Not ‘Toy Story’ but ‘Toy Stories’
by Manny Santos
In the Toy Story Trilogy you will be shocked by what you didn’t know you were seeing..
I will never forget the first time I saw Toy Story in theaters. The Lion King and Aladdin already blew my mind, but Toy Story was when I myself a child at the time realized that this was the future. When the sequel came out I was happy to meet Jessie the Cowgirl and Bulls eye Woody’s horse. We also discovered that Woody wasn’t just any ordinary Doll, Woody was an Icon. But if you caught the yard sale scene in Toy Story 2, you will hear Andy’s Mom challenge the very fact that Woody was in the pile of junk by saying “Its an old family air loom”.
As someone who would someday like to create and animated motion picture, the way that these folks come up with an amazing tale like Toy Story and any of the movies tied to the trilogy is pretty mind boggling. But is it possible that Andy’s Mom is the coincidental previous owner of Andy’s Jessie Doll? True, we don’t know much about Jessie’s original owner, but in a song and montage given by Jessie in the sequel she tells of a time when she once had someone to love her as Woody had Andy, her name was “Emily”. Emily grew up , she gave Jessie away never to re enter her life again. But is it really that open and close? Of course not.
We are all too familiar with Disney and we have all heard the rumors, and with the growth of the internet and blogs like this one the theories have only grown and gained in momentum. But honestly finding out that the women who threw the birthday party, who then purchased Buzz, then took her son to Pizza Planet where the adventure of Toy Story begins this women is actually more. The story of Toy Story is not just what’s on the surface but what is in the background too. I wont lie. I too was one of those 18 year olders in the movies holding back tears at the idea that these toys were about to be mangled while holding one another’s hands, but this helps me appreciate the story so much more. If it actually is the case.
What’s amazing is that people actually had time to figure something like this out, but what’s most amazing is that the ladies and gentleman at Pixar created this full reality. Although they never actually offered to us the human aspect of the Story but they gave us just enough knowing that with the love we would have for these characters and toys would be able to piece this all together. Its no surprise to me really, in a way I feel like woody, Buzz, Slink and the rest of the gang are kind of my Toys too, and Its feels good to know a little bit more about the family who cared for them.