Pixar films tend to be singular in focus and story, largely avoiding crossovers, except for some hidden Easter eggs and references, but there are still some interesting fan theories out there that theoretically expand the films and connect them in surprising — and engaging — ways. For example, a fan theory tying Monsters Inc to The Incredibles through a single shared character — Violet Parr — is an interesting concept that takes the events of the former film and uses it to highlight some of the personal issues still affecting the character by the events of the latter.
Boo is one of the central characters in Monsters Inc and the main driver in the film’s plot. A human who accidentally escapes into the monster’s world, Boo is taken in by Sulley and Mike while they try to figure out how to return her to her home from her. Boo is naturally not her real name de ella and is just the indicator that Mike and Sulley decide on for the young human girl.
A theory from Reddit user Ozzerton suggests that Boo’s real name is Violet, and Monsters Inc takes place years ahead of the events of The Incredibles, which features the now-teenage “Boo” as a member of the titular family. This wouldn’t be the first time that Pixar movies have been confirmed to be connected, with elements like the Pizza Planet delivery car appearing across numerous films in some capacity.
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In The Incrediblesinfants are shown developing powers, such as with Jack-Jack in the film and Violet in the unused alternate opening to the film, but as shown in The Incredibles, Violet in particular has a hard time controlling her abilities while under duress or stressed out. Without any real control over her abilities, “Boo” would be largely at the mercy of Mike and Sulley to keep her out of the hands of Randall, her personal monster.
In fact, Randall and Violet share a power—the ability to more or less turn invisible; although, with Violet it’s literal, while Randall merely has natural camouflage ability he uses to great effect. Randall targeting Violet with the same powers she was developing could give her a natural distrust for her abilities, explaining why she’s the most openly critical of the Parr family’s status as Supers.
On top of sharing similar hair color, Violet’s abilities to go invisible might explain Boo’s speed and skill at games like Hide-and-Seek and would add an additional reason why she proves to be so difficult for anyone to get a strong grasp on. Notably, the moments where her powers of her could theoretically activate — such as her forcefields of her protecting her from falls or during her games with Sulley — are when she’s at her happiest of her, as opposed to the fear she has around Randall. This would work with Violet’s confidence and emotion-driven aspect of her powers de ella in The Incredibleswith her force fields and invisibility only ever fully under control after she has a conversation with her mother and gains a stronger sense of calm and self.
The young Violet might even associate the big, bulky, but soft-hearted Sulley with her father, who shares all three of those traits—and explain her quick trust in him. Although their eye color does not match up, it’s possible that Violet’s eye color changed over time or she wears contacts that create a different eye color. It’s a fun possible connection that further ties the Pixar films together in interesting and thematic ways.
Monsters Inc existing in the same world as The Incredibles could explain some of the psychological similarities between Boo and Violet and showcase how she may have overcome her external fears as a child, but was still haunted by internal concerns until her teen years. It’s an unlikely but fun theory, and way to tie together Monsters Inc directly to another one of the franchises’ biggest series.
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