Disney Seemingly Explains “Pixar Shared Universe Theory” With Latest Epic Crossover

in Disneyland Paris

(L and R) Buzz and Woody from 'Toy Story' looking shocked (Center) Mike Wazowski, Sulley, and Boo holding onto the door in 'Monsters Inc'

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Disney may have already explained part of the “Pixar shared universe theory” without anyone noticing.

Disneyland Paris is no stranger to transporting guests to other worlds. Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Discoveryland, and all the worlds made famous in the many Disney movies. The resort also provides a Broadway-inspired experience at Production Courtyard’s Studio Theater in Walt Disney Studios Park. And now, the new top-tier stage show TOGETHER: a Pixar Musical Adventure is inviting guests into the Pixar universe.

While there’s no mention of the word “Multiverse” on either side of the stage, the 30-minute performance unites characters from the Toy Story franchise, Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), Up (2009), and Coco (2017) in a musical medley that celebrates Pixar’s most iconic films from the last 30 years, with Toy Story serving as the stepping stone into all the other franchises. Which leads us nicely onto the popular Pixar shared universe theory.

Miguel and Dante in 'Coco'
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The Pixar shared universe theory proposes that every single Pixar movie is connected (countless Easter eggs in each film make the case). And while TOGETHER: a Pixar Musical Adventure is not canon with the films, Disney and Pixar continue to fuel the theory, whether intentionally or not, as there’s a sequence that explains how the shared universe might work.

The stage show sees Pixar characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo-Peep, Rex, Bullseye, Jessie, Sulley, Mike Wazowski, Marlin, Nemo, Dory, Ed, Russell, Dug, and Miguel embark on an “Up“-lifting musical adventure which features color-drenched set pieces that include Andy’s room, the Monsters, Inc. Scare Floor, and the ocean floor.

Mike and Sulley on the Scare Floor in 'Monsters Inc'
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These dazzling sets will leave you slack-jawed (especially Miguel’s Land of the Dead-based “Remember Me”). But how some of these universes connect with one another will leave you with raised eyebrows.

During the show, Toy Story‘s Bo-Peep enters a familiar-looking door that transports the audience into the Monsters, Inc. universe. This method of Multiverse travel makes sense considering the “scarers” at Monstropolis’ Monsters, Incorporated factory use interdimensional doors to enter the human world so they can scare (or entertain) children.

But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen major connections between these two franchises in particular. At the end of Monsters, Inc., Boo is holding a Jesse doll, and in Toy Story 3 (2010), the adorable toddler can be seen with all the other children at Sunnyside Daycare.

Woody (Tom Hanks) and Bo Peep (Annie Potts) talking in 'Toy Story 4'
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Of course, like countless Pixar-centric shows and parades that have come before it at Disney Parks all around the world, TOGETHER: a Pixar Musical Adventure is nothing more than a celebration of characters from the wider franchise. But it still gives us plenty of food for thought. Could Monsters, Inc. be the key to the Pixar shared universe theory? Where else might the scare doors lead?

The Disneyland Paris website describes the Walt Disney Studios Park show as follows:

Embark on a live musical journey with Pixar pals!

Don’t miss this original, immersive new production at Walt Disney Studios Park that will take you on a journey through the wonderful worlds of Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and many others.

Check out the behind-the-scenes video for the show below:

Do you think all the Pixar movies are connected, or that, at the very least, Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. share the same human world? Let Inside the Magic know your thoughts in the comments down below!

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