, John Ratzenberger as Hamm, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head, and Joan Cusack as Jessie.

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