Instead of waiting for IMDb users to smoke out the Easter eggs, Disney Pixar has revealed some interesting hidden facts from the upcoming Toy Story 3.
The studio has released a plethora of featurettes and character-specific videos, but now we've got something to truly engage the audience. Instead of taking away from its focus, these little "Easter egg" finds should help promote the anticipation.
Fans of the franchise will recognize most of the list, and if you watch the first two films before going to the theater it should enhance your viewing experience even more.
Be sure to commit these to your memory, so when Toy Story 3 hits theaters next weekend you'll be ahead of everybody else.
[SPOILER ALERT! EASTER EGGS REVEALED BELOW!]
• There are more than 300 stickers in Andy's room.
• The pins on the map in Andy's room correspond to the hometowns of 'Toy Story 3' production staff.
• A few pieces of art hanging on the walls in Andy’s room were actually created by 'Toy Story 3' art coordinator Erin Magill when she was in high school.
• Andy has a banner hanging on one of the walls in his room that reads “P.U.” P.U. stands for Pixar University, a professional-development program for Pixar employees.
• Above Andy’s closet is a street sign for W. Cutting Blvd., the street on which Pixar’s original headquarters were based.
• Hidden in Andy’s bedroom is a hint at a new character in next year’s 'Cars 2.'
• The number A113, which refers to John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton's former classroom at CalArts, makes an appearance in every Pixar film. Despite the years that have passed, Andy’s mom hasn’t changed her license plate, which still reads A113. In 'Toy Story 3,' however, Andy’s mom has a new license plate frame that reads “Tiger Pride,” which is a reference to director Lee Unkrich’s hometown of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and his high school mascot, the Tiger.
• The Pizza Planet Truck, which first made an appearance in the original 'Toy Story,' has made a cameo in nearly every Pixar film. It also appears in 'Toy Story 3,' providing a bumpy ride to some traveling toys.
• Sid, the mean kid who liked to destroy his toys in 'Toy Story,' is all grown up as well, and he makes a cameo in 'Toy Story 3,' wearing his signature skull t-shirt. Sid’s cameo is voiced by 27-year-old Erik Von Detten, who at the age of 13 was the original voice of Sid in 'Toy Story.'
There are also a few interesting tidbits from the production of Toy Story 3. For instance, when you hear the Jack-in-the-Box yell, "New toys!" that is actually director Lee Unkrich's voice work.
Also, in what could very well be a record, Toy Story 3 has 302 characters. Somebody should research that incredible number and see if it holds up in the Guinness Book of World Records.
An unrelated fact I found to be cool was a crossover cameo for the Lots-o'-Huggin'-Bear. He can be seen in Up, sitting on the little girl's bedroom floor as Carl and his floating house fly past her window.
What do you think of all the Easter Eggs and Fun Facts? Do they enhance your experience with Toy Story 3 or will you wait for the DVD to look for them all?
Toy Story 3 hits theaters and IMAX in 2D and 3D on June 18, 2010.