Every Pixar movie is the same.
Create your own Pixar Blockbuster. Just fill in the blanks.
"_________ is about the secret world of ________ but in the end, it's about the importance of friendship."
Watch the video below to see the formula in use by every Pixar feature film released between 1995-2007. That's 13 years of friendship.
Toy Story (1995):
Woody has many friends. He's pretty happy. Buzz Lightyear arrives without friends, and he's not so happy. Woody feels like Buzz stole all his friends and the two have a falling out. Through a sequence of events they both end up in the hands of their neighbor Sid...
A Bug's Life (1998):
Flik doesn't have a lot of friends. The villain, Hopper the grasshopper is mean, and doesn't have any friends. Through a sequence of events involving circus performers, Flik has a falling out with his colony. He feels dejected, but gives a rousing speech about how ants outnumber grasshoppers 100 to 1. In the end, the bugs work together to fight off the grasshoppers, and learn an important lesson about the value of friendship. It can save a colony, and crush Antz.
Toy Story 2 (1999):
Woody and Wheezy are broken toys on a shelf. They fear abandonment by their friend Andy. Al McWiggin buys Woody at a garage sale. He's an obsessive toy collector who doesn't have many friends. Woody meets other toys from Woody's Roundup, including Jessie. They explain that if he goes back, Andy will abandon him as he gets older. Like Jessie's owner did with her. Buzz and friends set out to rescue Woody, but when they find him; he doesn't want to leave, and they have a falling out. After a change of heart, Woody invites his Roundup Gang to come home with them. The Prospector disagrees. Coincidentally his box has never been opened, and he has few friends. Al packs Woody and Bullseye away in a backpack and takes them to the airport. In the end, all the toys work together to save the day, and everyone learns an important lesson about the value of friendship. It can save your sequel.
Monster's Inc. (2001):
Sulley and Mike Wazowski are best friends. They extract screams from children (not very friendly) to power the city of Monstropolis. One day, they find a six year old girl in their world. They name her Boo and realize she's not dangerous, like they assumed. Before they can return her to her bedroom, she's kidnapped by the villain Randall. He's mean, and doesn't have any friends. Through a sequence of events Sulley and Mike end up in the Himalayas and have a falling out. In the end, they work together to save Boo, and realize they can make kids laugh and be their friends to get energy, instead of scaring them. Everyone learns an important lesson about the value of friendship. It can power fictional cities.
Finding Nemo (2003):
Marlin loses his wife and children. The only one left is Nemo. Marlin doesn't have friends on his reef. One day Nemo's caught and taken to a Dentist's office in Sydney, Australia. Marlin sets off to rescue him, and on his way meets Dory. The two become unlikely friends. Meanwhile, Nemo learns he's to be the gift of the villain Darla. A notorious fish killer, who's mean and doesn't have any friends. The inhabitants of Nemo's fish tank and Nigel the pelican work together to help Nemo escape. Through a sequence of events Marlin and Dory have a falling out, and she ends up getting caught in a net. The newly freed Nemo convinces the tuna to work together to swim down to save themselves and Dory. In the end, Marlin gives Nemo more space and becomes friends with Dory and other animals on the reef. Everyone learns an important lesson about the value of friendship. It can get you home.
The Incredibles (2004):
Lawsuits have forced The Supers to live in anonymity. Mr. Incredible craves the attention he had as a superhero and accepts an assignment to subdue a robot on a deserted island. His pursuits put a strain on his family life. They have a falling out. Eventually Mr. Incredible is kidnapped by the villain, Syndrome. He's mean and doesn't have any friends. Elastigirl, Violet and Dash team up to rescue their Dad from the island, and in the end, they learn to work together to save the day and each other. Everyone learns an important lesson about the value of friendship. It can save a family.
Lightning McQueen finishes in a three-way tie at the Piston Cup. On his way to the tie-breaking race in L.A., McQueen reflects on his loneliness. Through a sequence of events, McQueen ends up stranded in Radiator Springs, where he meets the villain... himself. He's mean and doesn't have any friends. Slowly he opens up to the locals. One evening, McQueen's whisked away to the Piston Cup and has a falling out with his new friend Mater. In the end, everyone from Radiator Springs comes together to almost win the Piston Cup, until McQueen takes third for a friend. McQueen moves to Radiator Springs and everyone learns an important lesson about the value of friendship. It can save a town.
I haven't read the spoilers, but I do know Rémy is a rat who befriends a prep cook named Linguini. The two presumably work together to achieve Rémy's dream of being a chef. There will probably be a villain with few friends, and the two friends will have a falling out, but inevitably make up. In the end, everyone will probably work together and learn an important lesson about the value of friendship. It can make your dream come true.
Pixar's even applied this formula to the story of themselves.
The Story of Pixar & Disney:
Pixar and Disney are great friends. Together they make a lot of money, but through a sequence of events, Pixar has a falling out with Disney. In the end, the two decide to work together, and everyone learns an important lesson about the value of friendship. It can make you billions.
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