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That Super-Sad ‘Toy Story’ Video About Andy’s Dad Has Been Debunked, Thankfully

25 June 2017 12:56 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The internet was abuzz with a video explaining the sad, sad backstory to “Toy Story” yesterday; unfortunately — or maybe not, given what a bummer it was — the video has been debunked by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton, who co-wrote all three movies in the series. “Complete and utter fake news,” he tweeted. “Everyone go back to your homes. Nothing to see here, folks. #Iwasthere”

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Still, it’s a good story. According to Mike Mozart, who served as a toy consultant on the original film, Pixar’s former head writer Joe Ranft (now deceased) confided in him the tragic backstory of Andy’s dad. The long version can be found in the video below, but here’s the gist of it: Andy’s father, also named Andy, had polio as a child. »

- Michael Nordine

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Woody's Toy Story Polio Backstory Debunked as Fake News

25 June 2017 11:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney's Toy Story series is already dark enough as it is, but it got a lot darker when a toy designer claimed to have inside information about the fate of Andy's father. The Toy Story franchise is massively popular, grossing nearly $2 billion worldwide, and setting box office records while gaining critical praise along the way for tackling childhood in a realistic and somewhat depressing manner. Many fans have wondered over the years why Andy was raised by a single mother and where his dad is with many speculating that his parents had just gotten a divorce.

SuperCarlinBrothers' YouTube channel posted a video last week that claimed to have the answer that everybody has been waiting for in regards to Andy's father. Mike Mozart, a toy consultant on Toy Story and artist claims that he got the inside scoop from the late Joe Ranft who co-wrote Toy Story and »

- MovieWeb

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Newswire: Toy Story writer debunks Woody’s polio-filled “backstory”

24 June 2017 6:09 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The Toy Story franchise is already more melancholy than the average kids’ film series, what with all the near-death experiences and broken-hearted, abandoned cowgirls. But even Pixar’s darker work rarely goes so dark as to cite polio, which is why fans of the films were kind of surprised when someone claiming to have intimate knowledge of their inner workings started saying that a bout of the crippling disease was ultimately the reason Woody and Buzz’s owner, Andy, was being raised by his single mother in the series’ first film.

io9 reported on the claims, which came from Mike Mozart, a toy designer and reviewer who’s said that he once consulted for his friend, late Pixar writer Joe Ranft, on the characters’ backstories. According to an appearance Mozart made on a recent episode of the web series Super Carlin Brothers, Andy’s dad (also named Andy) was Woody »

- William Hughes

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‘Toy Story’ Writer Andrew Stanton Calls Backstory Of Andy’s Dad ‘Fake News”

24 June 2017 5:33 PM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Toy Story” fans have speculated for years about the story behind Andy’s absent father, and according to the film’s writer Andrew Stanton they’re going to have to keep on guessing. An interview with artist Mike Mozart went viral Saturday in which he claimed his friend, the late Pixar head writer Joe Ranft, had told him […] »

- Corey Atad

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Toy Story Shocker: Andy's Dad's Backstory Revealed?

24 June 2017 3:48 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We're not crying. you're Crying. For years, fans have debated what happened to the father of human Toy Story character Andy, owner of Woody and the other toys he and the viewers love. Many have speculated that he is separated from Andy's mom or isn't alive. The latter theory appears to have been confirmed by artist and toy creator and reviewer Mike Mozart, who cited his late friend, Toy Story co-writer Joe Ranft. In a live stream, Mozart said Ranft consulted him for the first movie and told him, when asked, that Andy's dad "died before Toy Story 1 started.'" Disney has not confirmed his comments, which tell of a story that should »

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Toy Story: Woody's Odd Case Of Amnesia Finally Explained!

23 June 2017 2:15 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

If something is beloved enough by audiences, there’s no doubt that fans will almost immediately go to work picking it apart in every way imaginable. The internet is full of articles and videos chronicling dream-killing plot holes from all our favorite films, and Toy Story is no different. One plot hole that has persisted all these years has to do with Woody.

As was revealed in Toy Story 2, Woody was made decades ago. So why is it that this Woody is so attached to Andy? What ever happened to his previous owner(s), and why hadn’t Woody had the same tragic backstory as Jessie?

Believe it or not, there is a backstory behind this, but the only man who really knew about it was Joe Ranft, a Pixar writer who was pivotal in Pixar’s formative years. Sadly, Ranft passed away in a car crash some time ago, »

- Joseph Medina

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