Disney(Pixar) Villain: Sid (aka Andy’s next-door-neighbor)
Yes, Sid. The sadistic young child who blew up toys, got kicked out of summer camp, and grew up to be a garbage man. He’s quite villainous isn’t he? But why? What about him is so abnormal? Like many young boys, he was rambunctious, and had an affinity for matches and explosives. He uses a magnifying glass to burn things. And he switches the heads of his younger sister’s toys. All of this is meant to instill fear in us, but why? Because our main characters are living toys.
Think about it! The toys have gone to such extents to hide their living nature, that the humans have no clue! Why do we suppose that he is maliciously doing these things to his toys, as if he were enjoying their pain? Sid has no knowledge that he is killing anything sentient! And if he did, who knows how he might have behaved? Also, there are plenty of children who have discipline issues, why do we naturally judge Sid harshly, but other poorly behaved children (Simba, Emperor Cuzco, Harry Potter) a free pass? Do we not even consider what sort of home environment he grew up in? From the look of things, it cannot have been too positive (pit-bull? Really?) Even when he is sleeping, we see from his softer side through his ironic, dreamlike murmur “I want to ride the pony…”
We may naturally be inclined to think of being a garbage-man as a low, uneducated job, but this isn’t entirely true. The job pays well and is hard work. And what’s more, we see Sid (at the oldest, perhaps a few years older than Andy) working hard in his late teens, early twenties! This is more than can be said for many “well-adjusted” children!
So in conclusion, we have an energetic, creative, masculine young child with a subconscious softer side, raised in a poor home environment, yet overcomes his circumstances to gain a well paying, labor intensive job! What about this is villainous, Pixar? I’ll give my concern to flesh and blood over plastic and steel, and won’t buy into your consumerist culture!