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40 Hidden Messages We Never Noticed In Disney & Pixar Movie

1. A113

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Look closely and you’ll catch this number, A113, in lots of different Pixar movies. You can see it here on Andy’s SUV in Toy Story, but the number also appears in a movie marquee in Incredibles 2 and refers to a classroom reference where many Pixar folks began animation.

2. 1200 Dark Avenue

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Don Carlton flashed a business card in Monster’s University, and if you pay enough attention you’ll recognise the address. 1200 Dark Avenue is an ode to the Pixar Animation Studios location, which is itself 1200 Dark Avenue in Emeryville California!!

3. Luxo Ball

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The Luxo Ball can be seen here in a little girl’s room in Pixar movie Up. With it’s blue stripe and red star, the Luxo Ball is a secret reference to Pixar’s computer-animated short Luxo, Jr. The ball can be seen in a number of Pixar films, including Toy Story and Soul.

4. Steve Jobs

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The Macintosh clan in Pixar’s Brave is supposed to be an ode to Steve Jobs and the Macintosh computer. Although not confirmed, Jobs was a leader in the early days of the Pixar company and Brave was released a year after his death in 2011. He has a tribute in the credits.

5. Luxo Lamp

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While it’s notorious in the Pixar logo, the Luxo Lamp can be seen in a number of films produced by Pixar. Also taken from Luxo, Jr the lamp can be seen here as one of makeshift Eve’s arms fashioned by Wall-E. Try and see if you catch Luxo Lamp in any others.

6. Sully Carving

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One of the lore that are told in Brave include those that characters transform into bears. This means there’s often images of bears floating around the film so they’re easy to overlook. Pay enough attention and you will spot this wooden carving of Sully.

7. Pizza Planet Truck

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The Pizza Planet Truck has worked it’s way around a number of movies since its first appearance in Toy Story. The yellow truck with a rocket originally appeared when the characters of Toy Story head to a sci-fi pizza restaurant, and can be seen here in The Good Dinosaur.

8. Incredimobiles

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A reference to The Incredibles clan, the Incredimobiles appears on a sign in Cars 2 as Mater and McQueen pass by a movie marquee. It’s no surprise that Mr Incredible actually refers to his car as The Incredimobile shortly after in The Incredibles (2).

9. Takeout Container Logo

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If you take a close look at this logo on Dash’s takeout container in Incredibles 2, you might recognise that Pixar have been using this design numerous times through their film creation career. It can be spotted in Toy Story 4, Inside Out, Ratatouille and A Bug’s Life.

10. Postcard

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A blurry image because of how buried it is, you will miss this if you don’t zoom in. There’s a handwritten post card actually pinned up on Andy’s bulletin board in Toy Story 3. This is written by non other than Up’s much loved couple Carl and Ellie!!

11. Sox Sticker

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If you’ve watched Turning Red you might’ve noticed Mei’s world is covered in stickers, many of which happen to be Easter eggs. Pixar cleverly included this sticker of Sox, a feline companion from the upcoming Lightyear. It seems that Pixar enjoy foreshadowing characters!

12. Lightning McQueen

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A little kid barges into Sunnyside Day Car in Toy Story 3, sporting the coolest top. The t-shirt is actually an ode to Cars’ Lightning McQueen, and the number 95 actually commemorates the year that the original Toy Story was initially released. Double whammy!

13. Turning Red Stickers

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Other stickers that appear in Turning Red are Bao and a bunny from Burrow, which are both references to previous Pixar shorts. Bao is the notorious short that debuted before Incredibles 2, while the bunny s from Burrow that premiered before Soul debuted.

14. Lots-o-Huggin

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Not only does the little girl’s room have an ode to the Luxo Ball, there’s also another Easter Egg lying around there. Look right at the corner of the screen and you will see a Lots-o-Huggin Bear that goes on to be the villain of Toy Story 3. How cool!

15. Donald Duck

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While a much-loved modern Pixar film, Luca was riddled with references to previous Pixar productions. The Luxo Ball appears on a rooftop and the Pizza Planet Truck also creeps into a shot. But look closely and you’ll see Giulia’s toys of Donald Duck and Pinocchio.

16. Knick Knacks

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While visiting a travel agent to take his beloved Ellie on a trip, a framed brochure on the agent’s desk provides us an Easter egg. It’s actually a character from “Knick Knack”, which is a Pixar short about travel souvenirs and the secret life they get up to.

17. Name Tags

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Animators Joe Grant and Joe Ranft managed to sneak there names very secretly into Soul. While reading the name tags in 22’s room, we can see an array of well recognised people, Einstein, Johnny Cash, but along with them is the names of two Pixar animators.

18. Hamm

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Hamm from Toy Story is considered an Easter egg himself. Voice Actor John Ratzenberger, who voices Hamm, is actually included in every single one of Pixar’s movies. Here, Hamm can be seen as a piece of junk hiding behind Eve in a scene from Wall-E.

19. Remy

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At the Manticore’s Tavern in Onward, we see the likes of Barley and Ian Lightfoot begin their journey. A busy family restaurant, Corey runs around making demands, which makes it nearly impossible to see Remy in the background, cooking the food, what an egg.

20. Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs is referred to in Wall-E as well as Brave. While it was his Mac that got the spotlight in the latter, the first generation version of the iPod gets a cameo appearence in Wall-E. Eve watches Hello Dolly on this and when Wall-E’s charging finished he makes the Mac start up sound.

21. Toy Story 4

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Toy Story 4 is bustling with Easter eggs. Along with the classic Pizza Planet truck and takeout container logo, you will catch the Casey Jr Box (A Bug’s Life), Dug (Up), Tripledent Gum (Inside Out) and Ernesto’s guitar (Coco). How many can you fit in one film!

22. Bomb Voyage

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Caught in Ratatouille, Bomb Voyage appears to be just like a regular street mime. Later in the film, Colette reads a newspaper that appears to feature a story about Bomb Voyage’s misdeeds. The character originally appeared as a mime-like villain in The Incredibles.

23. Johnny Cash

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If you’ve watched Incredibles 2, you might’ve caught this scene of Dash watching Johnny Quest on the TV. Director Brad Bird spoke openly about his inclusion of the real-life programme, and how it inspired him so much as a child that he wanted to include it.

24. Incredible Underwear

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A very small detail in Ratatouille. While Luigi holds Remi in hand, we catch a tiny glimpse of the underwear he’s wearing, and it’s covered in The Incredibles logo. He must be a huge fan of the Incredibles. I wonder if he has anymore clothing merch.

25. Skeletal Incredibles

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In Coco, while Miguel and Hector walk the Land of the Dead, you may have noticed a few familiar faces on a poster there. The Incredibles are pictured as skeletons. Whether or not this means they came to an end, who knows! Maybe they are just skeletal actors?

26. Dug in Ratatouille

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Although just a shadow in Ratatouille, it’s clearly obvious what dog was lurking around the corner… none other than Up’s Dug! If the dog could speak, we’d probably hear him say “Rat” instead of his catchphrase “Squirrel”. Another cool Easter Egg in Ratatouille.

27. Sid

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Looks like Sid, the bully from Toy Story, really got around! You can see him making another appearance in Toy Story 3 as a rubbish collector and then again in the Land of the Dead in Pixar’s Coco. Sporting that same skull t-shirt, it must be the Sid we knew.

28. Lightyear Tyres

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Lightning McQueen’s tyres in Cars are actually branded Lightyear, which is an explicit reference to Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story. Not only is there this reference, but Dinoco the gas company appears in both Cars and the station the toys are stuck at in Toy Story.

29. Triple Dent Gum

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Originally a product of Inside Out, Triple Dent Gum is promoted through a jingle that nobody can shake. Well, in Cars 3, one of Lightning McQueen’s opponents, Cam Spinner, happens to be sporting the recognisable Triple Dent Gum logo on his bonnet, and yes he chews the gum.

30. Emeryville

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With the races on, a town shuts down in Cars named Emeryville. You may recognise this as the location of the Pixar Animations Studios based in California. It seems that Pixar love to try and drop this address into their films wherever they can. Cool!

31. Riley

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Inside Out’s Riley is a very familiar character driven by the emotions in her brain. You may have to pause the screen at the right moment, but you can catch a glimpse of her in the Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. She spends her time gazing in an aquarium.

32. Luxo’s Deli

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Another nod to Luxo Jr is hidden within the background of one scene in The Incredibles. Luxo Deli appears as a logo one some sort of screen. It so happens that the deli is across the road from a business called Andy’s, a potential ode to Toy Story? Who knows!

33. Hank

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Do you remember Hank the Septopous? Well, the director of Finding Dory claims that he’s actually hidden in every other Pixar movie, but is just camouflaged the whole time. It’s hard to tell whether he’s telling the truth, but we are here for it if so.

34. Iron Giant

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This one’s a cool one. In The Incredibles, Elastigirl gives the plane reference code “India-Golf-Niner-Nine” which is IG99. This is a very subtle reference to The Iron Giant directed by Brad Bird, a pre-Pixar animated movie that was released in… 1999.

35. Hank in The Good Dinosaur

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Hank the Septopous can actually be seen lurking in The Good Dinosaur. If you remember, Arlo is knocked into a pool where he learns to swim. Look closely and you will catch a cameo of Hank right at the bottom. It was an ode to the next film they were producing.

36. Dr Sherman’s Toy Chest

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Although we don’t see many out of water locations in Finding Nemo, we do see Dr Sherman’s office and his toy chest. Look closely and you will catch sight of Buzz Lightyear chilling on the floor. Some people think the teddy is the same one as Boo had in Monsters Inc too.

37. Forrest

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Arlo bumps into a Styracaceous in The Good Dinosaur named Forrest Wooodbush. Forrest actually originally appeared in Inside Out, specifically in Riley’s memory when the family stopped at a roadside Dinosaur attraction. Bet you missed that Easter egg!

38. Winds of Change

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In Monster’s University you can see a poster titled “Winds of Change” on the wall of Randall’s dorm room. This appears to be a mantra that stuck with Randall. In Monster’s Inc, Randall actually tells Sully: “Do you hear that? It’s the winds of change!”

39. Memory Orbs

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Do you remember the memory orbs scene in Inside Out? If you do, you will remember seeing the Sunnyside Day Care on one of the orbs, which references Toy Story 3. It’s been supposed that you can also catch a glimpse of Up’s Carl and Ellie in Riley’s sad orbs too.

40. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

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In Inside Out, taking place in Riley’s Dream World, we catch a glimpse of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, which is demolished by a wrecking ball and exploded in glitter. This is a references to Sleeping Beauty’s castle, and the Disney logo while they’re at it.