The Pixar Theory Timeline

Pixar Theory TimelineSince the initial release of The Pixar Theory, there have been countless changes and updates to the Pixar Theory timeline. Since it can get a little complicated (and nutty), I put together a new and improved outline that follows the book and includes all of the recent and upcoming Pixar movies. Enjoy!

Keep in mind that this is not the full theory. There’s plenty I don’t go over here and there are many missing connections between movies I don’t bring up, so if you want the full Pixar Theory experience with connections, Easter eggs, and explanations for what’s going on, click here to check out the book.

Otherwise, enjoy this full look at the Pixar Theory Timeline, starting with The Good Dinosaur.

Pixar Theory Timeline


And that’s the Pixar Theory timeline. In a nutshell. A very very very long nutshell. Hope you enjoyed reading it as much I did laying it out, and if you have any questions, confusions, or frustrations, feel free to hit me up in the comments or dig into the full book, which does a lot more to explain what in the world is going on in this timeline.

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844 thoughts on “The Pixar Theory Timeline

  1. i have a question, in monsters lives in a fairly modern world in our time probably between 1970-2000 (idk the actually time but going off her clothing and stuff like her toys and bedroom thats how it seems to me) how did boo end up all the way back in the 10th century ? time travel ? but whyd she stay in the tenth century knowing the looks of sullys world is more modern that where she is now ?

    • She thought sully came from the past and was able to get there but did not have the tech to get back

      • This entire theory has one big hole, I’m taking about the fact that not only was the Omnidroid from the incredibles destroyed but at the end of wall-e the humans come back to reform society on earth

        • yes, this is true. the timeline says that humans return and repopulate. that’s what sparked the bugs and birds in “bugs life” to start again. and the omnidroid, just bcos it was destroyed, doesnt mean the system was.

    • Hey it should be bug life before cars because it show insects evolving into cars

      • Actually the tree in walle does check out because the tree in the credits does look like the tree in a bugs life

    • part 2 of the pixar theory does not make sence because it tells us that wall e is before cars but that would be Wrong because its paluted in wall e so cars would come before wall e then its a bugs life because of the tree wall e planted

      • it says that the company that MADE wall-e was before cars

    • when boo went in to the monsters world she learned that the monsters are timetravaling into the human world so when she got older she found out to use magic to use on other doors to fin sully so witch made boo the witch in brave but to me brave should come afetr monsters inc

      • i would have to disagree because if you look at it the tech in the monster realm and the (wooden stuff I would say) is in no relation to when they would go from one certain technology and go bad to the old since in which would be barbaric a little bit.

    • She she figured out how to harness the magic that is found in Brave to travel through the door. Except she doesn’t realize until she’s already gotten there that the doors can only travel back in time, not forwards. So she knows that she can’t go back to the future (1970-2000s) and she stays in the tenth century. Mind you this my interpretation and my own thoughts, this not canon to the actually theory. I thought I’d give you my explanation.

    • If the bugs in the Cars movies are actually cars themselves how could it take place before Wall E where the bugs are obviously not cars??? Just curious!!

  2. Why is Wall-E still cleaning up trash in 2805 if Operation Cleanup supposedly ended in 2110? The wording in that section is a bit confusing to me.

    • WALL-E did not shut down properly like the rest

  3. Okay my only question is that if Syndrome was harnessing human energy in the 60’s in order to power his AI than why is it that humans continued to rely on fossil fuels?

    • Its probably because Syndrome kept it a secret, (and sold it to BnL – I think).

      • Syndrome did not sell it to BNL because he created BNL with the first A.I

    • Syndrome says he kept the best inventions for himself human energy is the

  4. I saw mat pat’s cars theory jon’s cars theory and made my own. The AI robots took over remaining living tissue on earth and inhabited the cars this explains why the cars need food and fuel but it also proves why the robots wanted the humans off earth in the first place so their not just machines but also not bugs because then we would have to change the entire Pixar theory.

  5. Though Boo or The Witch Thought Sully was a kitty she still had a carving of him. as she grew older she must have realised that he looks like a Bear that’s why she turned 2 people into bears and had lots of Bear carvings in her “House”.

  6. If you did some more, scratch that if you even watched the incredibles you would see that the omnidriod was destroyed

    • If you did some more, or even read the theory, you would know why that doesn’t matter.

    • If you did some more, or even read the Pixar theory, you would know why this doesn’t matter.

  7. I think that the events of finding dory should be after the events of inside out because riley and most of the people in her class are seen throughout the events of finding dory in the background

  8. I think it was at the end of Cars, and it shows all of the cars watching monsters inc and a bugs life, so just with that the theory doesn’t work.

  9. I heard the theory says Boo has planted all the Easter Eggs in Pixar movies. But if she’s the one who planted them in Monsters Inc. and Monsters University, why didn’t she reunite with Sulley there?

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  11. part 2 of the pixar theory timeline is half right and part wrong coco makes sense because humans died out but it says that cars is after wall e that is wrong it should be cars then wall e because in wall e it paluted and unlivable then at the end of wall e he planted the tree for a bugs life

  12. did you mention gusteau’s (Ratatouille) and gastow’s (Cars 2)? what do you think about it?

    and in Finding Nemo, i saw a boy reading a comic abou Mr. Incdrible? does the comic tell about past or fiction events?

  13. The placement of Inside Out on the theory timeline is very sloppy. In the movie, Colette from Ratatouille is seen on a magazine cover. I wasn’t until after the events of Ratatouille that Colette became famous, so Inside Out is after Ratatouille. But Riley and her San Fransisco classmates are seen in the background of Finding Dory, so Inside Out has to have happened before Finding Dory. This does not match up with the theory timeline. Also, we see memories of Carl and Ellie’s wedding and Carl’s floating house in Riley’s memories, which would put Inside Out after Up.


  14. There is just one problem. You can see the bug toys from A Bug’s Life in the toy store in Toy Story 2. If A Bug’s Life happens far further in the future, how can people produce so many bug toys from A Bug’s Life in the present time. I don’t think the time travel really help in this case because they are just tiny BUGS even they travel back to the present time how can human notice them and even make them into toys.

  15. I’m pretty sure it’s been confirmed on Lee Unkrich’s twitter that Coco takes place in 2017

  16. Maybe this was asked before, or I missed it. If basically the Cars took over what was left of a human world, how is it that everything is sized for them? For example, the seating in the race tracks have been removed and cars can watch the races. A seat are is only maybe w0 inches before the step down for the next row. Most of the tunnels are human proportioned in arenas not big enough for cars to drive through etc.

    • I think (this is probably explained better in his other article) that the cars would use the technology left by humans and adapt it to be used by them. It’s obvious the cars are good at building and engineering, due to the high tech facility in cars 3, so it’s probably just been repurposed for tires and stuff.

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  18. John you are asking about when coco is, i might be able to help with that cause, i have the movie and looking at thier technology it might be in between the incredibles and toystory because it might be in that year.

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