After watching a video on Cracked suggesting that all Pixar films are set in an apocalyptic universe, Jon Negroni attempted to create a universal theory of Pixar, using the plots and Easter eggs to connect them into a single, time-skewing world.
Negroni's Pixar Theory is a fun piece of overthinking, and contains some Easter eggs that you may have missed. It blends magic and science fiction, starting with Brave's fairy tale past and firing straight through WALL-E's future. Then, spectacularly, it loops back around.
Along the way, it explores the advancement of animal and artificial intelligence in the Pixar universe:
In Ratatouille, we see animals experimenting with their growing personification in small, controlled experiments. Remy wants to cook, something only humans explicitly do. He crafts a relationship with a small group of humans and finds success. Meanwhile, the villain of Ratatouille, Chef Skinner, disappears. What happened to him? What did he do with his newfound knowledge that animals were capable of transcending their instincts and performing duties better than humans?
It’s possible that Charles Muntz, the antagonist of “Up”, learned of this startling rumor, giving him the idea to begin inventing devices that would harness the thoughts of animals, namely his dogs, through translator collars. Those collars indicated to Muntz that animals are smarter and more like humans than we think. He needed this technology to find the exotic bird he’s obsessed over, and he even comments on how many dogs he’s lost since he arrived in South America.
But then Dug and the rest of his experiments are set free after Muntz’s demise, and we don’t know the full implications of that, but what we do know is that animosity between the animals and humans is growing steadily. Now that humans have discovered the potential of animals, they are beginning to cross the line. To develop this new technology, the humans begin an industrial revolution hinted at in Up.
And Up, for its part, is the harbinger of the garbage apocalypse. It's 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.
The Pixar Theory [Jon Negroni] Hat tip to Ryan!