Pixar is known not just for its brilliant animations and captivating storylines but also for the amount of effort that goes into the details of each and every movie. Details that take a keen eye and a detective’s perception to notice.
Easter eggs and hidden details in Pixar movies are like leaves in Autumn—they’re everywhere. And once you notice one of them, you’ll find loads more. For all of you Pixar-loving Pandas out there, Bored Panda has created this list of some of the very best hidden details. Remember to upvote your fave Easter eggs as you continue scrolling and let us know what other hidden Pixar details you stumbled upon! When you’re done, have a look through our list of overlooked Toy Story details right here.
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Pixar has its roots as part of the Lucasfilm computer division back in 1979. It was only in 1986 that it became a corporation with funding from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. While in 2006, Disney bought Pixar for a whopping 7.4 billion dollars.
#1 When Mike Marks An X On The Calendar In Red Marker, It’s Brighter And Fresher Than The Rest Of The Marks, Which Have Dried
#2 Whenever Characters Play Guitar In The Movie, Their Hands Form The Actual Chords Corresponding To The Music… Even Though It Would’ve Been Easy To Just Fake It
#3 In “Toy Story 4,” Mr Potato Head Is Voiced Posthumously By Don Rickles (Who Passed Away In 2017)
The Pixar team mined through more than two decades of Rickles’ voice sessions, outtakes for other films, theme parks, toys,…etc. to piece together the performance.
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The animation studio likes to make constant but subtle references in its movies. Not only does it sprinkle little hints that help tie each film in with all the others, but it also likes to refer to the real world. Not to mention all the metaphors hidden throughout!
It’s because of these hidden details that there are plenty of people out there who believe that every single Pixar movie happens in the same universe and that each film is connected. In fact, hidden details have inspired some fans to try and piece all the movies together into a single, coherent timeline.
#4 In “Up” (2009), Ellie’s Things Are Rounded While Carl’s Things Are Square, Matching Their Respective Character Designs
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#5 In Up (2009), Dug Is The Only Dog To Successfully Track Down The Tropical Bird Because He Is The Only Hunting Dog (Golden Retriever). All The Others Are Guard Dog Breeds
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#6 In The Pixar Logo After The Credits Of Wall-E, Wall-E Replaces Luxo Jr.’s Lightbulb With An Environmental Friendly Bulb After His “Round” Bulb Goes Out
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For example, Jon Negroni has painstakingly outlined just what happens in this universe by creating the so-called Pixar Theory.
Others have even created websites like this one based on that theory. (Spoiler alert, apparently, Monsters, Inc. happens sometime between the year 4500 and 5000, and involves time travel because humans have, supposedly, been wiped out.)
#7 In “Up” (2009) The Town Buildings Develop Over The Years
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#8 In Inside Out (2015), Riley’s Clothes Become More Muted As She Becomes More Depressed Throughout The Movie
#9 In Finding Dory, Jacques’s Bag Is Cleaner Than All The Other Bags. This Is Because He’s A Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Which Means He Eats Dead Tissue And Other Organisms
#10 For Monsters Inc. (2001) Due To Mary Gibbs Who Played Boo Being So Young, It Was Difficult To Get Her To Stay In The Recording Booth To Perform Her Lines. So They Decided To Follow Her Around With A Microphone And Cut Her Lines Together Using The Random Things/Noises She Say Whilst Playing
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#11 In The Incredibles 2, The Painting In Helen’s Hotel Room Is An Illustration Of Her Seperation From The Family
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#12 The Playing Cards In Riley’s Imagination Feature Her Dad’s Face As The King, Her Mom’s Face As The Queen, And Her Face As The Jack (Except The J Is Changed To An R For “Riley”)
#13 Incredibles (2004) Elastagirl’s Original Suit Was Red And Mr. Incredible’s Suit Was Blue, Their First Child’s Name? Violet
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#14 In Finding Nemo (2003), Gill Is A Moorish Idol. This Species Is Known To Not Handle Captivity Well, So Him Being The One Who Constantly Comes Up With Escape Plans Makes Sense
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#15 In “Cars” The Canyons Are All Old Cars And Hood Ornaments
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#16 Bob Par In The Incredibles (2004) Has Most Of His Cubical Taken Up By A Pillar Which Is Why It’s So Cramped, I Can’t Believe I Never Noticed This Before
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#17 In One Closeup Shot, You Can See That Andy Marked The Height Of His Various Toys Against The Door Jamb
#18 Wall-E. My 8 Year Old Noticed Rex, While Wall-E Is Organizing His Findings In His Home
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#19 In Ratatouille, The Dog Barking At Remy Is Doug From Up
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#20 In Inside Out, The Pizza Toppings Were Changed From Broccolis To Bell Peppers In Japan, Since Kids In Japan Don’t Like Bell Peppers. Pixar Localised The Joke
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#21 Sid Makes An Appearance In Toy Story 3, Showing That He Got A Job As A Garbage Collector
#22 In Monsters U Power Comes From Screams Which Appear As A Gaseous State In The Scream Tanks. Because Power Here Is A Gas, Light Switches Are Valves And Instead Of Wires There Are Pipes
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#23 After Cars (2006) Lost Out On The Oscar For Best Animated Movie To Happy Feet (2006), Which Utilized Motion Capture, Pixar Placed A “Quality Assurance Guarantee” At The End Of Their Next Movie Ratatouille (2007) To Remind The Academy They Animate Every Single Frame Of Their Movies Manually
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#24 In Coco (2017), A Collection Of Piñatas Of Other Pixar Characters Can Be Seen Hanging From A Building
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#25 The Name Of Pixar’s 2018 Short, Bao, Is A Play On Words. 包, Pronounced “Bao”, Is The Mandarin Chinese Word For “Dumpling”; However, This Pronunciation Is Shared By 宝, Meaning “Treasure” Or “Baby”, And 保, Meaning “Protect” Or “Defend”
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#26 For Brave (2012), Pixar Developed Two New Software Programs Over Three Years To Allow Simulation Of Merida’s 1,500 Strands Of Hair Curls To Move Together With Her Movements
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#27 In The Incredibles (2004), Director Brad Bird Wanted To Give Dash A Realistic Out-Of-Breath Voice In Certain Scenes So He Made Actor Spencer Fox Run Four Laps Around The Pixar Studio Until He Got Tired
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#28 In Toy Story 4, The Red Thread That Was Used To Sew Woody’s Arm Back On Is Still Visible
#29 In Toy Story 2 (1999) , The American Flag Is Replaced By The Globe In Rest Of The World
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#30 At The End Of Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille (2007) Anton Ego Is A Little Bit Fatter. This Is Especially Poignant Since He States, “I Don’t Like Food, I Love It… If I Don’t Love It I Don’t Swallow.”
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#31 For A Scene In Ratatouille (2007) Where Linguini Is Wet From Jumping In The River, They Got A Member Of Crew (Kesten Migdal) To Jump In A Swimming Pool In A Chef’s Uniform To See Where The Uniform Would Normally Stick To On The Body When Wet
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#32 The Carpet At Sid’s House In Toy Story (1995) Was Intentionally Made The Same As The Carpet At The Overlook Hotel In The Shining (1980), One Of Many References To The Horror Film Throughout The Pixar Series
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#33 A Magazine In Riley’s Living Room Features Colette From Ratatouille On The Cover
#34 In The 2010 Film By Pixar “Toy Story 3,” One Of The Toys Featured Is A Stuffed Totoro Doll From The Studio Ghibli Film “My Neighbor Totoro”
Over the course of the character’s entire screen time he never speaks a single word, mirroring his debut film where he only speaks in roar and growls.
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#35 In Incredibles 2 (2018), Elastigirl’s New Super Suit Is Designed By Devtech. Her Suit Is The Only One To Be Damaged, Indicating Edna Mode’s Superior Designing Ability
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#36 In Finding Nemo, Bruce The Shark Starts Crying When Marlin Starts Talking About Nemo, Saying “I Never Knew My Father”. Male Sharks Mate With The Female Then Leave, So Baby Sharks Never Actually Meet Their Father
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#37 During The Opening Titles, The Windows On The Disney Castle Light Up To Make The Incredibles Logo
#38 Toy Story 4- On This Glue, It Is Written That It Was Manufactured In Emeryville, California, Which Is Where Pixar Studios Is Located
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#39 In Incredibles 2 (2018), The Pilot’s Uniform Has Ribbons/Bars That Represent The Color Schemes Of All The Other Pixar Movies To Date
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#40 If You Look Closely After The Lightning Strikes The Umbrella Wall-E Is Holding The Electricity From The Bolt Charges His Battery Back To Full
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