The Pixar Theory

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

Before we go further, I should let you know that The Pixar Theory is now a published book. Since writing this blog post in 2013, I’ve been working on completing the unified theory in what I hope you find to be a compelling and even more persuasive essay. Or not. It’s cool either way.

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You can check out the book here. Or keep reading below to read the original theory. Just keep in mind that a lot of what you’re about to read has been changed and modified over the last two years based on feedback and repeated viewings of the movies.

Back to the theory!

Several months ago, I watched a fun-filled video on 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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  1. Hey it’s me again sorry I haven’t commented in a while but I’ve been thinking you are smart for coming up with this so maybe you could do a bigger theory of Pixar AND DreamWorks and make a bigger background for those who collect Pixar and DreamWorks movies it would be awesome even though I’m the only one I know of that collects Pixar and DreamWorks movies but still it would be mega awesome please comment on this I would love if this could happen.


  2. 打了很久,他身上的魔气不见减少。陈力有些不自在了,这样下去也不是个办法。转头看着肩膀上的精灵:“你怎么做的?”


  3. I apologize for the quality of this comment but I still think that the ideas contained within my still warrant some thought.

    So first of to start my retort, the law of parsimony. I know it’s not a fun way to think about things but it is the way things work. For those that don’t know the law of parsimony states that the simplest theory is usually the correct one. (Yes I understand this Pixar and they ‘could’ have some overblown timeline but it’s far simpler to say they like throwing in Easter eggs).
    Anyway onto actual criticisms of your theory
    1. The link between the trailer in monsters inc. and A Bugs Life: sure you can explain away the trailer not being a pile of dust and say that the lamp keeps working because it’s solar powered but um, light bulbs don’t last that long. To keep things reasonable let’s say that the trailer in monsters inc. is a 100 year earlier version of the one in A Bugs Life, there is no way the filament in the bug zapper lasted that long; it would have burned out long before any bugs could use it. Also note the placement of the trailer, if the bugs life one is the same as the monsters inc. then where is the evidence of decaying civilization with big BnL stickers everywhere (because as you said earth should have been close to uninhabitable and fields like the one this trailer sits in would mostly likely have been completely industrialized by the end of the world.)
    Another point is if cars happened post humans leaving on axiom then where are all the BnL logos, seing as they took over the world you’d think you’d see things such as BnL tires and the like but they plain don’t exist in the cars universe (and the excuse that the machines were BnL and so no longer needed the logos is a weak one because then why would they bother to remove the logo and make new ones such as the one found on lighting McQueen’s tires, it doesn’t make sense.) also on the animosity of animals, in no way shape or for do the movies up, finding nemo, ratatouille and the like show outright hatred towards humans by animals. They may feel uncomfortable with some humans but there is no evidence they share this discomfort with the entire human race. You also assume that the animals care about the rest of nature, which they in no way display in the movies. They certainly care about their own species, much like humans, but not for the general health of the earth.
    Another fun question; how did boo get stranded in a bugs life time if you need a door to come out of a door. The only time we see there being a point of no return from a door is when sully and mike are banished, and that required a door on the end they were getting banished to. boo would have had to have come through a door that wouldn’t let her use it again which you could say she came through a metal door but I would say that the metal doors still worked and all they required to work was power, I submit that if the door mike and sully had been banished from had power they would have been able to make it back to their ‘time’ as you theorize. Put this all together and I conclude that it’s very unlikely boo found herself in a situation that would keep her from using a door she came through to go back to where she came from or to another point in time and therefore force her to use a trees bark to make a door.
    Next up is skynet and the omnibot. You assume that humans just let the omnibot alone after it was dealt with. I challenge you to think for a second about what would have happened in that scenario. I would say that some government would have found the omnibot and used it causing an insane world ending war, that’s far more likely than the omnibot surviving unmolested and changing its tactics to be far more behind the scenes in order to take over of humanity (which is different from its destroy humans plan) which it has no reason to switch to.
    The reason for animated toys also seems weak because as much as the omnibot may have been powered by this cool energy source this doesn’t explain how toys who don’t have proccesors or other sophisticated computer parts like the omnibot developed sentience. You could say that a precursor to BnL made them and they did have some kinda chip installed in the toys but then that brings to question why the omnibot would need to make more sentient robots and if it did then why wouldn’t they either be a hive mind or exceedingly similar to each other personality wise?
    Basically all I’m saying is a lot of your conclusions are based upon spectulations and draw conclusions that supports your theory and not conclusions that would be the most likely in these certain events. (and thus the law of parsimony rears its ugly head) this really is a cute head cannon though, even if it’s completely nonsensical.


    1. Why the f*ck do you want to point out all those “flaws” to us?
      P.T. Rule #1: If there are miner flaws in the theory, point them out and wait for a response. DO NOT, under any circumstance, use them against the theory.
      My point being, keep your stupid flaws to yourself. No-one likes a spoilsport.


    2. Great points. Here are my counterarguments.

      “the law of parsimony states that the simplest theory is usually the correct one.”

      Like you said, “usually.” My argument is that Pixar is genius enough to break the mold with something intricate like a shared universe. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true, but it also means that it doesn’t have to be true.

      “but it’s far simpler to say they like throwing in Easter eggs”

      Simpler, but not necessarily true. And this is coming from a big fan of Occam’s Razor.

      “light bulbs don’t last that long”

      Pixar has established (thanks to WALL-E) that they can. Keep in mind that civilization ends in 2105, not 2015. Pixar has the creative freedom to assume that our objects are sturdier by then. Good catch, but the simple act of seeing EVE turn on a lightbulb in WALL-E’s trailer confirms this as possible.

      “there is no way the filament in the bug zapper lasted that long;”

      Same argument as before, but we can also add that it’s possible the humans from AXIOM inhabit that trailer, and we just don’t see them. I don’t think that’s likely, but it’s possible.

      “if the bugs life one is the same as the monsters inc. then where is the evidence of decaying civilization with big BnL stickers everywhere”

      In my book, I evolve this part of my theory because when you watch WALL-E, you’ll notice that the entire movie only takes place in one area when we’re on Earth. There’s no evidence that BnL stickers are in every corner of the planet, just that particular city. It’s not like the entire planet is one big city.

      “if cars happened post humans leaving on axiom then where are all the BnL logos, se(e)ing as they took over the world you’d think you’d see things such as BnL tires”

      This is another thing I cover in the book because we’re getting pretty deep. Like I said before, we only see evidence of BnL being supremely dominant in one city, not the whole world. They took over the world’s businesses, but that doesn’t mean everything is branded as BnL, including things like tires. Additionally, my book argues that the cars are extensions of the humans who made them, so I firmly believe they would have rebuilt society with their own businesses and brands, as we see with cars like Luigi.

      “in no way shape or for(m) do the movies up, finding nemo, ratatouille and the like show outright hatred towards humans by animals”

      Untrue. The main thrust of Ratatouille is Remy’s father trying to convince him that humans will kill him when given the chance. Finding Nemo’s entire plot is caused by a human who captures Nemo, and it even ends with humans trying to catch our heroes in a net. The fish hate Darla with a passion (Nigel, too). So I would argue there’s plenty of setup for resentment.

      “You also assume that the animals care about the rest of nature, which they in no way display in the movies”

      Maybe not in a metaphysical sense, but they certainly care about their homes and families. And how humans treat nature directly impacts that.

      “how did boo get stranded in a bugs life time if you need a door to come out of a door.”

      There are still humans in the time of A Bug’s Life, just not many of them. The trailer is just nearby, for example. It’s close enough that an ant was able to travel to a city they all knew about in a pretty short amount of time.

      “You assume that humans just let the omnibot alone after it was dealt with.”

      I don’t assume that. Rick Dicker states after the battle in The Incredibles that they’ve “taken care of everything.” They probably confiscated the technology and anything on Nomanisan. In the book, I also argue that the government was well-aware of Syndrome’s hero-hunting but wanted it to happen. We have another Incredibles movie coming, and I certainly think that could be a new plot for them to explore.

      “I would say that some government would have found the omnibot and used it causing an insane world ending war,”
      Why? There’s nothing in The Incredibles that suggests this.

      I know I keep referencing my book, but that’s mainly because it covers a lot of what you’re asking about, including what I think happened with the Omnibot after it’s defeat.

      “the omnibot may have been powered by this cool energy source this doesn’t explain how toys who don’t have proccesors or other sophisticated computer parts like the omnibot developed sentience.”

      The idea is that AI invented BnL to mass produce toys with energy that lets them receive energy from humans. And this could mean that they do in fact have special chips or the like embedded in their materials, explaining why some objects have sentience, while others don’t.

      “brings to question why the omnibot would need to make more sentient robots”

      Power. We see over and over again in the Pixar movies that machines draw power from humans, so it makes sense that their imperative is to use toys to collect human love.

      “a lot of your conclusions are based upon spectulations and draw conclusions that supports your theory and not conclusions that would be the most likely in these certain events.”

      That’s sort of the point. The theory is always up for interpretation, and I’ve spent a lot of time changing and improving it in order to draw the correct conclusions. And what’s true isn’t always most likely.

      “this really is a cute head cannon though, even if it’s completely nonsensical.”

      It’s nonsensical to you, but I can guarantee that I’ve thought about it a lot longer than you have, so just keep that in mind.

      Thanks for your good questions and arguments! You’ve obviously thought deeply about this and it shows.


  4. I don’t know if anyone has stated this yet but in the beginning of Toy Story 2 there is a reference that Lawn Gnomes might be alive as well.


    1. I looked it up last year before I heard about this theory and Newt WAS cancelled due to sounding like Rio in fact someone said Rango by Nickelodeon (not that good in my opinion) also sounded like Rio not that they copied or anything they can handle copycats I.e. Shark Tale, AntZ, Etc., Etc. In fact here’s the link to a video explaining Newt being cancelled well not really a link I can’t copy and paste videos or anything but here’s the way to get to the video: Go to YouTube, Look up Super Carlin Brothers, Look up their video entitled “What Happened To Pixar’s Newt!?” You are welcome and also please subscribe every time you do a narwhal gets its horn (maybe).😀


  5. It’s official this movie “The Good Dinosaur” is GOING at some point to make me cry. It’s just a sweet story about family. This is hopefully going to be one of Pixar’s greatest except for Finding Nemo of course NOTHING will EVER be better then Finding Nemo what can I say I was 1 when it came out and immediately fell in love with it. To this day I always try to watch it at least once a day. I will never get tired of it. By the way for any of you Pixar employees out there reading this PLEASE oh PLEASE make this awesome for this guy I have loved your work and I really think you can make Finding Dory better then Finding Nemo if you put your heart into it. Love you guys at Pixar I WILL be posting a resume in a few years to join the family if I can.


  6. I am curious about something Jon. Make that a few somethings. 1. Wouldn’t it be awesome for Pixar to make A Bug’s Life 2 that would be brilliant. 2. Couldn’t you make a bigger theory about Pixar AND DreamWorks not only to be totally radical but also to avoid confusion between Pixar and DreamWorks? I collect nay I LIVE for Pixar and DreamWorks and I can’t STAND people that have bad thoughts like: AntZ equals A Bug’s Life. NO! NO! Just NO! Just because they were released around the same time does not mean they are different and also Finding Nemo absolutely DOES NOT equal Shark Tale I am the most offended by that Nemo is about a father trying to find his son. Shark Tale is about a Fish who tells A Great WHITE Lie. Eh? Nice joke for those of you who can differentiate the two. In fact here’s something for you to remember. If You see a godd**n lamp bouncing towards the screen it’s Pixar if you see a flippin’ boy fishing on a crescent moon then it is DreamWorks and the way to tell Disney from Pixar is if there is absolutely NO, ZERO, ZIP, NADA lamp after a castle. O.K.? Good now that we got that handled. Who’s excited for Finding Nemo 2/Finding Dory? Leave a comment down below. P.S. Pixar and DreamWorks are my main passion in life so sorry if I got or ever get defensive about the confusion maybe you guys can tweet Jon that I made this comment so he can make a ‘nother article based on it. By the way I just listened to your podcast with screen verdict Jon and it was AWESOME!!!!!!!! You my friend are great. You are amazing and most of all you are my hero.


    1. Already on that theory. The setting of most Disney films are pretty self-explanatory, so I’m going to take the Pixar Theory, the Disney timeline, a Dreamworks theory that was shared on here a few months ago, and pretty much every other film made by Sony, Blue Sky, and a few other companies and tie it all up into one movie-verse.


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