The film: A few years after the events of the first Toy Story, Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear struck up a strong friendship. But when Woody is robbed from his home by toy dealer Al of infamy Al’s Toy Barn, the toy gang embark on a desperate search and rescue mission, led by Buzz. However, when Woody discovers he’s actually a valuable collectible from a once-popular TV show called “Woody’s Roundup” and reunites with his horse Bullseye, cowgirl Jessie and her sidekick, Stinky Pete the Prospector, he begins to doubt if he wants to be saved after all.
Why the family will love: It was difficult to pick just one Toy Story movie for this list, as any of the top three could claim that top spot. However, the second gets the spot thanks to its emotion and world-building that takes the fantastic first entry and expands it perfectly. Toy Story has become a cultural staple of the Western world, with the characters and their values taking on a mythological quality, while presenting wonderfully colorful stories that children and parents can immediately relate to. Who hasn’t built a world of rich imagination with their toys, taking them on adventures, experiencing drama, even finding solace in their play during times of sadness or struggle? Toy Story (any of them) and its characters perfectly embody the child in all of us, whether we’re an adventurous, sometimes overzealous Buzz, an organized Sheriff Woody who wants everything to stay the way it is, a loving but tough and resourceful Bo Peep, or a grumpy Potatohead. Family movie night will always have a friend in Toy Story.