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Who Exactly Is Andy’s Mom In ‘Toy Story’?

Toy Story, Pixar

In the Toy Story movies, Andy’s mom has always been a mystery. In the first movie her face is barely visible, although in the subsequent movies, her face is more visible, perhaps due to better animation technology. Is she a widow, a divorcee, a secret agent, a pole dancer? We don’t even know her first name or anything else except that she has a son named Andy. But Jon Negroni has done some detective work into her background and seems to have come up with a credible theory on her origins.

Several months ago, one of my anonymous Pixar Theory Interns (that’s a thing on a resume) came to me with a crazy proposition: Andy’s mom is Emily, Jessie’s previous owner.

I laughed. I then agreed.

For some time, I compiled all of the evidence and found some incredible support for this theory. For one thing, take a close look at Andy’s cowboy hat he frequently wears in the movies

Take a close look at Jessie’s hat … Ah, this hat looks familiar. It’s the same red hat with white lace that Andy wears. The only difference is that Jessie’s hat has a white lace around the center. But look at Andy’s hat again.

There’s a faded mark where the white lace should be. Why do you think that is? And what does Jessie have to do with this?

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Admit It, Selfies Are Moronic

And this short cartoon makes great fun of the stupid practice.

Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices

Warner Brothers’ Termite Terrace was filled with brilliant people like Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Friz Freleng, Carl Stalling and many more. The nucleus of this group was Mel Blanc, the man of a thousand voices who provided the voices of all of the Looney Tunes characters (except Elmer Fudd). You may be surprised, after watching this documentary, to learn about all the other voices Blanc voiced outside of Looney Tunes.

Carl Stalling, Looney Tunes Cartoons Musical Genius

When people think about the creators of Loony Tunes, they think Chuck Jones, Mel Blanc, perhaps Friz Freleng. But I’m willing to bet that a small percentage of Lonny Tunes fans can tell you who composed the music to all those classic cartoons. Carl Stalling, in my opinion, is one of the forgotten geniuses of the mid-20th century. Cranking out one score per week for Warner Brothers cartoons, Stallings single handedly wrote the book on how cartoon music should be written, although for many years after his retirement and death, canned music was used until later on.

Here is audio of a rehearsal Stalling had with his orchestra for an upcoming cartoon at the time.

Daffy Duck Beats Up Hitler In ‘The Commando’

In 1943, The Commando was released by Looney Tunes and directed by Friz Freleng. The cartoon was taken out of distribution after the end of World War II and was not seen again until decades later. In addition to the end scene of Daffy beating up Hitler, there are caricatures of Hirohito and Mussolini.