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Pixar writer says that viral ‘Toy Story’ narrative is ‘fake news’

Though everyone loves a clever Pixar theory, one of the production company’s most prominent writers and directors is setting the story straight on a viral interview that claims to explain a major Toy Story mystery.

A wildly depressing story about Andy’s father circulated the internet on Saturday, stemming from a single interview in which a friend of a late Pixar writer shared what he says is the truth about this mysterious plot point.

Though Andy’s father’s absence from the films has long been the subject of fan speculation, this interview claims to offer the true story, recounted by the friend of someone who worked on the film.

Later, Pixar writer and animator Andrew Stanton stepped in to call bull:

“Complete and utter fake news,” Stanton tweeted. “Everyone go back to your homes. Nothing to see here, folks. #Iwasthere”.

A Pixar vet, Stanton served as a writer on Toy Story and its subsequent sequels. Other writing and directing credits include A Bug’s Life, WALL-E, Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.

The viral origin story comes courtesy of a YouTube toy reviewer named Mike Mozart who says he became friends with late Pixar writer Joe Ranft years before his death in 2005. In an interview with YouTube channel Super Carlin Brothers shared on June 22, Mozart relayed a conversation he says the pair had regarding the absence of Andy’s father.

The story tells a depressing tale of Andy Sr.’s childhood struggle with polio and the three toys he managed to save Woody, Slinky Dog, and Mr. Potato Head before the rest of his belongings were incinerated.

Years later, moments before his death, he’d call Andy Jr. to him and present him with a key to a trunk in their attic. Andy Sr. tells him to go upstairs and retrieve the trunk, but by the time Andy Jr. returns, his dad has passed away. A few days later, Andy Jr. finally opens his father’s trunk and finds the three toys.

While there are certain details from the film that support Mozart’s story, Stanton’s rebuttal suggests it might be best to label this story a compelling theory until further notice.

But for whatever it’s worth, Mozart stands by his interview:

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/25/toy-story-andy-father-viral-story/

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Remember when Republicans wanted to investigate the Clintons’ pet cat?

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Republicans seem a bit investigation-shy these days, don’t they? Well, as you might remember from election season, that wasn’t always the case. During Bill Clinton’s administration, House Republicans even called for an inquiry into Socks, the First Cat.

Socks was a fairly normal cat, and by most accounts, he seemed to be a good and cute boy. Adopted by Chelsea Clinton as a lost kitten, he enjoyed the things that most cats do: catnip (which press photographers used to lure him closer on the White House lawn), skulking around the grounds, and loathing his canine counterpart, Buddy the dog.

So what was Socks’s crime? For Indiana GOP representative Dan Burton, Socks himself wasn’t the issue. The problem was that constituents liked Socks so much, in fact, that they were sending him mail. Of course, since most of the letter writers were children, the White House would respond from Socks.

And Burton wanted to know why taxpayers were fronting Socks’s postage.

A criminal mastermind.

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The Chicago Tribune reported on Burton’s “concern” in 1995. (If you’d like a quick character summary on Burton, he stopped using the House gym after Rep. Barney Frank came out as gay in 1987.)

Here’s an excerpt from the letter he sent to the Clintons:

As a member of the new Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, I would like to inquire what the standard practice is for the White House to respond to mail directed to ‘Socks,’ your cat. How many of these inquiries were responded to over the past two years? Who pays for the postage? If it comes out of the White House mail budget, why are the taxpayers being made to pay for your feline’s fan club?

Seems like a lot!

Burton also suggested that the Clintons follow the precedent of Barbara Bush, who wrote a White House book from the perspective of her dog Millie, then donated proceeds to pay for the cost of Millie’s personal correspondence.

Hillary Clinton did, in fact, compile a book of letters written to Socks and Buddy in 1998. However, proceeds from Dear Socks, Dear Buddy were donated to the National Park Foundation.

In the end, of course, nothing came of Burton’s inquiry. A completely unaware Socks got off scot-free and a lot of delighted kids received taxpayer-funded letters from their favorite cat.

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Incidentally, an Arizona newspaper study ranked Burton the fifth-biggest user of free Congressional mail in 2007, which many considered to be abusing the privilege.

As far as we know, Socks the cat who was enjoying an idyllic Chesapeake Bay retirement at the time did not inquire into Burton’s $190,000 expenses.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/04/socks-the-cat-gop-investigation/