Pixar Animation Studios (or Pixar for short) is a name synonymous with cinematic excellence. With their first foray into movies, they came out of the gate making history by producing the first full length computer animated feature film (Toy Story). Since then their movies have regularly been met with universal praise by both audiences and critics alike. Without Pixar, the landscape of digitally animated films would be unrecognizable and the world most certainly would not have the plethora of quality CGI movies it has today. From both a technological and artistic perspective, the studio’s legacy in the industry is forever cemented.
To make any type of movie requires a staggering amount of work, but often times it pales in comparison to the amount of time and effort needed to make a digitally animated film. For the early days of Pixar, this work was also compounded with the fact that they were dabbling in untested technology and taking an enormous risk by making films that were the first of their kind. Fortunately, this hard work pays off in both box office returns and rave reviews.
Despite the care and attention put into a Pixar production, mistakes do make their way into the final product. Usually they are simple errors in editing that appear in every film (objects subtly being in different places in every shot, for example). However, there are other gaffes that makes one wonder “how did nobody catch this?”.
Here are 16 Mind-Blowing Mistakes You Completely Missed In Pixar Movies.
16. Toy Story 2 – Actually You Are A Preschool Toy
In Toy Story 2, Mr. Potato Head says “We’re not prechool toys…we can read” when the toys reach Al’s Toy Barn and Slinky announces to the group that the location is closed. There’s only one problem with what Mr. Potato Head says, he is actually a preschool toy.
In the first movie of the series, the customizable toy potato mentions that he comes from a company called Playskool. A quick search of the company will reveal that their main focus is toys for infants and preschool aged children.
Mr. Potato Head’s slip up is slightly appropriate when you consider what the average toddler is really like. Most kids that age often want to appear older and reading is a common milestone they refer to to prove that they are no longer a baby.
15. Finding Nemo – Marlin should be Marlena
Albert Brooks’ performance in Finding Nemo as the titular character’s father is one of the finest parts of the underwater adventure. But if Pixar had adhered to proper clownfish biology, Brooks would not have had the chance to voice the anxious father.
In reality, clownfish are hermaphroditic, with most going through male and female states at one point in their life. All of them are born male, but some turn female when they mature in order to reproduce. When Marlin’s wife is killed in the opening scene, he should have changed his sex to become a female clownfish.
14. Monster University – How Long Have Jake And Sully Known Each Other?
A prequel to one of the more celebrated Pixar films, Monster Univeristy details the beginning of Victor Sullivan and Mike Wazowski’s relationship. It’s one of only a couple of movies by the studio to not be nominated for an academy award. Maybe it is because of the egregious continuity error that the whole story is based on.
In Monsters. Inc Sullivan mentions to his best friend that he’s been jealous of his good looks since the fourth grade, yet its prequel is all about the first time the two buddies meet. How could Mike be envious for so long if the two did not know each other until college?
13. A Bug’s Life – Male Mosquito’s Don’t Drink Blood
A Bug’s Life is the second in the seemingly unbreakable streak of successful films that the revered animation studio has produced. It’s also known for being the first fully digitally animated film to be released on DVD. What it’s not known for is correctly portraying mosquitoes, everyone’s favorite blood sucking insects.
Near the beginning of the film, Flik goes to a bar and runs into a mosquito who asks the bartender for a literal bloody mary, just one of the many bug puns displayed in the scene. The mosquito is clearly a man, but male mosquitoes (or mansquitoes) don’t drink blood. Only the females do this, because it gives them the required protein needed to make eggs.
12. Monsters, Inc. – Randall’s Name On The Leaderboard
With Monsters, Inc. children were able to laugh at and sympathize with creatures who were more regularly associated with their worst fears and nightmares. The main characters all make their living scaring children, whose screams are used to power the world they live in. This daily routine brings to light the next mistake on this list.
When the monsters go about their scaring duties, the amount of energy each character obtains from the kids’ screams is tallied on a scoreboard. All of the monsters on the board are referred to by their last names, except for one. For some reason Randall Boggs, the villain, is listed simply by his first name.
11. The Incredibles – Violet’s Hair
After fourteen years and a plethora of other highly venerated superhero movies being released, The Incredibles still stands as one of the best in the genre. The abilities each character possesses aren’t as important to the plot as the family dynamic, but they still are a nice spectacle to behold. One power that is never referenced but still seems to exist in the film is Violet’s magic hair.
Throughout the course of the film, the daughter of Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl’s hair part changes location several times. Her powers consist of creating force fields and turning invisible, and not changing her hair on a whim. Some have speculated that the seemingly random change is an artistic choice based the camera angles.
10. Cars – Lightning McQueen Can’t Count
Cars may be the most terrifying movie ever made if one thinks too hard about the implications of its universe. How does this world exist? Did people once live here? If so, how did they become extinct? And how did a society of cars become so advanced if some of them can barely even count?
The movie starts off with a soliloquy by Lightning McQueen where he says “one winner, forty two losers.” Soon after this the race begins and there are not forty three cars on the race track, but thirty six.
If athletes in the Cars universe are like our athletic stereotypes, then it is not outside the realm of possibility that Lightning McQueen really doesn’t know how to count. However, real world film animators are expected to know extremely basic math.
9. WALL-E – Compacted Trash Takes Up Less Space
With its strong messages about the environment and consumerism, WALL-E was one of the first Pixar movies whose themes went beyond relationships with family and loved ones. However, the development of a strong friendship is still at the core of the plot. What isn’t central to the plot is a realistic understanding of trash compacting.
The titular robot’s main function is cleaning the world of all its trash. Several scenes show WALL-E gathering garbage into its body and shooting out compacted cubes. The only issue is that the cubes are the same volume as the loose debris. After all of the garbage is compacted, it should be much smaller but much more dense than it previously was.
8. Up – Anachronistic Sirens
The opening of UP can bring the water works to even the most stone hearted movie watcher. It perfectly captures a lifetime of true love from the first meeting to the last goodbye in just about seven minutes. Unfortunately, anyone with a historical knowledge of ambulance sirens may have had the immersion ruined for them only a couple of minutes into the movie.
When Carl and Ellie first meet in an abandoned house as children, Carl ends up accidentally breaking his arm. The ambulance that picks him up uses an electrical siren, but these were not yet invented by the time the scene is set. Since they were children in the 1930s, the ambulance should be using a mechanical siren, as electrical ones were not used until the 1960s.
7. Toy Story 3 – The UK Isn’t Fluent In Spanish
On Christmas day 2013, families in the UK were treated to the first television broadcast of Toy Story 3. Undoubtedly an excellent film, but some viewers missed out on part of the movie if they did not have prior knowledge of the Spanish language.
BBC1, the network that broadcasted the third adventure of Woody, Buzz, and crew, neglected to put subtitles on the screen when Buzz Lightyear was speaking Spanish. While not a significant portion of the film, it must have left some kids and parents scratching their heads in wonderment.
Fortunately BBC1 caught wind of the mistake and subsequent showings of the movie have had the subtitles included. On the bright side, for residence of the UK who are fluent in Spanish the lack of captioning only further engrossed them in the movie’s world.
6. Brave – Time Traveling Food And Clothing
Brave had its fair share of controversies when it first hit the big screen, from accusations that Pixar had fully sold out to Disney by making a fairy tale to the altered proportions that the main character’s dolls were given. However, all of these stories distracted the public from the real conspiracy lying behind the film – time traveling corsets and potatoes.
Brave’s story is set in ancient Scotland during the tenth century. One part has Princess Merida being dressed in a corset and in several scenes the characters can be seen feasting on potatoes, both of which were not anywhere near Scotland until the sixteenth century.
5. Toy Story – Mr. Potato Head’s Eyebrows
Of the toys featured in Pixar’s feature length debut, Mr. Potato Head stands among the most iconic. It enables a child’s creativity, but at the same it remains an easily understood concept. However, one aspect of his character remains shrouded in mystery – his eyebrows.
Throughout the three films, there have been moments where all of the character’s appendages have left his plastic potato body. When this happens, viewers can clearly see the holes where the various parts can be inserted. The only place where holes cannot be seen are where his eyebrows would go.
This begs the question, how can his eyebrows be removed and reattached if there are no holes? Toy Story 4 is currently scheduled for release in 2019 so maybe audiences will have answers then, but most likely it’s just a mistake.
4. Finding Dory – Giant Squid Can’t Light Up
While not the most revered of the studio’s work, Finding Dory still managed to wildly entertain audiences. It doesn’t quite do enough to fully seperate itself from the first one and treads much of the same ground. Sadly for the ocean dwelling, much like its predecessor, there is also a lack of attention given to accurate marine biology.
In the movie, there is an exciting chase sequence where Dory, Marlin, and Nemo are being pursued by a giant squid. The tentacled creature reveals itself to the trio through self-illumination. Real giant squid are unable to do this.
3. Cars 2 – Bad Dates
2011’s Cars 2 is often considered the weakest of the studio’s films. But with a pedigree like Pixar’s, the worst is still pretty great. Maybe it is because it was not given the same attention to detail and accuracy that other animated films are given, as this next gaffe will show.
During the end credits a newspaper clipping is shown revealing that one of the characters, Mater, was knighted on Tuesday July 15th, 2011. Hopefully Mater did not show up to the Queen’s palace on a Tuesday for the ceremony, because he would be either four days early or four days late. July 15th, 2011 was actually a Friday.
2. Finding Nemo – Jelly Fish Aren’t Electric
Two prior entries have noted the lack of attention Pixar has given to accurate fish biology. Unfortunately for Jellyfish, they also cannot enjoy the film without being bothered by the unrealistic portrayal of their species.
One scene in the film finds Dory and Marlin trapped in a swarm of jellyfish. While they do find their way out, the two fish lose consciousness just as they escape. Every time they get stung you can hear a zap sound as if they are being electrocuted. Jellyfish stings, in real life, are not even the slightest bit electric.
Pixar should be careful about the species they upset. Clownfish and Squid rarely come into close proximity of humans, but Jellyfish dwell near beaches and could enact vengence if this innacuracy upsets them enough.
1. Toy Story 2 – 3D Videogames On An SNES?
Toy Story 2’s production is an inspiring story about accomplishing the impossible. Pixar made the film, from the planning stages to completion, in an astonishing nine months, while an average digitally animated film takes several years of careful planing and work to produce. This is most likely why they glossed over the small detail of which gaming consoles do and don’t posses 3D graphics.
The film starts with Rex playing a Buzz Lightyear videogame. When he eventually fails and the camera shows him getting upset, the audience can see that he is playing on an SNES controller. The SNES was unable to render 3D graphics, yet the game Rex plays is clearly in 3D and Buzz is moving around in a three dimensional environment.
Since the movie was released in 1999, why couldn’t Rex be playing on an N64 or a Play Station?
Are there any other mind blowign mistakes in these movies? Let us know if the comments?
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