Fans taking time to come up with theories about whatreally took place in a movie or TV show seems like the most pointless activity, even if they had literally nothing else going on in their lives. But we’ve always loved them for two reasons: A) It basically creates a brand-new story if you revisit it with the theory in mind, and B) the theory is sometimes a lot more clever than what the original writers came up with.
So let’s once again indulge the fans’ craziness and consider the possibility that …
Jessie From Toy Story Was Owned (And Abandoned) By Andy’s Mom
Toy Story is an entire film franchise devoted to making us feel retroactively guilty about the toys we’ve lost/given away/melted with blowtorches over the years. Toy Story 2, for instance, features the sad story of Jessie, a happy-go-lucky cowgirl doll abandoned by her once-loyal owner, a girl named Emily, whom she never saw again … or did she? This viral fan theory set out to prove that Emily grew up to be none other than Andy’s mom.
Why It’s Not That Crazy:
Look at Andy’s cowboy hat above, aka one possible reason why he’s so sad in the image, since it looks nothing like his favorite toy’s hat. Now look at Jessie’s hat:
It’s the same freaking hat — passed to Andy from his mother, who apparently misplaced the white lace in the middle at some point, possibly after running out of TP in the bathroom one time (you can still see the faint imprint where it used to go, though). While we’re at it, look at Andy’s mom and Emily side-by-side:
True, Jessie and Andy’s mom don’t recognize each other, but it’s been a long time. There’s no reason Andy’s mom would realize Jessie was her exact same childhood toy, and there’s no guarantee Jessie would recognize Emily as an adult. She’s used to living life as an immortal, unchanging plastic being, so the idea that her old friend could morph into an even bigger giant with increasingly decaying flesh on her face must seem pretty bizarre. Finally, as you may have guessed from the fact that we keep calling her “Andy’s mom,” the character’s name is never mentioned in the movies, so it could easily be Emily.
Sure, the creators themselves have seemingly shot this theory down, but this is Pixar we’re talking about — they could simply be lying to try to maximize the amount of emotional damage they’ll do to us with the next movie.