The hidden connections between Disney Pixar films will blow your mind

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In a video that’s guaranteed to delight anyone who’s enjoyed a Disney Pixar film over the last 20 years or so, the studio has revealed the amazing way the films link to each other, and it’s been hiding in plain sight.


In the cutest breadcrumb-inspired trail ever, the clip, posted to the Toy Story Facebook page shows that some characters and features don’t just stay in their own film, instead popping up in sneaky cameos in other productions (sometimes before the film they star in has been released!)

Super-fans have long talked about these crossovers, but it’s apparently the first time there’s been official word confirming that everything is indeed connected in the Disney Pixar world.

Easter Eggs

Buffs call these cinematic cameos ‘Easter Eggs’.

“An Easter Egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in an interactive work such as a computer program, video game or DVD menu screen. The name is used to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt.”
Source: Wikipedia

Some fans have taken the time to chronicle the hundreds of Easter Eggs featured in these films in exhaustive lists across the internet and theories about Pixar abound – check out The Pixar Theory if you want to head down that particular wormhole.

If you’d like a speedy catch-up on the connectedness of some of the world’s very favourite animated movies, here’s the official clip from Disney Pixar themselves.


“I love Pixar”

Once the studio posted the clip, fans delighted in chatting about the Easter Eggs featured, and some they’d spotted on their own.

They were excited to get official confirmation that all their favourite characters and elements existed in the very same Disney Pixar-created world.

“A lot of these I knew, but not all of them – I didn’t notice Riley in Finding Dory, and I legit didn’t notice Forrest Woodbrush in Inside Out until I rewatched it again just last night. That’s one reason of many why I love Pixar,” Jesse wrote.

“The Luxo lamp and the ball are in every Pixar movie, as well as the Pizza Planet truck (the truck isn’t only in Incredibles),” Krystna commented.

Click through to the post to read more from delighted discoverers.

Hidden gems

Here’s a few Easter Eggs to bend your brain and get you started on your own Disney Pixar hunt…

  • The fish mobile found in the Finding Nemo dentist’s office is the same one featured in Monster’s Inc Boo’s room.
  • There’s also a Toy Story Buzz Lightyear in the Finding Nemo dentist’s waiting room.
  • In one of the bloopers during the end credits of A Bug’s Life, Flik repeats Toy Story Buzz Lightyear’s catchphrase “To Infinity and Beyond”.
  • The spinning wheel in Tangled is a replica of the one in the 1959 Disney film, Sleeping Beauty.
  • In Brave, a wood carving of Monster’s Inc Sulley can be seen in the Witch’s shack.
  • A Lilo and Stitch ‘Stitch’ doll pops up in Treasure Planet.
  • A Cars‘ Lightning McQueen toy can be spotted in Wall-E.
  • Tangled’s Rapunzel and Flynn can be seen in a crowd scene in Frozen.
  • Toy Story’s Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear can be seen in Up! as the balloons pass a child’s bedroom window.
  • In Ratatouille, Linguini’s boxers feature The Incredibles logo.
  • Peter Pan’s Tinkerbell can be seen in The Black Cauldron.
  • Cars’ Luigi can be seen driving across the street in Finding Nemo.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

These movies are basically adorable and clever treasure hunts for animation lovers and this news gives you a fresh excuse to re-watch your favourites, over and over, in case you needed one!




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