Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. The second installment in the Toy Story franchise and the sequel to Toy Story (1995), it was directed by John Lasseter, co-directed by Ash Brannon and Lee Unkrich, from a screenplay written by Andrew Stanton, Rita Hsiao, Doug Chamberlin, and Chris Webb from a story by Lasseter, Stanton, Brannon, and Pete Docter. In the film, Woody is stolen by a toy collector, prompting Buzz Lightyear and his friends to rescue him, but Woody is then tempted by the idea of immortality in a museum. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jim Varney, Annie Potts, R. Lee Ermey, John Morris, and Laurie Metcalf reprise their roles from the first Toy Story film and are joined by Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Estelle Harris, Wayne Knight, and Jodi Benson, who play the new characters introduced in this film.


Woody and Buzz Lightyear are now the co-leaders of Andy's toys. Andy plans to take Woody to cowboy camp, but accidentally rips Woody's arm during playtime and chooses to leave him behind on the shelf. After a nightmare about Andy throwing him away, Woody discovers Wheezy, a toy penguin who has been left on the shelf and forgotten because of a broken squeaker. When Andy's mother takes Wheezy down to a yard sale, Woody successfully returns him to Andy's room before he can be sold. In the process, however, Woody is stolen. Buzz fails to rescue Woody, but is able to deduce who took him: Al McWhiggin, owner of the toy store Al's Toy Barn.