Is there more to Andy’s mum in ‘Toy Story’ that meets the eye?
Super Pixar fan Jon Negroni thinks so, and has suggested a mind-blowing backstory for the character in a fascinating blog post.
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Briefly, he suggests that Andy's Mum was the original owner of cowgirl Jessie when she was a child, which would make her Emily (the owner Jessie tearfully recalls in 'Toy Story 2'). Visual evidence suggests that the red cowboy hat Andy wears as a child was Emily's (Andy's Mum's) and has been passed down to him. See the pics.
We see Emily's bedroom during Jessie's song 'When Somebody Loved Me' in 'Toy Story 2' and the same hat lies on her bed. Emily's also wearing hers during the montage. The only discrepancy is the white band missing on Andy's. However, Jon puts this down to it being 20-30 years old, and has simply come off or worn away. Importantly though, one image does imply the white band has been removed, as we can see where it once was.
When Jessie is abandoned at the roadside, it'd be plausible that the hat would have simply not fit into the box (due to size) or wasn't present at the time. Could the young woman who dumped Jessie at the curbside really have been Andy's Mum? The hair looks the same, if you compare this girl's to what we see of Andy's Mum throughout the 'Toy Story' films...
What's more, we never actually learn the first name of Andy's Mum, nor do we know Emily's surname, either. She's only ever referred to her as Ms. Davis. So it does all link in: the pattern/behaviour of growing up; the identical hat; the omission of vital information that would (explicitly) link Jessie to Andy's Mum and so forth.
In the same way Andy forgets about, outgrows and donates his toys, Emily has done the exact same. It's a nice generational parallel, if this is indeed the case, proving that Pixar have, once again, woven something subtly special into their films, but what do you think?
Mike indulges in all genres, with a particular affinity for animation -- specifically Pixar. His favourite films include 'Toy Story', 'Lost In Translation', 'The Shining' and 'Jurassic Park'. For more thoughts on movies and other such frivolity, follow him on Twitter.
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