Ar for the Pixar theory timeline, featuring several films in the series.

What’s on the Pixar Theory Timeline?


The Pixar theory timeline began as a theory by Jon Negroni (be sure to check it out). Then it gained significant traction, and we thought it only fitting to spotlight the idea in one of our timelines. Normally we wouldn’t have a chronology for the Pixar films, but Negroni’s theory is too good to pass up. For the full description of how it all fits together, visit the original post, but for a complete viewing order, read on. We don’t include the same amount of explanation, but we do have a detailed list. The idea behind the Pixar theory is that magic caused creatures or inanimate objects to become sentient (as seen inĀ Brave). These sentient objects eventually take over the world from humans, turning it into a world likeĀ Cars.

This timeline also expands Negroni’s theory to include Pixar’s short films where we think they should go. Be sure to let us know if one of them would belong in another area of the timeline better, and why. We love to hear your feedback. You can reach us on our contact page. Additionally, if you liked this timeline, you might like some of our others, including our DC Animated Universe timeline.


#Time:Buy:Name:Type:Author/Director:Year:Notes:
1Pre-historicBuyDay & NightShort FilmTeddy Newton2010
2Pre-historicBuyThe Good DinosaurFilmPeter Sohn2015
3Pre-historicBuyHide and SeekShort FilmPeter Sohn2016
414th CenturyBuyThe Legend of Mor'duShort FilmBrian Larsen2012
514th CenturyBuyBraveFilmMark Andrews, Brenda Chapman2012
614th CenturyBuyOne Man BandShort FilmAndrew Jimenez2005
7Wild WestBuyBoundin'Short FilmBud Luckey2003
8Wild WestBuyPrestoShort FilmDoug Sweetland2008
9Wild WestBuyMr. Incredible and PalsShort FilmRoger L. Gould2005
101950s-60sBuyIncrediblesFilmBrad Bird2004
111950s-60sBuyJack-Jack AttackShort FilmBrad Bird2005
121950s-60sIncredibles 2FilmBrad Bird2019
131950s-60sBuyLiftedShort FilmGary Rydstrom2006
141980sBuyLuxo JrShort FilmJohn Lasseter1986
151980sBuyRed's DreamShort FilmJohn Lasseter1987
161980sBuyTin ToyShort FilmJohn Lasseter1988
171980sBuyKnick KnackShort FilmJohn Lasseter1989
181980sBuyThe Blue UmbrellaShort FilmSaschka Unseld2013
191980sBuySanjay's Super TeamShort FilmSanjay Patel2015
201995BuyToy StoryFilmJohn Lasseter1995
211999BuyToy Story 2FilmJohn Lasseter1999
221999BuyGeri's GameShort FilmJohn Lasseter1997
232003BuyFinding NemoFilmAndrew Stanton2003
242003BuyFor the BirdsShort FilmRalph Eggleston2000
252007BuyRatatouilleFilmBrad Bird2007
262007BuyYour Friend the RatShort FilmJim Capobianco2007
272010BuyToy Story 3FilmLee Unkrich2010
282010BuyDug's Special MissionShort FilmRonnie del Carmen2009
292011BuyUpFilmPete Docter2009
302011BuyGeorge & A. J.Short FilmJosh Cooley2009
312015BuyInside OutFilmPete Docter2015
322015BuyRiley's First DateShort FilmJosh Cooley2015
332016BuyFinding DoryFilmAndrew Stanton2016
342018Toy Story 4FilmJohn Lasseter2018
352018BuyPartly CloudyShort FilmPeter Sohn2009
362018CocoFilmLee Unkrich2017
372100BuyCarsFilmJohn Lasseter2006
382100BuyMater and the GhostlightShort FilmJohn Lasseter2006
392100BuyCars 2FilmJohn Lasseter2011
402100Cars 3FilmDan Scanlon2017
412800BuyWall-EFilmAndrew Stanton2008
422800BuyBURN-EShort FilmAngus MacLane2008
433000BuyA Bug's LifeFilmJohn Lasseter1998
443000BuyLavaShort FilmJames Ford Murphy2015
453000BuyAdventures of Andre and Wally BShort FilmAlvy Ray Smith1984
464500BuyMonsters UniversityFilmDan Scanlon2013
474500BuyParty CentralShort FilmKelsey Mann2013
484500BuyMonsters IncFilmPete Docter2001
494500BuyMike's New CarShort FilmPete Docter2002
504500BuyLa LunaShort FilmEnrico Casarosa2012