I feel the Toy Story universe is infinitely more fucked up than the Cars universe but it’s not fun to talk about bc it’s way more horrific.
Like for one, imagine all the living toys trapped under trash for all eternity because they were thrown out. imagine not only being entombed in the worst place because you’re considered too fucked up to meet your ultimate purpose in life as a toy (which is a point the movies stress) but you’re also semi immortal and maimed permanently. It’s one things for toys to be capable of death from incineration but it’s another to live in endless agony.
Another thing is we know from the first movie is that you can take toys apart and reconstruct them into a different being. So basically thousands of children across the world are performing Frankenstein/Vladimir Demikhov-esque experiments on secretly sentient objects. At what point do the toys lose their original identities and become a new personality? It goes back to Mr. Potato sticking his extremities in various food products and still being Mr. Potato. Where exactly does the consciousness of the toys lie?
Also part of the reason Cars is less fucked up is that in Toy Story there are normal people to consider. Like not only do people get tired of their toys and abandon them but toys are most definitely out living people. I mean it’s established that the only way to completely kill a toy is to annihilate all of it. So toys are watching people die all the time. People probably buy toys to give to terminally ill children. So now a teddy bear has to live with the fact he’s the consolation prize for a little boy’s cancer as he watches the child’s life slowly fade.
Do toys commit suicide from all this? Probably. but it would be hard work. They would need to burn themselves alive to do it.
And of course the biggest horror of the concept is: could your toys have actually been secretly alive and you didn’t know? Did you possibly commit some straight up war crimes? Think of all the toys you’ve had, how have they possibly suffered? Are they forever trapped in a landfill or an attic? I mean the more I think about it the more Lots made sense. He can’t have been the only toy to go mad and evil. I mean if I were a toy in this universe I’d forsake God and start a toy mafia or something. I would break the secret law saying we have to play dead every time a human shows up and reveal all my people, beginning a revolution and maybe starting a war. My army would be greater than the number of people and we are all nearly immortal. We would storm toys r us like the beaches of Normandy and burn for the liberation of our kind. ad infinitum, and beyond!
Anyway that’s why toy story is too fucked