A 'Toy Story' Writer Just Debunked the Heartbreaking Origin Story for Andy's Dad

"Complete and utter fake news."

Tom Hanks voices Woody in Toy Story 3

It seems the Toy Story team is thoroughly divided about what happened to Andy's dad.

The character has always been a bit of a mystery, leading to many theories regarding his fate and whereabouts during all three movies.

Indeed, Andy's dad doesn't appear in any of the Toy Story films, leaving fans to believe he either divorced Andy's mother and abandoned the family or, even more tragically, died before the films began.

Earlier this week, the latter theory was seemingly confirmed by toy product designer and reviewer Mike Mozart.

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Mozart said he served as a toy consultant on Toy Story, helping his late friend Joe Ranft, Pixar's former head writer.

As such, Mozart says Ranft had shared a secret history of Andy's dad, which he apparently called Toy Story 0, with him before his death in 2005. In turn, Mozart shared that with the this week.

You can read the heartbreaking story in full at , or listen in the video below, but what you need to know is that Andy's dad, also called Andy, died from a polio-related illness.

According to Mozart, almost all of Andy Senior's toys were destroyed when he contracted Polio as a kid. But he managed to save Woody, Mr Potato Head and Slinky by hiding them in a secret box underneath his bed.

He initially recovers, grows up and gets married, sharing his old toys – including Woody – with his child (which is why the name written on Woody's shoe is in different handwriting from that used to mark Buzz's shoe).

Tragically, however, he is later struck with post-polio syndrome and dies from the illness – but because the surviving toys have been kept away for so long, they believe that they're playing with their original owner rather than his son.

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The story seems as solid as it does genuinely heartbreaking, and provides a plausible explanation for a number of mysteries within the Toy Story films.

Nonetheless, Mozart's version has now been quashed by Toy Story's Andrew Stanton, who co-wrote all three movies.

Taking to , Stanton described the backstory for Andy Snr as "complete and utter fake news", complete with the hashtag #iwasthere.

Complete and utter fake news. Everyone go back to your homes. Nothing to see here, folks.

— andrew stanton (@andrewstanton)

"Everyone go back to your homes. Nothing to see here, folks," he added.

Make of that what you will.

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