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It's time to dive into a rare case where the sequel is better than the original. It's time to dive into Toy Story 2. I've already looked at the movie references that Toy Story threw into its movie, so it's time to followup that up with all the references in the sequel. If you missed the first article, you can find it by clicking here. Now let's dive into all those movies that Toy Story 2 refers to.

2001: A Space Odyssey

The last list started off with a Kubrick film, so I thought it was only fitting to start this one off with one as well. Toy Story 2 decides to homage the beginning of 2001: A Space Odyssey by placing the same song, 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' at the beginning of their movie.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

If you're going to make a sequel that's better than the original, you have to reference a sequel that is better than the original. Buzz and Zurg hold a lot of similarities to Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. They're definitely made apparent when we find out Zurg is the father of Buzz Lightyear.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark gets referenced again in the sequel. In Toy Story we had Buzz running away from the world globe, like Indy runs from the boulder. In Toy Story 2, Buzz gets rid of his robot enemies in the same way the Nazis are killed in Raiders.

This is Spinal Tap

Just like the amps in This is Spinal Tap that go all the way to 11, Zurg's weapon has to power all the way up to 11. All of that extra evil has to have that extra power.


Gizmo took a drive in Gremlins and had to avoid the balls so he didn't wreck. Unfortunately, Mr. Potato Head and the gang couldn't avoid them and spun out.

Fortunately for viewers, it got Rex out of the vehicle to give us the this next reference!

Jurassic Park

While Rex is trying to get back into Tour Guide Barbie's vehicle, Toy Story 2 goes ahead and throws in an homage to the T-Rex chasing down the jeep in Jurassic Park.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Stinky Pete shares a line with Yosemite Sam in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? After Stinky Pete sits on dynamite in the last episode of 'Woody's Roundup', Pete steals Sam's line, "Yowww! My biscuits are burnin'."

A Bug's Life

Of course, Pixar has to reference their own movies. The common reference is seeing Heimlich on a twig as Buzz is walking through some bushes, but you can also find more of the gang inside Al's Toy Barn.

Forrest Gump

Toy Story used a reference from Tim Allen's past work, so it's only fair to get Tom Hanks in on the fun. Slinky must be a huge fan of Forrest Gump because he alters Forrest's famous line, "I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is." Of course this line doesn't apply to Slinky, so he changes it to "I may not be a smart dog, but I know what roadkill is."


It's making its triumphant return. Toy Story 2 actually refers to the same line in Airplane! that they used in Toy Story. This time it's not used in Pizza Planet, though, and they actually keep the original phrasing of the line. At the airport, the line "The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading only" can be heard over the intercom. Hopefully it somehow also made its way into Toy Story 3.


Mr. Potato Head throws his hat in order to keep the doors open as Al flees out the building. This may look familiar to fans of James Bond movies. In Goldfinger, one of the villains throws his hat in order to make his targets suffer.

As Austin Powers would say, "Who throws a shoe?" Once again referring to this odd talent.

That wraps it up for Toy Story 2. If I've missed something feel free to let me know in the comments. Once again, if you missed the last article on Toy Story references, you can click here. Until we meet again for Toy Story 3, enjoy these two articles. Now, "ride like the wind, Bullseye!"


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