Total Nerd Proof That Every Pixar Movie Take Place In The Same Universe  

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Out of all of the Pixar fan theories that have been posted online, this one by Jon Negroni is perhaps the most comprehensive and compelling off them all. Known as the Pixar Universe Theory, it aims to show how every Pixar film is connected and all take place in the same world.

It contends that all of the films made by the subsidiary Disney company share the same universe. They are interconnected and have the same history, with specific, recognizable characteristics in each movie. As well as a common story, there are dozens of Easter eggs in the films that indicate that they are part of the same universe.


The Good Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Proof That Every Pixar Movie Take Place In The Same Universe
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According to the theory, The Good Dinosaur takes place at the beginning of the Pixar timeline. Thanks to an asteroid missing Earth, dinosaurs don't become extinct but rather become the first example of non-human intelligent life. The dinosaur's non-extinction meant there was a shortage of fossil fuels years later which led to the oil and energy crisis seen in the Cars trilogy.

Shared Universe Easter Eggs and References:

  • The Luxo Ball appears in a dream sequence.
  • Finding Dory's Hank the Octopus is hiding underwater in one scene.

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Brave is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Proof That Every Pixar Movie Take Place In The Same Universe
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Brave is the beginning of the Pixar Universe. The discovery of the-will-of-the-wisps by Merida leads to a magical revolution that grants animals and other inanimate objects sentience and lets them interact with the world in a way that would not otherwise be possible.

The common conclusion is that the witch - who Merida meets in a cottage to help her solve her problem - is actually Boo from Monsters, Inc

Shared Universe Easter Eggs and References:

  • A carving of Monster's Inc.'s Sulley appears in the witch's cottage.
  • The Pizza Planet truck is also a carving in the cottage.

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Proof That Every Pixar Movie Take Place In The Same Universe
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The superpowers of the Incredibles are believed to have derived from the same magic first seen in Brave. In The IncrediblesThe Zero Point Energy - like the will-of-the-wisps - begins spreading to other objects, such as toys, and gives them life. The Omnidroid v.10 can also be seen as the first introduction of an artificial intelligence that poses a threat to humans, eventually leading to events in other movies.

Shared Universe Easter Eggs and References:

  • WALL-E appears when Bob gets a new sports car.
  • Toy Story 2's Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots show up in an office.
  • A number of vehicles from Cars - including Doc Hudson - appear throughout the film.
  • The Luxo Ball is one of Jack-Jack's toys.

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Proof That Every Pixar Movie Take Place In The Same Universe
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Toys gained sentience from the magic of the-will-of-the-wisps and the Zero Point Energy. Like other magical creatures and inanimate objects that have come to life, they created a society - with an established hierarchy and rules.

The theory contends that the toys in Toy Story 2 have begun resenting humans to a certain extent. Drawing their power from the love they receive from owners, they realize being separated from them is dangerous.

By Toy Story 3, the hatred of humans by animals and inanimate objects is growing even more, as toys are openly rebelling against humans.

Shared Universe Easter Eggs and References:

  • The A133 numbers appears on Andy's mom's car. (Toy Story)
  • The Luxo Ball first appeared. (Toy Story)
  • The Pizza Planet truck first appeared. (Toy Story)
  • A Bug's Life's Ant Island Appears in a video game. (Toy Story 2)
  • A sign with a house shaped like an arrow with the word UP appears while Al is packing. (Toy Story 2)
  • Carl and Ellie from Up make an appearance in the form of a postcard. (Toy Story 3)
  • The batteries in Buzz are made by the BnL corporation. (Toy Story 3)

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