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Outfit Ideas: How to Dress Up Your Favorite Graphic T-shirts

Your beloved, throw-on-and-go graphic T-shirts are about to get all dressed up.

Designers like Raf Simons and Paco Rabanne have renewed style influencers’ interested in this accessible staple, releasing their own luxurious interpretations of it, featuring Jaws-inspired and tie-dyed affirmations. You’ll see them dressed up with printed skirts, sleek trousers, and even pantsuits—high-low looks that can go from work to play.

Whether you prefer to scour Etsy for the best vintage styles or pick up a brand-new one from your favorite store, here are six perfect outfit ideas for how to wear a graphic T-shirts—with a plaid suit, with an animal-print skirt, and other pieces that aren’t your denim cutoffs.

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One of our favorite summertime styling ideas is tucking a graphic T-shirt into a laid-back pair neutral trousers. You can wear it to Casual Friday at the office and still feel weekend-ready. Pair with some colorful, barely-there sandals and a mini bag that pops.

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With a whimsical statement skirt, a graphic T-shirt is the perfect casual complement to prevent the outfit from looking over-the-top. (Plus, you’ve got to get the cost-per-wear out of that leopard-print skirt.)

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The Best Hip-Hop Movies, Including Straight Outta Compton

Eminem faces off in an epic rap battle in 8 Mile

Hip Hop and film have gone together almost since the birth of the culture in the late 70s and early 80s. Rappers like Ice Cube, Ice-T, 50 Cent, Tupac, Nas, Eminem, and countless others made huge contributions on film. Hip hop has been pervasive in every genre of film and in every decade since the mid-80s, with no signs of anything changing anytime soon.

Recently we’ve seen a bunch of biopics like Straight Out Of Compton (very good) and All Eyes On Me (not so good), so we’ve curated down a list of the 9 best hip hop films over the last three and a half decades. We’ve taken into account how influential they were not just with the music, but within hip hop culture more generally too. We’ve left off movies like Friday, and New Jack City, because they aren’t really hip hop movies, despite starring hip hop artists.

We also left off some of the amazing documentaries, like the sort of hybrid documentary/loosely-scripted early hip hop masterpiece, Wild Style, as it’s really more of a document of a time and place more than a proper film – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check it out, because If you’re a hip hop fan that hasn’t seen it, your life is not complete. So without any more fanfare, let’s get down to it.

Eazy-E, Ice Cube and MC Ren pull guns in a hotel in Straight Out Of Compton

Straight Out Of Compton (2015)

You could argue that the success of Straight Out Of Compton ushered in the latest string of rock and pop music bio pics like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman when it turned into a big hit in 2015. The film, of course, lays out the early days of N.W.A., one of the most important and influential hip hop groups of all time.

Two members of N.W.A., Dr. Dre and Ice Cube are enormous stars on their own and both served as producers and supervisors on the film. It even stars Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson II, as Ice Cube himself. Like most biographies, even when the subject of the film is involved – or maybe especially because they are – there are some questions about just how accurate and committed to the truth  the final product is. There are also some very controversial things that the film avoids, like Dr. Dre’s history of alleged violence against women. Nevertheless, it was a huge hit and audiences loved it.

Eminem on the streets in 8 Mile

8 Mile (2002)

It’s hard to say that the character B-Rabbit in 8 Mile is based exactly on the actor that plays him, rapper Eminem. Even if he’s not, the character certainly isn’t too far from what it must have been like for Eminem growing up in Detroit and breaking into the hip hop world as a white dude at a time when there had only been a handful of serious white hip hop artists.

It’s a powerful movie that holds up surprisingly well almost 17 years later. It follows the story of B-Rabbit as he struggles to make ends meet in the down on its luck suburb of Detroit, Warren, MI, and finally manages to make it out when he wins an epic rap battle against a local rap group, The Leaders. Eminem’s lead role only served to increase his star power and he went on to win an Academy Award for best song for “Lose Yourself.”

O-Zone and Turbo and company breakdancing in Breakin'

Breakin’ (1984)

Okay, so Breakin’ isn’t EXACTLY about hip hop music, but its impact on the spread and mainstreaming of hip hop culture was so profound, it warrants making this list. And that’s kinda the only reason it’s on the list, because, frankly, the plot is silly and the acting is average at best. Breakin’ is the story of a “serious” dancer that becomes obsessed with breakdancing, leaves her training for the streets, and eventually leads herself and her two friends in a routine that wins a dance competition. But none of that is important.

To understand how important it was, you have to put yourself back in 1984. Run-DMC’s first album had just been released a couple months before Breakin’ came out. Hip Hop still wasn’t anywhere near the mainstream, but Breakin’ turned into a surprise hit, especially with middle school white kids in the suburbs. For many in Generation X, it was their first exposure to the genre and it had a huge impact on them. Breakin’ is a major reason hip hop exploded out of the cities and into mainstream culture.

50 Cent stars in Get Rich Or Die Tryin'

Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2005)

Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ is more or less the same movie as 8 Mile but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Like 8 Mile, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ is loosely based on a rapper’s life, instead of Eminem, it’s 50 Cent’s life and like 8 Mile, it stars Fiddy more or less as a fictionalized version of himself. The story is also remarkably similar to another hip hop bio pic, Nortorious from 2009, about the late, great Biggie Smalls.

Instead of toiling away at a car factor though, Fiddy’s character, Marcus, gets caught up in the drug trade in his neighborhood before finally escaping that life for one in hip hop. It’s a fantastic movie, chock full of great acting performances from the likes of Viola Davis, Adewle Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Terrence Howard and more.

Chris Rock as MC Gusto in CB4

CB4 (1993)

In 1993, a young Chris Rock wrote what would become hip hop’s answer to This Is Spinal Tap. CB4 is a comedic masterpiece, despite what any critic might say about it. Sure, it pulled some punches and didn’t hit as hard as it could have at times and maybe hit too close to home for some hip hop stars liking, but there is no doubt that with this satirical take on the whole genre, hip hop was a part of mainstream pop culture and would be forever.

CB4, like it’s rock n roll cousin This Is Spinal Tap, is shot mockumentary-style and follows the up and coming rappers Albert, Euripides, and Otis as they seize on the gangsta drug culture that plagues their neighborhood, stealing the identity of a local hustler and criminal and “inventing” gangsta rap, right down to Eazy-E’s iconic style. It helped launched Chris Rock’s career and stars a great cast that includes a ton of cameos from big hip hop stars like Ice-T, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and Flavor Flav.

There are a ton more movies that are worth any hip hop and movie fan’s time. Movies like Hustle And Flow, Juice, Belly and all the early Spike Lee joints, especially Do The Right Thing, which, like Breakin’, was a huge influencer in the early days of hip hop culture that didn’t make it on to this list and easily could have been included. So, what do you think, what is the best hip hop movie out there?

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Universal Studios’ Hagrid Rollercoaster Is Cutting Down Hours

The newest attraction at Universal Orlando Resort, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, has been incredibly popular. Wait times have been absolutely insane, with some waiting as many as 10 hours to get a chance to ride the new roller coaster. However, with that popularity has come difficulties. The constant running of the ride has already caused breakdowns which, when combined with the Florida weather delays, has meant that wait times have been even longer than anticipated.

This morning Universal Orlando Resort announced that in order to keep the ride in peak working order, maintenance teams will need more time to work on the attraction, and so the ride will not be opening along with the park every morning, and instead will be opening some time around mid-day for the next couple weeks.

You can read the official statement below.

Clearly, for Universal Orlando to be taking this step, things are not going quite as expected for the new ride. While certainly one expects any new theme park attraction to be popular, but Hagrid’s Magical Motorbike Adventure has been dealing with an incredible demand. People are standing in lines that last for hours.

Because the lines have been so long, the attraction has been running late into the night, after the rest of the park has closed, to work through the line. The only other alternative is to kick people out of line at the end of the night, and that would lead to a lot of unhappy guests. Because of the late nights, it seems that the routine maintenance that the ride needs isn’t getting done at night as it should.

Assuming that the lack of overnight repairs are the reason that the roller coaster has been breaking down during the day, then this is probably the best possible solution to a situation that simply doesn’t have a good solution. It’s either open the ride late or deal with breakdowns.

Not every delay has been specifically due to the ride breaking down. Weather is also an issue. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is an outdoor roller coaster, which means that when it rains, the ride has to be put on hold. Since this is Orlando, that certainly happens, and it’s been something the roller coaster has been dealing with since it opened.

Still, this will certainly lead to some frustrated people. The vast majority of people visiting the Universal theme parks are going to be people on vacation who have a limited amount of time to spend in the parks. Many may have specifically scheduled their trip at this time of year in order to be sure to ride the new coaster. Now their chances of doing so will be greatly reduced.

Clearly the decision to cut back on hours is something of an emergency decision. This is the last thing Universal Orlando Resort would be doing if there were any other choice. Safety is an issue and if proper maintenance can’t be done on the ride, that becomes a potential problem.

It will be interesting to see how this new schedule works out. The ride has seen some delayed openings already. Based on the way it has been handled, the line for the ride likely will not open until the ride does, and who knows how many people would be willing to get in it if it did? One can imagine guests starting to mill around the ride around lunch time waiting for it to open, which could cause issues with people trying to walk through.

Talk of a virtual queue that would allow guests to hold a place in line without having to physically stand there has been has been going on, but it doesn’t look like that will be used consistently.

Hopefully, the new roller coaster will be able to work through these issues. By all accounts the ride really is worth it, some are calling it the best roller coaster in Orlando.

Jeremy Renner Was Clueless Filming Avengers: Endgame’s Opening Scene

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame.

The Russo Brothers did the impossible with Avengers: Endgame, crafting a blockbuster that was built on the previous 21 movies, and had equal parts heart and epic action. Endgame went for the jugular immediately, with Hawkeye’s opening scene. While obeying his house arrest, Clint is shown teaching his daughter Lila how to use a bow and arrow. But Thanos’ snap happens on Wakanda, and Clint loses all of his family in one foul swoop.

It was an emotional scene, especially since audiences quickly did the math, realizing Linda Cardellini and the kids weren’t long for this world. But it turns out that Jeremy Renner had no idea what was going on, as Infinity War and Endgame were filmed back to back, and he hadn’t seen the horror of the snap. As Renner recently put it:

Marvel Studios’ security is infamously tight, but it looks like Endgame‘s contents were guarded even from those closest to the film. Jeremy Renner was noticeably absent from Infinity War, which put his opening scene with the Bartons out of context.

Jeremy Renner’s comments from at Celebrity Fan Fest in San Antonio (via Comic Book) are probably surprising to the masses of moviegoers who saw Avengers: Endgame in theaters. Renner’s performance in the brief sequence is super powerful, as we watch his entire life fade away before him. You can’t tell he was confused by the material, which shows just how serious the Hurt Locker‘s acting chops truly are.

The details of Thanos’ assault on the galaxy in Avengers: Infinity War likely would have been helpful for Jeremy Renner on set, but The Russo Brothers had a ton on their plate for their dual set of blockbusters. They were filming two Avengers movies back to back, and trying to keep the secrets of both projects under wraps. As such, Anthony and Joe Russo were forced to withhold some information from the cast, which is likely what happened for Renner and his first Endgame scene.

Losing his family ultimately set Clint Barton on a path of murder and revenge, killing criminals who were spared from Thanos’ snap. Because why should they go on living, while his innocent family perished with the snap of a finger? Hawkeye’s story in Endgame was about redemption and grief, and it should be interesting to see what comes next for the OG Avenger.

Avengers: Endgame is still in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

The Biggest Tearjerkers Streaming on Netflix for When You Just Need a Good Cry

Sometimes we’re just in the mood to cry. Whether it’s because of the weather, a crappy day at work, or a breakup, we find solace in our tears. It’s cathartic—an exercise for your emotions. At times, though, the problem arises when you want to cry but can’t seem to muster up the feelings to get there. This stifling state of purgatory is beyond frustrating: All you want to do is release, but your eyes are on the fritz. That’s where tearjerkers come in. With their emotionally taxing plots and weepy protagonists, tearjerkers (whether movies or TV shows) have the ability to unlock even the most ironclad tear ducts. These 13 in particular, which are all streaming on Netflix, have a 100-percent success rate. Gallons of tears guaranteed.

Mark Ronson And King Princess Make Breaking Up Sound Like A Good Time

Mark Ronson and King Princess have brought a new dimension to heartbreak in “Pieces Of Us,” their new collaboration from Ronson’s forthcoming album Late Night FeelingsIt’s dreamy, glossy, and, most importantly, optimistic. It’s not your typical down-in-the-dumps music to shred up old handwritten love-notes. But then again, when has Ronson’s music ever sounded typical?

Break out your fanny packs and roller skates, we’re taking it old school. “Pieces Of Us” sounds like it’s pieced together from the zombified parts of 80’s pop and then injected with sharp jolts of electricity. For a song about a breakup, it’s decidedly uplifting. Synths rage on like a fresh fire in the woods, fingers snap and figurative heads, adorned with those God-forsaken 80s’ mullets, smile, and nod to the dreamy soundscape. Ronson provides quite the sonic feast for a voracious King Princess to tackle. The singer’s wounded words about the scraps of a relationship left after a split cut deep. The pair together show that although breakup sucks, it doesn’t have to sound like it does too.

Late Night Feelings hits shelves on June 21. The album of breakup hits will feature the previously released songs, “Find U Again” with Camila Cabello, the title track which features Lykke Li, and “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” with Miley Cyrus. The LP follows his 2015 album Uptown Special. 

Listen to the wonderfully funky sounds of heartbreak in “Pieces Of Us” above.

Jon Hamm Is Disappointed He Hasn’t Done A Star Wars Movie Yet

It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan. While the franchise will be taking a short break following the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, over the last five years we’ve nearly doubled the number of Star Wars movies that exist. When things get back on track, we’ll be getting even more movies. If you love Star Wars this is great.

It’s also great if you want to be in a Star Wars movie. The opportunities for getting a role in the franchise are better than they’ve ever been. The franchise has already made global stars out of people like Daisy Ridley and John Boyega and people who are already huge stars, like Daniel Craig and Laura Dern have been able to pick up roles of varying sizes and make themselves part of the galaxy, far, far away. However, there are still a lot more actors out there who would like to join the franchise who have yet to find their place.

One of those actors is John Hamm, who, in a recent interview segment for Buzzfeed alongside his Good Omens co-star Nick Offerman, Hamm revealed that the Star Wars franchise is one he really wants to become part of, but he has yet to be given a shot. According to Hamm…

It’s somewhat understandable that Jon Hamm might start to feel left out after four Star Wars movies have come out in the last four years, with a fifth movie on the way. There have been numerous potential opportunities for Hamm to play a role, but apparently nobody at Lucasfilm has thought to call him.

Jon Hamm isn’t the only one feeling left out. Recently Emma Thompson revealed that her agent even contacted Lucasfilm at one point in the past to try and secure her a part, but that she was turned down.

On the plus side, if Jon Hamm, or really any human being walking the earth, wants to be in a Star Wars movie, there’s still a better than usual chance that such a thing could happen. Three more Star Wars movies have been announced after Rise of the Skywalker, and while we know essentially nothing about them, that only means that anybody could potentially be cast in any role. The possibilities are endless until we have a clue what is planned for the films.

Jon Hamm would probably make a great addition to the Star Wars universe, though one expects that there will be a lot of competition from both established stars and up and comers who are looking for a spot in the popular series.

Check out Jon Hamm’s comments in the video below.

The Best Setting Sprays for Summer 2019

While summer weather tends to bring out the best in life—frosé, mini dresses, and sunshine—it also has the ability to melt the makeup off your face faster than you can say “Summer Friday.” Have you ever spent 30 minutes on a full beat only to step outside and have all traces of your hard work disappear? Yeah, you’re not alone.

While long-wear foundation and matte powder is enough to get you through your average day, when it’s pushing triple digits, it’s time to pull out something a little extra: setting spray. Essentially hair spray for your face (but like, not horrible for your skin), a setting spray creates a shield to keep your makeup locked into place, even on the sweatiest days. But not all setting sprays are created equal. There are those that fall more into the mist category, which make makeup look less powdery and refresh your skin, or there are true setting sprays that are going to really seal everything in. We’re here for the latter. We challenged Glamour editors to put setting sprays to the test during a muggy 80-degree week with full-on humidity. These are the best of the best setting sprays.

I Don’t Want Kids. No, It’s Not Because I’m Disabled

I do not want to have children. This isn’t another one of those “I don’t want kids because kids are the worst” pieces. It’s not even one of those “I don’t want to have kids because of climate change.” Or overpopulation. Or mental health. It’s just that children have never been my thing; I’ve never had baby fever and I’ve known since the age of 14 that kids aren’t in my future. At 27, I look at my niece and think, I love you so much and I want the world for you. I will work to be the aunt you can count on and have your back as you grow. But I don’t look at her and think, I want a child who is “mine,” or I want another human being to be what I bequeath to the world.

You’ve heard this before, I guess. Tons of women don’t want children, and many have written eloquently about it. But I am a black, disabled woman, so the implications of my choice (and how people perceive it) are different.

On more than one occasion, people who love me have flat out told me they think I wouldn’t feel the same about kids if I were not disabled. Once, I told a classmate that I didn’t want kids and she gestured toward my right hand and leg where my cerebral palsy is visible, and said, “Well, that makes sense.” Uh, no. It doesn’t. The fact that I’m disabled might make parenthood a little harder, but it wouldn’t make it impossible.

The author and her niece.

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According to Looking Glass, a nonprofit organization that provides research and services for families with a child, parent, or grandparent with a disability, millions (literal millions) of parents have a disability. In New York State alone, Looking Glass reports that there are 4,331,600 disabled parents with kids under 18. Given that, it’s hard to make excuses for people’s prejudice; for the people who think that disabled people who want children can’t take care of them or that some of us don’t want children because of our disabilities. No one, and no woman, in particular, owes someone else an explanation about why she doesn’t want children. But at the same time, no one who’s disabled should have to “prove” their worth, to demonstrate that they, too, can be good parents.

So, sure, there are the people who think I don’t want kids because I can’t handle kids. But almost worse are the people who assume I’m just waiting to meet a man who will not just love me “despite” my disability because then, it’s assumed, I’ll want children as soon as he does.This one, I’ll admit, stings a bit more because it comes from a few people I love. Deep down, I think some of those closest to me are afraid that a lover won’t want me unless I can give him something to “distract” him from the fact that I navigate the world with a limp, scars, and delayed motor function.

If people told me as much out loud, I’d point out that no person should have children as a distraction. Even if I did “give in,” as those well-intentioned people imagine I would for the sake of love, I’d still limp to the kitchen to fix their lunches for school, and to the car for school drop-offs; my scars would still be visible in the summer. There is no “obscuring” my disability or hiding it. I know who I am. I’m a person who wants to spend her life with another person, and I want that person to understand that kids are off the table. I want to love and be loved in return, without having to “sweeten” the deal with the promise of babies. I want to be enough, no procreation required.

Hear Me Out, Toy Story 2 Is The Best Toy Story Movie

Toy Story 2

Every Toy Story movie is a miracle. Through the skills, talents, perseverance and even luck of the brilliant animators and storytellers at Pixar Animation, the studio has fostered a treasure trove of wonderful films — each with their own gorgeously crafted worlds, vibrant, lovable characters, hilarious gags, and wallops of heart to boot. But it’s with the Toy Story movies that the company established its well-versed formula — the core foundation through which Pixar has created one timeless classic after another, cherished by audiences everywhere.

Most audience members have their favorite toy story movie, a movie they are more fond of than the others. A movie that struck them in a certain place or time. Mine is Toy Story 2.

Why? I believe Toy Story 2 is what cemented the franchise’s status in Pixar lore.

There is no denying that the original Toy Story is an excellent movie. And Toy Story 3 provided relieved moviegoers around the world with what seemed to be impossible: a long-promised sequel that not only lived up to its predecessors, but also produced a satisfying, emotionally-gratifying conclusion to a beloved series — at least, until Toy Story 4 enters theaters this weekend. However, it was through Toy Story 2 that Pixar officiated the world-renowned excellence the studio is revered for today. This merit was confirmed with the incredible Toy Story 2 sequel, and it was evident that Toy Story‘s success was no fluke.

It can be easy to forget that Pixar’s success was far-from-guaranteed back in 1999, when Toy Story 2 barely made its way into theaters. I say “barely” because it wasn’t originally going to enter theaters at all. Yes, at one point in time, Toy Story 2 was subject to become yet another direct-to-video Disney sequel, joining the ranks of Aladdin 2: The Return of Jafar and The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride with the distinction of hitting video shelves rather than playing in multiplexes.

It was a late-in-the-game decision on Disney’s part to release this film in theaters, and when Pixar was unsatisfied with what it had in store with this follow-up, the creative team reworked the entire story in a single weekend, with the production only lasting a shocking nine months.

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With Pixar focusing most of its efforts on A Bug’s Life at this time, which ultimately (and ironically) became one of Pixar’s less noteworthy titles in its otherwise well-established history, Toy Story 2 was a side project, the film that was being worked on in opposite offices in mad dashes at an unbelievable rate. The pressure was on for this sequel, this Hail Mary, with the hope being that it wouldn’t a disaster and no thought that it could turn out great.

That exhilarating rush to the finish line makes a lot of things that work in Toy Story 2 all-the-more incredible. For instance, the animation in Toy Story 2 is above-and-(infinity and) beyond better than the first movie, with designs that are more fleshed out — even despite the intense pressure of the fast-ticking clock —and better rendered thanks to the advancements in Pixar’s top-grade animation. It’s also more impressive that this sequel is willing to be slower and more contemplative in certain key sequences found primarily throughout the second half of this movie. But I’ll expand upon that later.

I like to think this mad-rush shooting style helped to give this sequel more room to play with style, genre and mood compared to the original. Toy Story 2 is benefitted nicely by including fresh and exhilarating spurts of invigoration, particularly with different types of films, including elements of science-fiction, body horror, western and action-comedy, to name but a few. The expanded runtime and the additional characters also allows Toy Story 2 to have more possibilities to grow and more opportunities to flourish, which Toy Story 2 does plentifully and impressively without compromising story.

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In addition to these stylistic additions, Toy Story 2 puts into motion many of the central elements that make the Toy Story movies such emotionally endearing successes for all generations, while also transitioning all the elements that made the first one great. At its core, the original Toy Story is a tale of sibling rivalry, one that helps younger audiences recognize that it’s vital to accept, care and love the people in your family, particularly your younger brothers and sisters — even if they take the focus away from you. It’s a universal story that’s told with a wealth of heart, intelligence and humor, and it’s a great film that helped paved the way for what Toy Story 2 would accomplish.

Namely, that Toy Story 2 is a meatier, deeper movie that touches on subjects that audiences young and old can recognize, understand and appreciate, with messages that resonate with viewers of all ages, particularly as they get older: specifically, the passage of time, the insecurities that come with the fear of rejection and how we learn to make peace with knowing that we’ll one day have to say goodbye and “so long, partner” to the people we love.

Rejection is a key concept in Toy Story 1, and the acceptance that comes from knowing that your baby is finally leaving the nest was ultimately given a beautiful and emotional resolution with Toy Story 3. But it was thanks to Toy Story 2 that these ideas were either fertilized or expanded upon, proving to be the lynchpin in the series that made this franchise as great as it is today. Toy Story 1 is made all the more impactful and narratively complete thanks to the evolution made in Toy Story 2, while Toy Story 3‘s wonderful finale celebrates its tear-inducing final beats thanks to the thematic groundwork that was made wholly realized in Toy Story 2.

Toy Story 2

in Toy Story 2, we, the audience, are first introduced to many of the beloved characters we now love from this series, including Wheezy, Jessie, Bullseye, Barbie and Mrs. Potato Head. Each of their involvement plays critical comedic or dramatic development in the long-spanning narrative that is Toy Story. Jessie, in particular, is a key factor in why these hit movies hold such a dear place in the hearts of children and grown children everywhere.

Jessie, voiced with such giddy affection and emotional depth by Joan Cusack, is so much more than the female version of Woody. She represents the future, the bitter truth that eventually kids will grow up and they will abandon their toys. It’s not out of anger or maliciousness; children simply grow up, and they need to transition out of their childhood affection, lest they end up with weird toy-collection affections like Al The Toy Collector. Still, that does not make the heartbreak sting any less, and the beautiful, devastating montage that accompanies “When She Loves Me” paved the way for how Pixar could say so much with such a little amount of time. Without that sequence, for instance, we probably wouldn’t have the exhilarating opening 10 minutes of Up.

While the filmmakers at Pixar were under the wire when it came time to release Toy Story 2, they didn’t rush the important details. They took the time and patience to make sure these thematic elements were as effective and emotionally resonant as possible, resulting in a sequel that harkens back to the ideas placed in the first movie but using the passage of time and the effects therein to showcase how meaningful and bittersweet this journey can ultimately be. As funny and winning as Toy Story 1 was, it doesn’t often reach the same thoughtful insight that is gleaned throughout Toy Story 2. While Toy Story 3 touches on many of these ideas, they were ultimately first introduced into the series with Toy Story 2, and that reverberating idea of time and passage is what makes that sequel so fully furnished.

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It’s that commitment to excellence — even under intense pressures in every imaginable way — that proves that the folks at Pixar are, particularly in its heyday, the masters of American CG-animated storytelling. Their desires to expand on their characters, develop their stories, invent new places in well-established worlds and provide emotional beats that match — if not improve — upon their originals that make them the best at what they do. When it comes to Toy Story 1-3, it’s hard to think of a film trilogy that’s more endearing and satisfying in cinema’s lush history. There’s a good reason why.

In my view, Toy Story 2 is not only the best Toy Story movie, but it’s also a perfect sequel. It’s also an undervalued masterpiece from Pixar. While there are many people who love these movies, they tend to give 1 and 3 more credit than 2, and that’s a deeply unfortunate oversight. Through this marvelous sequel, Pixar established its credentials, elevated its status, proved its potential and crafted one of the best movie series ever. It is a tribute to the hardworking, constantly innovative master storytellers at Pixar that they pulled off such a feat once, let alone three times. I can only hope that when Toy Story 4 comes out Friday, it’ll prove to be not only a worthwhile sequel, but one that’s worthy of being in such prestige company.

As much as I love all the Toy Story movies, I love Toy Story 2 the most. And I hope I was able to show you why I believe that’s the case here. I can’t wait to revisit all my friends on the big screen later this week with Toy Story 4, but I don’t think that sequel will ever top what was accomplished with 2.

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