For decades, Disney has been enchanting audiences young and old with its magical storytelling and vibrant animation. Beyond the heartwarming tales and catchy songs, there lies a world of hidden treasures known as “Easter eggs.” These cleverly concealed references, nods, and connections to other Disney works add an extra layer of delight for attentive viewers. In this article, we'll uncover the top 10 best-hidden Easter eggs in Disney movies, showcasing the studio's intricate attention to detail and its commitment to creating a cohesive cinematic universe.
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The Pixar Connection
Disney and Pixar's collaboration has given rise to some of the most beloved animated films of all time. A recurring Easter egg is the appearance of the Luxo Ball, the iconic bouncing yellow ball with a blue stripe and red star, in various Pixar and Disney movies. From Toy Story to Finding Nemo and even in Zootopia, this subtle reference reminds us of the interconnectedness of these remarkable studios.
The classroom number A113 has also made its way into multiple Disney and Pixar movies. This reference pays homage to the California Institute of the Arts, where many animators, including those from Pixar, received their education. You can spot A113 in films like Toy Story, WALL-E, and Frozen.
Another recurring Easter egg from Pixar is the Pizza Planet truck. This recognizable delivery vehicle first appeared in Toy Story as the transport that takes Buzz and Woody on an adventure, and it has since made appearances in nearly every Pixar film, from Monsters, Inc. to Coco. The truck's presence has become a thrilling scavenger hunt for eagle-eyed fans, giving rise to theories and discussions about its significance.
The Magic Carpet in The Princess and the Frog
The Princess and the Frog introduced audiences to a vibrant and enchanting world inspired by the city of New Orleans. Amidst the lively jazz music and mystical voodoo, a familiar face makes a cameo. During the film's Mardi Gras parade scene, the magic carpet from Aladdin can be seen draped over a balcony. This hidden nod creates a connection between two different Disney stories and brings a touch of magic to the streets of New Orleans.
Mrs. Potts and Chip in Tarzan
Tarzan holds a unique connection to Beauty and the Beast. During the “Trashin’ the Camp” sequence in Tarzan, the animals play music on many different human objects. Among these objects lies a tea set that looks very familiar to fans of Beauty and The Beast. Mrs. Potts and Chip lie amongst the rest of the human objects. This subtle and fun reference is an iconic part of Tarzan, which also made its way to the now defunct Tarzan’s Treehouse at Disneyland.
Rapunzel and Flynn in Frozen
In the magical world of Disney, stories often intertwine in unexpected ways. One of the most delightful Easter eggs occurs in Frozen when Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled make a surprise appearance at Elsa's coronation. Attentive viewers can spot them entering the castle gates. This subtle crossover is a treat for Disney fans, igniting speculation about how these worlds might be more connected than we initially thought.
Belle in Hunchback of Notre Dame
Disney's dedication to detail is showcased in the most unexpected places. In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, during the song “Out There,” Belle from Beauty and the Beast can be spotted strolling through the streets, absorbed in a book. This hidden cameo captures the essence of both characters' longing for adventure and escape, bridging their stories through a shared love for literature.
Sully Carving in Brave
Even though Pixar is a subsidiary of Disney, it doesn't shy away from contributing its fair share of Easter eggs. In the enchanting Scottish landscape of Brave, a wooden carving of the one-eyed monster, Sully from Monsters, Inc. can be seen amongst other carvings. This nod to the Pixar family adds an element of whimsy to the rugged Scottish setting.
Lotso in “UP”
In the heartwarming film Up, eagle-eyed viewers can spot a brief yet delightful nod to Toy Story. When Carl's house is lifted off the ground by countless balloons, a small toy resembling Lotso, the villainous bear from Toy Story 3, can be seen in the little girl's bedroom. It's a testament to the attention to detail that Disney's animators pour into every frame.
Aladdin's Carpet in Moana
Aladdin's magic carpet makes a second appearance! Moana takes us on a seafaring adventure through Polynesian mythology and culture. Amidst the ocean waves, a nod to another adventure can be found. In a brief moment, Aladdin's magic carpet can be seen laid out on the sand. This fleeting Easter egg not only adds a touch of magic to the island setting but also reminds us of the boundless possibilities in the Disney universe.
Hans in “Big Hero 6”
Big Hero 6 introduced audiences to a high-tech world where science and friendship collide. In a bustling marketplace scene, eagle-eyed viewers can spot both Baymax, the lovable healthcare companion from the movie, and Hans, the cunning antagonist from Frozen as wanted posters on a bulletin board. This creative Easter egg not only connects the two films but also adds an element of humor to the scene.
You can find even more Big Hero 6 references in the reimagined San Fransokyo Square coming to Disneyland!
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy in The Little Mermaid
The hidden Easter eggs in Disney movies aren't limited to references within the same universe. In The Little Mermaid, during King Triton's entrance, you can spot a quick shot of the audience, which includes three familiar faces: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. This surprise appearance showcases Disney's commitment to celebrating its iconic characters, regardless of the film's setting.
See our review of the new live action The Little Mermaid movie for moments that surprised us.
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