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Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

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Toy Story 2
DIRECTED BY JOHN LASSETER, ASH BRANNON, LEE UNKRICH
RELEASED: 1999

Why's it so good? Pixar's only sequel to date displays all the artistry and attention to storytelling that you'd expect from the studio, and bodes well for the upcoming Toy Story 3, Cars 2 and Monsters Inc. 2. The new characters - particularly Jessie - fit in beautifully with the established crew, there's that hilarious cinephile space-set opening, the themes are deepened and developed, and that Sarah McLachlan song will slay you every time.

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How does it stack up to the original? This is one of those films that provokes debate: is it as good as the original or actually better? Frankly, why bother trying to choose? They're both sublime pieces of filmmaking, both in terms of animation, character, voice work and scripting. Certainly the technology has taken another step forward for this one, but it's polishing an already-brilliant stone.

Glaring error: This was originally conceived as a straight-to-DVD sequel. Can you imagine something this sublime going straight to DVD? It'd be a travesty.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 48 MONTHS


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