I loved the Toy Story movies and The Incredibles, but I have to admit that this Cracked article about their moral lessons has a good point.
When you think about it, the villains in Toy Story 1 and 2 are only villains because they treat toys like inanimate objects rather than sentient feeling beings. But in the real world, toys are inanimate objects. In the world of the film, this isn’t the case, and audience knows that. But there’s no reason for the humans to suspect this at all. To them, they’re living in the same world we are.
When you recognize this, Sid is just a kid who is creatively repurposing junk to make new works of art. And Al the Toy Collector is putting a lot of work and research into finding items that people are discarding as worthless junk, which could instead be put in a museum to bring happiness to many people. They don’t know the toys have feelings. So why are they considered bad people? At worst, they’re victims of ignorance.
In The Incredibles, Syndrome is trying to invent technology that will improve everyone’s lives. Yes, he’s also murdering people, so he can’t be considered innocent the way Sid and Al are. But the film portrays the murder as secondary to his villainy, whereas his primary evilness comes from him wanting to create beneficial technology.
Some interesting stuff to think about.