Hi, How Can We Help You?

Somerset graduate goes viral w...

Somerset graduate goes viral with ‘Toy Story’-inspired graduation photo

A San Antonio graduate celebrated the end of his K-12 education and beginning of his college career in one of the most emotional photo shoots a zoomer (young ones from Generation Z) can have.

Though the first “Toy Story” was released years before he was born, Josiah Robles says he and his mother had the idea to take a graduation photo inspired by the movie franchise. Robles told MySA that his mother had seen a Facebook post in which a graduate posed with his childhood toys. They said the photos inspired them to recreate (spoiler alert!) one of the last scenes of “Toy Story 3,” when Andy says goodbye to Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the gang.


“We thought it would be a good idea to do [the photo shoot] with ‘Toy Story’ toys considering that I will be going off to college,” explains Robles, who will attend Baylor University in the fall.

Like many kids who grew up watching Disney movies on repeat, Robles, who graduated from Somerset High School last week, said the photo, shot by aspiring photographer Brandon Romero at Denman Estate Park, was also because “Toy Story” holds a special place in his heart.

“’Toy Story’ was really my childhood go-to movie,” Robles says. “I had no problem watching it 24/7.”

Robles found most of the toys through Target and Amazon, and was ultimately able to include Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye, Hamm, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, and the Aliens.

For many millennials and zoomers who grew up watching Disney and Pixar films like Robles, the photo was a hit. The Somerset graduate said his friends and classmates enjoyed the picture, as did numerous strangers on Twitter, where he shared the photo. As of publication, Robles’s tweet had more than 17,300 likes and upwards of 1,000 retweets.

“My phone would not stop buzzing,” Robles says.

The recent graduate says the best part about the photo going viral was seeing Romero, a close family friend, get his work seen by thousands of people. The photo got plenty of Twitter users in their feelings.