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i_PP
suppose_VB
an_DT
argument_NN
could_MD
be_BE
made_VBN
that_CS
toy_NN
story_NN
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
those_DT
films_NNS
that_CS
didn't_DOD
need_VB
a_DT
sequel_NN
._.
beloved_JJ
by_IN
kids_NNS
and_CC
their_PP$
parents_NNS
,_,
respected_JJ
equally_RB
by_IN
mainstream_JJ
america_NP
and_CC
geekish_JJ
movie_NN
buffs_NP
,_,
that_CS
first_OD
movie_NN
remains_VBZ
a_DT
landmark_NN
of_IN
recent_JJ
history_NN
,_,
the_DT
one_CD
that_CS
burst_VBN
open_VB
the_DT
possibilities_NNS
of_IN
computer_NN
animation_NN
and_CC
demonstrated_VBD
through_IN
wild_JJ
invention_NN
and_CC
giddy_JJ
chutzpah_???
just_JJ
how_WRB
complacent_JJ
the_DT
disney_NP
animation_NN
machine_NN
had_HVD
become_VBN
in_IN
cranking_VBG
out_RP
fluffy_JJ
razzle-dazzle_NN
entertainment_NN
full_JJ
of_IN
formula_NN
storytelling_NN
and_CC
banal_JJ
songwriting_NN
._.
if_CS
disney_NP
was_BEDZ
embarrassed_JJ
at_IN
being_BEG
beaten_VBN
at_IN
its_PP$
own_DT
game_NN
(_(
toy_NN
story_NN
was_BEDZ
a_DT
smash_NN
hit_VBD
of_IN
unexpected_JJ
proportions_NNS
,_,
and_CC
one_CD
that_CS
caught_VBN
the_DT
merchandising_NN
end_NN
of_IN
the_DT
business_NN
unaware_JJ
as_IN
demand_NN
for_IN
action_NN
figures_NNS
far_RB
outstripped_VBN
supply_NN
)_)
,_,
it_PP
didn't_DOD
show_VB
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
distributor_NN
and_CC
part-owner_NN
of_IN
the_DT
property_NN
,_,
at_IN
least_DT
it_PP
had_HVD
a_DT
piece_NN
of_IN
the_DT
action_NN
._.
toy_NN
story_NN
2_CD
was_BEDZ
greenlighted_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
direct-to-video_NN
project_NN
,_,
disney_NP
's_POS
standard_NN
tactic_JJ
for_IN
milking_NN
a_DT
few_DT
more_DT
bucks_NNS
out_RP
of_IN
hot_JJ
franchises_NNS
without_IN
expending_VBG
the_DT
effort_NN
of_IN
developing_JJ
a_DT
proper_JJ
feature_NN
film_NN
._.
as_CS
someone_PN
who_WP
doesn't_DOZ
believe_VB
sequels_RB
are_BER
necessarily_RB
a_DT
bad_JJ
thing_NN
(_(
granted_VBN
,_,
they_PP
usually_RB
are_BER
a_DT
bad_JJ
thing_NN
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
because_CS
they're_???
made_VBD
for_IN
the_DT
wrong_JJ
reasons_NNS
)_)
,_,
i_PP
had_HVD
to_TO
wonder_VB
what_WDT
in_IN
the_DT
world_NN
they_PP
were_BED
thinking_VBG
._.
fortunately_RB
,_,
disney_NP
claimed_VBD
to_IN
have_HV
been_BEN
so_RB
knocked-out_IN
by_IN
early_JJ
animation_NN
tests_NNS
that_CS
they_PP
let_VB
pixar_???
go_NN
full-speed_VBD
ahead_RB
with_IN
a_DT
theatrical_JJ
sequel_NN
._.
lucky_JJ
thing_NN
,_,
too_RB
--_???
like_CS
the_DT
first_OD
movie_NN
,_,
this_DT
one_CD
is_BEZ
a_DT
joy_NN
to_IN
behold_VB
on_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
screen_NN
,_,
and_CC
technically_RB
,_,
it_PP
improves_VBZ
on_IN
its_PP$
predecessor_NN
on_IN
just_RB
about_IN
every_DT
level_NN
._.
(_)
from_IN
a_DT
business_NN
standpoint_NN
,_,
the_DT
end_NN
credits_NNS
show_VB
that_CS
the_DT
new_JJ
creations_NNS
are_BER
copyrighted_VBN
by_IN
pixar_???
,_,
while_CS
the_DT
previous_JJ
film_NN
's_POS
elements_NNS
are_BER
shared_VBN
between_IN
pixar_???
and_CC
disney_NP
,_,
a_DT
sign_NN
of_IN
the_DT
production_NN
house_NN
's_POS
new_JJ
cachet_NN
in_IN
hollywood_NP
._.
)_)
visually_RB
,_,
the_DT
main_JJ
shortcoming_NN
of_IN
this_DT
fully_RB
computer-generated_JJ
movie_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
human_JJ
figures_NNS
are_BER
still_RB
rendered_VBN
relatively_RB
poorly_RB
,_,
making_VBG
them_PP
look_VB
a_DT
little_JJ
creepy_JJ
._.
fortunately_RB
,_,
that_CS
eerie_JJ
unreality_NN
fits_VBZ
in_IN
perfectly_RB
with_IN
the_DT
perspective_NN
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
where_CS
the_DT
secret_JJ
world_NN
of_IN
toys_NNS
is_BEZ
more_DT
immediate_JJ
,_,
and_CC
arguably_RB
more_DT
attractive_JJ
,_,
than_CS
the_DT
world_NN
of_IN
the_DT
humans_NNS
who_WP
surround_VB
them_PP
._.
as_CS
before_IN
,_,
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
predicated_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
premise_NN
that_CS
the_DT
toys_NNS
scattered_VBN
around_IN
the_DT
bedroom_NN
of_IN
a_DT
little_JJ
boy_NN
named_VBN
andy_NP
--_???
and_CC
,_,
indeed_RB
,_,
all_PDT
the_DT
toys_NNS
scattered_VBN
around_IN
the_DT
bedrooms_NNS
of_IN
all_PDT
little_JJ
children_NNS
--_???
come_VB
to_TO
life_NN
in_IN
the_DT
child_NN
's_POS
absence_NN
._.
while_CS
the_DT
toys_NNS
scamper_VB
about_IN
and_CC
chatter_VB
endlessly_RB
among_IN
themselves_PPX
,_,
the_DT
real_JJ
joy_NN
of_IN
a_DT
toy_NN
's_POS
life_NN
is_BEZ
to_TO
mean_VB
something_PN
to_IN
its_PP$
owner_NN
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
subjects_NNS
of_IN
this_DT
new_JJ
film_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
sadness_NN
of_IN
toys_NNS
that_CS
have_HV
been_BEN
broken_VBN
or_CC
abandoned_VBN
,_,
left_VBD
on_IN
a_DT
shelf_NN
to_IN
gather_VB
dust_NN
,_,
and_CC
another_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
sort_NN
of_IN
emotional_JJ
limbo_NN
inhabited_VBN
by_IN
toys_NNS
that_CS
are_BER
mere_JJ
prizes_NNS
of_IN
covetous_JJ
collectors_NNS
._.
most_DT
often_RB
,_,
those_DT
toys_NNS
are_BER
packed_VBN
away_RB
in_IN
dark_JJ
spaces_NNS
,_,
safe_JJ
from_IN
sunlight_NN
and_CC
humidity_NN
,_,
and_CC
often_RB
they're_???
not_XNOT
even_JJ
removed_VBN
from_IN
their_PP$
packaging_NN
._.
imagine_VB
what_WDT
a_DT
chip_NN
that_CS
would_MD
put_VB
on_IN
your_PP$
shoulder_NN
,_,
and_CC
you'll_???
understand_VB
the_DT
attitudes_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
collector_NN
's_POS
items_NNS
that_CS
show_VB
up_RP
in_IN
this_DT
movie_NN
._.
sheriff_NN
woody_NP
(_(
voiced_VBD
by_IN
a_DT
note-perfect_NN
tom_NP
hanks_NP
)_)
,_,
the_DT
longtime_JJ
favorite_NN
among_IN
andy_NP
's_POS
toys_NNS
who_WP
was_BEDZ
challenged_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
previous_JJ
go-round_NN
by_IN
the_DT
arrival_NN
of_IN
flashy-new-thing_VBG
action_NN
figure_NN
buzz_NN
lightyear_JJ
(_(
tim_NP
allen_NP
)_)
,_,
suffers_VBZ
an_DT
injury_NN
early_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
when_CS
andy_NP
tugs_NNS
too_RB
hard_JJ
on_IN
his_PP$
arm_NN
and_CC
pulls_VBZ
a_DT
seam_NN
apart_RB
,_,
revealing_VBG
the_DT
stuffing_NN
inside_IN
._.
this_DT
accident_NN
catalyzes_NNS
some_DT
uneasieness_NN
among_IN
the_DT
toys_NNS
,_,
who_WP
know_VB
too_RB
well_RB
that_CS
a_DT
broken_JJ
toy_NN
is_BEZ
often_RB
a_DT
forgotten_VBN
toy_NN
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
forgotten_VBN
toy_NN
is_BEZ
one_CD
that_DT
loses_VBZ
its_PP$
reason_NN
for_IN
existence_NN
._.
those_DT
anxieties_NNS
are_BER
crystallized_VBD
when_CS
andy_NP
's_POS
mom_???
tears_NNS
through_IN
his_PP$
living_NN
room_NN
,_,
collecting_VBG
old_JJ
toys_NNS
for_IN
a_DT
yard_NN
sale_NN
._.
and_CC
there_EX
's_BEZ
an_DT
ironic_JJ
twist_NN
to_IN
the_DT
tale_NN
,_,
as_CS
woody_NP
winds_NNS
up_RP
being_NN
stolen_VBN
by_IN
an_DT
avid_JJ
toy_NN
collector_NN
who_WP
needs_VBZ
exactly_RB
that_CS
quaint_JJ
cowboy_NN
figure_NN
to_IN
complete_JJ
a_DT
set_NN
that_CS
he_PP
hopes_VBZ
to_IN
sell_NN
to_IN
a_DT
japanese_JJ
toy_NN
museum_NN
for_IN
a_DT
sizable_JJ
sum_NN
._.
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
andy_NP
's_POS
toys_NNS
,_,
who_WP
owe_VB
him_PP
quite_RB
a_DT
debt_NN
,_,
resolve_VB
to_IN
rescue_NN
him_PP
._.
that_CS
this_DT
film_NN
manages_VBZ
to_IN
turn_NN
a_DT
box_NN
marked_VBN
"_"
25_CD
cents_NNS
"_"
into_IN
a_DT
symbol_NN
of_IN
doom_NN
,_,
or_CC
to_IN
make_NN
its_PP$
screed_NN
against_IN
the_DT
retention_NN
of_IN
collectible_JJ
toys_NNS
by_IN
wrongheaded_JJ
profiteers_NNS
fuel_NN
for_IN
a_DT
metaphysical_JJ
dilemma_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
testament_NN
to_IN
its_PP$
skill_NN
at_IN
metaphor_NN
,_,
seamlessly_RB
translating_VBG
the_DT
hopes_NNS
and_CC
fears_NNS
of_IN
our_PP$
real_JJ
world_NN
into_IN
that_DT
of_IN
the_DT
toys_NNS
._.
operating_NN
on_IN
this_DT
level_NN
of_IN
abstraction_NN
,_,
toy_NN
story_NN
2_CD
tackles_VBZ
some_DT
mighty_JJ
heavy_JJ
issues_NNS
without_IN
once_RB
preaching_VBG
or_CC
veering_VBG
into_IN
pretentiousness_NN
._.
(_)
the_DT
worst_RBS
i_PP
can_MD
say_VB
is_BEZ
that_CS
randy_JJ
newman_NP
seems_VBZ
to_IN
have_HV
reserved_VBN
his_PP$
sappiest_NN
lyric_NN
in_IN
years_NNS
for_IN
sarah_NP
mclachlan_NP
,_,
who_WP
stops_VBZ
the_DT
movie_NN
cold_JJ
by_IN
singing_VBG
it_PP
at_IN
just_RB
about_IN
the_DT
halfway_JJ
mark_NN
._.
)_)
sometimes_RB
i_PP
think_VB
toy_NN
story_NN
2_CD
tries_VBZ
too_RB
hard_JJ
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
somewhat_RB
less_DT
of_IN
the_DT
seat-of-the-pants_NNS
loopiness_NN
that_CS
energized_JJ
the_DT
first_OD
film_NN
,_,
allowing_VBG
it_PP
to_IN
surprise_NN
and_CC
excite_JJ
on_IN
a_DT
near-constant_JJ
basis_NN
,_,
and_CC
more_DT
philosophizing_NN
about_IN
toys_NNS
,_,
collectors_NNS
,_,
the_DT
nature_NN
of_IN
happiness_NN
and_CC
the_DT
meaning_NN
of_IN
life_NN
._.
while_CS
that_DT
leads_VBZ
to_IN
fewer_DT
bellylaughs_NNS
,_,
it_PP
does_DOZ
make_VB
way_NN
for_IN
more_DT
elaborate_JJ
humor_NN
and_CC
an_DT
uncommonly_RB
ambitious_JJ
reflexivity_NN
that_CS
asks_VBZ
the_DT
toys_NNS
to_IN
consider_VB
their_PP$
own_DT
status_NN
as_IN
commodities_NNS
that_CS
move_VB
in_IN
and_CC
out_RP
of_IN
fashion_NN
._.
(_)
just_RB
don't_DO
ask_VB
why_WRB
andy_NP
's_POS
favorite_JJ
toy_NN
is_BEZ
based_VBN
on_IN
a_DT
tv_NN
series_NN
that_CS
was_BEDZ
canceled_VBN
in_IN
1957_CD
._.
)_)
where_CS
else_RB
in_IN
mainstream_JJ
movies_NNS
do_DO
you_PP
get_VB
such_DT
an_DT
awesome_JJ
moment_NN
as_IN
the_DT
one_CD
where_CS
buzz_NN
arrives_VBZ
at_IN
al_NP
's_POS
toy_NN
barn_NN
to_IN
find_VB
it_NN
stocked_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
gills_NNS
with_IN
his_PP$
doppelgangers_NNS
,_,
buzz_NN
lightyear_JJ
action_NN
figures_NNS
?_?
forget_VB
the_DT
self-congratulatory_NN
science_NN
fiction_NN
of_IN
the_DT
matrix_NN
--_???
this_RB
is_BEZ
a_DT
fundamental_JJ
mind-bender_NN
for_IN
buzz_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
audience_NN
shares_NNS
his_PP$
humility_NN
and_CC
wonderment_NN
at_IN
the_DT
sight_NN
._.
here_RB
,_,
as_CS
in_IN
the_DT
roughly_RB
concurrent_JJ
scene_NN
where_CS
woody_NP
watches_VBZ
tapes_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
howdy_???
doodyish_JJ
children_NNS
's_POS
tv_NN
show_NN
that_CS
originated_VBN
his_PP$
character_NN
,_,
we_PP
see_VB
our_PP$
protagonists_NNS
come_VB
face-to-face_JJ
with_IN
god_NN
._.
in_IN
sly_JJ
ways_NNS
,_,
then_RB
,_,
toy_NN
story_NN
2_CD
can_MD
be_BE
read_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
film_NN
about_IN
mortality_NN
,_,
a_DT
metaphorical_JJ
consideration_NN
of_IN
aging_JJ
and_CC
death_NN
._.
significantly_RB
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
very_RB
first_OD
sequence_NN
concludes_VBZ
with_IN
a_DT
grim_JJ
shocker_NN
that_CS
had_HVD
our_PP$
opening-night_NN
crowd_NN
in_IN
a_DT
near-uproar_???
._.
and_VB
toward_IN
the_DT
end_NN
,_,
when_CS
buzz_NN
and_CC
woody_JJ
speculate_VB
on_IN
how_WRB
long_JJ
they_PP
have_HV
before_IN
andy_NP
grows_VBZ
up_RP
and_CC
discards_IN
his_PP$
old_JJ
toys_NNS
,_,
one_CD
of_IN
them_PP
observes_VBZ
,_,
with_IN
an_DT
alacrity_NN
both_RB
inspirational_JJ
and_CC
heartbreaking_VBG
,_,
that_CS
it_PP
will_MD
be_BE
fun_JJ
while_CS
it_PP
lasts_VBZ
._.
so_RB
toy_NN
story_NN
2_CD
joins_VBZ
the_DT
tradition_NN
of_IN
children_NNS
's_POS
stories_NNS
,_,
largely_RB
neglected_VBN
of_IN
late_JJ
,_,
that_CS
say_VB
something_PN
real_JJ
about_IN
the_DT
inevitable_JJ
joys_NNS
and_CC
tragedies_NNS
of_IN
existence_NN
._.
what_WDT
's_BEZ
really_RB
striking_JJ
is_BEZ
that_CS
both_PDT
toy_NN
story_NN
films_NNS
(_(
and_CC
,_,
to_IN
a_DT
lesser_JJ
degree_NN
,_,
pixar_???
's_NNS
a_DT
bug_NN
's_POS
life_NN
)_)
are_BER
kids_NNS
'_"
movies_NNS
with_IN
wit_NN
and_CC
sophistication_NN
to_IN
shame_NN
most_DT
of_IN
their_PP$
ostensibly_RB
adult_NN
counterparts_NNS
,_,
not_XNOT
to_TO
mention_VB
whatever_WDT
piece_NN
of_IN
tot-friendly_RB
eye-candy_NN
is_BEZ
due_JJ
from_IN
the_DT
disney_NP
dream_NN
factory_NN
any_DT
given_VBN
summer_NN
._.
it_PP
puts_VBZ
one_CD
in_IN
mind_NN
of_IN
the_DT
glory_NN
days_NNS
of_IN
chuck_VB
jones_NP
and_CC
the_DT
old_JJ
gang_NN
at_IN
warner_NP
bros_NNS
._.
animation_NN
._.
i'm_???
not_XNOT
sure_JJ
lasseter_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
pals_NNS
at_IN
pixar_???
will_NN
ever_RB
operate_VB
at_IN
quite_RB
that_DT
level_NN
of_IN
purely_RB
visual_JJ
invention_NN
--_???
they_PP
love_VB
traditional_JJ
narrative_NN
too_RB
much_RB
--_???
but_CC
,_,
boy_NN
,_,
it_PP
makes_VBZ
me_PP
wonder_VB
what_WDT
they_PP
might_MD
come_VB
up_RP
with_IN
next_OD
._.
--------------------------------------------------------------_???
directed_VBN
by_IN
john_NP
lasseter_NN
,_,
colin_NP
brady_NP
,_,
ash_NP
brannon_NP
,_,
and_CC
lee_NP
unkrich_NP
written_VBN
by_IN
lasseter_NN
,_,
brannon_NP
,_,
peter_NP
docter_NN
,_,
andrew_NP
stanton_NP
,_,
rita_NP
hsaio_???
,_,
doug_???
chamberlain_NN
,_,
and_CC
chris_NP
webb_NP
cinematography_NN
by_IN
sharon_NP
calahan_NP
starring_VBG
(_(
voices_NNS
)_)
tom_NP
hanks_NP
,_,
tim_NP
allen_NP
,_,
and_CC
joan_NP
cusack_NN
usa_NP
,_,
1999_CD
theatrical_JJ
aspect_NN
ratio_NN
:_:
1_CD
._.
1_CD
:_:
1_CD
--------------------------------------------------------------_???