Woody from 'Toy Story' actually has a surname that nobody knew about
Sometimes, when we look back at the films we used to watch during our childhoods, we realize something just slightly off about them. The Lion King, for instance, actually comes across as an extremely dark film once you watch it as an adult, and there is no way you can convince me that The Neverending Story wasn't just one huge trauma fest from start to end.
Toy Story, too, had its fair share of uncomfortable moments. For starters, Sid next door was an utter psychopath, and the whole thing about toys being sentient must have hurt a lot of us who had either lost or given away some of our most precious toys as kids.
But those aren't the only things we probably never thought about when watching the Pixar classic.
As it turns out, the franchise's main character, Woody, has actually got a surname - and we were told about it a whole nine years ago!
All this time, we'd assumed that Woody was the cowboy's whole name. And why wouldn't we? Rex, Hamm and Jessie all go by single-name monikers, so why wouldn't the Sheriff? Then again, Little Bo Peep seems to have a surname, and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head appear to only have second names, so maybe we should have questioned Woody's identity a little harder in the past.
So what is this elusive surname, you ask?
As stated in 2009 by the Toy Story director, Lee Unkrich, "Woody’s actual full name is ‘Woody Pride’ and has been since the earliest days of developing the original Toy Story."
Yep. Woody Pride. Woody. Pride. Not exactly Buzz Lightyear, is it?
But that's not the only thing you may not have questioned about the Toy Story trilogy.
A little while ago, a rumor started circulating that Andy's dad (who was apparently also called Andy) passed away, and bequeathed the sheriff doll to his son shortly before he died. This would explain why the toy is not something which is currently sold, and also provides a valid reason for why the handwriting on Woody's boot is different to the scrawl on the underside of Buzz's foot.
This would also provide a legitimate reason for why Andy found it so difficult to say goodbye to the toy in the third film, and, of course, explain why his father was never around during the series.
Unfortunately, as well-thought-out as it may seem, the theory was debunked (rather heartlessly) by Andy Stanton, who wrote for the original 1995 flick.
Now that we know Woody's full name, though, it's got me wondering about which other fictional characters have surnames that we never knew about. If Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin have surnames, then does that mean Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger do, too? What about the seven dwarves from Snow White? Oh my god, does Dumbo have a surname?
Honestly, this new revelation has churned out more questions than it's actually answered, and I don't quite know how to feel about it. All I can say is, if Rex turns out to have a second name as well, I hope it's something better than "Pride".