Hidden Magic: Pixar Easter Eggs

Pixar Easter Eggs

You may know about the hidden Pizza Planet truck in most Pixar films, but did you know the animators at Pixar love to hide all kinds of hidden details in their films? They have been known to hide a classroom number where many of the animators studied,  characters from past and future films, and various other significant objects in their films. Here are some of our favorite Disney/Pixar Easter Eggs:

  • The number A113 can be found in many Pixar films. This was a classroom at CalArts where many of the animators studied before coming to Pixar. This number can be found on the license plate of Andy’s mom’s minivan in Toy Story and also on Mater’s license plate. A113 can also be seen as a code on a cereal box in the “bug city” of A Bug’s Life and as the number of the court room in Up. 
  • The Luxo ball, the yellow ball with a blue stripe and red star, can also be found in many Pixar films. The ball first appeared in the Luxo Jr. short in 1986. In Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear bounces off the ball in order to “fly” around Andy’s room. The Luxo ball can be seen in Boo’s room in Monster’s Inc. The ball can also be seen on one of Russell’s Wilderness Explorer badges in Up.
  • If you’ve watched Cars all the way through, you’ll remember a scene at the end where the cars are at the drive-in watching scenes from several other Pixar films. Mack comments that they are just using the same voice actor for all these movies. The actor he is referring to is Pixar’s good luck charm, John Ratzenberger. He has voiced a character in each Pixar film.
  • Characters from past and future films can also be found hidden within Pixar films. Lotso can be seen next to the bed as the house floats past a little girl’s room in Up. In Monsters Inc., Boo tries to give a Nemo plush to Sulley. Also in Monsters Inc., near Hidden City Cafe, a poster can be seen with Monstro from Disney’s Pinocchio. Dug’s shadow can be seen in Ratatouille as Remy scurries through the house. Next time you watch Toy Story 3, be sure to notice the garbage collector wearing the skull t-shirt. Recognize him? It’s Sid from Toy Story, all grown up.

These are just a few of the many Easter eggs found in Pixar films. Have you noticed any other hidden Easter eggs? Let us know your favorite ones in the comments below!

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