Fans taking time to come up with theories about what really 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 ...
6Jessie 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:
And look at the hat on Emily's childhood bed (in the '60s or '70s):
Don't look at her boot lamp, though. We're calling dibs.
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:
If they're not the same person, Pixar's getting pretty lazy at character design.
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.
5There Are No Parents In Pokemon Because It Takes Place After A War
The Pokemon franchise is fairly creepy as-is, since it focuses on taking cute, cuddly creatures and having them beat each other until they pass out, sometimes in front of large crowds. It's basically dog-fighting, if dogs could shoot lightning bolts. If this persistent theory is to be believed, though, the original games are even more fucked up than we thought: They take place after a horrible war that killed pretty much the entire adult male population in the region, leaving the kids tragically free to go on dangerous journeys.
Yep, that's why your character's dad isn't around. Not because you're an annoying turd.
Why It's Not That Crazy:
It's not just the suspicious lack of adults who aren't super old and thus not fit to carry a rifle -- it's that those you do see in the game are either in organized crime (a sector of society that's kinda difficult to draft) or the military. Like Lt. Surge, who at one point says:
"I mean, it could get pretty cold and lonely out there in the trenches every night ..."
Considering that Pokemon takes place in a fictional universe, it's clear he's not referring to a war from our history. In fact, his specific mention of using Pokemon in war -- probably as tools of war -- kind of adds another creepy aspect to these young children training to fight each other with Pokemon. Are they training for another war? Is the war still going on? Have we been playing child soldier training simulators all these years?
Some fans have gone so far as to analyze the sociopolitical situation shown in the games to determine the reason for the war: Your region, Kanto, must have tried to annex the neighboring one, Johto. After all, what kind of country goes out of its way not to mention a war that just ended? The kind that tried to do something awful and lost.
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