Disney might have just confirmed this popular fan theory.
Back in 2013, movie blogger Jon Negroni first unleashed “The Pixar Theory” into the world. This now viral blog post posited that all the Pixar movies are not only connected, but also exist in the same universe. He even worked out an alternate timeline (starting with Brave and ending with Monster’s Inc) and history for this universe. The theory says that in the Pixar world, special technology and magic have caused the animals of our world to grow intelligent and machine to grow sentient overtime. His evidence? “Easter eggs”—or images and characters from one movie making “cameos” in another movie—that can be found in all the Pixar films.
Up until now, neither Disney nor Pixar have confirmed nor denied this link in any way. But this weekend on January 15th, the official Toy Story Facebook page shared a video ad for Oh My Disney, a Disney-owned site that shares “nostalgia, news, and other Disney magic.” The almost three-minute video showed the Easter eggs from all 17 Pixar releases, stringing them together to show the connected universe. The post was exciting for hardcore fans because it succinctly showed some Easter eggs they might have missed. The video also seems to provide some more convincing evidence that this is intentional, since some of the earlier movies actually introduced characters in cameo appearances way before they were main characters in their own films, like Doug the dog from Up’s (2009) appearance in Ratatouille (2007) or a Finding Nemo (2003) doll being placed in Monsters, Inc. (2001). At time of writing, the video has been viewed 3.2 million times and shared close to 50k times.
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