"After [Toy Story] came out, I remember I would set my toys up," says John Morris, who started voicing the toys' owner, Andy, at age 7. "I'd leave them a certain way on my bed and I'd crack the door open to see if anything was happening -- if they were moving or something. I was always hoping to catch them in the act. The films just made you believe."

In a short interview with the L.A. Times, Morris -- who stayed with the trilogy and provided Andy's voice in all three Toy Story movies -- says that the third film of the trilogy resonated with him because he went through a similar journey himself. When he went to college in 2003, he sorted through his toys, including a beloved "My Buddy" doll, and had to decide what to do with them.

"Some of them I gave to my little sister," he said. "Some of them I saved in the attic to give to my future kids. The rest I sort of displayed on a shelf. You don't realize how hard it is to let some of them go until you're faced with it. You kind of just want to play with them one last time."
According to the Times piece, Morris was cast after attending an open casting session when he was 7, although he says he was too preoccupied with playing with his own toys to really notice, which may have been a large part of what won him the role. Now, maybe everyone else already knew it, but it honestly never occurred to me that the same actor played Andy in all the movies. Buzz, Woody, the Potato Heads, of course. They're voices by recognizable actors. But Andy? I guess I figured that anybody could play Andy, and that they found a new, age-appropriate actor for each film. Leave it to Pixar to show as much loyalty to Andy as they do to Hamm and Rex.

Morris' journey as Andy may have lent a weight to the final scenes of Toy Story 3 that helped to reduce most of us to balls of sobbing mush. He says that the scene was deeply moving for him, speaking as it does to saying to goodbye to Woody and, by association, childhood.

"It was this emotional on a whole other level for me because this character has been my life. There was so much depth in that scene for me. I mean, we grew up together, he and I."

You can read the entire piece here.
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