Story

When Andy’s (voiced by John Morris) family decides to have a garage sale, one of the toys from Andy’s room gets put into the sale box. While the rest of the toys keep watch at the window, Woody (Tom Hanks) launches a rescue mission to save it. With the help of the family’s dog, Woody saves the toy, but loses his grip and falls to the ground. Al (Wayne Knight), a greedy collector and the owner of Al’s Toy Barn, finds him and can hardly wait to buy him. This is because Al has spent years searching for this exact toy. Andy’s mother (Laurie Metcalf) tells him repeatedly that Woody is not for sale and locks him in the money box for safekeeping. Undaunted, Al takes the money box, breaks the lock open and steals Woody.

Andy’s toys, led by Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), launch their own rescue mission to save Woody and bring him home. This is easier said than done, especially when they find they have to repeatedly outwit the Evil Emperor Zurg (Andrew Stanton), a toy who is pursuing Buzz.

Meanwhile Woody learns where he’s come from. It turns out that he’s part of a collectors set and that he is the star of his own TV show. He gets to know his co-stars, Jessie (Joan Cusack) and Stinky Pete (Kelsey Grammer), and their history. Woody is drawn towards them and away from his old life in Andy’s room. When his rescuers finally show up, he must choose between being adored at a distance forever, or loved by a child for a short time.

Themes

Commercialism; kidnapping; growing out of childhood

Violence

This movie contains some violence. For example:

  • Buzz is surrounded by an alien army with lasers. The army comes towards him in a menacing way. He uses his own lasers, and a battle begins with lots of shooting.
  • Buzz and Zurg fight. Zurg is hit in the head with a steel plate.
  • Zurg uses lasers and blasts Buzz in half.
  • Broken doll pieces strangle Woody and drag him down inside a carry case.
  • The toys cause an accident while they’re crossing a highway. Mr Potato Head is nearly crushed by a rolling concrete pipe.
  • Jessie attacks Woody and they scuffle before Stinky Pete explains what is going on.
  • Al shoves a toy repairman out of the way.
  • In a TV show, Jessie is trapped in a mine shaft with live dynamite that is about to explode. The show is cancelled, and the outcome is unknown.
  • Two Buzz Lightyears fight. The old Buzz is shoved into a box and trapped there.
  • Two boxing toys punch each other.
  • A dinosaur’s head is used as a battering ram to open a gate.
  • Zurg bashes Buzz into the side of a wall.
  • The toys are told by Zurg to ‘prepare to die’.
  • Stinky Pete punches Buzz.
  • Stinky Pete rips Woody’s arm with his pick axe.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5

In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, this movie contains some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five. For example:

  • The movie opens with Buzz battling Evil Emperor Zurg and his alien army. Buzz is defeated when Zurg blasts him with a laser, and Buzz explodes in half. We soon learn that this is part of a video game and that the real Buzz is not really dead. Even so, some children might find this upsetting.
  • In one scene, Zurg’s eyes glow red. It is a bit creepy. Because Zurg is known to be evil and dangerous, his glowing eyes might frighten some young viewers.

From 5-8

Some children in this age group could also be disturbed by the scenes mentioned above.

Over 8

Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this movie.

Sexual references

This movie contains some sexual references. For example:

  • Mr Potato Head keeps telling himself that he is ‘a married spud’ when Tour Guide Barbie takes the wheel beside him.
  • During the end credits, Stinky Pete is chatting up two Barbies who have squeezed into his box with him.

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

None of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

This movie contains some nudity and sexual activity. For example:

  • A group of Barbies have a pool party dressed in bikinis.
  • Two Barbies in mini skirts show a lot of thigh.

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie: Twister, Candyland, Cheezels, Barbies and Mr Potato Head.

Coarse language

None of concern

Ideas to discuss with your children

Toy Story 2 3D is an animated adventure, featuring more realistic special effects than its original version. This is because of the 3D technology. Fans of the original movie are likely to enjoy seeing this.

The main messages from this movie are to:

  • be there for your friends when they need you
  • accept that change always happens
  • understand that it’s important to be truly loved, even if it’s only for a short time. This is better than living your whole life being admired without true affection.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include resourcefulness, having faith in people you love, compassion and forgiveness.

This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about the importance of helping people in need and being prepared to understand the feelings and actions of others.