Jon Negroni is back with another great deep look at a Pixar Movie. This time he argues that Jessie's previous owner is Andy's mom:
In the end, it makes perfect sense that these two concurrent stories are so similar because they’re related by blood. It’s also a freak of destiny that Jessie would one day belong to her owner’s son, though we never get to see the mom’s reaction to seeing Jessie again.
I guess I always assumed that this Jessie had been Andy's Mom's toy. John Lasseter's taste, which defines every aspect of Pixar's films, demands that Jessie's original owner is Andy's mom. It is not a mind blowing revolution. It is simply to result of people who care about sweat the details.
Just reading Negroni's post fill me with a deep sadness. Nearly 20 years later, I still have a visceral reaction to Toy Story. I wouldn't even say that Toy Story is my favorite Pixar movie. I cannot even watch Toy Story 3. I don't think I could keep my shit together.