Toy Story 2 DVD Review
Summary: Whether you're a long-time Toy Story fan or just want to check out the latest movie in the franchise, the Toy Story 2 DVD is a great way to get your fix. It includes several outtakes, early animation tests and mixing demos, plus previews and games.
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Early Animation Tests
During the production of Toy Story 2, the Pixar team did some early animation tests. The results are surprisingly effective, even if they are not quite as impressive as the finished product.
The 'Early Animation Tests' feature contains several seconds of test animation, including the first time that Bullseye talks. This is accompanied by a narration by supervising animator Pete Docter. This includes a brief description of the process as well as a brief comparison between the actual test and the final product.
The 'Designing Sound' feature gives viewers a detailed look at the sound effects used in the film. The Mixing Demo allows viewers to choose between the different sounds. The music-only version of the 'Crossing the Road' sequence is included as well. The final mix carries an interesting reversal between the effects and background tracks. The sound design and special effects of the 'Crossing the road' are also discussed.
The 'Mimos-Menominee's' features some of the best visuals in the film. The image is almost perfectly lit, with the right level of contrast and shade. The shadow detail is well-defined, with the best examples occurring when Buzz and Woody were beneath the truck at the gas station. The 'Early Animation Tests' also displays some of the earliest animation tests for Woody.
The 'Mimos-Menominee's' also demonstrates the fact that the 'Mirror-Mole-Mig-Mirror-Mirror-Mirror-Mirror' sequence is also in the film. The 'Mirror-Mole-Mig-Mirror-Mirror-Mirror' shows an ominous figure. It's not too bad, but there's no real surprise.
The 'Mimos-Menominee's' isn't as impressive as the 'Mirror-Mole-Mig-Mirror-Mirror' but it's still worth a look. The 'Early Animation Tests' is a good example of the type of visual innovation that has become the hallmark of Pixar.
The 'Mimos-Menominee's' feature is not the best-looking movie of all time. But it's worth a look for its 'Early Animation Tests' and 'Designing Sound'. The film is a fun ride. It's certainly the most faithful sequel Pixar has made, but it's not as timeless as the original.
The 'Early Animation tests' is a surprisingly effective and interesting piece of movie memorabilia. While it isn't the best-looking film of all time, it is one of the best-made animated films of all time.
Among the various bonus features on the Toy Story 2 DVD are two Easter Eggs. First, there is a context-setting introduction to the movie. During this segment, a 20-second clip is shown of Woody playing a baseball game. In addition, there is a gag regarding Jessie's song. Interestingly, it is not the same as what was on the Ultimate Toy Box.
The Toy Story 2 DVD also has a special THX trailer. The THX logo has been remastered, and now includes a URL for the THX Vimeo page. This version of the THX logo was seen in some THX-certified theaters before the British theatrical showing of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. However, the original THX logo is extinct.
Unlike the Ultimate Toy Box, which includes only two short deleted scenes, the Toy Story 2 DVD has a feature-length audio commentary. This track is also likely to be used for demonstrations. The track includes comments by Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon, and Andrew Stanton. It is also accompanied by Dolby Digital 5.1 EX and a sound effects-only track.
There is also a Making Toy Story 2 featurette. This featurette includes interviews with the creative crew and some film clips. It is very good, but does not include much new footage.
There are five additional sections. The first section, "Early Animation Tests", contains clips from Woody's early animation tests. It is also accompanied by a commentary by Glenn McQueen. The second section, "Special Effects," explains how the Buzz and robots showdown was created. The final section, "Designing Sound," gives viewers the opportunity to hear the final mix, as well as the music-only version. This is presented as a split-screen comparison.
In addition to the Toy Story 2 DVD's bonus features, there is a Toy Box: Outtakes, Games & More! (5:25) which was added to the end credits a month into the theatrical run. This is not to be confused with the Toy Box, which held three discs and both Toy Story movies.
Toy Story 2 is not as groundbreaking or innovative as Toy Story, but it is a very entertaining movie. It belongs in every DVD collection. If you want digital copies of this DVD movie, you can use DVDFab DVD Ripper to assist you. You can easily and quickly rip and convert your DVD movies into any digital format you want using this tool. The output video is of high quality and can be played on any device, media player, or home theater.
Toy Box: Outtakes, Games & More
Despite the fact that the Toy Story 2 DVD is a stand-alone release, it is not a "Toy Box" in the traditional sense. It does not hold three discs and both Toy Story movies, but it does feature some compelling extras.
While the Toy Story 2 Special Edition does not include any new bonus features, it does duplicate a number of the features found on the Toy Story 3 DVD. For example, the Special Edition includes an audio commentary featuring director John Lasseter and producers Ralph Guggenheim and Bonnie Arnold. This commentary was originally included on the 1996 deluxe laserdisc set.
The DVD also includes a THX trailer that is fun to watch. This trailer is preceded by a sneak peek of characters in Toy Story 3. It is a good way to introduce the film to kids and adults alike.
The Toy Story 3 DVD includes an audio commentary starring Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich, and John Lasseter. This commentary is screen-specific and includes a lot of information. In addition to discussing the making of the film, it also covers various scenes and effects, including the famous "hot schmoes" exchange between Buzz and Woody.
Another interesting feature is the "Designing Sound" track. This feature looks at the sound design and production of the film and offers the viewer the ability to play around with dialogue, sound effects, and music.
The Ultimate Toy Box DVD is also available. This 2-disc set includes the movie, the two short deleted scenes, and seven featurettes. The best of these are the making-of featurettes that were originally featured on the deluxe laserdisc set.
The "Making Toy Story 2" featurette is a montage of the film's early stages, including interviews with the creative team. The featurette features plenty of footage, but there are a couple of gaps. For example, the kinescope effect used in the "Toys R Us" scene is not shown in the featurette.
The DVD also includes a game called "Ponkickies" which is a Japanese television show inspired spin-off. The DVD also includes the short "The Movie Vanishes" and the "TS2 Sleep Deprivation Lab".
The Ultimate Toy Box is still a top-notch DVD. It combines two very good movies with a fine picture and some enticing extras.
Whether you're a die-hard fan of Pixar or you're just starting out, previews for Toy Story 2 are a great way to get acquainted with the film. It's a family film that will be enjoyed by both children and adults. The animation is beautiful and the details are perfect.
The Making Toy Story 2 featurette provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. You'll see plenty of film clips and interviews with the cast and creative crew. It also includes an introduction from co-directors Lee Unkrich and Peter Sohn and a commentary by Glenn McQueen.
The DVD features an Autographed Pictures section and a game called "Who's the Coolest Toy?". You'll also find a teaser trailer and a music medley from the movie. The DVD will be available on February 28. It also comes with a new Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound SE audio track.
Toy Story 2 was released on Thanksgiving in 1999. Some critics compared the film unfavorably to the computer-animated release Antz. The latter was produced by Dreamworks. It featured a celebrity voice cast.
Toy Story 2 was a box office hit and was the highest grossing film of the year. It set a high bar for animated cartoons. It also paved the way for emotional openings in other Pixar films.
Toy Story 2 is now being repackaged in a 2-Dics Special Edition. This DVD is a limited edition that focuses on presentation and presentation-related features. It's also available in a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound EX format. It's not clear what the high-definition versions will bring to the table, but it's likely that you'll be able to appreciate the details and colors of the film.
You'll also get a new Dolby Digital 5.1 Souround EX audio track and a sneak peek at Cars. You'll also get the THX Optimizer test. You'll also find two outtakes, including Woody's prank on Buzz.
Toy Story 3 has a similar message. It asks the viewer to accept the passing of time and the loss of loved ones. It also gains emotional power from the growth of Andy.