Get ready for Disney Pixar Timeline 101. Superfans know that all movies are connected in some way, thanks to the many Easter Eggs scattered throughout the films.
Now, fans will love to hear that there is also a new Pixar timeline theory that breaks down the “correct” order to watch the films as per the Pixar-world-time.
Get ready for some time jumping and a Pixar history lesson from Berkan Dincer!
The content creator shares the “right” order to watch the films as per the timeline where the film is set.
The video, with over 9 million views, is Berkan telling his “kids” there is only one way to watch Pixar films, and that is in chronological order. The first film may surprise some but actually makes logical sense when the main characters are indeed dinosaurs, 65 million years ago.
Strap in it’s a wild ride through time!
The Pixar universe starts in the Cretaceous period when we meet, Arlo The Good Dinosaur. We then move through time to roughly the 10th century where we find Merida, the princess trying to save herself (and her mum), and be Brave by showing she doesn’t need to marry a suitor – fair given her age, 16.
Fast forward to the 1950s when we pick up with Luca, the Italian flair that blends the human world with sea creatures. Then another decade passes and we meet The Incredibles, twice.
Hold on because there’s a time jump to the 1990s where we meet Buzz Lightyear – the cinematic movie release that Andy fell in love with in Toy Story – where we meet Buzz Lightyear the toy.
Fun fact from our dedicated Pixar-super-fan dad: “Toy Story is the first Pixar film ever made.”
After Toy Story 2, in Koreatown we get a coming-of-age story in Red Panda, despite being released in 2022, we realise that we are back in the early aughts from the boy bands, tamagotchis and other references.
The dedicated Disney adult continues, with a special stop in Australia of course, to Finding Nemo and Finding Dory – circa 2003-2004.
In 2007, a rat becomes so engrossed in culinary delights that he becomes the best chef in France, under the hat of a young chef, in Ratatouille. In the same year, we find ourselves back in the Toy Story 3 realm where Andy is off to college, followed by Toy Story 4 and Up!
If you’re overwhelmed don’t worry, we listed the correct order below, because even his kids mid-lecture, get tired – to which the dad hilariously says “did you yawn, don’t yawn! this is important.”
And the Pixar timeline goes like this in order…
- The Good Dinosaur
- Incredibles 2
- Toy Story
- Toy Story 2
- Red Panda
- Finding Nemo
- Finding Dory
- Toy Story 3
- Toy Story 4
- Inside Out
- Cars Universe
- A Bugs Life
- Monsters University
- Monsters Inc
He knows what you’re thinking.
“How in the heck is Monsters Inc at the end of the timeline when Boo is a human child,” the doors used are for time travel! – aren’t you glad that mystery is solved?
The last, so far, in the Pixar timeline is the 2023 movie Elemental.
What do fans think?
“The fact that he’s memorized the entire Pixar franchise is incredible,” a point agreed by many.
“Why did I pay more attention to this better than any single class? I’ve been a part of.”
“Inside out and coco back to back? That’s just 4 hours of crying! Also the best Pixar movies by the way. No question,” says comedian Jeff Horste.
While most were thrilled to finally have learned something new, others were quick to poke holes.
“I feel like Elemental would be towards the beginning but not the first one but I can see why he put it last,” says one commenter.
“Do bloopers or credit scenes count? Because I remember some of the Cars movies having a Bug’s Life references in them which is confusing if a bug’s life takes place long after that.”
At the end of the day, if you watch in chronological order or choose your own adventure, what we can all agree on, Pixar movies are THE BEST!