Top 10 Reasons the Pixar Universe Theory is True



Top 10 Reasons the Pixar Universe Theory is True

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These are the reasons the Pixar Universe theory is true. For this list, we're looking at arguments in favor of the theory that Pixar's films take place in the same universe. Our countdown includes Disney's own compilation, the monsters, Buy n Large, and more!
The Pixar Theory is more plausible than you might think. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Reasons Why the Pixar Theory is True.

For this list, we’re looking at arguments in favor of the theory that Pixar’s films take place in the same universe. However, we won’t be including Carl & Ellie’s Letter to Andy from “Toy Story 3” as that Easter egg only exists in a trailer, not the final cut.

#10: Disney’s Own Compilation

Wait a minute… if Disney has already confirmed it, then shouldn’t this be higher on the list? Yeah, we know this is a weird way to start out, but it’s a little more complicated than that. In January 2017, Disney released a compilation video of various easter eggs hidden throughout Pixar films, showing how each flick connects to another. However, there is a catch: this video only confirms that all of the Pixar films are in the same universe. It may not confirm the Pixar Theory, specifically, to be true, though it does help solidify the theory’s foundation. Besides, why else would we see the Pixar Ball in so many movies?

#9: The Monsters

A big question that “Monsters, Inc.” never answered was “Where did the monsters come from?” In fact though, we can easily deduce the answer just from the franchise’s place in the timeline according to the Pixar theory. Right before “Monsters, Inc.” is “A Bug’s Life”, which takes place sometime after the events of “WALL-E” and when the Tree of Life was planted. By this point in time, animals have become super intelligent - they build, create, talk, think, etc. This was possibly caused by the pollution the humans left behind, thus allowing them to further mutate and eventually become the monsters we see in “Monsters, Inc.” This also explains why very few of the bugs look anything like their real-world counterparts.

#8: The “Cars” Franchise

The Pixar Theory brings up a war between the animals and humans, with the latter teaming up with the machines. It’s the outcome of this war that explains why cars inhabit the Earth in the “Cars” franchise as well as why there aren’t any humans. Not only did the machines help the humans win, but the planet had become so polluted that humans had to leave. Some people point out that “Cars” could just take place on alternate Earth. However, that doesn’t explain why the cars continue to refer to countries by their real names or why they’re using human structures like drive-in theaters and gas stations. Additionally, “Cars 2” introduces a fuel product called Allinol, which may have had a hand in polluting the Earth. More on that later.

#7: A Growing Resentment

There are quite a few Pixar films that share a common theme: animals being mistreated by humans. In “Finding Nemo”, fish are told to stay away from the "butts", or boats, and Gill and his friends are frightened of the dentist's daughter, Darla. In “Finding Dory”, we see a few examples of humans littering the ocean; Dory gets stuck in a plastic can holder and swims past glass bottles stuck in the ocean floor. Then, there are the rats in "Ratatouille" who, despite showing amazing cooking skills, are still being attacked by humans. Oh, and there are also Charles F. Muntz’s dogs from “Up”. These instances of mistreatment and paranoia would explain why the animals went against mankind.

#6: The Toys Want Revenge

Not only have animals been mistreated, but so have the machines, and the “Toy Story” franchise is a prime example of that. Sid experiments on toys in the first movie, we’re told of how Jessie was abandoned in the second, and Lotso being replaced is shown in the third. Speaking of Lotso, he is one of the Disney villains who does not die. Instead, he is picked up by a garbage man and strapped to the front of their dump truck (which possibly further intensified his hatred towards humans). Who’s to say he didn’t escape at some point and potentially ignite the revolution against humans?

#5: The Seed

Earlier, we mentioned “A Bug’s Life” taking place after “WALL-E,” which may not make sense given how drastically different both movies’ settings are. However, the connection between the two is seemingly confirmed by “WALL-E’s” end credits. In it, we see WALL-E and EVE standing next to a massive tree grown by the seed they saved. This tree may not look exactly like the Tree of Life, but judging by the difference in height, we can infer that “WALL-E” and “A Bug’s Life” take place years - or even decades - apart from each other.

#4: Buy n Large

Buy n Large has made a small number of cameos in Pixar films, like “Toy Story 3” and “Cars 3”, but the coporation’s role in the Pixar Theory is more than just a few references. As we teased earlier when mentioning “Cars 2” and Allinol, Buy n Large may have had a heavy hand in the world’s pollution. In “WALL-E”, the CEO of BNL, Shelby Forthright, mentions that a plan to get the Earth cleaned, Operation Recolonize, has failed, and directs all AUTO units to keep humans in space forever. Given how many BNL products are consumed by humans, we can safely assume that BNL was the cause of the pollution. Come to think of it, BNL may have been the same company trying to get Carl’s house in “Up”.

#3: The Magic in “Brave”

So, the origin of the monsters has been explained, but what about the machines? How did the toys and cars come to life? Well, this is why “Brave” is placed at the very beginning of the timeline. In “Brave”, we encounter mystical beings known as “wisps”, and we witness the Witch make inanimate objects come alive through the use of magic. Considering how rarely Pixar acknowledges magic in its movies, “Brave’s” place in the timeline perfectly justifies how toys came to life, and why animals can talk. It may also be the cause of creating Supers, thus justifying the existence of “The Incredibles”.

#2: The Pizza Planet Truck

Suppose Disney never came out and confirmed that the Pixar films share the same universe. Well, we technically didn’t need their word to begin with as the Pizza Planet truck has appeared in almost every Pixar movie in one form or another. Alongside its appearances as a normal truck in movies like “A Bug’s Life”, “Monsters, Inc.”, and the “Toy Story” franchise, we’ve seen the truck animated in “Cars” and as a small, wooden toy in “Brave”. With its frequent appearances and the fact that it’s sometimes even acknowledged by characters, the truck is plenty of evidence on its own that there is something to the Pixar Theory!

#1: Boo

Part of “Monsters, Inc’s” ending sees Boo rushing to her closet to see Sully one last time, but her door is shredded before she can open it. While they do reunite at some point, the fact that Boo’s voice doesn’t appear to have matured much signifies that they see each other only a year or two later. The Pixar Theory explains that Boo eventually discovered how to time travel using doors and began using it to try and find Sully. She ultimately found her way to the time when “Brave” is set where she’s actually the unnamed magical Witch. If you want to take the theory even further, it’s even been surmised that Boo as the Witch uses her magic to plant all the Easter Eggs throughout the Pixar Universe. Where’s the proof of all this? Well, what are the other logical explanations for the Witch’s wood carvings of Sulley and a Pizza Planet truck? No one in “Brave” would even know what a truck is, let alone a big, furry, horned and spotted creature!