Top 10 Religious Beliefs Hidden In Toy Story — TopTenzNet

Top 10 Religious Beliefs Hidden In Toy Story — TopTenzNet


Top 10 Religious Beliefs Hidden In Toy Story 10. The Mutant Toys Represent An Egyptian
Myth The Mutant Toys in the first movie live in
the house of Sid and Hannah Phillips. Sid is a monstrous young child who steals Hannah’s
toys, destroys them and then combines them with parts of other toys to rebuild them.
The saga of the Phillips’ toys mirrors an Egyptian myth. The God-King Osiris is tricked
by his brother Seth into lying down in a bejeweled coffin. Seth and his cohorts then put the
coffin in the Nile, where Osiris subsequently drowns. Osiris’ body is later cut up into
pieces. Those pieces have to be put back together by Osiris’ wife, Isis. After Osiris’ body
is reconfigured, Osiris is brought back to life with magic. Many Egyptian myths center around death and
the journey to the afterlife. Sid, like Seth, is obsessed with violence and destruction.
Sid is often seen wearing a skull on a black t-shirt. Sid’s house is literally a “house
of the dead.” 9. Stinky Pete Is A Cult Leader Stinky Pete is one of the main characters
in Toy Story 2. He appears to be kind and affable until Woody attempts to escape — then
his true colors shine through. He exhibits many traits that cult leaders use in order
to keep their followers in line. A local Sheriff once referred to David Koresh as a “nice
guy.” Jonestown followers were captivated by Jim Jones’ public speaking abilities. Many of Stinky Pete’s darker qualities are
shown in his relationship with Jessie. He recruited her to his cause while she was emotionally
fragile. Jessie was abandoned by her owner, and Pete keeps Jessie subservient with the
constant threat of going “back into storage.” A third of people successfully indoctrinated
into cults are recruited after a personal loss. Cults then proceed to isolate and threaten
their members to ensure their continuing loyalty. Pete has successfully sequestered Jessie and
Bullseye within Al’s Penthouse. Stinky Pete is also perfectly willing to use
sabotage and violence to maintain control. Stinky Pete’s indoctrination even works
on Woody. Woody is hesitant to accept the escape plan of Andy’s toys in favor of remaining
with the Roundup Gang. At that point, Woody had succumbed to the cult indoctrination and
sees the Roundup Gang as his “new family.” 8. Potato Head, Mormon When people think of the The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, they generally associate it with Utah. However, nearly a
quarter of the residents of Idaho are practitioners of Mormonism. Idaho is universally identified
with the potato. Mr. Potato Head has a fairly antagonistic relationship with Woody, who
as you’ll learn later can be seen as a representation of evangelical Christianity, during the first
Toy Story. There’s still a significant division between Evangelical Christians and Mormons. At the end of Toy Story, Mr. Potato Head is
“gifted” with Mrs. Potato Head. The practice of an arranged marriage is not endorsed by
the Church, but the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has has
been accused of practicing arranged marriages. None of the other relationships in the Toy
Story franchise indicate a marriage simply because the relationship was predestined by
the toy company. Woody doesn’t have a romantic relationship with Jessie, Barbie helps the
other toys conspire against Ken in Toy Story 3. Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head seem to share
a common belief system that leads to the union. 7. The Humans Are An Example of Dystheism Dystheism is the belief that there is a God,
but that God may not necessarily be good or evil. The dystheistic God can range from good
to indifferent to completely vile. In the Toy Story universe, the fate of the toys is
completely determined by their human owners. Al McWhiggin sees the toys as a means for
profit. Emily threw away toys she no longer wanted. Daisy’s parents saw toys like Lotso
as being replaceable. Each of these owners, like Andy, wield absolute
power over the fate of the toys. Even though they didn’t make the toys, the relationship
is very much like that of a God and its creation. The fate of the creation is dependent on the
mood of the God they happen to serve. The toys have little to no choice in their master
or the fate of their fellow toys. As a matter of fact, the fates of Bo Peep and Wheezy are
completely unknown. The only known element is that their fates were decided by humans. The unofficial hymn of dystheistic ideals
is “He Gives All His Love,” a song from 1971 which portrays a disinterested God looking
down at human suffering. The song was written by Randy Newman, who would later work on the
Toy Story soundtracks. 6. The Squeeze Toy Aliens Practice Totemism Totemism is a belief in kinship or a mystical
relationship with a totem — something that’s a symbol for a family or a tribe. A totem
can also be a person that represents an idea. Totemism is common among aboriginal populations.
In the first Toy Story, the Squeeze Toy Aliens worship “The Claw.” The Claw is just a
mechanical hand used as part of the game to grab the Aliens. However, the Aliens have
turned the Claw into a totem with which they have a mystical relationship. The Aliens the
Claw takes are believed to have been chosen for a better fate. In Toy Story 3, the Aliens are similarly worshipful
of a construction vehicle with a claw-like device. The Claw also serves as ancient plot
device known as deus ex machina, or literally “God from the Machine.” 5. Lots-‘O-Huggin Bear and the Church of
Satan Contrary to popular belief, the Satanism of
Anton LeVay as spelled out in The Satanic Bible is not the worship of a Biblical Satan.
Satan is merely a symbol of their overall theology. The Church of Satan rejects the
idea that there is an external divine being, arguing that divinity is a concept which is
self-contained in the individual. The values of right and wrong are left up to the determination
of the individual deities, a concept that doesn’t leave room for the worship of an
external deity. Lotso believed that he was abandoned and replaced
by his external deity. In this case, the external deity was a little girl who owned him. With
the lack of an external deity, Lotso reorganized his belief system into one which only recognized
himself as a deity. Morality then became determined by Lotso and his new god-like status. Amorality
for Lotso then evolved into a sense of chaotic evil. This belief system is best represented
by Lotso when he mocks the other toys before attempting to murder them by screaming “Where’s
your kid now, Sheriff?” Lotso is mocking the old belief of external deities controlling
the toys’ lives. Lotso’s now in favor of his own personal self-determination. 4. The Toys Existence is a Form of Animism Animism is the belief that all things possess
a soul. It’s the the attribution of conscious life to nature and inanimate objects. English
anthropologist Edward Tylor coined the phrase in his 1871 book Primitive Culture. Tylor
stated that animism appeared mainly in tribal religions, and he goes on to dismiss the idea
as superstition. However, the existence of animism in native cultures may indicate that
animistic beliefs are in fact older than many organized religions. The toys have a soul simply because they exist.
They instinctively know how to behave around humans and animals. On some levels, these
apparently ancient rules must predate them and possibly even toys in general. It’s
possible the toys are the evolution of spirits known as dryads. Dryads were nymphs that lived
in trees and were worshiped in Druidic ceremonies. If the tree died, the Dryad living in the
tree would also perish. This is one of the earliest known forms of animism. The dryads
could have evolved into living in objects made from trees and ultimately into living
within the toys. This would make the concept of living toys much older than the age of
modern action figures. 3. Jessie And The “Backsliden Christian” Jessie is an example of what evangelical Christians
would refer to as a “backsliden Christian.” Jessie started out with the same beliefs as
Woody and other toys. After her abandonment by Emily, Jessie became “lost” and eventually
fell into the cult of Stinky Pete. It’s only when Jessie returns to her core beliefs
that she finds safety in Andy’s house. Her continuing belief also allows her to survive
to the point where she is finally cared for by Bonnie Anderson, the new owner of Andy’s
toys. The implication isn’t that Jessie was the
victim of forces beyond her own control, but that it was Jessie’s own lack of faith and
non-adherence to ritual that led her to Al’s Toy Barn. When she found her belief again,
Jessie’s life started to turn around. Backsliding, to Evangelical Christians, is when a converted
Christian’s lifestyle falls back to a pre-converted state. Jessie was “brought back into the
fold” by meeting Woody. In some Christian teachings, backsliding can ultimately result
in a loss of the conditional security of salvation. 2. Buzz Lightyear And The Church Of Scientology Did you know that one of the major goals of
Scientologists is to achieve a “oneness with Infinity?” This “urge toward infinity”
has been conveyed with a triangle overlapped with an infinity symbol. Scientology Leader
David Miscaviage is quoted as saying “You are missing the signpost up ahead… the one
that reads infinity.” Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard was an
avid science fiction writer, and in a certain context Buzz Lightyear appears to be a walking
advertisement for Scientology. Lightyear’s signature catchphrase is “To Infinity and
beyond.” His square jaw and features appear to be a caricature of Hubbard. Lightyear also
believes that visualizing having a power is equivalent to actually having that power.
This theory is most evident in Lightyear’s belief that he can fly. Scientologists use
guided imagery and visualization to attempt to connect with the higher being within themselves.
Buzz Lightyear appears to apply Scientology principles throughout the trilogy. 1. Woody and Christianity Sheriff Woody is Andy’s favorite toy. Woody’s
very name is evocative of the wooden Christian cross. Furthermore, Sheriff Woody is a symbol
of the American West in the nineteenth century. The time frame that Woody represents is the
time of tent revivals, a period where many evangelical Christians were crusading to revive
the country’s spirituality. Throughout the movies, Woody is also a study
in a belief system that receives many challenges. Woody believes that Andy will always be there
for him. At the beginning of the first Toy Story, Woody has never experienced anything
which would challenge that belief. Woody’s faith is tested by the arrival of Buzz Lightyear,
as well as the incident at Al’s Toy Barn. But Woody keeps coming back to his faith even
through its challenges. Woody also converts Jessie, and almost sacrifices himself for
the other toys. Woody’s beliefs are not shared by all of the other toys. Woody frequently
clashes with other toys, even though Woody appears to be their elected leader. Throughout
the movies, Woody learns to trust that there is a higher power and plan for him even beyond
his time with Andy. That belief is one of the hallmarks of the Christian faith.

100 Replies to “Top 10 Religious Beliefs Hidden In Toy Story — TopTenzNet”

  1. Your hidden religious messages in Toy Story is laughably preposterous! Every instance given is quite a stretch. Mr. Potato Head represents Mormons because so many Mormons live in Idaho!? You have quite an imagination.

  2. Oh stop all your bitching, this was a very well thought out video, and i 100% agree that  this was done on purpose, dude, buss and Scientology couldn't be a more perfect fit haha, like you said he even kind of looks like hubbard, But i think everyone is so butt hurt over this video because they dont want to think that there little childhood movie could have been so dark, well believe it, we all have been being brainwashed since you stuck your head outside your moms twat and that is that truth. thats what child movies are for duh

  3. Woody to wooden cross? Isn't that a leap? That's so dumb it hurts bad. I can do it too though. Did u know plastic man is actually muslim propaganda? Plastic is made from oil right and as we know one of the richest oil areas on earth is the middle east. Plastic man acts selfishly and stupidly and is often seen as a dim witted shallow all american boy, which is actually muslim propaganda against american capitalism. See easy.

  4. 1st entry is falsh its actually nothing as special as myth its hinting at but a case of classic Disney hidden sexual jokes… A Hooker (Pair of female legs with a fishing rod= And so on.

  5. Just so you know, Cid's skull shirt represents that he is a stereotypical teenager. That shirt is from the skateboard company Zero. He represents the idea of a mean "big kid" who breaks toys and listens to metal. You're overthinking it a little.

  6. Potato Head is a Catholic this is exhibited in the original Toy Story® when he Hails the Holy Virgin Mary atop Andy's bed while the party guests arrive. I myself am a Messianic Jew, a Christian Jew almost, like the Apostles Jews who accepted Jesus Christ as the Messiah

  7. When I'm watching films, I am on the lookout for evidence of parallel themes with our universal story, whether it's a horror, a drama, an action flick, etc. Because it is universal, it's inescapable, and so every film has inevitable parallels with the bible, the Koran, the Tao, the this, that and the other.
    What makes toy story and many of the Pixar films, as well as harry potter, star wars, et al is that they tell this universal story so well, and we, loving universal storytime so much, can't wait to stop what we're doing and pay attention.
    We still misunderstand the story but including the key characters, at this stage of our development, can be all that matters. Writers don't necessarily know they are telling the story, simply because there is only one story to tell. Some writers deliberately overkill the plot and bog the story down with obvious archetypes. Others, loving the characters and the arc of the story, tell it with such flow and lightness that they channel universal wisdom, bringing us news of ourselves that we long to hear, and believe.

  8. Ok…HUUUUGE error here.
    "Mr. Potato head symbolises Mormonism." "While arranged marriage is not endorsed by the church, but the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints has been accused of arranged marriages." 
    The FLDS church, is NOT the same as the LDS church. Mormon, is equal to LDS church. FLDS…..not so much. So it's incorrect to say "Mr. Potato head is a symbol form Mormons.". When he actually supposedly represents the FLDS church.

  9. So… coexist?  Unless you're satan or a cult.  Or were the people writing the scripts bored and wanted to put more of their brains into a simple kids story that took years of their time to create.

  10. the lds church never in its history practised arranged marrage and flds is a tiny break off division that is not accosiated with the main church and is very different even though it has a similar name

  11. Lots-'O-Huggin Bear and the Church of Satan. BWAHAHA! That sounds like the worst Little Golden Book ever. 😄

  12. Seeing connections between things and/or events where no such connection actually exists is one definition of genius. Also insanity. Just sayin.

  13. This video is poorly named.  There are no "religious beliefs" in the list.  The items on the list are more like analogy, allegory, or symbolism.  A statement in number 7 is completely false.  The toys controlled their fate not the humans.

  14. Ok, not to start a whole debate. But I will point out that, as a mormon, I have never once connected anything Mr. Potato head does or says with my own belief system. LDS do not do arranged marriages(Some might, I can't speak for everyone in the church, but it is not widely accepted). FLDS does this a lot more. So I would say, if anything, MR. Potato head is more represented as FLDS. Though I would say even that is quite a stretch.

  15. I'd say nearly all of those were a pretty absurd stretch. The only real exception was the aliens and the claw, which was obvious and intentional.

  16. Toy story has always surprised me with some of the surprisingly morbid sociological concepts and oppression politics that are in there, but does a good job of interesting these patterns to kids in such a way that is not over their heads.

  17. Well, this has to be the most bizarre of all the "draw the conclusions from imaginary connections" video I've ever seen. And I thought I over thought things. I suppose one could see such similarity's with religion and Toy Story but the simple fact is anyone can do that about ANY topic because ultimately it's all about human behavior. Religiosity isn't really above the human psyche after all.

  18. Jeez howd u get all of that, that probably took all of the Hitler seekers, iluminati confirmers, and bigfoot hunters and looked into it for a consecutive buttload of hours. Iluminati confirmed, Hitler in Argentina, and bigfoot real.

  19. This is ridiculous. It's one thing to note interesting parallels, but this video makes it implied that these connections were intentionally made and that Toy Story is really about these religious concepts when it's not. Horrible video stretching for views

  20. What about the most basic of religious parallel. Buzz lightyear does/does not find god.
    Buzz lightyear holds a delusional view of the universe, is irrefutably rebuked, falls into despair, but learns to live a happy life anyway.
    OR
    Buzzz Lightyear, who put all his faith in science, is irrefutably rebuked by the previously "ridiculous" truth of being a creators plaything and the actual absurdity of existence, falls into despair since he is not the master of his own fate, learns to live a happy life serving a loving god.

  21. You are so far off the mark, really stretching it.. What makes you know so much about Christianity in the US.? Run down England..
    These characters are made up toys.. I doubt the have any religious ideas..

  22. Whether the writer of toy story based the characters on religion or not, this is an interesting comparison.

  23. dude, except for Stinky Pete being a cult member and the Egyptian Myth your overthinking all of these. XD

    I'm a Christian BTW

    This video caused me so many laughs. NO LIE. #2 killed me

  24. So Mr. Potato Head is a Potato. There are a bunch of Mormons that live in Idaho. Potatoes are mainly grown in Idaho. Mr Potato Head is a Mormon. Huh that's something……

  25. I found this video interesting, and unsurprisingly some things that are called reaching are matters of faith. If we accept people making assertions in science. Shall we not issue the same privilege to artists that explore the possible links between art and faith, whether intentionally created that way or not?

  26. To what ever degree you are right, your most thought provoking video I've seen. Particularly Buzz and Woody.

  27. Buzz is Hubnard?! Cool! I mean you're totally wrong about the belief system of Scientology. And that Scientology symbol is two triangles over an S for Scientology., not an infinity symbol…. but whatever still cool.

  28. Backsliding doesn't actually revoke your salvation, most evangelicals don't preach that. Yes, you may not be accepted by the church community while in that state, but your actual salvation isn't completely removed.

  29. I'm so sorry I love your videos but my 2 year old son is addicted to toy story has all three movies, and has been watching the, a lot you got some small things wrong, i.e. woodie loves boo, and BUZZ WANTS JESSI

  30. Was there ever a Stretch Armstrong in these films?
    It'd be appropriate, since each of these 'facts' themselves are one hell of a s-t-r-e–t-c-h…..

  31. I loved this how Simon and the writers found so much religion in a cartoon! There is so much more if you want to go into looking at the inferno they were about to be incinerated that can be a representation of hell. The arcade had a comet. That could’ve been Heavens gate. The use of decapitation by Sidd could’ve been the Mayans! You can go on and on. Why stop at toy story? Love you guys at Top Tenz & today I found out.

  32. Whenever people don't believe me when I tell them that the "vsauce" guy spews unverified nonsense, I show them this video.

  33. Don't worry Simon, you were reading from a script. We know you don't spend your time looking for spiritual meaning in Toy Story.

  34. I just think is a personal interpretation of religious behavior and the relationship with the characters of the movie. I don't think so nor necessarily agree with all you said
    Thanks for the effort of making the research and the video

  35. I think the films would be closest to Number 4, they are animated 😉
    Is a "Backsliden Christen" like a Born Again Christian?
    "Woody's name is evocative of the wooden Christian Cross" WOW that's a huge stretch. Would Hamm objectionable to Jewish people too?

  36. wtf???? you people got stoned and had some bad dreams about these movies… FFS they are cartoon kids … you are a bunch of sick puppies

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