The Sad Truth Is, Andy’s Dad From ‘Toy Story’ Was Most Likely A Deadbeat
Everyone loves a good Pixar movie. They’re fun, have excellent characters and look great.
But we often forget, upon further inspection, that they can be incredibly dark and depressing. For instance, “Finding Nemo” is really about an incompetent father whose wife is brutally murdered in a home invasion and whose deformed son is a constant reminder of his tragic failure to protect his family.
Well, here’s some more depressing Pixar retrospection for you: According to Jon Negroni over at Huffpo, in “Toy Story,” Andy’s parents are going through a messy divorce. The theory makes perfect sense and is pretty well backed up by the film.
First, we never see Andy’s dad, nor is he mentioned throughout the entirety of the movie. There are no photos of Andy’s father on the walls in his house. If Andy’s dad had died, you would think that his family would at least memorialize him with a picture in their home.
Also, Andy’s mom doesn’t wear a wedding ring. The family is relocating to a smaller home which is indicative of financial troubles brought about by his mother’s pending divorce.
You could also make the case that he may have died a long time ago and the family has moved on (hence, why there are no photos of him). However, Andy’s sister, Molly, is just a baby in the film. Who’s the baby daddy there, if not Andy’s dad? I suppose Andy’s mom could just be sleeping around, but she doesn’t really seem like the type.
The director of the film, Lee Unkrich, has been vague about this plot point but hasn’t done anything to dispel the rumor. What’s more, his parents were divorced when he was 10 years old, so there’s a precedent there.
So, long story short, Andy’s dad is a deadbeat who walked out on his wife and two young children, probably to be with his 23-year-old tennis instructor. Yeah, that’s definitely what happened.
H/T: Huffington Post, Photo Courtesy: Fanpop