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In 1988, MGM studios released the horror movie Child’s Play. The film’s plot centers around Chicago serial killer Charles Lee Ray, who, while attempting to escape authorities, enters a doll store, using voodoo magic to transfer his soul into a “Good Guy” doll. He is then purchased by a single mother as a present for her six-year-old son, Andy. The toy eventually reveals to the child that he’s actually alive and that his name is “Chucky.” Unfortunately, things quickly go awry when Chucky goes on a killing spry, somehow making Andy the primary suspect; and then tries to transfer his soul into the kid and thereby taking over Andy’s body.
Although a family-friendly film, Toy Story is strangely similar to Child’s Play. Not only is the kid’s name in both movies Andy, but they explore the concept of animated playthings. Though in the case of Toy Story, they neither began as humans nor do they ever reveal (with the exception of Sid) that they’re alive. Oh, and I guess there’s also Toy Story’s whole lack of a homicide thing.
Thus, I thought it would be interesting to construct a hypothetical crossover film; one in which Chucky is forced to interact with the Toy Story crew and how such an episode would playout. There are perhaps numerous iterations over how this could occur. But for my version, I’m going to place Chucky within the Toy Story universe.
The movie begins with Andy’s mom arriving home one day with a present for her son. As with every new plaything’s arrival, there is much buzz (no pun intended) amongst the toys as they eagerly await the newest addition to their crew. Andy brings the box to his room and hurriedly rips off its packaging, revealing a ‘Good Guy’ doll. Andy pulls out the toy and jumps with excitement. “You found one!” he exclaims. “Thanks, Mom! This is the best birthday gift ever!”
Andy has to go to school, so he leaves Chucky on the bed. When he’s gone, the doll jumps down to the floor. The toys then flock to Chucky, who lets lose a startled yell. Because Chucky was originally a human, he had no idea that toys were actually alive. Woody is the first to introduce himself and explains to Chucky the layout of the land. Chucky, still a bit bewildered, decides to play along. Woody tells Chucky all about Andy and how it’s their job to ensure he has a spectacular playtime.
“Since you’re Andy’s new favorite toy,” Woody says, “the pressure will fall primarily on you to make sure that Andy has fun.”
As the other toys make their introductions, Chucky formulates a scheme. He decides that he will win the others trust and then utilize their assistance in finding a new host body. Chucky learns that tragedy recently befell Rex the dinosaur after he accidentally fell into a neighboring yard belonging to a boy named Sid, who then proceeded to replace the dinosaur’s tail with a Ken doll’s ass. The toys are obviously terrified of the child, so Chucky decides to lend a helping hand.
“Don’t worry.” He assures them. “I can deal with Sid. He won’t be a problem anymore.”
“How so?” Woody inquires.
“You’ll see. Let’s just say I have a way with people.”
That weekend, Andy and his mother take a quick trip out of town. The toys wake up that Saturday morning to find Sid’s severed heard situated in the middle of the room. The toys gasp and scream, then glance over at Chucky, who casually remarks, “Problem solved.” The shocked toys begin to protest, but Chucky interrupts them.
“Look, I did you all a favor. Think about all the toys that kid has hurt. He would have only kept doing it. It would have only been a matter of time before he got to another one of us.”
The playthings contemplate this for awhile.
“Well, I guess the world is better off without him,” Slinky Dog observes.
“Chucky, we are eternally grateful,” the weird, little, green aliens utter.
“I mean, by getting rid of Sid, Chucky probably saved a lot of toys future agony,” Hamm adds.
Steadily, the toys begin to agree with Chucky. All except Woody, who it outraged that his friends would even consider that Chucky’s actions are somehow morally justified. Little by little, a rift grows between Woody and the others concerning Chucky.
“Finally, someone standing up for the rights of toys!” Sarge hails. “A true hero to our kind,” Mr. Potato Head agrees.
The only toy somewhat on Woody’s side is Buzz. But though he is weary of the doll, he’s reluctant to speak out. This is because he knows how happy Andy is with his new favorite toy.
A few days later, Andy’s mother has a garage sale. Woody is accidently placed on one of the tables. Al McWhiggin, the toy collector from the second film, sees Woody and steals him while the others helplessly watch from the window. Chucky rushes downstairs and sneaks into his car. He waits for Al to stop at a red light before Chucky leaps up and starts pummeling him. “You ever fuck with us again, you’re dead!” Chucky screams as he shakes Al’s bloodied, disfigured dome.
The toys are overjoyed when Chucky arrives back with their sheriff, except Woody, who despite being saved, still does not approve of the doll’s violent methods. His annoyance swells further when he witnesses Bo-Peep place a kiss on Chucky’s cheek and adoringly says “my hero.”
Chucky continues to endear himself to the others. When Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head lose their eyes, the doll finds them a new set. Although they are round and mucous, the couple thinks nothing of it. Moreover, Bo-Peep’s attraction to Chucky increases, as she comes to admire his go-getter attitude. Even Buzz begins to wonder if he misjudged the doll. Nevertheless, Woody remains staunch is his suspicion. This leads to an exchange between the two when Chucky catches Woody alone in the hallway right outside of Andy’s room.
“Still don’t trust me, huh, Woody?”
The cowboy turns around as Chucky emerges from the crevice near the room’s door.
“I’ll never trust someone like you.”
“You know, Woody, I used to know guys like you back in the joint. Fellas that pretend that they didn’t belong in there; men who murdered their wives after they caught them cheating with another man. ‘It was just a one-time thing,’ they would say, ‘I couldn’t control myself; the rage just took over.’ But here’s the thing— that anger was always there. They kept it bottled up because that how ‘polite society’ expects you to act. You put on the act of Mr. Wholesome Cowboy, but we both know who you really are deep inside—you’re just a resentful toy; one who can’t handle when someone else comes onto their turf and steals their spotlight. Because no mater how much you deny it, the truth is you’re just like me—full of rancor and hate.”
“I’m nothing like you.”
“Oh, yes you are. The only difference between us is that I know what I am. So, let me give you a piece of advice, Sheriff. Go find some unlucky fella and release all your ire onto them. Trust me, you don’t know how good it feels to just give into your baser instincts until you finally just say ‘fuck it’, and let it burst out of you.”
Chucky walks away, leaving Woody standing there, feeling uneasy. Woody then ponders to himself, “What did Chucky mean when he said he knew guys ‘in the joint?’”
Woody decides to sneak away from the house. When Buzz asks where is he going, Woody just says, “To the toy store. I want to find out more about this doll. You’re in charge, Buzz. Keep an eye on things while I’m gone.”
Similar to the first Child’s Play movie, Chucky’s toy body begins to become more human. His once plastic parts now are morphing into flesh and bone. The doll knows that his only option is to transfer his soul into Andy. Moreover, the toys have become less warm towards Chucky. The doll’s bloodlust has led to numerous deaths across the neighborhood, making Andy the prime suspect in six homicides. Unfortunately, the others are too scared to say anything.
Woody arrives at the store that night and makes his way to the Good Guy doll section. He asks them if they knew of a doll who called himself Chucky who was recently purchased. They tell Woody they don’t. However, they recount a peculiar incident which occurred several weeks ago when a disheveled man broke into the store. It was late at night and they could hear loud sirens wailing outside. He removed one of their friends and started chanting in an unfamiliar language. They then saw a smoke-like substance leave his body and enter the doll. The man fell to the floor, with police pronouncing dead minutes later. The next day, that particular doll was bought by a woman fitting Andy’s mom’s description. It’s then that Woody realizes the truth— Chucky is not a toy, he’s a human. The sheriff rushes back home to warn the others before it’s too late.
Meanwhile, Andy awakens to find his mouth gagged and his wrists and ankles tied to the bed frame. Chucky begins preforming the spell as the boy struggles to free himself. This is the last straw for the toys. It’s one thing to hurt Sid and random strangers, but going after Andy is crossing the line. Buzz jumps in the and orders Chucky to stop. When the doll ignores him, Buzz activates his laser, pointing it at Chucky’s chest.
The doll cackles, “You really think you’re going to hurt me with a laser pointer?”
Buzz then shifts the beam to one of Chucky’s eyes, causing him to wince in pain. Buzz then tackles the doll, knocking him to the floor. Slinky Dog wraps around him as the other toys begin pummeling the doll while Andy slowly starts get himself free. Unfortunately for the toys, Chucky has the size advantage, and he is soon able to throw his adversaries aside. Woody arrives just in time to witness the doll repeatedly slam Buzz and Bo-Peep against the floor, severely injuring them.
Seeing his best friend and girlfriend get mangled sends Woody into a rage. The sheriff grabs a nearby blunt object and goes straight-up beast mode, beating Chucky over the head with it until the doll’s on the ground, battered and bloodied.
Woody pauses. Chucky coughs up blood as he chuckles.
“See, I knew you had it in you, Woody. Now come on, finish the job. Show me who you truly are. You know you want to. Do it, Woody!”
Woody raises the object above his head, prepared to strike the final blow. Then he scans the room, looking at his friends who fearfully stare back at him along with a tearful Andy. He drops the weapon.
“No,” Woody says, “I’m nothing like you.”
Woody walks away. While his back is turned, Chucky leaps up to attack him from behind, but is thwarted by Andy’s mom. She grabs Chuck, makes a cool catch phrases (I imagine something along the lines of “you don’t have a friend in me, but maybe you’ll have one in Hell) and throws him into a nearby fire place. Chucky screams as he’s burned to a crisp.
Turns out Andy’s mom discovered there was something amiss when she discovered the corpse of a dead detective in their living room. Knowing that there’s no way anyone will believe a doll committed the murder, Andy, Buzz, Woody and Rex drag the body outside and bury it while the rest of the toys and Andy’s mother clean up the mess. Andy and his mom then hastily pack, throw all their toys into a duffle bad, then disappear into the dead of night.
The film ends with Andy and his mom as not only fugitives, but both now knowing the toys are living creatures. Andy is not only scarred for life, but has to live the rest of his life on the road with him mother, just like they’re John and Sarah Connor. But at least Andy has Woody, Buzz, and the rest of his toys to keep him company.
If we want to ruin more childhood movies, there could also be a post-credits scene in which a giant, big, furry, blue monster exits Andy’s closet. He then creeps over to the fireplace, picking up the charred remains of Chucky.
“What happened to you?’ he asks, as he turns the doll over in his hands. “I bet Boo would love you”
He then makes his way back to the closet, but as he does, we see one of Chucky’s fingers started to slightly move.
© 2021 RMS Thornton
Ruth on February 18, 2021:
Haha very interestingly played out.