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This new revelation about Woody from ‘Toy Story’ will blow your mind

Why are people just now noticing this?


David Britton

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 16, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 9:24 pm CDT

Few characters are more beloved than Sheriff Woody from Disney’s Toy Story series (especially if you measure love in box office ticket sales). But how much do you really love the cowboy? Do you, for instance, know his last name? Did you even know he had a last name? For shame!… and you call yourself a fan.

It’s not entirely your fault, of course. In the credits for the original 1995 movie, Woody, voiced by Tom Hanks, is just listed as Woody. No last name is given. Buzz Lightyear has a last name. Slinky Dog has a last name (it’s Dog). Mr. Potato Head clearly has a last name and an honorific title.

But not Woody. They don’t even mention he’s a sheriff.

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As the movies progressed, we learned more about Woody: that he has a hand painted face, that he is from a fictitious 1950’s TV show called Woody’s Roundup, that he’s a hand-me-down from Andy’s dad, but it wasn’t until August of 2009 that we learned his last name. That’s when director Lee Unkrich tweeted that Woody’s last name was, and always had been, Pride.

The tweet didn’t get too much attention at the time. In almost ten years, it’s only garnered 122 retweets 280 likes, which makes it all the odder that people are freaking out about it now.

On Monday, a pianist and orchestrator named David Russell, a man with only slightly over 1,000 followers on Twitter (some of whom he undoubtedly gained since Monday) tweeted that he just found out Woody’s last name. In two days, the tweet has racked up over 1,400 retweets and 4,600 likes.

Some of that might have something to do with the way he phrased it.

“I was today years old when I found out Woody had a last name,” Russel wrote, along with a picture showing Woody’s last name.

Whatever the reason may be, the knowledge seems to be blowing people’s minds.

One prevalent theory has emerged about why Woody’s last name is Pride: Perhaps he’s gay.

It seems Jessie and Woody are due for a long talk.

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*First Published: Jan 16, 2019, 1:35 pm CST