These Fan Theories Might Change The Way You Look At ‘Toy Story’
I think we can all agree that the Toy Story movies are amazing. Pretty much everything Pixar does is amazing…am I right? Pixar movies make you laugh, they make you cry (I’m looking at you Toy Story 3 and Up!) and apparently they make fans come up with some fascinating theories. Here’s a look at three of the best Toy Story theories! Good job for once, internet!
The reason why Andy is so attached to his toys
Theory: Woody was the last thing Andy’s father gave him before he died.
Oh man…did we really need to make Toy Story even sadder? I still cry just thinking about Toy Story 3! But the theory is just too damn good not to discuss. So grab a box of tissues and check out what theory creator, Redditor infinitybutnotbeyond has to say about it:
“Andy’s father died while Andy’s mom was pregnant with Molly and Woody was the last toy Andy’s father ever gave him. Andy used Woody to help with the emotional trauma that came with losing his father and because of this became very attached to Woody. Andy’s mom noticed this and continued to buy Andy toys to help deal with the death of his father and he formed strong bonds with many of them. While he doesn’t play with his toys he doesn’t have the heart to give away the ones he cares for the most, unlike his little sister Molly who never knew her father and doesn’t have as strong of an attachment to her toys, which is why she is able to give hers away so easily.
When Andy is getting ready to go off to college he has matured and is trying to let go of the pain of losing his father, one very important step in this process is giving away his favorite toys. The hardest toy to let go is of course Woody, who has been with him since his father died and is the last physical memory of his father he has. In the last scene in Toy Story 3 when Andy is leaving Bonnie’s house Bonnie waves to Andy with Woody and Andy gasps and looks away. Andy remembers the last time he saw his father and how he waved goodbye to him the same way Bonnie waved with Woody. As Andy gets in his car he looks at all his toys and says “Thanks, guys” and drives away, a final thank you for all of the help and support they provided throughout his childhood.”
Jeez. I’m crying right now…are you crying right now? I am completely on board with this theory. It’s a better explanation for the absence of Andy’s dad, I mean if he was alive and abandoned Andy’s family, I’d think as an adult he’d be happy throw those toys in the trash. I know I would! So yes, Andy’s dad is not a deadbeat. He’s dead. And I’m crying again…
Toy Story is actually an allegory about computer animation
Theory: The Toy Story movies were inspired by Pixar’s struggles with Disney to use computer animation
These fans are knocking them out of the park with their theories! This one also makes perfect damn sense! I’m a huge fan of traditional animation, but I can see a place for both. And you don’t have to convince me that mega-corporations and industries are completely entrenched in the old ways of doing things, despite all of the modern advances. *throat clear* musicindustry.
Here’s what Redditor baltimorgan said about his theory:
“The other night, I was watching a documentary on ABC I think called The Pixar Story and the beginning talked about director John Lasseter’s struggle with Disney when he wanted to introduce computer graphics into their animation.
He was fired from Disney very abruptly when he suggested his next short film which would feature computer graphics as opposed to traditional hand drawn animation, which Disney felt threatened their animators who were not familiar with computer graphics. He then worked with/helped found Pixar and they began to write Toy Story.
Toy Story is essentially the story about Woody, a traditional western kid’s toy, who is threatened by Buzz Lightyear, a new, more popular futuristic kids toy, but in the end, they are united by their love of making Andy happy; much like Disney and Pixar were united in, one could say, their love for entertaining children and storytelling.”
I LOVE THIS. How cool is it when you can take a bad experience and turn it into something amazing. Especially when you know it probably pisses off your ex-boss. I mean I think we all have the dream of giving the finger to all of our jerky bosses by being super successful one day. Well done, John Lasseter. You are a hero to all.
Toy Story= Walking Dead
Theory: The Walking Dead was inspired by Toy Story
This theory is so dang fun, I want it to be true! I mean great art is always inspired by other great art….just ask Shia LaBeouf JK LOL. And the guy who came up with it put some work into it, so you have to give mad props to him for that alone. Redditor jimmylegs50 compiled a gallery of 40 pictures that lays his case out in a very convincing manner. I insist you check it out if you love having your mind blown. Some highlights: Woody is Sheriff Rick who loves his kid more than anything else, we have the cocky BFF Buzz/Shane, and there’s even the shady villain who seems kind but really ain’t. I mean I could go on….but just see for yourself. It’s amazing.
Here’s a convenient video version of the theory, if you prefer watching to reading (no judgment, sometimes I do too):
So tell me what you think? Which theory do you think is the coolest? Let me know your thoughts @desijedeikin or in the comments below!