Review: Toy Story and Toy Story 2 (in 3-D)
Voices of: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen
Direction: John Lasseter
Rating: *** 1/2
Back in 1995, John Lasseter and his talented team at Disney / Pixar crafted the first all-computer-animated feature film. A smash hit, Toy Story was followed four years later by an equally exhilarating sequel.
Now, both the films are being re-released together, for the first time in 3-D. They whet our appetite for the third installment of the series due later
For viewers unfamiliar with the original, it deals with an array of wondrous toy creations that come to life when the humans aren’t around. The rivalry between an old-fashioned cowboy doll (voiced by Hanks) and a hi-tech space ranger (Allen) is resolved when the disparate duo join forces to outwit a nasty neighbourhood boy.
Displaying the same combination of dazzling animation and comic storyline, Toy Story 2 finds the toys engaged in further misadventures. This time around, they have to escape from the clutches of a toy collector who keeps them imprisoned in their boxes.
A labour of love, both films make for cheerful entertainment. Go for them.