Slanted, I know, but this is my take on what the Pixar Universe is like, chronologically. Now, I think I’ve got it pretty much without conflict, but if you can come up with something, let me know. I’m definitely open to conversation and possibly changing/fixing it. That said, allow me to continue onto why I placed each movie where I did.
- Brave - This should seem easy enough it’s takes place way back when in Scotland, so it totally fits to be first.
- The Incredibles - The Incredibles is second because it takes place in what I can only guess is the early to late-mid ’60s. The beginning of the movie happens, I’m guessing, late forties, early fifties, due to the nature of the clothing, the news, the cars, everything. The house the Parrs live in is very 60s, in the furniture and colors, and even the magazines on the coffee table. Also, The Incredibles is the only Pixar movie to not include the Pizza Planet truck, so we can assume that the restaurant had not been created yet because America wasn’t playing a large part in the space race yet. My guess though is that by the early 80s, all villainy was stopped and so supers weren’t needed anymore.
- Toy Story - When Toy Story was released in 1995, it was considered a present day story. Simple enough, right?
- Toy Story 2 - It follows Toy Story, so logically…
- Finding Nemo - The boy in the waiting room in the Sherman’s office is reading an Incredibles comic (right?) and There’s a Buzz toy on the floor, which mean it has to come after Toy Story, but no dentist office is going to have brand new toys all the time, so I say after TS2.
- UP - Okay! I have no specific reason for jutting in between the first two Toy Stories and the third, just thought I would. In actuality, it’s more likely that Up takes place around the same time as TS or TS2.
- Ratatouille - However! Ratatouille does have to follow Up. At one point while Remy is running around, Dug’s shadow is visible. Now, once Carl has the Spirit of Adventure, and Dug as his dog, it’s not strange that Dug should be in Paris. Before UP, yeah, cause they were all in Paradise Falls for who knows how long.
- Toy Story 3 - I’m sure at some point we’ve all seen the shot of Andy’s room that shows a post card from Carl and Ellie Fredricksen, which means TS3 probably happens right before UP, but it could also mean the letter is old. I like to entertain the latter idea.
- Cars/Cars 2 - As for Cars, I have them taking place at the same time as TS3. Now, here’s where things get interesting. I do not lay claim to this idea, as an anonymous person brought it up to me, but here goes. The entire Cars franchise functions exactly like the opening of Toy Story 3. The movies are, in essence, play time for a child. In TS3, there’s boy at Sunnyside with a Lightning McQueen shirt and a Lightning toy car. It’s probably his imagination. In Andy’s room, there’s a Finn McMissile poster, which means that Cars 2 has to take place sometime between TS and TS3.
- Wall • E - It’s a futuristic movie. It’s going to be last.
Now! There are still two things I need to address. The first is A Bug’s Life. It’s pretty ambiguous. It can take place somewhere between Toy Story and Toy Story 3.
And then there’s Monster’s, Inc. MI takes place in an entirely parallel universe, accessible through doors, as shown in the movie. My guess is that Monster’s takes place around the same time as Toy Story 2. Boo has a Jessie doll, which wouldn’t be terribly uncommon, since Al didn’t appear to have any trouble finding one, and since Nemo isn’t a character that has any fame outside of his story, I don’t need to explain that toy.