Well this makes perfect sense…
Ah, Toy Story. We’ve watched the three films approximately 847 times each and still go on the same rollercoaster of laughter, tears, and ‘Oh you traitor!’ every time.
Despite Disney lovers knowing the films inside out, many have wondered where the main character Andy’s dad is. After all, his mum and baby sister are both prominent in the film, but the dad never gets a mention, nor are there any pictures of him in the family home.
Theorists and bloggers have previously suggested that the dad has recently abandoned the family in the film, which explains why they have to move to a smaller house, his mother not wearing a wedding ring, and Andy having such an attachment to his male toys. All of this is extremely sad, but a fair reflection of many children’s lives, and it follows the common Disney storyline of having absentee parents. In the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, Ariel, Belle and Jasmine have absent mothers; and in Frozen the sisters are orphaned.
However, the film’s director, Lee Unkrich actually spoke about the total lack of presence of Andy’s dad back in 2010, and HelloGiggles.com has uncovered it.
According to Mr. Toy Story himself, Andy’s dad isn’t in the films purely because he’s just not relevant to the toys.
‘We’ve never addressed it directly, nor have we given any explanation for where he is or why he’s absent. We don’t mean to be mysterious about it; it’s just never been relevant to the story,’ he said to MSN Movies.
But he is up for speculating the dad’s absence and the impact it had on Andy. ‘Maybe Woody is so special to Andy because he was given to him by his dad. I don’t know if that is the case or not, but there is that kind of unspoken question, “Why would Woody be especially special to him?”’
He also added the reason for never introducing a stepdad or a love interest for Andy’s mum. When you’ve got the mom and the dad, the tendency is to just think everything is perfect [and that’s not always true to life.]’
So that’s that. There was just no room for Andy’s dad in the film. Sorry, pal.