Second only to maybe Marvel Studios and their wealth of comic references, cinema's Easter egg king is most certainly Pixar. The animators work on these films for years at a time and like to sneak in little jokes and references for fans to discover for years to come. People scour these films with a fine-tooth comb looking for anything that throws back to Pixar film history, or makes references to upcoming films that just might hint at Pixar's next big hit. This list of Pixar Easter eggs has over 200 fun facts and little details you might not have noticed from all Pixar’s films, and you can spot each and every one when you're revisiting these classics on Disney+.
Pixar Animation Studios have not only consistently plugged their own films with sneaky little nods, but they've also invented recurring companies and items spread throughout their filmography. This both ties together all the Pixar movies, and cuts down on annoying and distracting product placement for real companies.
For example, either Dinoco or Buy n Large appear in nearly every Pixar film. Pizza Planet also makes an appearance in literally every single Pixar film except The Incredibles. And let’s not forget the other Pixar inside jokes including the the crazy places they hid A113 (the classroom where most of the guys met in college), the Luxo ball (which was first featured in an early Pixar short), and many Apple references (Steve Jobs co-founded Pixar, after all), which are all a part of the Pixar universe.
We've decided to do a round up of ALL the Pixar Easter eggs and sort them into groups (by movie for the most part). As it stands, we’ve contained over 200 Easter eggs in 100 categories! There are even a couple references to Newt (a movie they never even finished making), Star Wars (owned by parent company Lucasfilm), and some Kubrick films as well. Enjoy the wonderful world of Pixar with these cleverly hidden Easter eggs!
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Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear Appears Near Dentist's Office Toybox in Finding NemoPhoto: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation LicenseWhen Nemo is frantically looking for a way to escape the fish tank in the dentist's office, a Buzz Lightyear action figure can be seen lying next to the toy box in the waiting room.
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Toy Story's Pizza Planet Truck Appears in Wall-EPhoto: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
EVE scans the engine of a Pizza Planet truck for plant life shortly after her arrival on Earth, and shuts the hood afterwards.You'll remember Pizza Planet as the fictional pizza place that appears in Toy Story. Some reference or to Pizza Planet or use of the Pizza Planet truck appears in every Pixar feature, except The Incredibles.
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Pixar's "good luck charm" has appeared in every single one of their films.Toy Story 1, 2, and 3 - Hamm
A Bug's Life - PT Flea
Monster's, Inc. and University - Abominable Snowman
Finding Nemo - School of Fish
The Incredibles - Underminer
Cars and Cars 2 - Mack
Ratatouille - Mustafa the Waiter
Walle-E - John
Up - Tom the Foreman
Brave - Gordon the Guard
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Pizza Planet Delivers to a Monsters University House PartyPhoto: flickr / CC0
The Pizza Planet truck is parked outside the first house party.