Toy Story 4, Coco, and The Pixar Theory

Tamara Fuentes, writing for Seventeen, mentioned the Pixar Theory in a recent article. She broke down the theory from its 2013 roots and finished with this interesting bit:

Negroni still hasn’t explained how newer movies like Coco and Toy Story 4 fit in, but we’re sure they fit in here somewhere. Until then, guess we’ll just have to rewatch all of our favorite Disney Pixar movies to see this theory unfold for ourselves.

I’ve been hard at work on the upcoming book based on the theory, which is being republished. And yes, Toy Story 4 and Coco, along with all the other newest Pixar movies that have come out since the original theory will be explored in my little conspiracy theory corner of nonsense. It’s a fun book, and I’m excited for you all to read it.

More than just a collection of theories, it’s a book about what it means to be a fan of Pixar movies, and movies in general. I know a lot of you have been asking about getting your hands on a copy, especially since the first book went out of print and is currently unavailable in all forms. In fact, not even I have a copy of the book (I gave them all away, mostly to readers requesting them).

In the meantime, I want to open up the comments section for something special. I want to know: what does Pixar mean to you? Answer the question in the comments below, along with the name you want credited, and it might show up somewhere in the book. It would thrill me to pieces to have even more fans of the movies involved with this project in some way.

Thanks, as always, for reading.


7 thoughts on “Toy Story 4, Coco, and The Pixar Theory

  1. After watching Toy Story 4, I’m left with this sense of reminiscence. You would think that there would be a limit to how many stories can be told regarding such a thing as toys, but every movie comes with an original plot, which keeps you on the edge and at the same time plucks at those strings within you which make you relive your childhood in a more fulfilling manner. I feel like pixar is always able to deliver a great story that always provokes deeply set emotions in a very unique way, which I think has a pattern. What makes pixar movies unique is that the protagonist is portrayed in their entirety, and mostly the protagonist’s flaws are their good traits in excess. For example, Merida’s boldness and fearlessness, Joy’s need for happiness, Andy’s helpfulness towards his kid, etc. This is something that usually what causes a trouble in most of Pixar’s movies. That’s what makes it so unique and relatable, I think.

  2. What does Pixar mean to me?

    The first Pixar movie I saw in theaters was back in 2011 with the release of Cars 2. I watched the movie with my mother, and you know what? I loved it. I loved Cars 2, laughed at the jokes, and was promptly shocked to see the horrid reviews that the movie received. Today, I find the movie less enjoyable than I did eight years ago, but the lesson remains the same. Pixar films were a tremendous part of my growing up, and these films meant so much more to me than just a movie studio trying to make money. Pixar films were relatable and emotional; they had so much depth beyond their often simple stories. One of the most important things about these films was how they meant different things to different people. As a kid, watching Wall-E, for example, I saw a poor robot who went on an adventure, but as I got older, I realized how central the love story was, with Eve. The 2012 film Brave was the same. When I was younger, I could relate to the problems of a child and the struggles she faced with her mother. Now, I also see the film as a message for feminists and self-empowerment. Pixar is a movie studio that makes films that seek, not only to engage their audience, but to teach their audience and make them think something. Although most of their films involve some level fantasy: toys or cars or bugs being sentient beings is a stretch, their innate values of friendship, love, family, and more help mold a generation of children, including me, into better people. I thank Pixar for what they’ve done to make me who I am, and so Pixar to me is like a wise old grandma: entertaining me, teaching me, and nurturing me, and so I love Pixar.

  3. What does Pixar mean to me?

    I think that when i was born, i never watched Pixar before. But when i did, it’s an inspiration to when i wanna be when i grow up. their stories always level up the tech they made and its fascinating to how Pixar was the first to make cgi animated films happened. Without them, we would have been stuck to 2d films like Dumbo. Point is, Pixar is a good company that’s always up for something. It almost made me like the characters they made like Violet Parr, Riley Anderson, Ducky and Bunny, some of the characters that can be female or male. Pixar would mean to me a lot compared to the other companies that wants to beat them. But even though Lasseter isn’t in Pixar anymore, this won’t stop them from going Infinity and Beyond.

  4. I’ve been watching Pixar movies ever since, gosh, ever since I was young? I admire its story-telling, its ability to reach audiences regardless of age, it basically appeals to everybody just like LEGO. Its hard thinking about what Pixar really meant to me, because there is a huge number of layers that they cemented in my childhood. When young me watched The Incredibles, I hadn’t really grasped the idea of suicide during that scene when that dude jumped from the building. It exposed me to a whole array of ideas and feelings without making it seem complicated. That’s what Pixar is to me,I guess, because I was able to learn a lot from their movies from my youth.

  5. PIXAR means ‘Not every movie needs a villain.’

  6. Pixar has become a big influence on my life and definately my creativity. My skills as a storyteller and animator have greatly improved because of my passion for Pixar. I’m studying animation in college because of Pixar. The Pixar Theory has inspired me to look more carefully at all hidden details in their movies. I hope I can one day be an animator and maybe work at Pixar.

  7. Pixar let’s me know that there’s a whole world of storytelling I can create if and when I choose to tell stories. Pixar let’s us all know that stories contain worlds, and our one world contains so many stories. Many little stories can make one GIANT story, and that should be a metaphor for storytelling in general. All our individual stories stand on there own as beautiful and meaningful, but when we keep telling them, they collect together, and we then have one magnificent storyline of our history, our hopes, our dreams, our experiences, our lives. Pixar is really a championing of the story of us.

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