Sorry, these two amazing Pixar fan theories have been debunked

We’re living in the age of Fan Theories right now, and thankfully the creators behind many of our favorite stories are speaking up about when we’re correct (like J.K. Rowling) and when we’re super off base (…like J.K. Rowling).

The more we love something, the more we want to think of awesome theories for it, which is why there are loads of great Pixar theories out there. Some are big, some are little, and now we’re learning that some are not true. Monsters Inc., Up, Inside Out, and Toy Story 4‘s director, Pete Docter, recently talked to Entertainment Tonight and squashed a few of our recent theories. They were fun while they lasted.

First one up regards Toy Story and the theory that Andy’s mom was Jessie’s original owner. There’s some clear evidence to support this from the three movies, along with the fact that the timeline completely matches up.

Jessie’s original owner was named Emily, and we’ve never learned the name of Andy’s mom either. But, we do know that this mysterious Emily once had a cowboy hat, just like Jessie’s, and many years later Andy appears to have that same red cowboy hat (and it is completely different from Woody’s brown hat). So, is it true, did Pixar link all these cowboys and Andy’s family together? Not so fast.

“You know, [current Chief Creative Officer of Pixar and Disney Animation] John Lasseter was the director on that, and we talked for hours about backstory — and we have our own kind of backstory that’s a little different than that.” While Docter doesn’t say we’re totally wrong, we’re not right either, and then hints that we might see the real backstory for Jessie/Emily in Toy Story 4.

The other theory he shot doe is THE BIG ONE. It’s the theory that suggests all Pixar movies are connected together in the same, giant Pixar universe (and it’s the theory that suggests Bing Bong IS STILL ALIVE!).

But it’s totally not true.

“Well, I don’t want to spoil anybody’s fun. I’m flattered that people spend time thinking about this,” Docter said, “[But] we really try to create very distinct worlds in each film. So for [those who think the] characters from Monsters [would] show up in The Incredibles is kind of a design… it breaks my head a little bit to be honest.”

We most certainly do not want to break Docter’s heart, even though he’s made us cry on multiple occasions. This is actually kind of a bummer. I WANT to believe everything Pixar exists in the same amazing universe, and I might keep on believing that. Besides, I’m so excited to figure out how The Good Dinosaur fits into everything.

Sorry in advance for all the theories, Docter.

(Image via Disney/Pixar)


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