The Pixar Theory: Every Character Lives in the Same Universe
Several months ago, I watched a fun-filled video on Cracked.com that introduced the idea (at least to me) that all of the Pixar movies actually exist within the same universe.Now, obviously, a lot of the "coincidences" are simply Pixar being cute and self-referential. Part of the appeal for the grownups watching these movies with their kids is picking up on the in-jokes and commonalities between the movies - for example, seeing "Dinoco" as the sponsor in "Cars" when it was the gas station where Buzz and Woodie have their showdown in "Toy Story".
Since then, I’ve obsessed over this concept, working to complete what I call “The Pixar Theory,” a working narrative that ties all of the Pixar movies into one cohesive timeline with a main theme.
Go read. It's an interesting proposal, to be sure. I suspect the author is both taking liberties and has his tongue firmly in cheek. Having seen all the Pixar movies I can attest to the inside jokes, dovetailing of products, and allusions to previous (and future) Pixar films. It's one of the little things they do to give their films a second, subtle layer that mom & dad can enjoy while the wee ones laugh at the antics of the characters.
I guarantee you won't look at Wall-E the same way again...
That is all.