What Happened to Andy’s Dad in Toy Story

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© Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Walt Disney had a penchant for featuring motherless children as protagonists in his movies, and while Pixar—a Disney offshoot—has played around with the nuclear family dynamic, one question that has been bothering fans from infinity to beyond for more than 20 years is: What happened to Andy’s dad in Toy Story?

Earlier this week, the super sleuthers over on the Super Carlin Brothers YouTube channel, who regularly uncover what they describe as “tiny little undiscovered nuggets of information that can connect otherwise unconnected dots and come up with brand-new theories,” came up with a whopper of a backstory about Andy’s father that has all of the Internet—and even the film’s writer—atwitter.

While people have spent years speculating about where Andy’s M.I.A. padre might be, the most common conclusion is that either his parents are divorced or his dad passed away. Earlier this month, during a YouTube livestream event, Mike Mozart—a story consultant on the original film—confirmed that the latter assumption is the correct one, but he didn’t stop there.

You can watch the full video below for lots of insider details about the making of the film, but it’s right around the 43-minute mark that he shared some details about Andy’s dad, including the fact that he was also named Andy and that he was the only kid in the world who owned a Woody doll, as he was just a prototype (it’s Andy’s dad who wrote his name on the bottom of Woody’s boot).

When he was a kid, Andy Sr. contracted polio, which led to all of his toys being destroyed to contain the infection. But Andy Sr. used what little strength he had to save Woody (plus Slinky and Mr. Potato Head) from certain death, which is why he was so important to both father and son.

Though Andy Sr. did recover—and go on to get married and have Andy Jr.—he was later struck with post-polio syndrome, which led to his untimely death.

Using Mozart’s tale as a jumping off point, the Super Carlin Brothers shed some additional light on the reasons why this sad-as-hell theory just might make sense, and fill in some of the Toy Story franchise’s plot holes.

But the conversation didn’t end there. On Saturday evening, Andrew Stanton—one of the film’s original writers—did his best to stop the insanity when he called the story “complete and utter fake news.”

While it sure does have the makings of a great piece of Toy Story trivia, we’re going to have to listen to the expert (read: Stanton) on this one. Who knows—maybe it will prompt him and his fellow Toy Story creators to tell us what really did happen to Andy’s dad.

It's Official: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Confirmed for Doctor Strange Sequel

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Marvel Studios

Just when Marvel fans began focusing all of their attention on poring over even the tiniest details in the Avengers: Endgame trailer, Marvel has announced that a Doctor Strange sequel is officially happening.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Derrickson will return to the director’s chair, and although he co-wrote the first film alongside Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, no writer has been announced for the second outing yet.

Benedict Cumberbatch will, of course, reprise his role as Dr. Stephen Strange, and Benedict Wong will be returning as Wong. Industry insiders suspect Rachel McAdams will be back as Strange’s love interest, Dr. Christine Palmer, but no formal announcement has been made.

We last saw Doctor Strange earlier this year in Avengers: Infinity War, where he sadly disintegrated into dust at the hands of Thanos’s snap. As most fan theories believe, many of our favorite superheroes will be brought back to life in Avengers: Endgame, which will be the next time we see Cumberbatch’s character. Although his appearance in Avengers: Endgame might only be through flashbacks, and Doctor Strange 2 could still take place before Infinity War, it’s not likely.

Sources say production is being eyed for a spring 2020 start, with a suspected release date around spring 2021. But a lot can happen between now and then, especially depending on what Avengers: Endgame reveals.

George RR Martin Swears He'll Finish The Winds of Winter—He Just Won't Say When

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Rich Polk, Getty Images for IMDb

It would be an understatement to say Game of Thrones fans are in a bit of distress right now. For one, we have the eighth and final season of the HBO series, which will premiere in April, looming over us. At the same time, we’re scrambling to gather any information we can about the Game of Thrones prequel series. But above all, we’re waiting for George RR Martin to finish The Winds of Winter, the next novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, which inspired the beloved TV show.

The Winds of Winter has been particularly difficult for Martin to finish, according to the acclaimed author. In order to keep active, he has focused his efforts on other projects, such as his recently released companion book Fire and Blood. This perceived procrastination hasn't sat well with his fans—some of whom are convinced we will never see his ending to the story.

Martin has heard all the complaints, and took to his blog on December 10 to give an update on the novel that fans have been awaiting for more than seven years, writing:

"[M]y thanks go out to my fans and readers. I know you want WINDS, and I am going to give it to you ... but I am delighted that you stayed with me for [the new book Fire & Blood] as well. Your patience and unflagging support means the world to me. Enjoy the read. Me, I am back in my fortress of solitude, and back in Westeros. It won’t be tomorrow, and it won’t be next week, but you will get the end of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE."

While there's no reason to doubt the veracity of Martin's promise, fans are understandably still skeptical. After The Winds of Winter, there’s still one more novel, A Dream of Spring, to close out the story. At this point, we’re probably better off counting down the days until Game of Thrones's final season premieres ... or the prequel series.

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