Film Theory: The Horrific Reality of Toy Story (Toy Story 4)


“Siri, what’s one trillion dollars to the tenth power?” “One trillion dollars to the tenth power is 10000000000000000” *sigh* I hate when he calculates how much money the next movie is going to make! Excuse me! Some of us are trying to work over here, thank you very much! *Mickey Mouse laugh* “Oh boy!” Hello internet! Welcome to Film Theory! The show that’s skeptical you never get to infinity, let alone beyond! So the teasers and trailers have been unleashed, and “Toy Story 4” looks to be yet another family-friendly box-office slam-dunk of a sequel! Surprising literally, no one. Least of all the big mouse himself. But here’s the thing about “Toy Story”, friends, in this day and age of brand safety and child-friendly programming, where Disney is so squeaky clean, and more than eager to sweep some of their more questionable decisions under the rug, I am here to tell you that “Toy Story” may just be the worst movie of the bunch. And obviously, I am no stranger to how dark Disney movies can get. Whether it’s cannibalism aboard the good ship Axiom, the body count of Moana, or Dumbo’s high-flying adventures (with an emphasis on high), no childhood memory is safe from this show. But up until now, I’ve decided to let Toy Story just kind of skate past my radar. I was more than happy to leave it, as the beautiful moving trilogy commenting on the realities of growing up, that it was. But then you, mouse, had to push your luck. You had to go in for yet another sweet, sweet taste of that money-making nectar, and in the process you summoned my wrath. Now, I’m here today to prove to the world, that Toy Story is, undeniably, the sickest, most twisted, darkest G-rated movie you could imagine. That these tales of toys just trying to make their humans happy, is instead a dark picture of inescapable slavery headed towards eventual disaster! Today’s episode, loyal theorists, is dark. We are talking incinerating-every-character-you-love-in-a-furnace, levels of dark. That’s right folks, we’re talking Pixar dark, and I’m not even hyping this up for dramatic effect, it is a literal statement of what we are covering today. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s begin shattering some childhood, shall we? Just in case you’ve been locked in a toy chest since the mid 90’s, Here’s a rundown of the aptly named “Toy Story” films, which, appropriately enough, tell the story of some toys. These toys seemed normal enough when humans are around, but when left alone, they come to life. The toys love their owner, Andy, and they go to extraordinary lengths to be with him. The original “Toy Story” film is all about the arrival of Buzz Lightyear, a cool new toy who threatens to unseat Woody as Andy’s favourite. They eventually team up against the kid next door, a promising young man who seems destined to become a neurosurgeon one day, “No one’s ever attempted a double bypass brain transplant before…” And they scar him so severely, that he goes on to become a garbage man instead of pursuing his medical dreams, note the skull shirt there people – that is Pixar shorthand for “same person”. In “Toy Story 2”, Woody learns that he’s a collector’s item, and has to choose between that #MuseumLife, and returning to his kid. In “Toy Story 3”, Woody has to choose between that #DaycareLife, and you guessed it, returning to his kid. And in “Toy Story 4″‘s trailer, Woody faces his biggest choice yet. Will he choose that #CarnivalLife, or will he return to his kid, so that Pixar can continue printing money with these sequels to infinity and beyond. I think we all know the answer to that one *ka-ching* Now with all that context out of the way, let’s hop into the theorizing, shall we? Imagine for a moment that you’re a toy in Toy Story, start with you coming to life. Now at this point you’ve probably already assumed that a child’s imagination is what indeed gives a toy life, But, in case there was any doubt about it, the “Toy Story 4” trailer officially makes it canon. “Bonnie made a friend in class!” “No, no she literally made a new friend!” Kids are essentially the gods that giveth life in the “Toy Story”-verse, and from that moment on you’re told that your life has a singular purpose: to bring joy to the humans. And that’s not an exaggeration, it is a rule of this universe, again represented by the “Toy Story 4” trailer: “Why am I alive?” “You are going to help create happy memories, that will last for the rest of her life!” “Oh m y god!” So a child’s imagination gives a toy life, which is cool and all, but the weird thing is, toys don’t automatically know this when they’re actually given life. “You are a child’s’ plaything!” “You are a sad, strange little man.” But if you’re a toy who’s skeptical about this, or doesn’t believe it initially, Don’t worry, the concept is gonna get drilled into your head over and over, until you finally decide to come around. “Somewhere in that pad of stuffing is a toy who taught me that life’s only worth living if you’re being loved by a kid!” And, you see, that’s where our problems begin. Not all toys aspire to be a child’s plaything. Remember how Buzz went through a huge existential crisis, when he found out that he wasn’t a Space Ranger in “Toy Story 1”? He was devastated to learn that he wasn’t unique, that the identity he thought he had for himself was a complete fabrication. What really got me thinking about this though was the “Toy Story 4” trailer again, where we meet Forky, who’s going through an existential crisis of his own. “I am not a toy! I was made for soup, salad, maybe chilli and then, the trash!” “Freedom!” Ah, but don’t worry about toys like Buzz. By the end of the movie, he comes around. He learns that toys do in fact have worth, worth that is entirely dependent on being subservient to the whims of their masters, I mean children. Kids who really appreciate the sacrifices that the toys are making on a day to day basis. “Quick, make a space, this is where the spaceship lands!” Who am I kidding? These masters don’t even realize they’re alive! The toys are born into a system where the very fact that they are alive is kept in the closet, both figuratively- -and literally. A world in which they are terrified of humans seeing them as they really are. “Andy’s coming, everybody back to your places, hurry!” Think about it- toys are literally imprisoned in boxes and bedrooms, until a human child decides it’s time to “play with them”. and, you can’t see it because this is all voiceover, but I am tossing strong finger quotes over the word “play” there, because this so-called “playtime” is 100% free of toy consent. Whatever that child wants, that toy must oblige. Consider all those poor disrespected Barbies! And it’s not like they can’t be alive in the presence of humans it’s that they won’t. They’re too scared to be. When the chips are down, sure, they’ll reveal themselves to humans if they have to: “So play nice!” *Sid crying* But the norm is just to lay there and let your human do whatever it wants with you, and then cast you aside when they’re done. And despite it all, the toys still show unconditional love to their kids, something we all get sniffly over in the theater because Randy Newman is singing about friendship, or whatever. But if you start peeling back the surface layers, that shot of Jesse looking longingly out of a window is really just a textbook case of Stockholm Syndrome. When you look at what the toys go through, and what they have to do to maintain the status quo of this society, it’s a system that outright denies toys self-determination. Then doesn’t even allow them to make their own existence known. “But humans are the ones who gave them life in the first place, so it makes sense!” I hear you saying down in the comments, and sure, you are more than welcome to believe that, that is totally fine with me, but, before you make your decision, let me also ask you this. You didn’t get a choice in being born, did you? And so you would also be okay being the plaything of your parents? You know, the people who gave you life without your knowledge? Just asking. So, as a toy that’s your life. A lifetime spent in servitude to masters who control your every action, and don’t even know that you’re alive. Then, as we see in “Toy Story 3”, they grow up, and they abandon you. Yay, happy G-rated kids movie! But we’re still not done, because we haven’t taken this to its logical conclusions. Because for as awful as this systemic indentured servitude might seem, at least you have the sweet release of death to look forward to, right? Riiiight? Maybe not. Cause there are some pretty old toys running around in these movies. In “Toy Story 2” we learned that Stinky Pete was manufactured back in the 50’s, and he hasn’t aged one bit since his “Woody’s Roundup” days. Granted, he’s done an exceptional job of keeping himself in mint condition. But the “Toy Story 4” trailer features a slew of other vintage toys. They’re not under glass, and they seem to be doing just fine too. Furthermore, toys don’t have organs. So riddle me this – how are you gonna die of natural causes, if there are no organs that can fail? And further furthermore, if there are no organs inside of a toy- no brain, no heart, is it even possible to kill a toy? No, but really how do toys end their life in this series? Think about it. We know for a fact there is nothing in a toy’s body or head that is vital to life. After all, there’s a friggin fishing pole with legs walking around in Sid’s room! It seems to be doing just fine. And thanks to Sid again, we also know a toy’s body part can still function, even after being severed from the body itself. His toys have all been Frankensteined and swapped around like crazy, and they’re all walking around, still being toys. Really unhappy, miserable toys, but still, unfortunately for them, they’re very much alive, and still suffering at the hands of his torture. We also know that toy death isn’t tied to the kids. While it seems perfectly logical that children, as the gods in this world who giveth life would also taketh it away when they stop playing make-believe, that isn’t the case at all. We’ve seen many, many toys throughout the series who remain alive, long after their children have outgrown ’em, and quit playing make-believe. It’s also implied that even adult toy collectors, who just buy toys and keep them in a box on a shelf can also instill life into the toys. So throughout this entire franchise, we have yet to see a truly dead toy. “But of course we’ve seen toys die!”, I hear you saying. “There’s the whole incinerator scene at the end of “Toy Story 3″!” And first, we never actually see if a toy’s life is truly taken away by that. But secondly, what if it is? Are you telling me that the only way that a toy can die is by burning to death? Or being completely destroyed? Think again back to Sid’s room, where toys are ripped apart, army men are drowned and maimed in the backyard, and they’re still just walking around. They need to be atomized, melted into nothing to bite the big one. Is that revelation supposed to make me feel better about this universe? But, oh no friends, I can take it one step further here. Not only is a death by fire, or explosion, or just complete annihilation the only way for a toy to bite the big one, more often than not, it’s also gonna have to require them to make the choice themselves. Most toys are gonna have to choose to finish themselves off. I mean, think about it. If I throw my Woody away, and it goes to the garbage dump, from there, he’s still alive. He’s either buried alive under the mountains of garbage that WALL-E is gonna collect in a few centuries, or else, wandering around the wasteland, alongside the fragments of all the other broken abandoned toys. Unless they actively seek out an incinerator, they’re just there, hanging out forever, yearning for a death that will never come, until they make the choice to sacrifice themselves to the fire. Sure, it’s one of the most moving tense emotional scenes ever. Watching our heroic toys escape the incinerator at the end of “Toy Story 3”, But the sad truth is, that that slow descent into the fire, is what awaits most of the toys that we see throughout these movies. Oh wait, sorry. They have to go through the chopper first. So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, think about that as you line up to go see “Toy Story 4”, which will undoubtedly be about Woody growing up, and finding a new purpose in life. Finding a life path that doesn’t depend on making children happy. Because he, just like Bo Peep and those creepy ventriloquist dolls, is just too old for children to love anymore. It’s probably got asbestos in his stuffing or something like that. And what else is Woody gonna do? He’s never gonna die, at least until the moment he chooses to, or randomly catches on fire Disney! Brand safe for all the kiddies! So that, my friends, is the dark truth of “Toy Story”. The one that they don’t want you thinking about too much, as they play that Randy Newman song for the umpteenth time Show us the garbage dumps, Disney! I want the receipts! Reveal the truth to us! But then again, there is one other way this whole Toy Story could play out. If you look at the toys across the three movies, the Pixar universe could be headed into a state of war. A human vs. toy total war. And if that’s the case, well, it’s not gonna be looking too good for the humans. But more on that in the next episode! In the meantime, remember what Woody always says: “There’s a razor in my boot.” Wait, what? “There’s a razor in my boot.” That’s not what you say, Woody! Also, that sounds horrifically painful. Do you wonder how this cowboy gets his buzz clean shave? Uh, no, actually no one ever has but uh, let me guess- because you’re a member of Dollar Shave Club! Wow, who knew that this beloved animated character would also support our sponsor for today’s episode: Dollar Shave Club! Now, by this point, you’re probably just like old Woody here, you’re familiar with the old D.S.C., delivering top-quality shaving products to your door at your own personal pace. You find that incredibly heavy-duty Executive razor in a box on your doorstep, rather than your boot, Woody! But what you may not be as familiar with are all the other amazing hygiene products that they offer. From tooth care to skin care, to butt care. And even though they’re named for their shave, of everything that they offer, I gotta say their shampoos and conditioners are actually my favourite. They smell amazing, and they give my scalp that clean so fresh, it makes your head tingle. You know that feeling right? It is the best! 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100 thoughts on “Film Theory: The Horrific Reality of Toy Story (Toy Story 4)

  1. YouTube: how many more Disney movies r u going to ruin
    Matpat: YES

  2. MatPat: This is Pixar *DARK*
    Me:…wait that’s illegal there

  3. Also has anyone noticed that the ventriloquist dolls look like the slappy dummy from Goosebumps??

  4. Sort of a spoiler for toy story 4…
    You have been warned I guess

    3:18 wasn’t even a full theory about the movie and still got it wrong 😂

  5. But the buzz from the toy store was alive and he took himself out of his box!

  6. I'm just rewatching this after watching toy story 4, and wouldn't you know it matpat was wrong about the answer to his question at 3:31; Woody actually chose that #CarnivalLife after all

  7. If children give the toys life… can they take the toys life? If one day while they are “playing” a toy “dies” and they have a funeral for it would it die?(there are some morbid children out there) say that the toy does “die” but they are not incinerated and the kid decides that they want to play again, would they play with the toys corpse?

    Edit: can the child give it life again? Make it a zombie toy

  8. i wouldnt have minded to have living toys to talk to…. oh wait they did… but thats because i have schitzophrenia but eh lol

  9. Toys die correct?
    Well the kid doesn't notice….
    What do the toys see?

  10. My sister loves barbies but her dolls are like NAKED UM WHY DOES MY SIS ALWAYS LOSE HER BARBIE CLOTHES

  11. “How do toys end their life?”
    Me:With my imagination(Yes i sometimes pretend that my toy dies)

  12. Toy story actually started off twisted, because Disney demanded edgy content. Buzz was once Lunar Larry, and Woody was a ventriloquist dummy. He was also a complete asshole compared to his movie behavior.

  13. What happens to the melted plastic if a toys plastic was made into a botle wouldent you just have a living bottle or if the plastic was made into a new toy then would you endup with two people in a single toy in toy story two buz asked who was lagging behined and slinky says his he also says it has a mind of its own

  14. Do toys feel pain though? If not, being thrown across a room or being hit with a bat wouldn’t be as bad as it sounds.

  15. all the times matt’s voice cracked

    0:44

    0:56

    2:32

    2:41

    3:46

    5:02

    10:03

    10:19

    11:39

    12:11

    12:22 (the big one)

    i spent a lot of time on this and this is also no hate towards matt it’s just funny

  16. matt here ruins my childhood and then at the end of absolute emotional demolition he starts talking about shaving.

  17. The toys are actually the gods they’re immortal until they are burned

  18. Toy story is probably just like fnaf children as there favorite toys or animals but there souls are stuck in the toys

  19. I saw that yesterday I saw it with my boyfriend and yes because loin king was sold out anyways now im scarred and so confused but we saw the movie and I watch it with him and a bunch of other old people I'm 15 so if u think about it no three year old even knows what it's like to have those type of toys because they all have IPhones and iPads so when I went I thought we went in the wrong movie cause there were a bunch of old man with ingrown hairs on their faces alone with no kids so ya love that movie experience

  20. This video makes me want to open all of my POP figures and let them do whatever they like.

  21. Your right the move is the worst of them all buzz acts like an duma**

  22. Okay so am I the only one who has always been scared of toy story? I can’t be the only one I always thought it was so creepy

  23. its kinda funny on some video he literally just states what the movie is and it seems really dark and horrible

  24. I have a question, what do you count as a toy? it really could be anything, we saw a good example with forky which is literally pieces of trash combined which in turn creates a human-like face and body, so, let's say that in this fictional toy story world I have possession of the largest tree on earth, then I would go on to put a set of legs and arms in the tree using branches and some vines to glue the arms and legs on to the tree together with an oversized human-like face, and then I start playing with it by drinking tea together like what a three-year-old child would do with a "normal toy"(remember this is the fictional toy story world) but then I left because my parents told me to do so, would this enormous tree come to life??????????? and then start destroying everything in its path????????????.

  25. I just realized that toy story is a jojo reference because the toys are stands

  26. ….. why did you make this creepy….. I can’t even look at the plushie that’s next to me

  27. This video fucked me up i scared of the dark its 3 in the moring send help and lamps

  28. Wait, if children are the ones who bring the toys to life, then how come utility belt Buzz Lightyear come to life if he's in a display case?

  29. You think Cid's toys have it rough? Just think of all the anime waifu figurines on the room of weebs around the world.

  30. When matpat is saying he will choose kid life when he lives carnival instead, LOL

  31. It's dark at night and i'm about to sleep after this shit and you show me this 1:55 man for real….

  32. I know this is late but my cousin has worked on toy story if u need any question asked just ask him lol I know all of the theory’s

  33. Wow, I feel so bad for taking apart my LEGO minifigures to make better and more movie/comic accurate minifigures

  34. Lego's will probably have the most fight increase cause well THERE ARE CLEAR LEGO BRICKS

  35. (Shows Dean Winchester talking to Jack) "What burns, stays dead"

  36. My brother took a fork and bent 3 of the 4 prongs (stabby things), said it was Forky then yelled, FORK YOU

  37. Matpat. Why would it be bad for the humans? We do in fact have really powerful weapons. A-bombs for example.

  38. if human imagination gives toys life then how come all the toys in the toy store from toy story 2 can come alive, like the other buzz, or the barbies.

  39. Is anyone watching this after toy story 4 has come out?

    Cuz I am

  40. The fish pole look like he (or she!) could run a country. The style he/she walks in is SWAG

  41. You see, I have a wood stove to get rid of our trash. We burn our own trash, it doesn't go to the dump. So when I throw out old toys, they don't willingly die, we just shove them in with all the other trash in the stove. Now I kinda feel bad. I mean, is instant death better than waiting to die?

  42. If you think about it this could be like a prequel for child’s play

  43. It's just you? So, you decide to deal with your problem as a feature rather than improving yourself by actually washing your face?

  44. Making the joke here about how it was obvious that Woody would return to Andy, hahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaa…..guess what. Pixar likes to fuck with our emotions.

  45. They didn’t die… they didn’t get burnt they got off to a new owner

  46. Disney: Toys love their humans unconditionally
    MatPat: Yes, but um actually no

  47. I lost my shit at "There's a razor in my boot." Completely caught me off guard.

  48. Hmmm my thought was wrong but if there made by children……….but its PERFECTION

  49. I have a toy just like forty from i was going to bed and i making sleep from the morning i saw him stand up but he's not even stand up sit down from the meantime that is so scary that is true i saw it the whole time every night and everyday

  50. really you ruined my childhood badly like ik you do that but i never thought of that

  51. If you were a toy, which doctor would you rather see? Doc Mcstuffins, or Sid?

  52. If the toys in toy story died no kid would ever know and would just be playing with their corpses 🤔

  53. You had me at 2:00 because toy story fricken ruined my whole childhood the maroon bear yeah I couldn’t look at a bear the same

  54. I believe a toy die when you stop to see it as a toy. I mean, things get life in this movie when a kid play with it, so…

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