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I know that everyone in the world is excited for The Incredibles 2 next month, so I don't wanna spoil the fun. However, that doesn't mean I can't do a theory on Pixar. So today, I'm gonna talk about how the entire Toy Story franchise is about Andy's grief for the death of his father.

Before I get to how the theory works, I better explain what the five stages of grief are. The five stages of grief are a concept used to describe the emotions that a person goes through when facing serious situations like divorce, the loss of a job, and the death of a loved one, which will be the main focus of this theory. The five emotions in question are in chronological order: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.

Now without further ado, let's start the theory, shall we?

The first movie adresses both denial and anger. So, how about we start this off by discussing denial first?

In Toy Story, majority of the toys are afraid of either being left behind or replaced before Andrew Davis Jr. moves to his new house. Hell, it's even the main plot of the movie itself. However, Woody brushes off the idea of being replaced. This sense of ignorance on Woody's words, shows us an experience of denial. In psychology, denial is seen as a refusal to accept the truth of an event. This could represent Andy denying the fact that his dad is no longer alive due to post-polio syndrome. Also, Mr. Potato Head says in the clip "Of course Woody ain't worried, he's been Andy's favorite since kindergarten". This quote could ellude to the fact that Andrew Davis Sr. saw his son as his favorite while he was still a baby, since kindergarten is surrounded by babies. Of course this would be more common when Molly wasn't around at the time.

Up next is anger. This emotion is once again shown to us by Woody in the first the movie, especially when he meets Buzz Lightyear for the very first time.

You could say that Buzz is supposed to represent Andy's mom in this case, while the conversation between them could actually be an argument. What are they arguing about? Well, I think that Jennifer wanted her son to forget that her husband isn't alive anymore, causing him to get angry at her. Plus, I think that's the entire reason for the move in the first place, she probably wants her children to forget about the memories they had in their paternal grandparents' house with their father. 

Ok, so we're done covering the first movie. Now onto the sequel, which focuses on two emotions once again. This time it's bargaining and depression. Let's talk about bargaining 

In Toy Story 2, The Prospector/Stinky Pete said that western toys weren't being sold anymore after Sputnik went up into space. The sadness at the end of the clip (which I wasn't able to find on YouTube, but there's a link in the description if you're interested in watching it for yourself) shows us that the roundup gang misses the fun they had with their owners. After hearing this, Woody decides to make a deal with them to bring the gang to Andy's house, meaning that he bargained. While Jessie and Bullseye accept the deal, Pete refuses revealing to us that he's the villain. This could represent Andy making a deal with God in order to bring to his father back to life, which He refuses.

Up next is depression. Technically, this emotion is shown in the movie before the deal Woody makes with Jessie, but I decided to cover it after the bargain due to the chronological order.

The story of Jessie's abandonment is a very important part of this movie. As you can see in the flashback, Emily loved playing with Jessie. However, as she grew older she decided to throw aside her childishness and donate her. Through 
Jessie's perspective we see that the original owner has abandoned her, causing her to feel sad or depressed in the process. This could also represent Andy's depression after God refused to accept his deal, causing him to have an argument with Albert McWiggin, which we perceive as the conflict between Woody and The Prospector.

And finally, we get to last movie before 2019 and the final emotion, acceptance.
At the very end of Toy Story 3, Andrew Davis Jr. decides to finally give all of his toys, including Woody, to Bonnie Anderson. This shows us that Andy has finally decided to let go of his past memories and has come to terms with his father's death. In other words, he has finally accepted the fact that his dad is no longer alive and decided to move on.

So, what do you think about this theory? Do you agree or disagree? Are you excited for Toy Story 4 next year? Let me know in the comments below. Also, i
f you wanna know what inspired me to do this, there's a link to it in the description.


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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Writer
Thanks for the fave.
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Got some of the others, thanks :)
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