Dan Snierson
November 26, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

While most children in America fell victim to Pokémon-ia last weekend, a handful of tykes got a glimpse of the next toast of Tinseltoon: Toy Story 2. The Nov. 13 premiere for TS2—held at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre—was your typical to-infinity-and-beyond Disney affair: celebs including Rick Schroder, Kiss’ Paul Stanley, and David Hasselhoff—all with kids in tow—mingled between the make-your-own-sundae bar, photo booths, race cars, and a karaoke machine endlessly piping Randy Newman‘s ”You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” As Minnie Driver schmoozed with Pepsi-shilling preteen Hallie Eisenberg, Sixth Sense star Haley Joel Osment sampled the TS2 videogame selection, and Seinfeld‘s Estelle Harris pocketed a Baby Ruth for later use. Of course, not everyone was caught up in the fun-and-games frenzy. ”I’m trying to find my daughter,” sighed Tim Allen, the man behind Buzz Lightyear. ”I’m sure she and my wife are having fun with fake tattoos while I have to work.” But it was all for a good cause—at least according to Tom Hanks, who voices Woody: ”Kids need smart movies to inspire them. Look out, Pokémon!”

With reporting by Carrie Bell

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