Ahh the glory of the hidden gems in Pixar films. Those clever little nods to other films, to infamous classroom numbers, to certain pizza delivery trucks. Better known as “Easter eggs,” some of these moments are fairly well-known, while others might be elusive to even the most expert Pixar fans. Either way, they’re guaranteed to make you want to re-watch these with your eyes extra peeled next time. Let the hunt begin!
That shadow looks a lot like a dog we love. Squirrel!
There are a lot of cameos in this scene that you probably didn’t even notice because you were too busy holding back the tears.
This is a tough one. As Mater drives down Route 66 at the beginning of Cars 2, a marquee tells us that “The Incredimobiles” will be playing at the local theater.
A certain speedy mentor to Lightning McQueen can be spotted amidst the action in The Incredibles.
When Randall finds himself banished, he winds up in a very familiar-looking location…
A Bug’s Life
…Oh yeah! We knew we’d seen this place before. Also, shout-out to the Pizza Planet truck!
Toy Story 3
The skull t-shirt wearing garbage collector is none other than the very… erm… creative Sid from Toy Story, all grown up.
Lotso and the Pixar ball appear for a quick moment as Carl’s house begins to float away.
Toy Story 3
The fictional company from WALL·E, Buy N Large, apparently makes the batteries that power Buzz.
When the cars visit France, they pass by a swanky restaurant called Gastow’s that reminds us of a certain imaginary mentor from Ratatouille.
The dentist’s waiting room in Finding Nemo has some pretty incredible reading materials.
Did you spot a familiar flying fish in this scene from Monsters, Inc.?
Mater’s license plate number boasts the familiar A113…
…As does Andy’s mom’s car! A113 was a classroom number at California Institute of the Arts where many future Pixar filmmakers went to school.
Day & Night
This is one of our favorites. The film that plays at the drive-in theater in Day & Night is the same film the dalmatians watch in One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
Most recently, Mike and Sulley make hard-to-spot cameos in the Witch’s cottage.