The Toy Story Theory (From The Guy Who Brought You The Pixar Theory)


Last summer a friend of mine shared with me an article in which writer Jon Negroni explained his insane ideas regarding the connections between the films in the Pixar canon. I analyzed it and shared it here at PJ Lifestyle.

Well, it just so happens that Negroni is back - this time he has discovered the true identity of Andy's mom in the Toy Story films. And this theory just might make some sense.

Negroni's idea centers around Andy's cowboy hat, which looks an awful lot like Woody's hat, with one exception:

Notice anything weird about the hat? It looks nothing like the hat worn by his favorite toy, Woody. Why wouldn't Andy wear a hat that was brown?

He makes the observation that we've seen the hat in one other place: Toy Story 2. Cowgirl Jessie wears an almost identical hat. The only difference? A white band above the brim. Jessie's previous owner, Emily, had a similar, child-sized hat.

Emily, Jessie's previous owner, wears that hat throughout the "When She Loved Me" sequence in Toy Story 2. The sequence clearly takes place in the 60s and 70s, as evidenced by the decoration and qualities of Emily's things.

Negroni notes that, though Andy's hat lacks the white band, there is a faded area on the hat exactly where a similar band could have been.

Are you tracking with me here? The perceptive Negroni notes another fascinating link between the first two films. Emily, Jessie's first owner, looks an awful lot like a younger version of - you guessed it - Andy's mom!