For an added level of fun for fans, movies and television shows have been known to include easter eggs or subtle references that only the most diligent of viewers will find. But, Disney and Pixar take the inclusion of easter eggs and hidden details to another level. For example, Pixar includes references in its films to the next movie slated for release from the studio, while both Disney and Pixar often include easter eggs of other Mouse House characters in their animated features.
Here are Screenrant’s 10 amazing hidden details in Disney films.
The folk tale of Sleeping Beauty has been retold many times over the centuries, but one recurring part of the story is that the princess pricks her finger on the spindle of her spinning wheel and falls into a deep sleep. Of course, the spinning wheel played a big part in Disney’s 1959 animated adaptation of the tale, calling for Aurora to prick her finger and fall under Maleficent’s spell. However, although Prince Phillip bestowed true love’s kiss on Aurora and broke the spell, the spinning wheel survived. It can be seen in Rapunzel’s tower in the beginning of Tangled, acting as a reference to the other Disney princess’s tale of being trapped by a witch.
The 2013 Disney film, Frozen, catapulted to massive popularity with help from the catchy and inspirational “Let It Go.” The film also features a handful of references to previous Disney and Pixar movies, like Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled attending Elsa’s coronation. Some even argue Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog also attend the event. However, you have to look more closely in other scenes to catch Frozen’s nods to Monster’s Inc. and the Mouse House. At Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Sauna a wooden figurine of Mike Wazowski is sitting on the counter, while a Micky Mouse doll is hidden on a shelf. However, Anna decides to buy winterwear instead of these references to other Disney and Pixar characters, which we’re sure was the best choice.
Wreck-It Ralph Cameos
To populate the behind-the-scenes world of arcade games in Wreck-It Ralph, animators included characters from classic video games. Bowser, Pac-Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Q*bert, and Frogger are among those that make an appearance. But, in one wide shot of Game Central Station, two characters unrelated to video games can be seen: Vladimir, one of the thugs in the Snuggly Duckling Pub, and Maximus, the proud palace horse, from Tangled, are walking in opposite directions in the station. There’s also a dinosaur that very closely resembles Tiny the T-Rex from Meet the Robinsons, filling the scene with references to other Disney films amid all the game characters.
It’s established early on in The Princess and the Frog that southern belle Charlotte La Bouff has an obsession with storybook princesses, and especially their dresses, which is how she comes to be friends with Tiana, the daughter of a seamstress. When Tiana kisses a frog claiming to be a prince, and makes a mess of Charlotte’s room after breaking the spell doesn’t go according to plan, more of Charlotte’s book collection can be seen. If you look closely, one storybook on a shelf is revealed to be Rapunzel, the fairytale Disney’s next princess film would focus on in Tangled, giving a nod to the following release.
King Triton’s Guests
Although many of the references in Disney movies are to characters from their animated classics collection or Pixar films, occasionally the animation studio will add in a nod to other characters under the Disney banner. In the scene in The Little Mermaid when King Triton makes his entrance in Atlantis to a room full of guests, many have spotted Goofy and Donald Duck sitting in the crowd. But, a second before they become visible, Kermit the Frog is shown seated farther back in the audience, recognizable by his green collar. We can only wonder why the Mickey Mouse and Muppets characters chose not to sit together.
In 1986, Steve Jobs purchased the Computer Graphics Division from George Lucas’s Lucasfilm and established the independent company we now know to be Pixar. In honor of the man who also founded Apple, Pixar has included references to the tech company or Jobs himself in a number of films. Most notably, the titular robotic hero of Wall-E makes the recognizable Mac startup chime when he’s done charging, and Apple products like computers and iPods are shown throughout Toy Story 3. Finally, after passing away in 2011, the end credits of Brave featured a dedication to Jobs in memory of his contribution to Pixar. That last one may not necessarily be hidden, but it’s worth mentioning.
There are multiple theories circulating the web about all the connections between Disney and Pixar films, and certain easter eggs lend more credence to these theories than others. For instance, one shot from Toy Story 3 confirms that the series’ main human character, Andy, exists in the same world as Carl and Ellie Fredricksen from Up. If you look closely at the bulletin board in Andy’s room, there’s a postcard from the couple that includes the address of their beloved yellow house, before it’s transported to South America, of course.
It’s not often that filmmakers include messages in the credits, but sometimes they do so in order to offer special thanks to those that helped make the movie or they take the time to add in just one more joke. In the end credits of Frozen, the filmmakers included a message to assure audiences that Kristoff’s assertion that all men eat their own boogers is his opinion only, and it does “not reflect the views or opinions of The Walt Disney Company or the filmmakers.” However, it does seem that Disney, like Kristoff, takes the issue of ingesting nose mucus very seriously.
Nemo Takes a Swim
Disney’s Brother Bear may not be as popular or as critically acclaimed as the studio’s other movies, but the animated feature focused on the theme of family like many of Disney and Pixar’s films. Plus, Brother Bear features a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it nod to Pixar’s notably more popular 2003 release, Finding Nemo, about a father searching for his son. If you don’t look close enough at the group of salmon, it’s easy to miss the clownfish hiding among them. It seems Nemo wasn’t lost at 42 Wallaby Way, Sidney, Australia, but swimming with the salmon in a river on the other side of the world.
Tangled’s Book Collection
Most of the hidden easter eggs inside Disney movies only manage to reference one movie at a time, but one shot in Tangled features nods to three other princess films. When Rapunzel and Flynn Rider are poring over an atlas while at the festival of lights in Corona, books referencing other films can be seen. One open book displays the story from the opening sequence of Sleeping Beauty, and two others are the storybooks containing the tales of Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. It’s unclear if Rapunzel has read the fairytales of her fellow Disney princesses, but it’s a nicely hidden references to their films.
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