Woody – Toy Story trilogy
By Bri Lockart
As Andy’s favorite toy, Sheriff Woody Pride (voiced by Tom Hanks) serves as the leader of the toys in all three Toy Story movies. As a classic stuffed cowboy doll, Woody often faces issues that all of us face in the human experience: jealousy of others, the fear of becoming obsolete, and the consequences of displaying hubris. Part of what makes Woody so great is how he showed us from a young age how to deal with these issues. Whether it’s correcting his own mistakes by saving Buzz from the sadistic Sid’s clutches or learning to deal with change by arranging for the college-aged Andy to give his toys to Bonnie in the third movie, Woody is someone we should all aspire to be.
And let’s not forget, Woody teaches us all the very important skill of helping our friends in the midst of a nervous breakdown. Who else could have pulled Buzz back in the midst of his Mrs. Nesbitt spiral? No one but our friendly neighborhood cowboy doll, that’s who.