Over the past couple of days, a theory has been spreading around the internet like wildfire claiming that Emily, the child who gave up Jessie, is also Andy’s mother. Writer Jon Negroni has been given a lot of credit for this theory but research shows that the theory isn’t a new one…and it’s also not correct.
The theory states that the hat Andy is wearing in the original “Toy Story” movie is the same one that Jessie wears when she is introduced in “Toy Story 2” and the same one that Emily had on her bed in the montage. This leads to the idea that since we don’t know Andy’s mother’s first name and we don’t know Emily’s last name the hat must have been a hand-me-down to Andy from his mother making her and Emily one in the same.
Though it is a solid idea with some decent evidence, it seems to be more of a coincidence than an intention.
Here are some reasons why I firmly believe that this theory is nothing more than a pipe dream.
“Toy Story 2” Was Never Intended When The First Film Was Made
When the first “Toy Story” film was made, Pixar had no intention of making a sequel. That means Andy’s hat was already modeled with no running story behind it. In fact, the hat was modeled for Andy before it was modeled for Jessie.
The chances are higher that Pixar simply wanted to use the same 3D model in order to save money which is also the actual reason we never met Andy’s dad in the first film and why his mom gets so little screen time…because humans were too expensive to animate at the time.
It wasn’t until Disney got in the picture that “Toy Story 2” became a reality. Once Disney recognized the success of the film, the idea was to create a 1 hour sequel that would go straight to DVD.
According To “The Art of ‘Toy Story'” Book, Andy’s Mom’s Name is Jennifer Davis
You won’t find much about it on the internet but the official publication that gave fans access to all of the art from the film gives Andy’s mom a name. And it wasn’t Emily.
According to our source:
She’s given a name in “The Art of Toy Story”, one of the pages has pictures of late recording scripts and she is listed as JENNIFER in the dialogue area.
So if Pixar intended to make Emily Andy’s mother, it was never in the cards from the beginning. In fact, the book came out at the same time that “Toy Story 2” was released on DVD meaning that it wasn’t intended in either of the first 2 films.
UPDATE: It is also alluded on the Disney Wiki site for those looking for instant gratification.
Jessie Remembers Emily But Doesn’t Recognize Andy’s Mom
Let’s be honest. Jessie has some pretty vivid memories of being given away by Emily…so why doesn’t she recognize Andy’s mom based on her name (which I can only assume Jessie knows) and appearance?
If Pixar were able to produce 3 “Toy Story” films with such a deep connection with respect to the backstory of Andy’s hat, would they really leave out such an obvious detail?
Emily Being Andy’s Mom Disregards Jessie’s Emotional Role in the Films
The introduction of Jessie’s character in “Toy Story 2” is an important one to the theme of the trilogy.
The whole underlying theme of her character is the fact that she’s dealing with the abandonment from her owner, Emily. It’s a concept that leads to Andy eventually giving up Woody to Bonnie and honored in “Toy Story of Terror”.
If Jessie did belong to Andy’s mom, that emotional theme falls apart and the true story that Pixar intended dissolves just to put a pretty bow on the mystery of Andy’s mom, which is not an important theme in the film at all, and cheapens the premise.
If The Hats Don’t Fit, You Must Acquit
Thanks to Gyle’s comment below for providing some pretty solid shots of Andy’s hat compared to Jessie’s/Emily’s hat.
The original theory relies on the hat to make the connection between Emily and Andy’s mom. The photos used to justify the theory seemed pretty handpicked in order to support the claims but if you take a look at various other shots of the hat from the “Toy Story” films, you will notice they are completely different hats altogether.
Andy’s hat has a pointed crown where as Jessie’s hat it completely circular. The only real commonalities are the color and the stitching along the brim.
To add to this, Disney Parks have begun selling these hats at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. It is pretty obvious that they are very different hats serving a very different purpose.
The theory that Emily is Andy’s mom is cute but it seems that the premise is based more on linking some coincidences than an actual intention from the filmmakers themselves.
We all know that Pixar includes a ton of Easter Eggs in their films including Wall-E in the original “Toy Story” and “Cars” films, but is there really more to it than the recycling of 3D models or something in the background for fans to find in passing?
I personally believe that the theory is nothing more than a fantasy based on a copied and pasted CGI hat which was used to fill some unanswered questions in the “Toy Story” trilogy.
What do you think?