A Bonkers Theory On The True Identity Of Andy’s Mum In Toy Story

A Bonkers Theory On The True Identity Of Andy’s Mum In Toy Story

Forget the unified Pixar theory. Or rather, let’s get more granular than the unified Pixar theory. Have you ever given much thought as to who Andy’s mum is in the movie Toy Story?

Random, I know — but, hear me out!

According to Jon Negroni, the movies have given us subtle clues as to what her identity is — and who she might actually be is surprising. First, we have to look at the initial picture in this post. See Andy’s hat? Now compare Andy’s hat to Jessie’s hat:

There are more similarities between Jessie’s hat and Andy’s hat than there are between Andy’s hat and Woody’s, no?

Now let’s look at when Jesse is introduced to us — this is the hat we see on Emily’s bed (Emily, if you don’t recall, is Jessie’s original owner).

Same hat! (EDIT: there is the issue of the lace band, though if we assume the hat is old, it’s not a stretch to think the band either faded, or was lost — they still have more overt similarities than Andy and Woody’s hat do). We also know that Emily would be old enough to be Andy’s mum by the time Toy Story 1 happens, and that when Jessie was given away by Emily, the hat wasn’t necessarily one of the items included with Jessie. Emily might’ve kept it..and then maybe given it to her son, Andy. And Negroni also notes that both Emily and Andy’s mum have similar hair colour of strawberry blonde. You can catch a glimpse of that here, along with the fact that Emily didn’t give away her hat:

Obviously, none of this proves they’re the same person — but hey, there are enough similar details to consider it for a moment, no? And if Emily and Andy’s mum are the same person, it would make the story better, I think. Both characters had a strong connection to their toys growing up, both eventually forgot about their toys, but both passed on some part of that love to other kids. Sad, but lovely in a way.

You can read a more detailed breakdown of this theory, including additional pictures, here.


    • yeh that one is pretty crazy.. Have u heard the one about all Tarantino films being set in the same world?

        • you obviously haven’t seen the Toy Story 3 deleted scene where the music monkey plays “Stuck in the middle with you” while the strawberry bear pulls off Mr Potato Head’s ear.

      • Tarantino films aren’t set in the same world but Tarantino uses the same made up brands across most of his films (big kahuna burger, red apple cigarettes, etc). Can’t be the same world when Samuel L Jackson plays a completely different character in each one he has appeared in.

        • You forget about the secret society that has repeatedly cloned Samuel L Jackson.

          If you’re going to clone anybody, you could do worse than Samuel L. Jackson.

        • Yeh it is just a theory that I found interesting, but so what if the same actor plays different roles. It sort of explains that the hyperviolence of his modern day movies are caused by the assassination of Hitler in Inglorious Basterds.

          This is where I read about it first: http://www.cracked.com/article_19323_6-movie-tv-universes-that-overlap-in-mind-blowing-ways.html (given its a cracked article, so not saying any of this is true, just very interesting)

          • Thanks for the link. I’ve had a look and apart from some names being shared between Reservoir Dogs/Pulp Fiction and to a lesser extent, Basterds/True Romance, it’s pretty far-fetched. Hitler being shot in the face desensitises the entire world? Wtf? Besides, anyone that wouldve seen that was in the theatre when it exploded. No mention of Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, Jackie Brown, Death Proof or Django. I’m just not convinced at all but indeed it was interesting. Love the Daredevil/TMNT origins detailed in the link!

          • Well Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction are set in the same continuity, as Michael Madsen and John Travolta’s characters are brothers: there’s been discussion of a movie about the two for years now.

            As far as the historical stuff goes is anyone’s guess.

  • A bit of a stretch, but it’s also entirely possible that Andy’s hat is from the same line of merchandise that the toys themselves come from, and that wouldn’t you believe it fans of show the toys are from also have the hat as well?

    It’s like having Star Wars action figures and a Darth Vader helmet.

    • If you had a luke skywalker toy would you buy a blaster? or if you had a Han toy would you buy a lightsaber?

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