This may sound sad, but I've always thought like woody was bought in a shop and given to Andy as a Christmas present from his dad. Because Woody never mentioned his dad, and that he looked brand new when Andy got him. But that is my opinion.
A harsh question . I mean, like all you guys said , he 's supposed to be "an old family toy ", probably belonged at Andy's father . It's pretty moving, but I really wonder if it can be true . I mean, think on this way : through all the trilogy, Woody experiences things he was not used to : being replaced by another toy in Toy Story 1, realizing that children grow up and eventually leave their toys behind in Toy Story 2, and of course in Toy Story 3, the moment of Andy growing up is finally arrived . All those things, Woody seems to experience for the first time, while IF he had been Andy's father toy, he WOULD know all those things and would not really worry about, or at least he could tell the others toys what he's been through . (Okay, someone already said this , in simpler words, but heywhatever, I'm still posting it !)
I might have a plausible theory. We know that, save for a few exceptions, toys stay in a sort of stasis mode until taken out of the box. So what if Woody was bought, yet never opened for some reason, and was kept in a garage for years until there was a yard sale and in came mom with a toddler Andy, who fell in love with the toy and mom bought it for him.
Because I know some will point out that Stinky Pete was awake inside of his box, I think that, after a time, and when in constant movement, a few toys might wake up and be conscious of things around them, but it is a rare occurrence, and besides, if Woody was kept undisturbed in a dark and isolated place for years, there would be no reason for him to wake up.
ToonsGirlFeatured By OwnerJan 8, 2013Student General Artist
Andy's mom said that Woody is "an old family toy". John Lasseter said that he and the crew always felt that Woody was a hand-me-down toy from Andy's father. Andy's mom refused to sell it b/c she knew that Woody was Andy's favorite. Woody was one of the last things that Andy's father gave to Andy before he died.
ToonsGirlFeatured By OwnerJan 9, 2013Student General Artist
She said it in the second film. In the scene where Al tried to buy Woody from her yard sale. Andy's Mom wondered how Woody got in there. When she took it away from Al that is when she said it is an old family toy.
I watched one of the interviews of John Lasseter where he really did say that he and the crew always felt that Woody is a hand me down toy from Andy's father.
I thought I remember a flashback scene when Andy first got Woody. I voted other above, but now thinking about that scene-- I think Woody was a present from his Dad, which is why Andy loves Woody so much. Maybe it was the last thing Andy got from his dad before he disappeared from their lives. (I always thought Andy's mom was a widow)
Same here! This question just brings up so many feels that were stored in a dark, dark room somewhere in my heart, kind of like... JESSIE AND BULLSEYE WHAT YOU WERE IN DERE FOR YEARS AND WHEN SOMEBODY LOVED ME AND THEN TOY STORY 3 HAPPENED AND ANDY AND BONNIE AND AAAAAAAAAAH
exactly right. if he had a previous owner, he'd have already gone through the whole "growing up" process before... he doesn't believe Stinky Pete when he tells him that Andy will grow up and get rid of him some day.
I can see your point, but on the other hand, Woody is an old toy, a vintage toy, so where was he all those years before being bought for Andy? He doesn't act like a toy kept in storage for like 50 years. And who took him out of his box?
I always assumed they just meant the general 'Woody and the gang' brand, like not so much retro himself, just from a line of old made toys, like the rubix cube for example. Then perhaps early 90's/late 80's he himself was released, and that gives him a few years perhaps until Andy buys/finds him. He acts like Andy is the first kid/person that's ever owned him. My theory anyways
It could be, but the point of Toy Story 2 is precisely that Woody is so valuable because he's vintage, because production of the whole Woody's Roundup merchandize was stopped after the show was cancelled so it's hard to find them (a collection of toys wouldn't be valuable if the toys were still being produced and/or were in abundance and easy to find).
There are so many theories, really, it's hard to say which is more accurate
We know he got Woody from a family member because in Toy Story 2 when Al tries to buy him Andy's mom tells him that Woody is an old family toy and is not for sale. With that in mind I would say Andy got Woody from one of his Grandfathers
qweenofblackroseFeatured By OwnerJan 7, 2013Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it was for andy's dad because in toy story 3 woody told them that "we have to return to Andy and maybe we'll be for his children someday" I know that this is not the exact same sentence but I think that woody know because it was -maybe- for Andy's dad and then he gave it to Andy and then he'll give it to his children
Actually, gender roles were a much bigger thing at the time when cowboys were at the height of their popularity. Girls were more likely to emulate their mothers and want "girly things" than now. It was like an unwritten rule; Cowboys and Indians are for boys, and tea sets and china dolls are for girls. And actually at that time, parents would have been enforcing that rule if they saw "gendered" toys being handled by the wrong gender child. Not in a forceful way but just by saying "What are you doing? That's a boy's toy! Play with your dolly and leave your brother's things alone."
But that being said, Toy Story I feel is kind of an alternate reality in itself. The first film comments on the popularity transitioning from cowboys to space men, which happened in the 50's-60's, and it tells that story with 80's-90's elements too. I feel like the timeline in the world of Toy Story is similar, but not the same, as our timeline.
Then if you add the sequels, it gets a bit more wobbly. It doesn't make sense to me that Woody is so well-preserved. He's supposed to be an antique according to Toy Story 2, but if he's as old as they're letting on, his fabric would have less integrity than it does in the film, and his paint would be much more worn and faded. Especially if he was played with enough to be "an old family toy."
wow... you've thought this through... a lot... lol it's okay, I'm a fellow disney fan, these things don't go unnoticed by me either but hey in the end I'm forced to shrug my shoulders and go with it, since I have to relinquish to a reality where toys don't come to life when you leave the room (but I admit, I used to run back and check, just in case)
As to who Woody belongs to... I couldn't really say. I don't think we're supposed to know. Meaning that, I don't think it's meant to be important to the story. All that matters is that he's Andy's toy.
I actually think it belonged to his mom. She says it's "an old family toy" in Toy Story 2, and since we never see Andy's dad, I assume it passed down her family - perhaps from Andy's grandfather, or maybe his mom has an older brother or two who passed it down the line of siblings.
I always have this picture of them at one of these garage sales and Andy just sees Woody there and keeps bugging and bugging until he finally is allowed to buy him or gets him as sort of surprise present like a few days later or something... I don't know I have a thing for garage sales and such I romantize them too much (but you can find such good stuff)