Pixar has been known for years as one of the most successful movie animation studios known to man. Famous for its advanced CGI and knack for family entertainment, most audiences do not look past the entertainment value of its 16 movies in solitude. However in recent years, some analytical minds have come to realise that each movie may have more to offer than upon face value.
In fact, it has been theorised that each movie, in collaboration with one another, presents a different perspective/element of one giant Pixar universe. This includes each movie’s: merchandise; video games, (graphic) novels, Fan-Fictions… any subsidiary element that contributes to the part of the story as a whole. This is a prime example of what Transmedia is: “A process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience. (Where) ideally, each medium makes its own unique contribution to the unfolding of the story.”
In consideration of all the channels utilised within each movie (including additional games, merchandise etc), it is clear that the Pixar movies series, if looked at as sequels to one another, may be one of the largest scale trans-media narratives there is. All of the Pixar movies aren’t separate but sequels to one another, each a part of a gigantic pervasive science-fiction story that has prophesized the end of the human race.
From my understanding, Pixar blames the imminent denigration of the human race on a power struggle between humans, animals, and machines. In the Pixar timeline once humans are extinct, both animals and machines learn of their mutual dependence on human beings but only once it is too late. Such is why the timeline ends with Monsters Inc- a story about monsters (mutated animals) who discover that they need to harvest energy from humans, by going back in time and scaring them, to survive.
You may like to visit this website that explains the connections between each of the Pixar movies.
Or, if you are a more visual learner, check out this youtube clip that visually portrays each movies connection:
Until next week.
Thanks for reading,
Mitew, T., 2016, “Week 7:Trans-media narratives: from blockbusters to hybrid content” Lecture/Prezi Presentation, BCM 112, University of Wollongong, 8 April 2016.