Disney animator Tom Bancroft explains how Disney first started inserting Easter eggs before Pixar started incorporating them. Easter eggs are little hidden details that are placed subtly throughout movies to send some sort of message or joke. Major film franchises like Pixar and Disney have largely popularized Easter eggs, using them to provide an overarching in-universe connection, to tease new movies, or even just to elicit a laugh over a cleverly placed detail. While Pixar often comes to mind when thinking of Easter eggs, the phenomenon dates back to 1980, when developer Warren Robinson snuck his name into the Atari 2600s Fairy talebut it would only come up if the players discovered a secret room.
In a video of corridor crew, Disney animator Bancroft described how Disney and Pixar latched onto Easter eggs. While Pixar has become almost synonymous with the term Easter Egg, Bancroft set the record straight that Pixar was first inspired by Disney to create the trend rather than starting the trend themselves.
Meanwhile, the fact that an Easter egg worked its way in Aladdin was not a planned or structured event. The animators would actually throw in these details without the director’s approval because screenshots didn’t exist, allowing the Easter eggs to escape notice for longer. Check out Bancroft’s statement below:
“He’s the one piling all these toys up and by the way, that’s somebody’s dog right there. The background painter put his dog in there that has the red scarf around him. As we pan up, he also added the Beast over there to the right like a toy, and so it’s a movie that just came out. Pixar does it all the time because they got it from us. We originated this okay… just started on the inside of Easter Eggs. By the way, no one has permission, like it’s a clear thing we have to do here, because it wasn’t like the Disney companies knew this was happening… they’d hear about it later. Usually the executives didn’t even know that we just put them in and said ‘yeah, nobody’s going to notice’ because we didn’t have freeze framing back then.”
Why Easter eggs are popular in Pixar and Disney movies?
While many movies use Easter eggs here and there, Pixar is the one franchise that features them in almost every movie they release. They are very popular in Disney and Pixar due to supporting a complex fan theory that every Pixar and Disney movie is connected. Throw one Turns red Easter eggs in Luke or a finding Nemo reference i Monsters Inc. are exciting teases that the films exist in the same universe. Plus, animators will keep putting them in movies out of boredom. Finding Dory co-director Andrew Stanton explained that the majority of Easter eggs are the product of animators who got bored working on the project for four years and chose to mess around a bit with the content.
What are some of the most notable Pixar Easter Eggs?
Pixar has had many Easter eggs, but a few of them were particularly interesting for fan theories. One came from Toy Story 3 when Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) turned out to be powered by batteries created by Buy-N-Large – the company that caused Earth’s post-apocalyptic state in WALL E. What’s interesting is that Buy-N-Large was apparently around 800 years before it caused Earth’s demise in WALL E. Meanwhile, one of Pixar’s latest films, Soulthrew in one Toy Story reference by showing the iconic Pizza Planet truck. The Pizza Planet truck strangely appeared in a place called The Hall of Everything, where unborn souls seek their passion in life. Apparently, pizza delivery can be a life-giving inspiration for unborn souls.
Meanwhile, the Pizza Planet truck is one of Pixar’s favorite Easter eggs to recycle. The truck has also been spotted Cars, Finding Doryand Monsters University. It’s almost as iconic as Pixar’s A113 Easter Egg. A113 is the name of the classroom that many California Institute of the Arts alumni used to study character animation. Among these former students were John Lasseter and Brad Bird, who ended up working for Pixar. As a joke, the alumni have saved the A113 in many Pixar films, including finding Nemo, Brave, Upand Toy Story. Disney and Pixar’s inside jokes and boredom have resulted in iconic Easter eggs that remain an entertaining trend to watch.
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Source: corridor crew