How many of these have you spotted before?
The festive season calls for watching some of the classic Christmas flicks. But we are sure that you have missed some of the many Easter eggs and cameos in these movies on your first viewing. The best part about these Christmas movies is that that they have not only withstood the test of time but also weathered repeat viewings
Fortunately, the holiday season is a perfect excuse to revisit the classics and run down the many Easter eggs, clever in-jokes, and subtle asides dotted throughout its runtime. Here are all of the hidden details that viewers have picked up on so far:
1. The pizzeria’s name: In Home Alone (1990) the pizzeria from where the McAllisters order Pizza from, “Little Neros Pizza” is a play on “Little Caesars Pizza.” Like Caesar, Nero was also a Roman Emperor.
2. The Slot Machines: In The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) the slot machines are literally “one armed bandits” (bonus: the number 7 that is typically part of a slot machine is replaced with the number 13)
3. The Horton statue: In How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), the Whoville clocktower features a statue of Horton the Elephant of Horton Hears a Who!
4. Martha May’s jewels: In The Grinch Martha May Whovier is wearing jewels in her hair salvaged from the tree topper Young Grinch made for her.
5. Hermey’s ears and hair: In Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964) the main reason why Hermey never fits in is because he isn’t an elf but is in fact a human. This is suggested by the fact that he has hair, unlike the other elves, and has round ears instead of pointed.
6. Yukon’s peppermint search: When Yukon Cornelius buries his pick axe into the ice, removes it, and licks it in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964), he isn’t checking for silver or gold. He was in fact searching for peppermint mines which he eventually finds.
7. The head count: In Home Alone (1990) when they counted the people for the trip they say there’s 17 people in total. An odd number between two vans means they will be split 8/9. Since Kevin was missing both vans had 8 people instead, making each group assume they were on the 8-people van, not suspecting a thing
8. The fake feet: In Home Alone (1990), Marv is wearing fake feet
9. The Hans Christian Anderson Easter egg: In Frozen 2 (2019), when Elsa is walking through the memories of the past, she sees her parents as youth. Her mother asks what her father is reading, he says “Just some new Danish author”, implying Hans Christian Andersen. The cover of the book features a silhouette of the Little Mermaid.
10. The Christmas mug: In Arthur Christmas, Arthur, Santa’s son, has a mug that says, “I saw mommy kissing Santa Clause”
11. The sheep doll: In Arthur Christmas (2011), when Steve enters Gwen’s house, he steps on a Shaun the Sheep squeaky doll, another Aardman character.
12. The hidden gremlin: In Gremlins (1984), one of the gremlins emerges from behind an E.T. doll; a nod to Steven Spielberg who produced Gremlins. Also beside it are Bugs Bunny and Sylvester, both Warner Bros Studios characters.
13. This nickname: In the movie It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) Jimmy Stewart’s daughter is named ZuZu, after a cookie called “ZuZu’s Gingersnaps”. He can be heard referencing this when he calls out “ZuZu, my little gingersnap!”
14. The vanishing cyclops: In The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), during the “Making Christmas” number, the Cyclops ends up vanishing after a box comes in the frame. Spooky!
15. The Stranger Things reference: In The Netflix Original Movie The Christmas Chronicles, the valet is watching the Netflix Original series “Stranger Things”
16. The store name: In The Muppet Christmas Carol during the final musical scene, a store in the background is called “Micklewhite’s”. Michael Caine was born Maurice Micklewhite.
17. Santa’s sneakers: In The Santa Clause– 1994, while Tim Allen is in denial he wears black converse, but then wears red converse once he embraces being Santa.
18. The drink of choice: In Santa Clause 3, they drink RedDeer instead of RedBull
19. The Rudolph statue: In The Polar Express, as the train begins to enter the North Pole, a memorial statue to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is briefly seen out of the window.
20. The A113 on the sled: Even though Klaus (2019) not a Pixar movie, it still features an A113 in scenes in the movie. (A113 is a reference to the California Institute of the Arts, where many animators attended college)
21. The halfway mark: In Klaus (2019) the postman is halfway through his target halfway through the movie.
22. The flux capacitor: In the Polar Express (2004), the train has a flux capacitor. The director, Robert Zemeckis, also directed the Back to the Future movies.
Tell us if you have previously spotted these easter eggs in these Christmas movies. Know more? Share with us in the comment section below!