Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Okay, *This* Is Very Clever...

The parents out there will never look at a Pixar movie quite the same way again after reading this...

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.

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.
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".

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. 

3 comments:

NUGUN said...

He completely forgot the association of Russell from “Up” and John from “Wall-E”. Notice that Russel was already taking on the BNL form modifications being applied to the human race. Do you think it was a random chance, that this extensively genetically modified child wound up in the South American research area?

notDilbert said...

Like a TV Production, Pixar likely maintains a "Book" of common available product names and references that have all been Vetted by the Legal Dept for trademark infringement - Paid Product Placement etc. - and continuity that all the members of the story team need to use and refer to.

...... actually in the case of Pixar it is more likely a Wiki than an actual Book.

Xenolith said...

Watch the movie "Galaxy Quest" and the animated film "A Bug's Life".
Both have a group of performers mistaken for a fighting force, both have a large angry grasshopper as the arch villain, and both are a fun movie to watch.