Somehow, Pixar always seems to make movies that stick with you for years after you first see them. And one of the big ways they do this is by finding a way to make you cry, whether you want to or not. When watching Up, Inside Out, Finding Nemo and others, you'll inevitably find some tears dripping from your eyeballs. And the same thing likely happened if you saw their newest film, Coco. These movies take you on an emotional journey, and you don't easily forget that.
But one movie stands out as the original Pixar tearjerker. And yes, that's also because it was Pixar's first ever feature length movie. Toy Story did the job when it was released in 1995...and the sequels carried on the same tradition as well.
One interesting thing about the Toy Story franchise is you get to track how one character ages over the course of many years. The first Toy Story followed the adventures of the toys owned by Andy, who turns eight years old during the film. And, naturally, he relates to his toys about the same way as any other typical 8-year-old.
Then we get to see how Andy changes a couple years later. Toy Story 2 came out in 1999. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that Andy is four years older than he was in the original movie. And it doesn't necessarily mean the movie takes place in the year 1999.
Then inToy Story 3, we get to see Andy at (or near) adulthood. Andy's leaving home and going off to college, which would make him about 17 or 18. The movie Boyhood may have been about one boy at different stages in his life, but Toy Story did it first.
According to this meme, this is what Andy looks like as an adult. And if you look at how his face has changed as he got older, it's hard to argue with it. It does appear that Andy is destined to become Jim Halpert from The Office.
Sure, there are some issues with this theory. For instance, Jim's name is Jim, not Andy. But then again, people do sometimes change their names for one reason or another, so let's dig into this further.
On the one hand, we can't recall Andy from Toy Story ever looking directly into the camera and smirking. On the other hand, from time to tome, we have seen Jim as a grown up interacting with toys. So there could be something to this theory.
Jim's age on The Office is a bit unclear, but the best guess is he was somewhere between the age of 24-27. However, the show debuted in 2005, ten years after the first Toy Story, so that doesn't quite add up.
Further complicating the theory? The fact that Andy is college age in Toy Story 3, which came out five years after the start of The Office. So Andy could not have grown up to become Jim...unless TS3 took place several years in the past.
Fortunately, Toy Story 3 finally gives us a clue as to what year it is within the movie's universe. In one shot seen here, we can see some concert tickets dated Nov 17, 2009. So we can probably assume that the movie takes place at the time that the movie came out, in 2010.
So this all means that 18-year-old Andy in 2010 could not have grown up to become 25-year-old Jim in 2005. That is, unless some sort of time travel was involved. And once time travel is brought up, you know that a pop culture theory has gotten out of control and needs to stop.
So now we can say, fairly conclusively, that Andy from Toy Story does not grow up to become Jim Halpert from The Office. Hopefully hearing this news isn't too much of a letdown. To cheer yourself up, feel free to play with Buzz and Woody, or to take your co-worker's stapler and put it in some jello.