Wait, you mean toys don’t come to life when humans aren’t looking? -horrors-
Generations of writers, artists and now filmmakers have found considerable fame and fortune perpetuating this theory. And if you subscribe to the theory that imagination and thinking about things gives them power then it is not so far-fetched to believe toys come to life when they are alone and safe. That’s no odder than believing in Santa, the tooth fairy, vampires or dragons and look how many well-adjusted and highly functional adults claim one or more of those beliefs.
As for naming cars…guys have been doing it for years. Probably a holdover from boats and carrIage (where they horses, if not the carriage itself, had names and recognized them.)
via Genesis Meranda