Do all Pixar films exist in the same universe?

by Corrina Allen 17. July 2013 14:40

Pixar fans certainly are dedicated. Jon Negroni, an admirer of films like Monsters Inc., Toy Story, and Brave, spent an entire year developing a theory of evolution as it applies to the Pixar universe. After doing a LOT of research (read: movie-watching), Negroni has proposed the following hypothesis: that the very different worlds portrayed in movies such as A Bug's Life, The Incredibles, and Wall-E are actually one world.

The PhD candidate in Pixar-ology (that degree must exist by now, right?) has offered up a theory explaining how the Pixar world has evolved through each of its movies—and how they're all connected. That means that the animal and human-free world of Cars is the same one we see in Up and Finding Nemo. Confused? Negroni explains: "Every movie is connected and implies major events that influence every single movie," meaning that the individual stories in each movie are linked together across one big narrative.

Let's take a look at some of Negroni's examples: Brave, which takes place the Middle Ages, sits at the beginning of the Pixar timeline. Here, magic is discovered, and a precedent is set for animals and inanimate objects to walk and talk like humans. There's also a witch that "inexplicably disappears every time she passes through doors." Remind you of anyone?

Then there's Pixar's ubiquitous corporation: Buy-N-Large. We see them kicking Carl off his land in Up, they make the batteries that power Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story movies, and by the time we get to the post-human landscape of Wall-E, BNL controls entire countries. Negroni points out that the company pops up in Finding Nemo, too. His theory is that the machines and inanimate objects like toys are using BNL to take over the world—and it works, leading to the human-free environment we see in the Cars movies and Wall-E.

You can check out a pictorial timeline of the Pixar scholar's entire analysis here, along with some comments and ideas that other fans of the studio's movies have contributed. Especially interesting is the way Negroni brings things full circle, bestowing a surprising role upon Monsters Inc. character, Boo.

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