20+ Brilliant Details In Pixar Movies That Will Leave You Awestruck
It’s only the eagle-eyed movie watchers who are able to spot what Pixar Studios have been doing for years. They have almost made it a tradition to slip in some small references to either of their characters of other films or make their own little jokes into the background.
Their gripping storylines come with brilliant animations, intricate details, and some easter eggs which they want you to find.
Given how often they have done it over the years, it’s not an easy task to narrow it down to only a few instances where Pixar Studios have teased us with Easter eggs and intricate artwork. Check out our top picks of the little details in Pixar movies that prove their animators are geniuses.
Toy Story’s Sid makes reappearances
The main antagonist and the toy torturer of the 1995 Disney Pixar animated film Toy Story, Sid, made more than just one appearance. Pixar studios slipped in the old T-shirt on Sid when he appeared as the garbage collector in Toy Story 3. However, in the film Coco, Sid is seen again on the stage in the Land of the Dead
The name ‘Violet’
The eldest child and only daughter of Bob and Helen Parr from The Incredibles, Violet, might have an interesting reason behind her unique name. Before the two got married and their family was formed, Elastagirl donned a suit which was red and Mr. Incredible sported a blue suit. The two colors when mixed actually form violet!
Toppings changed in Inside Out
Inside Out is a film about an 11-year-old girl named Riley who moves across the country from Minnesota to San Francisco with her parents. The film that deals with changes in emotions showcased a scene where a kid sighed when she saw a pizza slice with broccoli topping. When inside Out was released in Japan, the toppings were switched to bell peppers as kids in Japan dislike bell peppers.
The painting in Helen’s room in Incredibles 2
In the film Incredibles 2, Helen takes up on a solo mission and resides away from her family in a hotel for some time. It is noticed that the painting in Helen’s hotel room is an illustration of her separation from the family. An absolutely incredible detail hidden well from us.
Riley in ‘Finding Dory’
Inside Out‘s Riley Andersen had a cameo in Finding Dory that none of us ever even noticed. She shows up in the background of a shot when Dory discovers herself in a tank at the Marine Life Institute. It’s one of those “blink and you’ll miss it” moments, but it’s definitely there.
The Incredibles poster in Coco
When Miguel and Hector are headed to the talent show, a glimpse of the nightlife in the Land of the Dead is shown to us. During the scene where a mascot sets off a Catherine Wheel firework, one can notice on the right of the screen on the wall there is a poster of The Incredibles with the Incredible family as skeletons.
Riley’s clothes in Inside Out
Riley’s world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Her emotions try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. If one notices diligently Riley’s clothes become more muted as she becomes more depressed throughout the movie.
Chords played in Coco
It would be pretty easy for an animator to make their character look like they’re playing the strings. However, Pixar Studios has always gone a step ahead in detailing whenever they have handed over a guitar to any of their characters. Whenever characters play guitar in the movie, their hands form the actual chords corresponding to the music.
Andy marks his toys’ height
Upon looking closely one can notice that in Toy Story 3 when Woody peers past the door we can see Andy’s measurements of Buzz, Rex, and Jesse that he had marked against the door jamb.
Rex isn’t extinct
In another blink it and you miss it scene, Wall-E was shown digging through his stuff where a glimpse of Rex who had survived our planet’s self-induced ecological disaster, was seen. In fact, not just Rex, Wall-E manages to find Ham as well who is later shown resting on the shelf in another scene.
The Incredible Underwear
Quite a quirky easter egg which very few might have been able to notice, when Linguini offers to hide Remy in his pants before work, Linguini can be seen wearing underpants adorned with the Incredibles logos. There’s no alternative universe in the Disney world for sure!
You probably missed this tiny detail at the beginning of ‘Coco’ which nearly spoils a major plot point. If you might have noticed keenly, both Ernesto’s famous guitar and Hector have a single gold tooth. The clue that it was actually Héctor’s guitar was all along with us!
Bruce the shark’s sad story
In Finding Nemo, Bruce the shark starts crying out loud when Marlin starts talking about Nemo, saying “I never knew my father”. Pixar apparently added logic to their film as male sharks mate with the female then leave, so baby sharks never actually meet their father.
Sulley’s comfy chair
While animators don’t even bother putting headphones on their character’s ears, Pixar uses each movie to show off a new animation tech that they have perfected. In Mosters Inc., Sulley’s chair has a hole in it to accommodate his tail.
The town buildings in Up
You might have been too busy crying when Carl Fredrickson’s flashbacks were being showcased in the film Up. In one of the scenes, the city’s buildings can be seen all developed in the background around a place Carl used to take Ellie.
The Insuricare Company
The Incredibles was released by Pixar long before Cars 2 came out. In Cars 2, there’s an advertisement for Insuricare “car life insurance.” Insuricare happens to be the same company that Bob Parr works for at the start of The Incredibles.
Pixar fried rice
In the world of Pixar, everyone is fond of the fried rice fro the same brand it seems. Someone at Pixar clearly has a taste for Chinese Takeout boxes. An identical design has shown up in films like A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc, Toy Story 2, Ratatouille, and Inside Out.
This was seen in Toy Story 3 which came out 10 years ago. If you’ve ever questioned what keeps Buzz Lightyear energized and ready to go to infinity and beyond, well you ought to know that the Space Ranger is powered by Buy n Large batteries. BnL is the same company that built Wall-E. Pixar has cleverly showcased BnL at several other places in other movies as well.
Creating the Apple car was a lifelong wish for Steve Jobs. The co-founder of the tech giant company Apple was a key investor in Pixar when it broke away from its parent company Lucasfilm. In Steve Jobs’s honor an A.I car was seen on the tracks of Cars 3 which featured the number 84, the year in which the first Mac computer was released.
Shape of Ellie an Carl’s belongings
In one of the best films from Pixar, the movie’s characters were based on either circle or square shapes in their entirety. The villains of Up were all triangle-based. If you look closely, all of Carl and Ellie’s furniture and picture frames reflect that. Upon looking closely one can see that Ellie’s photo is in a circular frame and Carl’s, right next to her is square. It’s even things like the sofas and lamps which reflect the same.
Doc Hudson’s cameo
The old man hadn’t been seen before anywhere since the movie Cars wasn’t out before The Incredibles. He seems to have been touring in Metroville as, during the fight between the Incredibles and the Omnidroid, you can spot Doc Hudson parked on the street.
Dug in Ratatouille
The world seems so large and terrifying for the adorable Remy in Ratatouille, but there’s one scary thing that you should easily recognize if you’re a Pixar fan. While Remy is making his way through a house, he is barked at by Doug the dog from Up – you can see his shadow clearly on the wall.
Let us know in the comments which Pixar easter egg has been your favorite and which others have you spotted in the movie yourself