#8. Toy Story 2 (1999)
(down three spots from previous ranking)
I remember when Toy Story 2 was announced and everybody’s first response was to question why this inventive new animation studio was going to the sequel well so soon.
Pixar quieted those concerns quickly, delivering its first masterpiece. The movie doubled down on the ingenious plotting and wry humor of the first film, and pushed the characters into new emotional territory.
In the heartbreaking ‘When She Loved Me Sequence,’ the studio proved it could make grown-ups cry, something it would consistently do in its best films from this point on.
Right here every day
Come on, it’s time to play
There’s Jessie, the yodelin’ cowgirl
(Yo-de-la, you-de-la, yo-de-la)
Bullseye, he’s Woody’s horse
(He’s a smart one)
Pete the old prospector
And Woody the man himself
It’s time for Woody’s roundup
He’s the very best
He’s the rootinest tootinest cowboy
In the wild wild west
Come on, gather ’round
Where nobody wears a frown
Bad guys go runnin’
Whenever he’s in town
He’s the rootinest, tootinest
Shootinest, hootinest cowboy around