Man shares ‘Toy Story’ fan theory about Woody’s true identity; franchise fans are divided

A fan of Toy Story and social media influencer, known for his creative fan theories about Disney films and non-Disney films alike, has shared his personal theory about the true identity of Sheriff Woody.

His recent TikTok video about who Woody really is, which has only been up for about 3 weeks, has garnered nearly 570,000 likes, almost 2,500 comments and has been shared nearly 8,300 times.


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innovatorguy is the self-proclaimed “CEO of Trending,” and he has more than 4.7 million followers on TikTok. All of his fan theory videos are similar in that they show him pouring a liquid into a glass, followed by photos from films and text that explain what’s going on in his mind as he thinks about his theories.

When it comes to Toy Story, his theory is that Woody is actually the spirit of Andy’s late father, who passed away when he was very young.

He believes that Andy’s father is watching over him through Woody’s eyes, and when Andy is older and leaves for college, he’s able to give Woody to Bonnie because he’s grown up and no longer needs the constant guidance of his father.

I love every bit of PIXAR’s Toy Story franchise, except for Toy Story 4, but that’s a story for another time.

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Some say that they don’t understand the excitement over such a mediocre storyline–an idea we’ve probably all imagined to some degree as children: that our toys can hear us, see us, etc., and that when we aren’t at home, they have lives of their own.

But that’s EXACTLY the appeal! Remember the doll you loved more than anything? The toy you couldn’t travel without? The collectibles in that one box in your attic that you can NEVER discard?

From dozens of PIXAR Easter eggs strewn throughout each film and PIXAR’s ability to make us feel emotions toward a treasure trove of CGI-rendered toys to the endless possibilities of backstories and alternate endings, thanks to PIXAR fan theories, what’s not to love?

But not everyone agrees with innovatorguy’s theory. Some think it’s pretty ridiculous, including TikTokker Luke Guerin, who commented, “That’s the worst theory I’ve ever heard.”

ClassLad194 commented, “OK, this is nonsense,” and “just your average memer” responded with, “if Woody is Andy’s dad, then who’s Rex?”

Other TikTokkers responded with online applause, saying they’d never thought about that possibility before and that innovatorguy’s theory would make a lot of sense in the storyline.

TikTokker 005051 commented, “I’m crying now.”

John Crist commented, “I can believe that,” and CandaceLovesNick responded to the video, saying, “I love this; I would definitely go with this.”

What do you think? Do you have a fan theory to share, or do you feel like fan theories are a complete overthinking of the storyline?

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!