What Happened to Andy’s Dad in Toy Story

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© Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Walt Disney had a penchant for featuring motherless children as protagonists in his movies, and while Pixar—a Disney offshoot—has played around with the nuclear family dynamic, one question that has been bothering fans from infinity to beyond for more than 20 years is: What happened to Andy’s dad in Toy Story?

Earlier this week, the super sleuthers over on the Super Carlin Brothers YouTube channel, who regularly uncover what they describe as “tiny little undiscovered nuggets of information that can connect otherwise unconnected dots and come up with brand-new theories,” came up with a whopper of a backstory about Andy’s father that has all of the Internet—and even the film’s writer—atwitter.

While people have spent years speculating about where Andy’s M.I.A. padre might be, the most common conclusion is that either his parents are divorced or his dad passed away. Earlier this month, during a YouTube livestream event, Mike Mozart—a story consultant on the original film—confirmed that the latter assumption is the correct one, but he didn’t stop there.

You can watch the full video below for lots of insider details about the making of the film, but it’s right around the 43-minute mark that he shared some details about Andy’s dad, including the fact that he was also named Andy and that he was the only kid in the world who owned a Woody doll, as he was just a prototype (it’s Andy’s dad who wrote his name on the bottom of Woody’s boot).

When he was a kid, Andy Sr. contracted polio, which led to all of his toys being destroyed to contain the infection. But Andy Sr. used what little strength he had to save Woody (plus Slinky and Mr. Potato Head) from certain death, which is why he was so important to both father and son.

Though Andy Sr. did recover—and go on to get married and have Andy Jr.—he was later struck with post-polio syndrome, which led to his untimely death.

Using Mozart’s tale as a jumping off point, the Super Carlin Brothers shed some additional light on the reasons why this sad-as-hell theory just might make sense, and fill in some of the Toy Story franchise’s plot holes.

But the conversation didn’t end there. On Saturday evening, Andrew Stanton—one of the film’s original writers—did his best to stop the insanity when he called the story “complete and utter fake news.”

While it sure does have the makings of a great piece of Toy Story trivia, we’re going to have to listen to the expert (read: Stanton) on this one. Who knows—maybe it will prompt him and his fellow Toy Story creators to tell us what really did happen to Andy’s dad.

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

You Can Now Buy Your Own Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak 

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Warner Bros.

Harry Potter fans, prepare to go nuts. Toy group Wow! Stuff has officially come out with an invisibility cloak and pre-orders begin on July 1.

According to CNET, the cloak works like a green screen and uses an app to show the wearer disappearing in photos and videos. The user can then save the photos and videos to their phone and show everyone their vanishing skills. The toy company felt compelled to warn users that they won't actually disappear, which is hilarious but worth clarifying in case someone thought they now had access to invisibility cloaks and real magic.

The creators actually examined the original cloak used on Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, now housed at Leavesden Studio, to make sure it was as close to the real one as possible.

The cloak, which is not transparent to the wearer, comes in two different versions: The standard cloak costs $70 and includes a stand to situate one’s phone for pictures. The deluxe version, which costs $80, has a serpent-themed border and a tabletop tripod so you can really go wild with photos.

The cloaks are set for an August 1 release, and have already made an impression on toy lovers, winning Innovative Toy of the Year at Sweden’s Toy Awards.

[h/t CNET]

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