When it comes to giving the audience little clues and clever Easter eggs, the filmmakers at Disney and Pixar have it figured out! From referencing other Disney movies to paying homage to Mickey Mouse, these are 10 amazing hidden details in Disney movies.
The Pizza Planet truck made its debut in the Toy Story films, but that isn’t the only movie it has shown up in. In fact, the Pizza Planet truck has been in almost every Disney/Pixar film to date! You can spot it in “Finding Nemo” when Nemo and his friends are rolling in plastic bags trying to get to the ocean. The truck can also be found parked outside trailers in “A Bug’s Life” and “Monsters Inc.”. But, if you didn’t squint, you probably missed it driving across a bridge in “Ratatouille”!
“Tangled” was one of the last traditional fairy tales Disney finally made into the movie. Because of that, there are tons of Easter eggs that show how much of a Princess fan Rapunzel is. First, her book collection is full of Disney classics like “The Little Mermaid”, “Mulan”, and even a photocopy of the opening scene of “Sleeping Beauty”. But, one of the biggest Disney Princess homages comes from Rapunzel’s stair posts. Though it’s hard to see, each post has a different marking referencing several Disney Princesses. There is a seashell for Arial, a shoe for Cinderella, and even a rose for Belle!
One of the most beloved Disney/Pixar films is their 2001 movie “Monsters, Inc.” The movie features an adorable little girl lovingly known as “Boo”! Though the movie is full of hidden details, there is one scene that features 3 Disney/Pixar references within a matter of seconds! Near the end of the movie Sully returns Boo home, and we see her give Sully some toys to play with. First, she picks up a bear, which means nothing, but then we see her pick up a familiar face, Jessie from “Toy Story”. Then, she kicks the Pixar ball around, until she finally hands Sully a clown fish, also known as Nemo from “Finding Nemo”!
It’s not a far stretch to think some Disney movies may overlap one another as far as time periods go. So, when Disney Princesses start to pop up in other movies, it’s not that big of a deal. Like when we see Belle in the streets of Paris in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”! But, one Disney Princess who seems a little out of place is Princess Aurora when she shows up in “Oliver and Company”. Princess Aurora is thought to have lived in the 1400 or 1500’s, while “Oliver and Company” takes place in the late 1980’s!
Hiding little hints in their movies is something Disney has been doing for years. Even back in 1961 there were a few details Disney snuck into its classic “101 Dalmatians”. During the twilight bark scene, a few dogs from another Disney movie make an appearance. First we see Peg from “Lady and the Tramp” in a shop window with barking puppies. Then, moments later you see the actual Lady and the Tramp in the street outside of the shop!
One of the longest standing traditions of Disney movies is cleverly hiding Mickey Mouse heads in their films! The tradition goes all the way back to 1950 when we see three bubbles form a Mickey head in the Disney classic “Cinderella”! Then we see another Mickey homage in the Beast’s library in “Beauty and the Beast”. There is even a Mickey Mouse figurine hiding on a bookcase next to Anna in the movie “Frozen”! There are several more Mickey’s hiding in some of your favorite Disney films that you will never watch the same way again!