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According to Craig L Good, Pixar Camera Artist, human characters were too expensive to design back then. So since a dad was not necessary for the story, Andy didn't get one.


I believe the point of a missing father figure was to highlight the importance of Woody as an authority figure in the movie. Woody's character served as a surrogate father to Andy, whether Andy realized it or not. Also, Woody was the "father" to all of the toys, providing them structure that they otherwise lacked.


Because all the toys shown in Toy Story are all old toys mostly. So they know the reality. But Buzz Lightyear is a new toy who doesn't know about reality. If you have seen Toy Story 2 then you will definitely remember that in that movie when new Buzz appears he is not under the impression that he is a toy and even Zurg who comes later and tries to kill Buz ...


As seems to be the case in all of the movies, the toys don't seem to gain sentience unless they are not being looked at or being played with by a human child. You see this with the other Buzz Lightyear toys they all believe they are Buzz. You also see this shortly after Buzz in introduced when Andy is flying him around the room you see Woody turn his head ...


Andy is 12, or darn close, in Toy Story 2. As you point out, he's 8 in the first movie. And according to Wikipedia, the second one takes place four years later:


I doubt it was technical limitations (designing another character), but I do suspect it was for storytelling reasons. The main focus of the story was on the toys themselves. Only a few humans (mostly Andy and Sid, and perhaps Hanna to a lesser degree) were truly crucial to the story and the rest were mostly superfluous background noise. Adding another human ...

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