The Pixar Theory: How ‘Inside Out’ Fits In The Pixar Universe

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Take her to the moon for me. Okay? 

The Pixar Theory, or “Grand Unifying Theory of Pixar movies” if you want to be more intense, is a fan theory I wrote in 2013 about how every single feature film made by Pixar Animation Studios is intentionally set in the same universe. Or unintentionally, if you believe in miracles.

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I was inspired by an episode of the Web Series, “After Hours,” on Cracked.com. In the episode written by Dan O’Brien, the After Hours crew discusses, at length, how a few of the Pixar movies may secretly be about the apocalypse. They address Toy StoryWALL-E, and Cars before giving up because they can’t find a way to connect the films any further.

So I took that as a challenge.

Over the following year, I developed my own theory on how all the movies connect, and the results have been surprisingly epic. People from all over the world have read the theory, and many of you have been having ongoing discussions in the comments that go way beyond anything I first imagined (trust me, I read all of them).

Now, two years later, it’s time to see where we’re at as we welcome a new Pixar movie to the world: Inside Out.

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First, it’s important to point out that the theory itself has changed dramatically over the years. A lot of people have called out flaws and underdeveloped points of the theory that make it fall apart for them. I’ve read the feedback and spent the last two years writing a book that fully fleshes out my original theory. It addresses pretty much every major complaint and issue that “debunkers” have thrown at it. And it does this in about ten chapters.

Every chapter follows a specific movie (some are lumped in together, like the Cars franchise). I talk about the context of the movie as it relates to this theory, where it fits in the grand timeline, and how each movie contributes to the idea that these movies exist in the same narrative. And yes, I go way beyond the easter eggs.

My book is available now on paperback and all e-book stores. Hope you guys like it!

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But let’s get back to the main task at hand. Let’s talk about how Inside Out masterfully fits within the idea that all of these Pixar films are connected. What you’re about to read is set up like how I wrote the chapters for my book, so if you like what you read, then that may be a sign that the book is for you. Consider this your sample chapter, if you will.

Obviously, many spoilers are ahead, so read at your own risk. I highly recommend that you watch the movie at least once before reading this, especially since it’s pretty fantastic. You’ve been warned.

THE SET UP.

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Inside Out is the story of a young girl struggling to grow up, seen through the eyes of her emotions as literal beings. Yes, Pixar made a movie where feelings have feelings.

The movie opens with the birth of Riley Andersen. The first thing you may notice is that she shares the same last name as Bonnie Anderson from Toy Story 3 and the subsequent shorts based on that movie. That may tempt you into believing that Riley and Bonnie are connected somehow, but that’s definitely not the case since their names aren’t spelled the same way.

For context, Pixar named Bonnie after two people: Bonnie Hunt (a frequent voice actor for the Pixar films) and Darla K. Anderson, the producer of Toy Story 3. Darla actually has easter eggs for her name dating all the way back to A Bug’s Life, where you can catch her first name on a box in “Bug City.”

Anyway, we learn early on that Riley grew up in Minnesota, but her family moves to San Francisco when she’s 11 years old. Now it’s true that Bonnie lives in Tri County, around the corner from Andy, and Tri-County does take place in the Bay Area of California. But that’s really just a coincidence. Riley’s family never mentions that they have relatives around, and they only moved to San Francisco for her dad’s job. For that reason, all signs point to this being a coincidence.

WHEN DOES THE MOVIE TAKE PLACE?

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Moving on, we get to know Riley through a montage of her early life. When we get to the point where she’s 11, it appears to be modern day. Much of the technology we see throughout the movie — like a Skype surrogate that closely resembles the one used by Trixie in Toy Story 3 and the presence of smartphones — point to this being a film set in 2015.

That means Riley was born in either 2003 or 2004, depending on her exact birthday. Interestingly, that would mean the movie opens during the same year as Finding Nemo. 

We also know that this has to be some time after 2007, which is when Ratatouille takes place. In fact, Inside Out actually confirms that Ratatouille takes place in 2007 instead of 2004, which is a conundrum I ran into while writing the book. It’s all based on the blurry date seen on Gusteau’s will and…eh, don’t worry, it’s not important.

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Anyway, the reason we know that this is some time after Ratatouille is because you can see Colette Tatou on the cover of a magazine in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it easter egg. Judging by the prestige of this magazine, Colette has done well for herself during her years learning from Remy and working at La Ratatouille, the bistro she started with him and Linguini.

After all, why would she be on the cover a magazine before her adventures in Ratatouille? Before she met Linguini, she was just a hardworking chef trying to build a career at a failing restaurant. I find it much more plausible that she’s created a name for herself under the tutelage of the best chef in France.

(DONALD GLOVER VOICE) MY EMOTIONS!

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So as we get to know Riley in the film’s early montage, we meet her emotions. The film immediately takes us inside her head, where we watch Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear, and Anger team up to influence Riley’s actions. They work in “Headquarters” (get it?) and use a mysterious console to control Riley’s decisions.

When an emotion manages to elicit a meaningful experience in real life, a memory is generated and sent to Riley’s long term memory. If it’s a specifically powerful experience, then it will create a core memory that will stay in Headquarters.

It’s somewhat confusing, but Pixar does a great job of explaining this better than I can. They use subtle techniques and cleverness to make the inside of Riley’s head immediately unique, while also incredibly believable.

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For example, the memories are shaped like “marbles” because without them, Riley would lose her marbles.

This is a fun movie.

The plot of Inside Out focuses on Riley being uprooted to a new home in San Fransisco and how this negatively affects her emotions. She misses her friends, never sees her dad anymore because of his new job, and feels pressured to just “be happy” all the time. This causes her to repress her sadness, which eventually causes even more problems.

CONNECTIONS AND MISFIRES…

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There’s another fun cameo during this part of the movie. We see a rat that looks a lot like Remy, which is just a fun reminder that Pixar animation transcends the multiple stories they tell. And we also see memories that feature other Pixar characters. You can see Carl and Ellie’s wedding from Up for example.

A good reason for that could be that Riley saw a tape of this wedding at some point, though that would have to be a very old home movie. It could be a picture, since we see a camera in the first frame of that scene in Up. In that case, Riley could have seen that picture and imagined the wedding herself. This has led a lot of people to think that Riley could somehow be related to Carl and Ellie, which would be quite a stretch.

That’s because Carl and Ellie sadly never had kids, so Riley would have to be a distant relative. If she knows about the wedding, then she’s probably met some of this family, but we know in those early scenes of Inside Out that Riley is visiting California for the first time. She thought the Golden Gate bridge was actually golden, after all.

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You could argue that people from this family went to Minnesota to visit her, but I’m not really convinced. Personally, I don’t think we’re able to know just yet, though one theory I have is that she had a teacher or friend’s parent who is somehow connected to Carl and Ellie. A future Pixar movie may shed light on this.

Some people even want to believe that Riley is Boo from Monsters Inc.,or Andy’s mom. Seriously. Look, Riley is Riley. She’s not anyone else, and trying to force these connections is missing the point. For example, the primary reason people think Riley is Boo is because when she’s shown as a toddler, she’s wearing the same hair tie/scrunchy thing that Boo wears in Monsters Inc. 

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They both even have pig tails. If you’re fixated on them being one in the same, then you miss the cooler reveal, which is that Riley was growing up around the same time as Boo (Monsters Inc., takes place in the early 2000s), so of course that style and those hair ties were popular.

As for Riley being Andy’s mom…I mean that’s way too much of a stretch, even for a limo.

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Besides the eyes, nose, time period, and basic facial structure, they’re exactly alike! Sigh.

HUMANS ARE BATTERIES…

A main theme of the Pixar Theory is the idea that humans emit this strange energy that we see all throughout the films. In Monsters Inc., we learn that the laughter of a child can be harvested as energy for a society of creatures that mysteriously know how to use it. In The Incredibles, this energy is seen tangibly through the exploits of super-powered humans who can do amazing things.

Part of my Pixar Theory (the updated version) is that humans power the toys in Toy Story because they’re built to collect energy by the machines from The Incredibles. The book goes more into detail, but the basic idea is that the machines know how to use human energy as a battery, which carries on as a strategy all the way to the future, when monsters have to go back in time through doors to access this energy because no humans are left thanks to WALL-E. 

But all this time, I’ve wondered why Pixar seems so infatuated with this idea of imagination being a raw power. And Inside Out addresses this pretty head on. The whole premise of the movie is that our emotions (as seen in Monsters Inc.,) are what truly power our actions. And the most powerful emotion for a child is Joy, as seen by Joy being the de facto leader of Riley’s emotions. Most of Riley’s memories are positive, and this is because Joy is inherently a strong emotion for many children.

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The monsters of Monsters Inc, use fear, which can be another strong emotion for some kids, to power their society, but they eventually learn that laughter from joy is far more effective. And why is that? Well, Inside Out explains that joy is one of the first emotions we experience. Joy, the character, is a literal light source. She’s fast, tough, and clever. And she’ll do anything to make Riley happy. The other emotions in comparison are much more passive.

A lingering question in Monsters Inc., is why adults are so difficult to scare. Inside Out sort of answers that by showing how the inside of adults’ minds work. They’re more emotionally balanced, for example, so you don’t see one emotion overpowering the others. When we see inside the heads of Riley’s parents, the emotions don’t bicker like they do in Riley’s head. Instead, they all work together to accomplish the same goal.

But that’s not all. No, no, no. There’s something even better hiding in the dark of this movie that serves as the biggest “Aha!” moment I’ve had since I carefully re-watched Brave and Monsters Inc., back to back.

And it has to do with this guy, Bing Bong.

BING BONG! BING BONG!

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Bing Bong is Riley’s imaginary friend. Joy and Sadness meet him halfway through the movie, and he helps them navigate Riley’s mind as they try to return to Headquarters. When Riley was three, Bing Bong was her best friend. He’s part cat, part elephant, and part dolphin. He’s made of cotton candy and, naturally, cries candy. He even has a wagon that can fly when powered by songs…

(humans=batteries).

So what’s the big deal? Why is he important?

Simple. Bing Bong is an imaginary friend, yes. But he’s based on a monster. Riley’s monster from when she was three.

At the end of Monsters Inc., Sulley and Mike decide to make kids laugh instead of scream because it generates more energy and is less messed up. We even see Mike go through a door and perform standup comedy for a child.

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But wouldn’t this leave a kid feeling traumatized? Imagine a monster coming through your door, making you laugh, and then disappearing forever. This would make no sense unless…children perceive these new monsters as their imaginary friends.

Bing Bong was a monster who went through Riley’s door and made her laugh when she was three. We know that monsters have animal characteristics, explaining his part-cat/part-elephant appearance. And of course Riley thinks he’s made of cotton candy. Why else would he be pink? I’d even argue that he makes dolphin noises to make Riley laugh, causing her to think he’s part dolphin, too.

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This all makes perfect sense if we’re to believe that well-adjusted kids in Pixar movies grew up meeting monsters in their rooms late at night. And it’s further helped by the fact that in Riley’s subconscious, she’s afraid of clowns, not monsters.

And think of it this way. Isn’t it pretty easy to picture Bing Bong living in Monstropolis?

I have plenty more to say about all of this, but those are the major points. If you want to keep digging, you can read another exploration I did of this movie that goes somewhat more into detail. The gist of it is that Bing Bong is life.

There are more easter eggs for the movie listed at the bottom, but that’s the basic rundown of how Inside Out fits into the Pixar Theory. If you think of something interesting to add or have a compelling question to ask, fire away! Just please…don’t ask if Big Hero 6, a Disney movie, should be in the Pixar Theory…

Ready for more?

The conspiring doesn’t end here. Check out my other Pixar Theory posts from infinity to beyond:

  • The Pixar Theory – the full book available on paperback and ebook via Kindle, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, or just a PDF. This will cover the entire theory and every movie in the Pixar universe, updated from what you just read.

EASTER EGG ISLAND!

  • There’s a globe in Riley’s classroom that has been shown in every single Toy Story film.
  • Some of the cars in San Francisco have bumper stickers from the Pixar movie, Cars.
  • Bing Bong disturbs a cloud person in Imaginationland, and he looks a lot like the cloud from the Pixar short, “Partly Cloudy.”

  • Also in Imaginationland, you can see a board game with a picture of Nemo that says “Find Me.”
  • One of Riley’s classmates wears a camo shirt with Toy Story characters on it. Well, their silhouettes, at least. It even looks like Arlo from The Good Dinosaur is on there as well. There’s even a popular girl at the school with a skull t-shirt in the same fashion as Sid’s from Toy Story, just in a different color. The 90s are making a comeback!

  • A banner in Riley’s hockey rink showcases a team from Tri-County, which is the setting for Toy Story. I explain this easter egg further in a different article.
  • Blink and you’ll miss a “For the Birds” cameo during Riley’s road trip to San Francisco in the beginning of the movie. It’s just like their appearance in Cars.
  • As always, the animators included ample A113 references. I’ve heard there’s more than one, but the only one I saw personally was A113 as the number of Riley’s classroom.
  • If you look closely at Riley’s Chinese takeout box, you’ll notice it has the same design as the one from A Bug’s Life (pictured below). Those familiar with the theory know that this could be because the same restaurant exists in both movies, so naturally there’d still be remnants of these takeout boxes hundreds of years later during Flik and the gang’s adventures.

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314 thoughts on “The Pixar Theory: How ‘Inside Out’ Fits In The Pixar Universe

  1. Sorry, Jon, but you might need to watch the movie again.

    When Riley is a child, she does draw many similarities to Boo, but you missed one more notable, and unmistakable similarity.

    If you listen carefully to Riley as a child, you might just recognize her voice, her laugh, and the rest of her “speech”. Sound familiar?

    Both Boo, and Riley make the same noises and laugh exactly the same way.

    How do you explain this Jon? It breaks your theory just a bit.

    • Well, for one thing, they have completely different names. Boo’s name is Mary, as shown by her name being visible on the top of the drawing she makes for Sulley. Not only that, but they look nothing alike. We SEE Riley as a baby and a toddler, and she always has dark blonde hair. Boo always has dark hair. Not even their eye colors match up. Boo has brown eyes, and Riley has blue eyes in ever scene we see of her growing up. So, no, they aren’t similar at all.

    • Maybe Pixar decided, ‘this movie is incredibly difficult, and we’ve been making awesome movies since the 90’s, let’s take a shortcut just this once and recycle some audio from Boo.’

    • They recycled the audio clips from Boo to Riley.

    • That’s true, the speech does sound the same, but that’s because Baby Riley and Boo are voiced by the same person. Pixar recycled other words from Boo’s voice actress, Mary Gibbs, who was still a baby when Monsters Inc. was in production. They simply recorded whatever she said and used it for the movie, (because honestly, how hard is it to get a baby to say what you want?) and didn’t use what they didn’t need of her voice. They figured it fit in with Riley’s personality, so they used Boo’s voice for Riley, which explains how they sound alike.

    • Boo has brown hair Riley has blonde

  2. Why do Riley’s parents have different hair color than Riley?

    • The Mum maybe dyed her hair or the dad was blonde when he was younger. Also you can carry down genes, like your parents may both have brown hair but you could be ginger because of past relatives

      • I have some friends who have three kids. The oldest has blonde hair, and middle one has black hair, and the youngest has the most red (almost orange) hair you’ve ever seen. The mom has black hair and the dad may have had blonde hair (he’s bald now).

        Even with me and my siblings, the older two of us have redish/blonde hair and the younger two have darker brown hair.

        It’s really not that uncommon for kids to have different hair colors than their parents.

  3. It just occurred to me that the Pixar short “Lava” can bear a reference to the name of the island from “The Incredibles” and the same name of the island mentioned in the Pixar Detective.

    “Nomanisan Island” . “No Man Is An Island”.
    This is contradicted by the series of events that take place in the short “Lava” because Uke is a volcano man and Lele is a volcano woman

  4. Pixar announced the new title and poster for the Untitled Dias Delos Muerthos film, ‘Coco’.
    If I had to guess how this film would fit into the timeline it would be close to the beginning of the timeline if they planned on celebrating the first Day of the Dead or maybe it will just take place around modern times (there obviously isn’t enough info on the film yet)

    This film may explain why we see some of the more ethereal phenomenon in the Pixar Universe such as the Will O’ the Wisps, “imaginary” Gusteau in Ratatouille, how Carl’s house made it back to the exact spot in paradise falls,what happens to loved ones when they die in the Pixar Universe.

  5. It may also explain how the clouds from ‘Partly Cloudy’ were able to create the mortal souls of infants to be delivered to the expecting parents by stork

  6. Mr. Negroni, I have a theory regarding the Pixar Short films’ (or at least some of them) place in the Pixar Theory. It is fairly long, so prepare for a list.
    Lifted: The aliens are actually monsters from Monsters Inc. before they used laughter as power. They are trying to see if they can use adult humans as possible power sources so they abduct them.
    For the Birds: Similar to the way fish shun Dory in Finding Nemo, the smaller, seemingly more intelligent birds shun the large blue bird (and seem to be superior evolution-wise considering their constant appearances in Pixar movies).
    The Adventures of Andre and Wally B.: Far fetched as it may be, my only theory considering the first Pixar short is that the titular characters are from the time of Monsters Inc., considering their non-human look.
    Tin Toy: Similar to Toy Story 3, the toys (other than the titular character) live in fear of the baby due to their constant abuse. The tin toy, however, simply overcomes it through his love for the baby.
    Presto: This was about the time when animals began to show their animosity towards humans, simply because Alec (the rabbit) couldn’t have a carrot. Eventually, the animosity evolved into greater hatred.
    Boundin’: The sheep in the short becomes sad when first sheared (the animosity!) but thanks to a good ol’ jackalope (possibly a monster from Monsters Inc., although I can’t see a reason why) he becomes on of the few animals with no bad will towards humans.
    Red’s Dream: Red (the bicycle) is aware of his need for humans and knows that no humans actually want him, so he may possibly die.
    Luxo Jr.: This short would have the biggest impact on the theory. The two lamps (Luxo and Luxo Jr.), instead of relying on humans for energy, they rely on each other- in a sort of reusable fashion. This also applies to The Blue Umbrella, Knick Knack and Lava (which I will deal with below).
    Lava: Since Lava happens over the course of millions of years, it’s easy to believe that this could not be in the theory. But, as you theory says, time travel brings people (and energy) to different times, so Syndrome’s zero point energy could have gone back millions of years ago and brought at least two volcanoes to life.
    That is all I have so far, so if you’re there, please respond because I’d like to know if my theory could be incorporated.

  7. I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this already but I think it’s possible that Bonnie’s mom from TS3 is Riley, hence the same last name. Riley could have been a single mom, and so Bonnie took after her last name, Andersen/Anderson. Bonnie’s mom does also resemble Riley’s mom, which shows how daughters grow up to look similar to their moms in real life.

    Riley couldn’t have been Bonnie’s sister, we see in the classroom scene in Inside Out that one of the cool girls was wearing a t-shirt with a printed skull, similar to Sid’s from TS which was probably a fashion trend among pre-pubescent kids during that time.

    • (Cot’d)

      And since Andy and Sid have already grown up to become young adults in TS3, the skull t-shirt couldn’t have been a trend anymore.

      Sid wore the same shirt as a kid and until he grew up to become a garbage collector as we’ve seen in TS3. It’s possible he just likes that shirt a lot or he just wears it to work because he doesn’t mind it getting dirty (since it’s an old shirt) from work.

      • TS3 doesn’t show Bonnie’s dad or even mentions him. Which is why it is highly likely that Bonnie’s mom is Riley and explains why Bonnie has the same last name as Riley.

        • Bonnie and Riley don’t have the same last name. The names are spelled differently, so it’s Bonnie Anderson and Riley Andersen (with an “e” instead of an “o”)

  8. what if the Chinese box was brought to the future by boo before she found the will o the wisp

    • I would only believe that if there was evidence Boo is a big fan of Chinese food. Enough of a fan, at least, to bring it with her while time traveling.

      • Mr. Negroni, I have a theory in regards to how the Pixar Shorts fit into the theory, and you can check it out above. I understand if you don’t have time, but I just felt it necessary.

  9. So I know this might sound crazy but I think this could be another connection!! So Riley’s teacher is dark skinned and has curly hair. When she was teaching, her emotions pulled out the image of the Brazilian helicopter pilot telling her to come fly with him. Now Brazil is definitely in South America, so let’s go back to the curly hair and dark skin. In Up, I am just using the scene where to Lotso makes a cameo as reference, that little girl is playing with a plane and there is a drawing that looks quite a bit like Kevin from later in the movie. Now who’s to say that the same little girl didn’t become Riley’s teacher, she has dark skin and curly hair. I know it isn’t the most well developed but please feel free to

  10. You think exactly like me, I think you have a superpower called “Asperges Syndrome”

  11. Is there any relation of the mugs shown in the emotions of Riley’s mom and the mug shown in the pizza store? Thanks

  12. So where does inside out fit on the Pixar Theory time line. Like in between what movies?

  13. Hi, I’m starting a YouTube channel and I LOVE Pixar, and the Pixar Theory, if full credit is given, and your permission is granted, I would absolutely love being able to review this theory on my channel!

  14. A113 is spray painted on the side of an alleyway when Riley is running away. Also the train car that Joy, Sadness, and Bing Bong ride on is #13.

    • It also shows the Beauty and the Beast tea cups in the corner! Most likely though, she watches Disney films and therefore they probably would be in her mind.

  15. if boo is riley’s mom?

    • May I just stomp this out now?
      NO!
      Boo is not Riley’s mom. Will people please stop connecting this person to that? Emily and Andy’s mom is one thing, but anyone else is pretty unrealistic.

  16. This picture at the top is really nice but you might want to add someone from cars to complete it

  17. I would just like to make another theory. As you all know, The Good Dinosaur is yet to come out, but we know vaguely about the plot. What if the universe of The Good Dinosaur and the universe of the rest of the Pixar movies are one and the same. It’s been a while since I’ve watched a Pixar movie, but there’s no evidence stating that dinosaurs aren’t there. There are toys of dinosaurs, but there are toys of sharks and hedgehogs and etc. So that’s my other theory.

  18. “Some people even want to believe that Riley is Boo from Monsters Inc.,or Andy’s mom. Seriously. Look, Riley is Riley. She’s not anyone else, and trying to force these connections is missing the point.”

    Said the guy who’s convinced that the Witch from Brave is Boo.

    • The difference is that I have a reason for why I think they’re the same person, and there’s real evidence for it. But with Riley and Boo, we know what their names are. We see them at the same age (a toddler) and they don’t look alike. There’s no purpose to saying they’re the same person beyond “wouldn’t that be neat somehow?”

      So yeah, comparing the two is foolhardy.

      • I have never understood how people make that connection. For one, Boo’s hair is almost black, while Riley’s is a dirty blonde. Sure, they have similar bobble hairties, but that’s like saying that I’m the same person as the girl next to me because we wear the same scrunchies.

        With Boo and the witch, we see the Pizza Planet truck, the obsession with bears and the carving of Sulley. That’s way more evidence to prove that Boo and the witch are the same, whereas Boo and Riley have barely any similarities.

  19. I figured out how Despicable Me fits into the Pixar theory.

    • I, however, have not figured out how you think Despicable Me is part of the Pixar Theory, or how you made that connection at all.
      Despicable Me is Universal, not Pixar. So, yeah.

      • I was going to add the Disney Animated Classics Series (the princess movies, Big Hero 6, Bolt, and others) into the Pixar Theory, when it hit me that most of the superhero deaths that Edna talks about happen in the late 50’s, before the supers were shut down.

        Edna: Do you remember Thunderhead? Tall, storm powers? Nice man, good with kids.
        Bob: Listen, E…
        Edna: November 15th of ’58! All was well, another day saved, when… his cape snagged on a missile fin!
        Bob: Thunderhead was not the brightest bulb…
        Edna: Stratogale! April 23rd, ’57! Cape caught in a jet turbine!
        Bob: E, you can’t generalize about these things…
        Edna: Metaman, express elevator! Dynaguy, snagged on takeoff! Splashdown, sucked into a vortex!
        [shouts]
        Edna: No capes!

        This would put the bulk of the Incredibles in the early 70’s, and the large amounts of criminal activity in Minions, which is in 1969, is a direct result of the Superhuman Programs being shut down. When the Supers do come back, crime lowers, but there still aren’t many supers left, and, as Jon already stated in the Pixar theory, they eventually die off. This leads to villains going on the rise again in Despicable Me, and in Despicable Me 2, we see that the government is attempting to take down the villains themselves by employing people who aren’t supers, but still have usable skillsets, gadgets, intellect, and so forth.

        This led me to realize that in addition to Despicable Me (which I already knew wasn’t Pixar, btw), the DreamWorks theory that was posted a few months ago by another guy a could be incorporated (minus Shrek), and that other groups like Sony with their Hotel Transylvania and Open Seson along with Blue Sky’s Ice Age series and Rio, among other properties owned by these corporations, could be incorporated to form one, giant, animated film MEGAVERSE!

        That`s how I made that connection.

        • Well, I suppose that could work. Maybe.

    • Really? The two companies don’t have ANYTHING in common

      • I take back my comment that is genius

  20. Not sure if you’ve noticed this, but I think Lava, the short from the start of Inside Out, fits into your theory. The island Syndrome uses in The Incredibles has two volcanoes on it (yes, it’s two. I’m looking at a picture of it). One is short and fat (Uku), the other tall and skinny (Lele). I’m wondering if maybe, over time, Uku slowly started to grow, with each eruption leaving more cooled lava to make him taller, while Lele lay dormant until she eventually sunk into the sea. That’s when they become sentient, and Uku knew there was a lady volcano nearby, which is why he sang, and eventually brought the two of them back together.

    Or have I missed a critical point that destroys the whole theory?

    • No, I think you’re good.
      I haven’t found anything, anyway

  21. Inside Out will be the best Pixar movie yet waiting until DVD release unfortunately

  22. LOVE YOUR THEORY! You’ve inspired me to try to think of my own theories! Sorry about the haters in the world, you can’t win them all.

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