The Pixar universe

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The Pixar universe is a theoretical "shared universe" in which every character that is created by Pixar exists, sharing characteristics and an internal logic. Media discussion about a "Pixar Universe" has existed since at least 2003,[1] and has been referred to in disparate sources such as Slash Film,[2] Washington Times,[3] Reno Gazette-Journal, and MTV News [4]

Pixar employee Jay Ward denied that the films take place in the same universe, saying: "It's almost like the 9/11 conspiracy theories... it's like, really? No, the movies were sort of made in a different order by different directors in different times, in different places. It's cool that it all worked out that way, but it probably was not intentional."[5]

In To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios, Karen Paik states that there are many internal references between various films in The Pixar Universe.[6] In 2009, CityNews Toronto made comparisons between nine "Pixar Universe" films.[7]

In his 2013 thesis entitled "The Pixar Theory", Jon Negroni wrote that every character created by Pixar lives within a single fictional universe. He acknowledges that the concepts behind his thesis were derived from an episode of the video series After Hours, written by Daniel O'Brien.[8] In his post, Negroni discusses various films and how they relate in a timeline of events. Films he examines include A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University. After his thesis was posted on the internet on July 11, 2013, it became a viral hit. [9][10][11] IO9 wrote Negroni's work is "a crazy read, one that Negroni has been annotating as readers point to corrections or flaws in his theory. But even as a tinfoil hat theory, it makes some clever connections—and, of course, contains plenty of Pizza Planet trucks."[12]


  1. ^ Grimm, Bob (June 5, 2003). "Find the Fish". Reno News & Review. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lussier, Germain (July 17, 2013). "Theory: All Pixar Movies Exist in the Same Universe". Slash Film. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ Szadkowski, Joseph (June 24, 2010). "Toy Story 3: The Video Game review". Washington Times. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ Carroll, Larry (December 12, 2005). "Should Buzz Lightyear Really Be Hanging With Van Gogh? MOMA Thinks So". MTV News. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ Torchinsky, Jason (July 18, 2013). "Pixar's Jay Ward Responds To The Unified Pixar Movie Theory". Jalopnik. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Paik, Karen (2007). To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios. Chronicle Books. p. 73. ISBN 0811850129. 
  7. ^ Brian McKechnie and Suzanne Ellis (May 29, 2009). "His Take/Her Take: Up". CityNews. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ Negroni, Jon (July 12, 2013). "The Pixar Theory: Every Character Lives in the Same Universe". Mashable. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ Dunn, Gaby (July 12, 2013). ""Pixar Theory" connects all your favorite movies in 1 universe". The Daily Dot. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ Whitney, Erin (July 12, 2013). "The (Mind-Blowing) Pixar Theory: Are All the Films Connected?". Moviefone. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ McFarland, Kevin (July 12, 2013). "Read This: A grand unified theory connects all Pixar films in one timeline". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ Davis, Lauren (July 13, 2013). "How all Pixar films fit into a single universe". IO9. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 

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