Buzz, Woody, and their friends are back as Andy heads off to Cowboy Camp, leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector name Al McWhiggin, owner of Al's Toy Barn, kidnaps Woody. At Al's apartment, Woody discovers that he is a highly valued collectible from a 1950s TV show called "Woody's Roundup." He meets the other prized toys from the show: Jessie the Cowgirl, Bullseye the Horse, and Stinky Pete the Prospector. Andy's toys mount a daring rescue mission, Buzz Lightyear meets his match, and Woody has to decide where he and his heart truly belong.
Deciding Toy Story deserved a sequel was easy. Then things got challenging. Disney had green-lit Toy Story 2 as a direct-to-video production. An enthused Pixar team got it upgraded to full theatrical release. But when John Lasseter decided the sequel wasn’t yet up to Pixar standards, Disney refused to push back the release date. If Pixar wanted to start over, it had nine months to deliver a finished product, a process that typically took two years. It would test everything Pixar was made of.