The Pixar Theory

Every Pixar movie is connected. I explain how, and possibly why.

Several months ago, I watched a fun-filled video on Cracked.com that introduced the idea (at least to me) that all of the Pixar movies actually exist within the same universe. Since then, I’ve obsessed over this concept, working to complete what I call “The Pixar Theory,” a working narrative that ties all of the Pixar movies into one cohesive timeline with a main theme.

This theory covers every Pixar production since Toy Story. That includes:

  • A Bug’s Life
  • Toy Story 2
  • Monsters Inc.
  • Finding Nemo
  • The Incredibles
  • Cars
  • Ratatouille
  • Wall-E
  • Up
  • Toy Story 3
  • Cars 2
  • Brave
  • Monsters University

The point of this theory is to have fun and exercise your imagination while simultaneously finding interesting connections between these fantastic movies. If you hate fun and/or imagination, you probably won’t like this theory.

[SIDE NOTE: All text in blue indicates updated edits since the original version]

You can read the full theory below, or watch this summarized video that was made and narrated by Bloop Media. Enjoy!

Brave is the first and last movie in the timeline. Obviously, this movie about a Scottish kingdom during the Dark Ages is the earliest time period covered by the Pixar films, but it’s also the only Pixar movie that actually explains why animals in the Pixar universe behave like humans sometimes.

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In Brave, Merida discovers that there is “magic” that can solve her problems but inadvertently turns her mother into a bear. We find out that this magic comes from an odd witch seemingly connected to the mysterious will-of-the-wisps. Not only do we see animals behaving like humans, but we also see brooms (inanimate objects) behaving like people in the witch’s shop.

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We also learn that this witch inexplicably disappears every time she passes through doors, leading us to believe that she may not even exist. Don’t get ahead of me, but we’ll come back to Brave. Let’s just say, for now, the witch is someone we know from a different movie in the timeline.

[Some of you pointed out that the animals in Brave gradually regress back into an animal state, disproving the idea that this is the source of animals acting like humans. My rebuttal is simple. They regress because the magic wears off. Over time, their evolving intelligence grows naturally.]

Centuries later, the animals from Brave that have been experimented on by the witch have interbred, creating a large-scale population of animals slowly gaining personification and intelligence on their own.

There are two progressions: the progression of the animals and the progression of artificial intelligence. The events of the following movies set up a power struggle between humans, animals, and machines.

The stage for all-out war in regards to animals is set by Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, and Up, in that order. Notice I left out A Bug’s Life, but I’ll explain why later.

In Ratatouille, we see animals experimenting with their growing personification in small, controlled experiments.

Remy wants to cook, something only humans explicitly do. He crafts a relationship with a small group of humans and finds success. Meanwhile, the villain of Ratatouille, Chef Skinner, disappears. What happened to him? What did he do with his newfound knowledge that animals were capable of transcending their instincts and performing duties better than humans?

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It’s possible that Charles Muntz, the antagonist of Up, learned of this startling rumor, giving him the idea to begin inventing devices that would harness the thoughts of animals, namely his dogs, through translator collars. Those collars indicated to Muntz that animals are smarter and more like humans than we think. He needed this technology to find the exotic bird he’s obsessed over, and he even comments on how many dogs he’s lost since he arrived in South America.

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But then Dug and the rest of his experiments are set free after Muntz’s demise, and we don’t know the full implications of that, but what we do know is that animosity between the animals and humans is growing steadily. Now that humans have discovered the potential of animals, they are beginning to cross the line. To develop this new technology, the humans begin an industrial revolution hinted at in Up.

[Some have pointed out that Muntz was working in South America before the events of Ratatouille. This is true, but it is not explicitly stated how and when he developed the collars. Also, we know Ratatouille takes place before Up for several reasons. In Toy Story 3, a postcard on Andy’s wall has Carl and Ellie’s name and address on it (including their last names to confirm). This confirms that in 2010, the time of Toy Story 3, Ellie is still alive or hasn’t been dead long. This supports the idea that Up takes place years later.]

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In the beginning of Up, Carl is forced to give up his house to a corporation because they are expanding the city. Think on that. What corporation is guilty for polluting the earth and wiping out life in the distant future because of technology overreach?

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Buy-n-Large (BNL), a corporation that runs just about everything by the time we get to Wall-E. In the“History of BNL” commercial from the movie, we’re told that BNL has even taken over the world governments. Did you catch that this one corporation achieved global dominance?Interestingly, this is the same organization alluded to in Toy Story 3:

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In Finding Nemo, we have an entire population of sea creatures uniting to save a fish that was captured by humans. BNL shows up again in this universe via another news article that talks about a beautiful underwater world.

Lines are being crossed. Humans are beginning to antagonize the increasingly networked and intelligent animals.

Think about Dory from Finding Nemo for a second. She stands apart from most of the other fish. Why? She isn’t as intelligent. Her short-term memory loss is likely a result of her not being as advanced as the other sea creatures, which is a reasonable explanation for how rapidly these creatures are evolving.

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It’s likely that the sequel to Finding Nemo, which is about Dory, will touch on this and further explain why. We may also get some more evidence pointing to animosity between humans and animals.

[Some great users have pointed out that Dory is actually more intelligent and shows signs of growth due to her ability to read and communicate with whales. This would actually show signs of how the animals are beginning to change in intelligence gradually.]

And that is the furthest movie in the “animal” side of things. When it comes to A.I., we start with The Incredibles. Who is the main villain of this movie? You probably thought of Buddy, a.ka. Syndrome, who basically commits genocide on super-powered humans.

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Or does he? Buddy didn’t have any powers. He used technology to enact revenge on Mr. Incredible for not taking him seriously. Seems a little odd that the man went so far as to commit genocide.

[A lot of people have been arguing about where The Incredibles actually takes place because we see technology from modern times and the 1980s even though everything has a 1960s vibe. This is cleared by Brad Bird, the director, who says the movie takes place in an alternate 1960s, which means the movie opens in the 1950s.]

And how does he kill all of the supers? He creates the omnidroid, an A.I. “killbot” that learns the moves of every super-human and adapts. When Mr. Incredible is first told about this machine, Mirage mentions that it is an advanced artificial intelligence that has gone rogue.

Mr. Incredible points out that it got smart enough to wonder why it had to take orders.  The omnidroid eventually turns on Syndrome, and starts attacking humans in the city. Why would an A.I. want to just attack randomly? Do machines have an inherent hatred of humans?

The movie even shows clips of the superheroes with capes being done in by inanimate objects, such as plane turbines…accidentally.

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But why would machines want to get rid of humans in the first place? We know that animals don’t like humans because they are polluting the Earth and experimenting on them, but why would the machines have an issue?

Enter Toy Story. Here we see humans using and discarding “objects” that are clearly sentient. Yes, the toys love it Uncle Tom style, but over the course of the Toy Story sequels, we see toys becoming fed up. But wait, toys and inanimate objects aren’t necessarily machines, so how do they have some kind of intelligence?

Syndrome points to the answer. He tells Mr. Incredible that his lasers are powered by Zero Point Energy. This is the electromagnetic energy that exists in a vacuum. It’s the unseen energy we find in wavelengths and a reasonable explanation for how toys and objects in the Pixar world draw power.

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By the events of the Toy Story movies, we are in the 90s until 2010. It’s been 40-50 years or so since the events of The Incredibles, giving A.I. plenty of time to develop BNL.

Meanwhile, Pixar is hinting at dissatisfaction among pockets of toy civilizations. The toys rise up against Sid in the first movie. Jesse resents her owner, Emily, for abandoning her. Lotso Huggin’ Bear straight up hates humans by the third movie.

Toys are obviously not satisfied with the status quo, providing a reason for why machines and objects alike are ready to take over.

So, by the 2000s, the super-humans all but gone, and mankind is vulnerable. Animals, who want to rise up Planet of the Apes style, have the ability to take over, but we don’t see this happen.

Also, A.I. never takes over humans by force. Why do you think that is? It’s reasonable to assume that machines did take over, just not as we expected. The machines used BNL, a faceless corporation (which are basically faceless in nature) to dominate the world, starting in the 1960s after the Omnidroid fails to defeat the Incredibles.

In each of the Toy Story movies, it’s made painfully clear that sentient objects rely on humans for everything. For fulfillment and even energy. It’s hinted at that the Toys lose all life when put away in “storage” unless they are in a museum that will get them seen by humans.

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So machines decide to control humans by using a corporation that suits their every need, leading to an industrial revolution that eventually leads to…pollution. When the animals rise up against the humans to stop them from polluting the earth, who will save them? The machines.

We know that the machines will win the war, too, because after this war, there are almost no animals left on Earth. Who’s left?

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Because the machines tip everything out of balance, Earth becomes an unfit planet for humans and animals, so the remaining humans are put on Axiom (or Noah’s Ark if you want to carry on the Biblical theme where Wall-E is basically Robot Jesus and his love interest is aptly named Eve) as a last-ditch effort to save the human race.

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On Axiom, the humans have no purpose aside from having their needs met by the machines. The machines have made humans dependent on them for everything because that is how they were treated as “toys.” It’s all they know.

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Meanwhile on Earth, machines are left behind to populate the world and run things, explaining human landmarks and traditions still being prominent in Cars. There are no animals or humans in this version of Earth because they’re all gone, but we do know that the planet still has many human influences left.

[Some have noted that the world of Cars can’t be after humans left because there’s no pollution shown in the movies. If you look carefully at Wall-E, however, the world is never shown during this time, so we don’t really know how badly the Earth was polluted. It’s possible that the machines sent humans away to curb overpopulation and fix the environment without them, but the world was drained of resources as a result of machines populating the Earth. That would explain why the machines abandoned Earth entirely, leaving only Wall-E behind.]

In Cars 2, the cars go to Europe and Japan, making it plain that this is all taking place on Earth as we know it. So what happened to the cars? We’ve learned by now that humans are the source of energy for the machines. That’s why they never got rid of them.

In Wall-E, they point out that BNL intended to bring the humans back once the planet was clean again, but they failed. The machines on Earth eventually died out, though we don’t know how.

Pixar TheoryWhat we do know is that there is an energy crisis in Cars 2, with oil being the only way society trudges on despite its dangers. We even learn that the Allinol corporation was using “green energy” as a catalyst for a fuel war in order to turn cars away from alternative energy sources. That “clean” fuel could have been used to wipe out many of the cars, very quickly.

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[Someone pointed out that “all in all” means the same thing as “by and large” making the connection between Cars and Wall-E even more substantial.]

Which brings us back to Wall-E. Have you ever wondered why Wall-E was the only machine left? We know that the movie begins 800 years after humans have left Earth on Axiom, governed by the AutoPilot (another A.I. reference).

Could it be that Wall-E’s fascination with human culture and friendship with a cockroach is what allowed him to keep finding fulfillment and the ability to maintain his personality? That’s why he was special and liberated the humans.

He remembered the times when humans and machines lived in peace, away from all of the pollution caused by both sides.

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After Wall-E liberates the humans and they rebuild society back on Earth, what happens then? During the end credits of Wall-E, we see the shoe that contains the last of plant life. It grows into a mighty tree. A tree that strikingly resembles the central tree in A Bug’s Life.

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That’s right. The reason no humans show up in A Bug’s Life is because there aren’t a lot left. We know because of the cockroach that some of the insects survived, meaning they would have rebounded a bit faster, though the movie had to be far enough in the timeline for birds to have returned as well, though they’re noticeably less intelligent than the bugs.

[I’ll admit, the trees looking similar isn’t enough to support the idea that A Bug’s Life takes place after Wall-E, but there’s definitely more reasons for why it’s likely. Also, I’ll bring the tree up again later because it appears in Up as well.]

There’s something strikingly different about A Bug’s Life when compared to other Pixar portrayals of animals, which leads me to believe it takes place in the future. Unlike Ratatouille, Up, and Finding Nemo, the bugs have many human activities similar to what the rats in Ratatouille were merely experimenting with.

The bugs have cities, bars, advertisements, their own machines, know what a bloody mary is and even have a traveling circus. This all assumes that the movie is in a different time period.

The other factor that sets A Bug’s Life apart from other Pixar movies is the fact that it is the only one, besides Cars and Cars 2, that doesn’t revolve (or even include) humans.

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[Okay there is a a lot of contention over the idea that A Bug’s Life takes place post-apocalypse, but hear me out. The reason I am so inclined to push the idea is because of how different the bug world is from the “animal” movies. No other Pixar movie has animals wearing clothing, wild inventions, animals creating machines, or so much human influence like bars and cities. In Finding Nemo, the most human thing we see is a school, and even that is pretty stripped down. But in A Bug’s Life, we have a world where humans are barely even implied. At one point, one of the ants tells Flik not to leave the island because there are “snakes, birds, and bigger bugs out there.” He doesn’t even bring up humans. Yes, there are some humans, like the kid who allegedly picked the wings off of the homeless bug, but that still fits in a post Wall-E world. Also, the bugs have to be irradiated for them to live such long lifespans. The average lifespan of an ant is just 3 months, but these ants all survive an entire summer and allude to being around for quite some time by saying things like “this happens every year.” One of the ants even says he “feels 90 again.” That works if you accept that the ants are sturdier due to evolution and mutated genes.]

There’s another Pixar movie that was supposed to be released in 2012, but was cancelled and replaced with Brave. This movie was called Newt and I believe it might have fit in this part of the timeline post-Wall-E. The movie’s supposed plot: “What happens when the last remaining male and female blue-footed newts on the planet are forced together by science to save the species, and they can’t stand each other?” (Read here for more)

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A movie about an endangered species rebuilding itself could lend itself nicely to this theory, but since the movie was never released, I’m just speculating.

So what happens next? Humanity, machines, and animals grow in harmony to the point where a new super species is born. Monsters. The monsters civilization is actually Earth in the incredibly distant future.

[Someone wisely pointed out that in Monsters University, the college is said to be founded in 1313. If we’re really in the future, then that means the monsters could have reset society and begun using their own calendar. That could mean Monsters Inc. takes place up to 1400 (or more) years after A Bug’s Life.]

Where did they come from? It’s possible that the monsters are simply the personified animals mutated after the diseased earth was irradiated for 800 years.

[Not during Wall-E. I would guess that it took hundreds of years after Wall-E for the animals to become monsters]

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Whatever the reason, these monsters seem to all look like horribly mutated animals, only larger and civilized. They have cities and even colleges, as we see in Monsters University.

[An issue some have found is that this doesn’t properly explain what happened to humans. I haven’t settled on a theory I really like yet, but I’m leaning towards the idea that monsters and machines eventually forgot that they need humans and got rid of them again, not realizing their mistake until all humans died out. Another explanation is that humans just couldn’t survive on Earth anymore.]

In Monsters Inc., they have an energy crisis because they are in a future earth without humans. Humans are the source of energy, but thanks to the machines, again, the Monsters find a way to use doors to travel to the human world. Only, it’s not different dimensions.

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The monsters are going back in time. They’re harvesting energy to keep from becoming extinct by going back to when humans were most prominent. The peak of civilization, if you will. Though a lot of time has passed, animosity towards humans never really went away for animals/monsters.

Monsters must have relied on anti-human instincts to believe that just touching a human would corrupt their world like it did in the past. So they scare humans to gather their energy until they realize that laughter (green energy) is more efficient because it is positive in nature.

[An alternative explanation that fits even better that some of you brought up: The machines and monsters created the time travel doors but realized that messing with time could erase their existence and change history. So, they falsely trained monsters to believe that humans are toxic and from another dimension, making it suicide for a monster to interact too much with their world. Another issue is how the monsters seem to worry about kids “being less scared these days.” It’s likely that going in the past takes a lot of energy, so the monsters can only go back as far as the practice still returns a profit in energy. To them, they’re just moving through the same dimension of time, but the monsters at the top know that eventually, they’ll run out. This is why Waternose is so bent on capturing children and enslaving them.]

We even see a connection between A Bug’s Life and Monsters Inc. via the trailer we see in both movies. As you can see, the trailer looks exactly the same, except the one in A Bug’s Life is noticeably older and more decrepit, while the one in Monsters Inc. (where Randall is sent via a door) has humans and looks newer.

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Look at the picture above. On the left is the trailer from A Bug’s Life and the one on the right is from Monsters Inc. The one on the left looks older and more rundown. Even the vegetation is noticeably dryer and there’s less of it. The trailer on the right has humans and the frame even includes tall grass and a tree hanging overhead.

[Some have argued that the trailer in A Bug’s Life should be nothing but dust. I disagree based on how barely intact other buildings were in Wall-E. They also bring up the bug zapper that is powered by electricity. The zapper could easily be solar powered, just like Wall-E. The bugs probably used it as a light source to signal other bugs to “Bug City.” Also, the trailer in A Bug’s Life never shows lights in the trailer like it does for Monsters Inc.]

That said, Monsters Inc. is so far the most futuristic Pixar movie. By the end, humans, animals, and machines have finally found a way to understand each other and live harmoniously.

And then there’s Boo. What do you think happened to her? She saw everything take place in future earth where “kitty” was able to talk. She became obsessed with finding out what happened to her friend Sully and why animals in her time weren’t quite as smart as the ones she’d seen in the future.

She remembers that “doors” are the key to how she found Sully in the first place and becomes…

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A WITCH. Yes, Boo is the witch from Brave. She figures out how to travel in time to find Sully, and goes back to what she believes is the source: The will-of-the-wisps.

They are what started everything, and as a witch, she cultivates this magic in an attempt to find Sully by creating doors going backwards and forwards in time.

[Just to clarify: The theory is that Boo discovered a way to use doors to travel through time on her own, possibly by developing magic on her own. She probably went back in time to the Dark Ages to get more magic from the will-o-wisps.]

How do we know? In Brave, you can briefly see a drawing in the workshop. It’s Sully.

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We even see the Pizza Planet truck carved as a wooden toy in her shop, which makes no sense unless she’s seen one before…(and I’m sure she has since that truck is in almost every Pixar movie). If you look closely, you can see the carved truck below.

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You remember Merida opening doors and the witch constantly disappearing? It’s because those doors are made the same way from Monsters Inc. They transport across time and that is why Merida couldn’t find the witch later in the movie.

[A lot of people have brought up how easter eggs are scattered throughout all the Pixar movies. I barely scratch the surface, but a great theory offered by some that I support is that these easter eggs are planted by Boo either intentionally or accidentally as she travels through time to find Sully. Some support for that is the fact that every easter egg in Brave lies in her workshop.]

But wait. How did Boo travel in time in the first place, and why is she obsessed with wood? Boo must have discovered that wood has been the source of energy all along, not just humans. The machines and monsters in Monsters Inc. use doors because they’re made of wood and found a way to use that energy to travel in time.

[Many have pointed out how the door that banishes monsters is metal. That’s probably because wood is used to harness this magic, and using a metal door would stop a banished monster from going back through it.]

Obsessed with finding Sully, Boo travelled across the Pixar universe using doors.

[It’s even possible that the wood from the tree in A Bug’s Life is the source of Flik’s ingenuity, due to his fascination and respect for seeds growing into trees. The tree also bears a resemblance to the one in Up that Carl and Ellie frequented, which could be the source of Carl’s wild creativity in using balloons to transport his house. This also explains why Flik and Heimlich from A Bug’s Life show up in Toy Story 2, which would be centuries before their time. Boo was trying to go to the future and could have fallen short by landing in the post-Wall-E time. She would need wood to keep time traveling, but there’s not much around yet, so she stumbles upon the tree in A Bug’s Life. She could have accidentally brought back a few bugs with her when traveling backwards in time.]

So Boo went back to the Dark Ages, probably because she could use plenty of wood there for her experiments or to study the will-o-wisps. We know that her first encounter with Mor’du ended with her turning him into a monstrous bear, but he regresses.

She probably wanted to turn him into a bear because Sully resembles a bear, and she is still trying to figure out where Sully comes from.

Does Boo ever find Sully? I like to think so. He surely reunited with her at least once as a child at the end of Monsters Inc., but eventually, he had to stop visiting.

But her love for Sully is, after all, the crux of the entire Pixar universe. The love of different people of different ages and even different species finding ways to live on Earth without destroying it because of a lust for energy.

And that is the Pixar Theory. More will be added to it, undoubtedly, when Pixar’s next movie The Good Dinosaur comes out in 2014.

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[The Good Dinosaur is supposed to be about an alternate universe where dinosaurs never went extinct because a meteor never wiped them out. They have humans as pets in this alternate reality. My theory is that this “alternate universe” explains why so many things in Pixar’s universe are different from ours. It’s because evolution was never interrupted by a world-wide catastrophe. Humans evolved into supers and animals gained sentience faster, accelerating the apocalypse for resources that could do the same to our timeline. Oh, and Dinoco from Toy Story and Cars is a loose, but fun connection to speculate on.]

Until then, if you have anything to contribute or correct, don’t hesitate to bring it to my attention. Thanks for reading, and for a visual of the timeline with dates, click here.

Also, if you’re wondering whether or not Planes fits into this theory, read my full take on that subject here.

If you can’t get enough of the Pixar Theory, you can read The Pixar Detective, a serial novel (with artwork!) that explains more about this theory through an original story.

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  2. I’m seriously obsessed with this theory, it’s really awesome. I just wanted to ask, where does Frozen and other recent Pixar/Disney movies fit in? Or do they even count? I just wanted to ask about the movies like Frozen and Big Hero 6. I think I can guess where they would fit, but I wanted to know if they even counted in this theory. Thanks!

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  3. I love this theory! I was just wondering about the last bit, about Boo time travelling. If Boo is time travelling, how does she change from a child to an old woman and vice versa?

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    • Thanks!

      She doesn’t. Boo grows up wondering how a bear-looking person traveled through doors. So as she grew up, she learned to power the doors herself, allowing her to travel through time. So by the time we see her in Brave, she’s a full-on witch with magical powers.

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  4. Hi! Sorry if this has already been addressed– there’s a lot of comments! But the witch and Boo have different color eyes. Boo’s are brown and the witch’s are green. This was fun to read! Keep it up!

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    • A few people have brought this up, yes. Thanks for reading, by the way!

      So the eye color is the first thing I examine back when I first wrote this theory. Right when I contemplated whether or not the two characters could be the same, I immediately put two images of them side by side.

      It’s hard to see the eye color in most of the witch’s images from Brave because the lighting is so low, but marketing images reveal the color to actually be a lighter shade of brown, not hazel or green. Just google these images for yourself and look closely. There’s definitely a brownish tint.

      We know Boo is 2 yrs old when we see her in Monsters Inc. And as someone with brown eyes, I can personally attest to the fact that eye color can certainly lighten with age, especially brown eyes.

      So I don’t really see enough of a stark different between them to rule out their being the same character, especially when they’re on polar ends of the age spectrum.

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  5. I saw one problem with you theory in Toy Story 3 you see one of the kids from the daycare run in with Lightning McQuenns symbol the 95 with an arch of lightning.

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    • If anything, that actually supports my theory if the same model/type of car exists between movies.

      But in addition to that, I’ve actually laid out a lengthy case about why those cameos fit within the theory in my upcoming book.

      It goes into more detail than this post, obviously, and I address a totally new slew of ideas about the Cars universe.

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      • It would 30 plain why cars that are race cars are of different types and not one uniform car. And explain why there is a wide range of aged cars from very old to futuristic.

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  6. “We” did forget to include Meet the Robinsons and Robots.. which would explain quite a bit of time travel theories and machines living like humans on the post apocalyptic Earth.

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  7. I have to say i find your theory very interesting. But I have to ask, Woody is clearly an older toy. By looking at his construction and with Andy’s mom sewing his arm back on we know he his cloth and is a pull string toy. So would we also be assuming that right after the end of Incredibles they are experimenting with putting AI in these toys? Which would probably make Andy not his first owner. Is that why he is not so obsessed with what will happen when Andy gets to old for them? And Hamm is not a toy, he is a bank. Are we under the assumption that by this time they are putting AI in even things like that?

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  8. Everyone who has read The Pixar Theory should also (please) read this comment. I would like to say something. Something that I am surprised no one has yet brought up regarding The Pixar Theory. I would like to point out a MAJOR FLAW. Not a flaw in the actual theory itself but a flaw in the fact that some people have responded negatively to it.

    Let me start off by stating my point of view on this whole theory. I do know that Pixar has incorporated Easter Eggs in their movies such as the Luxo Ball, the Pizza Planet Truck, and Buzz’s BnL batteries. I also think that Pixar coordinated some of their movies to be related such as Up and Wall-E. In fact, in a Wall-E (my favorite Pixar film) trailer, Andrew Stanton talked about a lunch meeting in 1994 where they brain stormed ideas for their movies. We know how creative the people at Pixar can be; just look at the 14 superb films they’ve crafted so far! It’s a very entertaining idea to think that they planned it out like this but there’s no way to tell if Pixar really intended to have all their movies exist in one giant timeline. HOWEVER, this does not change the creativeness of the theory and how much it has re-kindled my interest in Pixar. I think the theory is GREAT, and I have totally caught on to all of it, even the part where the Monsters time travel.

    Now on to my main point
    To everyone who has tried to “disprove” this theory, show how it “doesn’t work” without providing any constructive feedback, has criticized John Negroni or has called him a time waster: If you think about it, all of the Pixar films are fiction; in real life, there are no talking cars, sentient toys, super heroes, or witches. Pixar films are make believe stories, and The Pixar Theory is an expansion of that fiction. I believe that if enough people like this theory it will become true. By “true” I don’t mean that the people at Pixar will suddenly say there is complete reality to the theory and that they had planned it all along; but that the theory will become true in the minds of the people who want to enjoy it and make the story come alive. Simply saying that the movies are connected is not quite as exciting as what John Negroni did. He created his own story and used the movies to explain it.

    And even if John Lasseter was to one day come out and say with certainty that Pixar had not intended their movies to all be related, it wouldn’t matter. It’s still an amazing theory and is a pleasure to read. The theory’s not going to be perfect but that’s okay. If you find things that are inconsistent or don’t make sense, don’t put people down or call it quits. Come up with your own idea that re-links the chain between the movies, adds to the theory, and makes it better. And it doesn’t matter if things in the theory “don’t work” because in the end, it’s all about using this thing we all have the ability to access. IMAGINATION. And it’s this imagination that fuels not just The Pixar Theory, but the Pixar films themselves, and anything creative that humans have ever done.

    So if you are not interested in The Pixar Theory, that’s fine. But please don’t waste us creative people’s time by trying to uproot our ideas and fantasies. We’re just trying to have some fun. Is that too much to ask? I think not (Incredibles reference, by the way). If you ARE interested in this, here’s what I think you should do: improve it and enjoy it. And also watch all of Pixar’s movies again, because they’re awesome. I personally LOVE The Pixar Theory. In my opinion, John Negroni is a great writer. I think it’s fascinating that he intertwined the movies of my childhood, making me re-appreciate how spectacular Pixar Animation Studios really is. Keep writing cool stuff, and I hope this exciting tale of The Pixar Universe expands in the near future, incorporating Inside Out and later productions.

    Thank you.

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  9. I was re-watching Monsters Incorporated when I picked up on something that might help show that the Monsters travel back in time instead of to a parallel universe. First off, we see in the movie that the monsters clearly are the ones who have control over how the doors work. The humans have no knowledge of these doors, except for maybe Boo. One could argue that the monsters are afraid of humans because they don’t want to have a war or conflict with them. But why would the Monsters be afraid of a war or conflict with the humans if they have control over the doors? This shows that they aren’t worried about fighting with humans, but are worried about messing up their future. Also, there is quote from Mr. Waternoose when he’s explaining to Mike and Sullley why he has to banish them: “She’s [Boo] seen to much. You both have.” At first it appears the reason that they’re banished is because they know about his plan to enslave children, but this quote suggests a different reason for banishment. What exactly do they “know too much about?” This isn’t clear in the movie because he also say’s SHE has seen to much. The monsters already know (or have been told) that the human world is toxic and is a parallel universe. So when he says they’ve seen to much, it wouldn’t make sense for him to be talking about them discovering the “parallel universe”, because all the monsters already think it exists. The only plausible reason is that he’s talking about time travel. It’s possible that this quote means Mr. Waternoose is worried that Mike and Sulley have figured out that the doors are time portals not dimension portals. Mr. Waternoose probably figured that Mike and Sulley had learned that Boo wasn’t toxic, and that they now know they’ve been lied to for some reason. Mr. Waternoose says in the beginning of the movie that “There’s nothing more toxic than a human child.” And he PICKS UP BOO near the end of the movie, PROVING that he’s been lying to the Monster world. In the eye’s of Mr. Waternoose, Mike and Sulley could even have figured out about the time travel, threatening to erase the Monster’s existence. So the only way to make sure they can’t share this information with other Monsters is to banish them. So he’s not just doing this because Mike and Sulley know his evil scheme, he’s doing it to protect the Monster World. This is just my idea, but it could bring up questions about whether or not Mr. Waternoose was entirely a bad guy all along.

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  10. I have another theory as to why the humans disappeared near the end of the timeline. One of the last lines said is something about growing a “Pizza Plant”. This in my opinion demonstrates how stupid the humans have become. It’s possible that the stupidity of the humans led their demise. They really couldn’t survive without being taken care of and pampered. Their lack of an ability to harvest plants, hunt, build shelters, etc. made it so they eventually died out.

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  11. Somenthing I have wondered and I would like to point out: About A Bug’s Life, where you point that maybe it has took some time for birds and other animals to apear, I think not. I think that maybe before the complete extintion of animals in the war with humans, with the animals willing to protect earth from pollution, before their extintion the humans realized that the end of the war would bring the end of humanity itself, as the extintion of animals would disrupt balance in earth. So the humans captured some of the animals, and with the help of the machines, placed then under a deep sleep state, and brought then to Axion to wait for earth to regenerate (it’s possible, whe never saw the entiry spaceship inside, there could be easily chambers with animals stored in deep sleep state). Maybe with the help of the machines, the humans found a way to degenerate the animals inteligence, so when earth regenerate from pollution they would come back and release the animals (now harmless to humans being not so inteligent anymore) to bring balance again and live harmoniously again. But in the end, the machine found a very comfortable position controlling all humans needs and decided to never go back to earth. And I realized that this idea I had brings also two plots: maybe, the experimenting with animals didn’t go out as planed, and after they got back to earth and released the animals, their inteligence started to come back after a few hundred of years, and the decendent of the first animals, now inteligent again found out what happened to them in their first war with humans, and decided that humans where the cause of every trouble earth has passed, and (now comes the second plot) with the experimentations done in the animals back in the first war, to remove their inteligence so the species could live harmoniously again, not only the experiments have gone wrong and the animals regained inteligence over time, but with passing of the years, they started to mutate, change form in a really fast way, and beggan to evolve faster too (what explains the monsters being like deformed animals, with humanoid style corpses). With all that, they decided that the humans time was over, and their time to rule. But, this time, the humans had the memory of what another war would bring, and decided to leave the planet to find another one for them, and leave earth to the monsters (I prefer the humans to leave earth than to be exterminated). And that, could even be the mark zero in the monsters age, being the year zero to start to cont, the year the humans left earth and the rule passed to the monsters. And as you previously said, they realized that they needed humans to produce energy, because they where inteligent, but not enough to produce energy on their on. And as they still lacked the necessary inteligence to go after the humans to make then come back to earth. So, shortening the pass of time, there would be a “Dark Age” where monsters wouldn’t know how to use tecnology quite right, so they would relay on nature and eventually discover magic. And this is where they learned how to make doors to the past, to colect energy from humans, to develop their own tecnology, until 1400, time of monsters s.a.

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  12. The only problem is that how would in the movie a bug’s life that since there was barely no humans there, suddenly the monsters would be created. Let me know if there was something i missed or if that was a mistake.

    p.s When is the new pixar movie the dinosaur movie coming out and does have anything to do with dinico which was what the slogan was in the movie cars and also the sign at the gas station in the movie toy story 1!
    LMK

    Sincerely,
    Aidan

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  13. Totally believable.
    -Wouldn’t it be something if Boo wasn’t just a witch, but a scientist that created the monsters through experiments in her quest to find or “make” a sully?
    -Instead of the magic of the doors, she could have created the science as well. It may even explain that Mor’du (spelling?) was a mistake rather than a spell, but Merrida’s mother was intentional due to the accidental ‘win’
    -In Wall-E, the ship may have brought something back with it to the planet that interbred with the animals. Someone says that the ship may have had dormant/sleeping animals on it for repopulating the world. Think about the movie Titan A.E. Even if the animals were recreated, there still could have been space aliens clinging to the ship (if they weren’t already inside) that could have crossbred or the experiments could have already been underway on the ship before they all became blobs in chairs. This could also have been the extinction of the humans. (Consider the Alien series or Prometheus. Just the ideals.) It’s possible, because technology seemed to have evolved on the ship up to a certain point. (Because the chairs became more and more able to do stuff to accommodate lazier and lazier people) ALSO, I’m not entirely certain how the babies came to being on the ship. If people were not really paying much attention away from their screen… anyway, if the machines grew the humans at this point, it is possible that they developed some type of tech to grow other things with heartbeats

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  14. I bet a big reason the grasshoppers in a bugs life rely so much on the ants food is that the ants have some of the only wood in the post Wall=E future which is the only source of energy and plant food.

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  15. When you talked about Newt and the two BLUE footed newts coming together to save the species, it reminded of Rio, when Blu and Jewel are brought together to save the BLUE Macaw species

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  16. Had a thought. Maybe like Schrodinger’s Cat. Monster’s both exist and don’t exist, I don’t know if it applies’ but here’s my thought.

    Randall Boggs, the lizard like monster was trapped in the human world at the end. It is possible that Monsters whole existence depends on him being trapped I. The past and helping to breed the current world of monsters.

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  17. So I’ve been thinking that the will of the wisps in brave are actually another step in evolution in this universe. Perhaps they represent conscious singularities that have the capability of time travel and existing in different dimensions, but since they are descendants of the last known remnants of life in the world, the monsters, then they still need human interaction in order to survive. That is why they are interacting with people in brave, so they can stay alive. I don’t really know as i haven’t finished watching brave yet. Also I think there is some significance to the fact that monsters only harness scares from kids, because who would believe a child about the monster in his closet? I’m sure that has already been said, but whatever.

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  18. Just watched Wall-E and happened to include the short Presto. I don’t believe you mentioned anything about the Pixar “shorts”. They too tie in rather well. For example, Presto is about a magician fighting with his rabbit to perform a trick, yet the rabbit is human enough in nature to resist his owner and think and feel for himself. This is also the only other time I can think of where a portal is used other then Monsters Inc & Un. As you said the monsters travel to the past. But perhaps where did this technology come from? Is the time travel from magic or manmade? I’d think magic due to the nature of Walt Disney. Just a thought.

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  20. The same trailer house appears in Bug’s Life (where the Bug City is formed) and at the end of Monster’s Inc., where Randall was left behind.

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