That Heartbreaking Theory About Andy’s Dad in Toy Story Just Got Debunked

By Diane Samson | 11 months ago
That Heartbreaking Theory About Andy’s Dad in Toy Story Just Got Debunked
PHOTOGRAPH: Facebook/Toy Story |

By now, fans of Toy Story are very much aware of the fan theory that connects Andy’s mom and the toy Jessie but, after three movies, not much is known about his dad. There are plenty of theories going around on the Internet but, this weekend, one of them was debunked by the co-writer of the movie himself.

The Tragic Story of Andy’s Dad?

Toy Story has managed to tug at the heartstrings of the world and make even adults cry in the span of three movies. However, people are still finding new details that make the story of Andy and his living toys even sadder.

Last week, YouTube star SuperCarlinBrothers have reported that Mike Mozart, a Pixar consultant, has revealed the tragic fate of Andy’s dad. This information has allegedly come from Joe Ranft, the writer behind the movie, who passed away in 2005.

Mozart relayed that Ranft himself revealed that Andy’s dad (who was also named Andy) died of Polio. That is why only Andy’s mom was present in the movie. Moreover, Woody (Slinky and Mr. Potato Head) was the dad’s toy from the ’50s and he was passed on to Andy before his father had succumbed to illness.

However, why did the toys not have a recollection of Andy’s father, then? The video also explained that young Andy looks exactly as his father when the latter was around the same age. In fact, their house in the first movie was actually the father’s childhood home and the photos hanging on the wall were not Andy’s, but his father’s as a young child. Therefore, because Andy and his father looked exactly alike, Woody and the other toys did not notice that their original owner had died and they are playing with his son.

The video also offered answers to some of the biggest plot holes of the first three movies, including why Woody was such a rare toy and there were no photos of Andy’s father inside their first home. Watch SuperCarlinBrothers explain Andy Sr.’s story below.

Tragic Theory Debunked

The YouTube video now has nearly 1 million views since it was posted on Thursday, but fans should not believe the theory too quickly. Andrew Stanton who co-wrote Toy Story with Ranft called the new detail fake.

On Twitter, the screenwriter wrote: “Complete and utter fake news. Everyone go back to your homes. Nothing to see here, folks. #Iwasthere.”

That said, Internet sleuths can go back to their dry erase boards and remove the polio story. Unfortunately, Stanton did not reveal what really happened to Andy’s father, but there are still a few more fan theories about his whereabouts.

There was an on-going theory that, in the first Toy Story movie, Andy’s parents were going through a divorce. The fact that he was never mentioned in all three movies was an indication that the separation was not amicable.

Unless Pixar comes out and explains why exactly was Andy’s father absent in all three movies, there is no way to know what really happened. While the studio is making a fourth movie, chances of this getting explored are slim.

As fans are very much aware, Toy Story 3 ended with Andy giving Woody, Buzz and the rest of his toys to Bonnie before he left for college. This pretty much concluded the adventures of Andy, Woody and Buzz.

Disney announced that Toy Story 4 is in development in 2014. John Lasseter, who directed the first movies, is also onboard to helm the fourth installment. Both Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) will be back and will still be at the center of the narrative. The movie is set to be released on June 21, 2019.

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Photo Source: Facebook/Toy Story

About the author

Diane Samson is a graduate of Literature. In her spare time, she loves to watch movies and television shows. She joined MNG in February 2016.