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Character Story 2 is a 2016 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Dreamworks Pictures. Directed by Richard Rich and co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Ash Brannon, it is the sequel to the 2012 film Character Story.

Rabbit is stolen by an animal friend collector, prompting Tigger and his friends to vow to rescue him. However, Rabbit finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting. Many of the original characters and voices from Character Story returned for this sequel, and several new characters, including Kanga (voiced by Kath Soucie), Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), and Kessie (voiced by Stephanie D'Abruzzo), were introduced.

Plot

A few years after the events in Character Story, Rabbit prepares to go to camp with Christopher Robin, but his right arm is accidentally ripped. Christopher Robin decides to leave him behind, and his mother puts him on a shelf. The next day, Christopher Robin discovers the dog Wags has been shelved for months due to a broken squeaker. When Christopher Robin's mother puts Wags in a yard sale, Rabbit rescues him, but is stolen by an animal friend collector. Tigger and the other toys recognize the thief from a commercial as Dr. Facilier and Lawrence, the greedy owner of a toy called Lawrence's Character Barn. Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Roo and Winnie the Pooh set out to rescue Rabbit.

In Dr. Facilier and Lawrence's apartment, Rabbit learns that he is a valuable collectable based on a 1960s  show called Rabbit's Roundup and is set to be sold to a pet museum in Tokyo. The other animal friends from the show—Kanga, Lumpy, and the Backson—are excited to go, but Rabbit wants to return home because he is still Christopher Robin's toy. Kanga is upset because the museum is only interested in the collection if Rabbit is in it. Without him, they will be returned to storage. When Rabbit's arm falls off, his attempt to retrieve it and escape is foiled when the TV suddenly turns on. The next morning, Rabbit's arm is fixed, and he learns that Kanga was once the beloved animal friend of a child named Melody who eventually outgrew her and gave her away. Backson warns him that the same fate awaits him when Christopher Robin grows up, whereas he will last forever in the museum. This convinces Rabbit to stay, and he now believes that all toys eventually get discarded by their owners.

Meanwhile, Tigger and the other animal toys reach Lawrence's Character Barn. While searching for Rabbit, Tigger is imprisoned by another Tigger action figure with a belt, who believes that he is a real space tiger ranger. The new Tigger joins the other toys, who mistake him as their Tigger and, after discovering Dr. Facilier and Lawrence's plan, they make their way to his apartment. The real Tigger escapes and pursues them. After climbing an elevator, the animal friends find Rabbit, and the real Tigger rejoins them and proves that he is Christohper Robin's Tigger, but Rabbit refuses to return home. Tigger reminds Rabbit of "a friend's true purpose" and warns him that in the museum, he will never be played with by a child again. After seeing a boy on the TV, Rabbit changes his mind and asks the Roundup animal friends to come with him. However, Backson prevents their escape because he wants to go to Japan, and he prevents Rabbit from leaving.

Dr. Facilier and Lawrence arrives and takes the Roundup animal friends with him, forcing Christopher Robin's toys to follow him while the new Tigger chooses to remain behind. Accompanied by three dinosaurs, they steal a truck and follow Dr. Facilier and Lawrence to an airport, where they enter the baggage handling system and free Rabbit. Backson rips Woody's right arm again and tries to mutilate him, but is stuffed into a little girl's Frozen backpack by Christopher Robin's toys. They free Lumpy, but Kanga ends up on the plane bound for Japan. Assisted by Tigger and Lumpy, Rabbit boards the plane and frees Kanga, allowing the toys to go home.

Christopher Robin returns home from the camp, accepts Kanga, Lumpy, and the Dinosaurs as his new friends, thinking his mother bought them, and repairs Rabbit's torn arm. The toys learn from a commercial that Dr. Facilier and Lawrence's business has suffered due to being unable to sell the Roundup animal friends. Rabbit tells Tigger that he is not worried about Christopher Robin discarding him because, when he does, they will always have each other for company. Meanwhile, Wags has been fixed and ends the film with a Bieber-style version of "You've Got a Friend in Me".

Cast

  • Tom Kenny as Rabbit
  • Jim Cummings as Tigger
  • Kath Souice as Kanga
  • John Goodman as Backson
  • Travis Oates as Piglet
  • Josh Gad as Roo
  • Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh
  • Bud Luckey as Eeyore
  • Carolyn Ferrie as Dorothy
  • Stephanie D'Abruzzo as Kessie
  • Keith David and Peter Bartlett as Dr. Facilier and Lawrence
  • Jack Boulder as Christopher Robin
  • Jodi Benson as Anita
  • John Goodman as Sulley
  • Idina Menzel as Elsa
  • Jeff Bennett as Professor Porter
  • Paul Field as Wags (speaking voice)
  • Justin Bieber as Wags (singing voice)
  • Bob West, Julie Johnson and Patty Wirtz as Barney, Baby Bop and BJ
  • Steve Buscemi as Randall Boggs
  • Kristen Bell as Anna
  • John Goodman as Bowser
  • Billy Crystal as Bowser Junior

Songs

  • "Rabbit's Roundup" - The Wiggles
  • "When She Loved Me" - Carrie Underwood
  • "You've Got a Friend in Me" (featuring Justin Bieber)
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