Sunday, April 8, 2012

Hunting for Easter Eggs

If there's one thing I love is hunting for easter eggs. Not the colorful ones left by the Easter Bunny but the ones in movies and DVDs. Pixar is notorious for placing Easter eggs throughout every film they make. The most famous one is the Pizza Planet truck.

The Pizza Planet truck first appeared in Toy Story (1995) and has had a cameo in every film since except for The Incredibles (2004). It may only appear for a few frames like in Finding Nemo (2003) or way off in the distance in Ratatouille (2007), but it's in there.

Another Pixar Easter Egg is the number "A113". This was the classroom number of the animation department at CalArts when John Lasseter and Brad Bird attended. Again, the first time it was used at Pixar was in Toy Story.

It pops up everywhere. You just have to know where to look.

There are TONS of Easter eggs all throughout the Pixar films. Others include the Luxo lamp and the bouncy ball from the short film "Luxo Jr." (1986). So next time you watch a Pixar film, keep your eyes peeled!

To find out more about the Pixar Easter Eggs, click here and here and here and here.

The ones I like are the ones I come across myself. If you have "The Incredibles" 2-disc special edition, there are a few on the second disc. It is the disc with all the special features and behind the scenes featurettes. I would say that I have seen this disc more times than the movie. To find the Easter eggs play the disc and let the animated menus play out. Just before the cycle repeats an Omnidroid icon appears in the top right corner of the screen. Push the direction buttons on the remote to highlight it and press Enter. It doesn't pop up in every menu but it is in most of them. They include a montage of doors opening and closing, buttons being pushed and explosions. Another is a tribute to Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. This, however, has to be my favorite!!

Now, Pixar is not the only one that does this. I would say they are the most popular, but they can be found in many films. Animated films are most known for doing this. Just look at these examples from some other Disney films.



Just found a few more here!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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