Really, the overall premise is a simple one, and with a running time of just over 90 minutes the story is quickly told. However, within those 90-plus minutes, the film manages to capture the imagination of young and old. It reminds the adults in the audience of the wondrousness of the toys of their youth (several classic toys do make an appearance), it shows kids how much fun they can have with the odd assortment of toys they may have lying about their room, and it does it all with a great sense of humor. Many of the toys depicted in the film – Barbie and Mr. Potato Head to name just two – find themselves the butt of several jokes revolving around their very essence, and yet the jokes, while directed at the toys are told with love. Barbie may be a ditz in Toy Story 2, but she is a classic ditz, a ditz whom everyone loves and no one would ever want to see differently.
Toy Story 2 worked incredibly well on the big screen and now, with its Blu-ray release, it works incredibly well in people's living room as well. The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is completely immersive, making the small sounds in Andy's room come alive and still growing as the film progresses to its airport climax, where the sounds are, quite naturally, bigger. The bass sounds are impressive, and the surrounds really help locate noises. It is a big audio track, and yet somehow it is not big enough to frighten away the younger set. Despite the film having initially been in released more than 10 years ago, and Pixar's technology having come a long way since then, one doesn't get the sense watching the film that they are seeing anything less than the latest and greatest CGI technology. The diverse locations are all beautifully realized with rich colors and excellent levels of detail right down to the belt on the new Buzz dolls… excuse me, action figures.