Pixar is the most successful and well-known 3D animation studio in the business, having released several celebrated classics such as Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, Up, and WALL-E, among others. The way it's consistently manufactured beautifully animated stories that work on multiple levels for both kids and adults is incredibly impressive, a balance they've for the most part mastered from 1995's Toy Story through this year's Inside Out.
Perhaps even more impressive, though, is the studio's dedication to threading a needle through each of its films. In every movie released, there are at least a handful of references to pop culture or other Pixar films, sometimes even ones that at the time hadn't even been released. Now, courtesy of Space Penguin on YouTube, comes a video compilation of 150 sly references.
Check out 15 of these Easter eggs and clap your hands slowly at Pixar's cunning:
1. "Toy Story" and "The Shining"
The carpet in Sid's house resembles the hotel carpet in The Shining.
2. "Toy Story" and room A113
The license plate on Andy's mom's car reads "A113" — the room number of the class where Pixar's head animators were taught. This appears in almost every Pixar film.
3. "Toy Story 2" and "A Bug's Life"
A calendar on the wall shows the scene of the ants from A Bug's Life delivering food.
4. "Toy Story 2" and "Geri's game"
The man who fixes Woody is actually Geri from the Pixar short Geri's Game.
5. "Toy Story 2" and "Jurassic Park"
Rex in the rear-view mirror is a direct reference to the exact same shot in Jurassic Park.
6. "Monsters, Inc." and "A Bug's Life"
The Chinese takeout box is the same in both these films.
7. "Monsters, Inc." and "Finding Nemo"
In an open door to a child's room, you can see a clown fish, referencing the yet-unreleased Finding Nemo.
8. "Finding Nemo" and "Monsters, Inc."
In the dentist's room, you can see Boo's drawing from Monsters, Inc.
9. "Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles"
The kid in the waiting room is reading a Mr. Incredible magazine — The Incredibles didn't come out until the following year.
10. "Cars" and "Toy Story"
Dinoco is the same company that owns the gas station in Toy Story.
11. "Ratatouille" and "Up"
Another foreshadowing (sorry) moment — that shadow resembles Doug the dog from Up, which was released two years after Ratatouille.
12. "WALL-E" and "Toy Story"
At one point, EVE scans the pizza truck from Toy Story.
13. "Up" and the Luxo Ball
The Luxo Ball pops up in nearly every Pixar film — it first made its appearance in the 1986 short film Luxo Jr. and in Up it sneaks in on Russell's sash.
14. "Toy Story 3" and "Finding Nemo"
A pic of Darla from Finding Nemo pops up on the Tween Zine this girl is reading.
15. "Inside Out" and "Toy Story"
One of the girls in Riley's class is wearing the same shirt as Sid in Toy Story.
Check out the rest of the Easter eggs below:
Cover image: Space Penguin via YouTube