'Toy Story 3' Director Settles Debate on Whether Toys Can Die

Lizzy Buczak
August 05, 2020 - 5:08 pm

One of the saddest moments in animated movie history presents itself in “Toy Story 3.”

The scene finds the group of toys, including Woody and Buzz Lightyear, trapped inside a garbage incinerator. With seemingly no way out, the toys come to terms with their fate and join hands as they await death. In a surprising twist, the alien toys from Pizza Planet come to the rescue in the knick of time.

While no one died, the scene caused some fans to wonder what would have happened if the toys hadn’t been saved and sparked an intense and dark debate on Twitter: can toys die?

“My girlfriend and i are having a big fight bc i think the toys from “Toy Story” are immortal and she thinks they can die,” the tweet that started it all read.

The tweet was liked over 60,000 times and garnered 350 responses from “Toy Story” fans that were philosophical and scientific.

One user theorized: “Given the diversity among the toys and the fact that they don’t appear to have been built in any special way, I lean toward the latter. If that’s the case then the toys can never die, but their consciousness degrades along with their bodies.”

“They’re given life by a child’s attention — even Sid’s dismembered toys were animate,” another pointed out.

“They believe they can die, and suffer the psychological weight of mortality, which is the salient point,” another chimed in prompting another user to explain that the fear they displayed in the moment meant that toys can be killed but they cannot die of “natural causes.”

Some fans even took a comedic approach adding, “Y’all don’t remember when Woody's arm ripped and it shows.”

Though there were many valid points providing coherent arguments for both sides, “Toy Story 3” director Lee Unkrich decided to settle the debate once and for all.

Unkrich explained that toys could meet their end just like humans.

“They live as long as they exist. But if they were to be utterly destroyed? Say, in an incinerator? Game over,” he tweeted.

Thankfully, we never had to see that pan out.

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