You may not have noticed this, I certainly didn’t, but there are some striking similarities between AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead and Disney’s beloved animated franchise Toy Story. If you need further proof take a gander at these new videos that mash the two popular properties together. The result is, as you may imagine, called Dead Story, and the seemingly disparate entities really do mesh together rather well.
These videos are the brain child of Dale Meany, who shows his audio skills by laying tracks from The Walking Dead and Toy Story 3. Who knew that this was a combination that would be really awesome? This first video lays audio of Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) talking to his dead wife on the phone over Woody chatting on a toy while hiding under a bed. The tone and tempo of the two pieces do match up almost seamlessly, and for a second you believe that maybe this cartoon cowboy is in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
Armed with this new information and fresh perspective, you may also notice resemblances between Woodbury despot The Governor (David Morrissey) and Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear. Both are kindly on the surface and initially welcome in the new outsiders to their seemingly perfect small towns. Again, this point is never so clear as when Meany dubs Morrissey’s voice over more footage from Toy Story 3. Lots-o’-Huggin’ is essentially the Governor dressed like a furry, especially when you consider that both are in charge of an enclave that hides a sinister secret, and both were driven over the edge by the death of a small girl.
Meany apparently isn’t the first person to notice the parallel lives lived by The Walking Dead and the Toy Story. Good ol’ JimmyLegs50—everyone knows him, right—created a series of images that traces that extensively catalogs exactly how, in minute detail, the two franchises compare to one another. They seem so obvious when you see them laid out side by side like this.
For instance, the hero of both is a sheriff.
Both are in charge of a rag tag gang of half-broken misfits who can barely function even on their best days.
Each has a super manly best-bro…
…not to mention a kid who is the most important person in each one’s respective life…
…and those boys are growing up way too fast, though, admittedly, for very, very different reasons. As far as I can remember, Andy never had to kill his own mother, but I could have missed that part.
The two best buddies also come into conflict over their relationships with the kid…
…and fight each other underneath a truck.
This goes on and on and on. If you want to see more, there are upwards of 40, click HERE to see the extensive similarities between The Walking Dead and the Toy Story movies.