Taylor Swift Officially Takes Over Pixar, Company Heads in New Direction

in Music, Pixar

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Taylor Swift took over the world on Friday with the release of her highly anticipated surprise double album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” and The Walt Disney Company was no exception.

On March 14, Swift’s The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version) (2023) took over Disney+. After a successful theatrical release last fall, the beloved singer collaborated with the House of Mouse to distribute the most complete version of the concert film. The Eras Tour movie includes “cardigan” and “Long Live” as well as four surprise songs from her performances at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles: “I Can See You,” “You Are in Love,” “Death by a Thousand Cuts,” and “Maroon.”

Taylor Swift in promotional shot for The Eras Tour
Credit: Taylor Swift Productions

Swift previously worked with Disney+ for Folklore: The Long Pond Studios Sessions (2020). Now, Pixar is throwing its hat in the ring, hoping to capitalize off her massive success.

When “The Tortured Poets Department” dropped at midnight on April 19, Pixar Animation Studios had its own surprise for fans. In an X (formerly Twitter) thread, the animation giant shared black-and-white posters of its iconic characters paired with each track from Swift’s album, starting with “My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys” paired with Sid from Toy Story (1995):

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Next up was Sadness from Inside Out (2015) with “Down Bad” and Ember and Wade from Elemental (2023) with “But Daddy I Love Him.” The latter was already a Disney nod from Swift, who was born in 1989, the same year The Little Mermaid premiered.

Next came Charles Muntz, the villain from Up (2009) with “Fresh Out The Slammer. “Florida!!!” was paired with a flamingo from Knick Knack, a Pixar short film from…1989. The bird also appeared as an easter egg on a TV channel in Toy Story 2 (1999).

Boo from Monsters, Inc. (2001) is up next with “Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me?” One of Pixar’s most iconic couples, WALL-E and Eve, was aptly paired with “I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can).”

Prepare to have your heart broken because a young Carl and Ellie from UP were paired with “LOML” while the elderly, widowed Carl was paired with “I Can Do It With A Broken Heart.” Ouch.

Let’s lighten things up a bit and look at Flick from A Bug’s Life (1998) with “The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived” and Merida from Brave (2012) with “The Alchemy.”

The last combination is no surprise. Lightning McQueen from Cars (2006) was paired with “The Bolter.”

Stay tuned to find out if Pixar’s social media team can whip something up for the 15 surprise songs that Swift released at 2 a.m.!

Which Disney or Pixar movie best suits “The Tortured Poets Department” by Taylor Swift? Share your pick with Inside the Magic in the comments!

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