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Fan conspiracy theories reach a whole new level of complicated with the Pixar Theory, which postulates that every Pixar film makes up the history of the universe

Anyone can swan up to the Back to the Future trilogy and point out, after a single watch, that the grand finale is flawed: Doc and Marty would be better off extracting petrol from the buried DeLorean. No doubt it took a bit longer to formulate the ticklish notion that Edward Norton's nameless schizophrenic in Fight Club is a grown-up Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. I love that a blunt single sentence can debunk Disney's Aladdin. But the very best fan theories – the fan theories you can waste weeks picking over – take a broader view. They're ambitious.

Maybe they find unexamined joins in a directors' oeuvre. (That heightened pop-culture awareness shared by characters in Tarantino films – could it all be due to »

- Tom Lamont

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