Long before Anna, Elsa, and Olaf became household names, the makers of Frozen had a party to plan. Being named Queen of Arrendale may have stressed Elsa out, but it also meant the gates of the castle would finally be opened to villagers and visiting guests. When Anna finally steps out of the gates, two arriving villagers should stand out to Disney fans: Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, the stars of Disney’s Tangled
Big Hero 6
As one of the most successful movies Disney has ever released, we’re willing to bet that Easter Eggs and references to Frozen are just beginning. The minds behind Big Hero 6 are clearly fans – and hold a serious grudge against Hans, the would-be king who tried to kill both of Frozen’s leading ladies. A statue of Hans can be seen for just a moment before Baymax destroys it while trying out his new armor. If that weren’t enough, his face can be seen gracing a Wanted poster in a San Fransokyo police station.
Trading a human or animal star for a robotic one, Wall-E was a major turning point for Pixar as a whole, relying less on dialogue than ever before. Set in a future where mankind has turned Earth into one massive landfill and headed into space, Wall-E is just one maintenance robot left behind. He’s put his time to good use, too, collecting dozens of trinkets and souvenirs to store in his home. When Wall-E first enters his house in the movie, one Toy Story character can be seen hidden behind a pair of bowling pins. How Rex managed to survive the man-made end of the world isn’t clear, but if he survived, then it stands to reason Woody and the gang were still alive off-screen as well
When Pixar was made an official branch of Walt Disney Animation, the tradition of Easter Eggs and cameos was just one thing both studios could agree on – even if it made no sense to the story being told. It’s strange enough that among the wooden carvings being sold by the Witch in Brave is the same Pizza Planet delivery truck included in every Pixar film But the carved image of Sully, the furry star of the wildly successful Monsters, Inc. shows that even witches need to worry about what’s hiding in their closet.
Beauty and the Beast
One of the best known Pixar Easter Eggs is the label “A113”, the classroom at the California Institute of Technology where many of the company’s earlier animators learned their trade. But the California locations are nothing new: in Beauty and The Beast, Maurice and Felipe find themselves lost in a terrifying forest, with a worn-out signpost offering little help. But a closer look shows arrows pointing to both Valencia, where the school is located, and Anaheim, home to Disneyland
In what may be Pixar’s most unconventional tale to date, Ratatouille follows a rat with a flair for the culinary arts, and a young man named Linguini who hopes to become a great chef, but lacks the skills to do it. The pair realizes success means combining their talents, but actually working together poses a serious challenge. When Linguini considers smuggling Remy into the kitchen in his pants, the rat isn’t on board. But the biggest reveal of the scene is Linguini’s underwear, shown to be patterned with the logo of Mr. Incredible, the star of The Incredibles. It’s one more hint that Pixar’s films all take place in one universe, while also showing that superheroes are just as famous in the fictional world of Pixar as they are in our own.