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Easter Eggs Found in Toy Story 3 Trailer

— Posted by Rodney

Aside from all the other magic in Pixar films, one of the other fun things to look out for is the Easter Eggs. The animators and the directors all love to hide little tributes and nods to other Pixar films, and even references to other films that have impacted them.

For instance, in every Pixar film so far the A113 has always been present. It is an inside joke of CalArts alumni (a reference to the classroom number that was used by Animation students, including John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, Pete Docter) and much like George Lucas puts a 1138 in his film, Pixar films have this stamp as well.

And of course, we got our first sneak peek at Mr Lots-O-Huggins in the teaser trailer for Up!

In Toy Story 3 its shown that Andy’s mom’s car has a license plate that reads A113, and futhurmore, the plate frame nods to director Lee Unrich’s hometown Cleveland Ohio.

/Film has gathered some of the Easter Eggs that are just revealed in the Trailer for Toy Story 3

Pixar has a history of Apple/Mac references. Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak, bought The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) from Lucasfilm’s computer graphics division in 1986, and served as CEO until Pixar was acquired by Disney in 2006.

The computer the toys are using at the daycare center is an iMac with OSX and Safari. In the previously released clip, we see Andy has an iTunes window open on his laptop

- The 237 number in the screenname is a reference to director Lee Unkrich’s favorite movie The Shining. Which appears in the name of Velocistar237 in the chat window

- The train Woody is driving is numbered locomotive number 95, which is Lightning McQueen’s number and is also the year that Toy Story came out.

- When Rex is waiting for the kids to burst through the door, there are some toys shivering under the desk to the right – the same toys from Tin Toy, Pixar’s first animated short.

They also share:


Lightning McQueen styled wooden car toy


And a surprise Cameo of Hayao Miyazaki’s Totoro (Disney owns distribution rights to Studio Ghibli’s works and Miyazaki is good friends with John Lasseter)

Check out /Film for a more detailed list.

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  • JJ

    So Woody finally caught up with the computer age (but hey, the movie toy story was made with computers back in ’95)

    And the mac references coincide with the constant TS3 advertising on iphone apps :P

  • Lily

    It’d make it even more awesome if the smaller totoros appeared in the film too! I love those guys.

  • Kaneda979

    Wow, I’ve never realized there were so many Easter Eggs in Pixar films. I catch 1 or 2 now and then, but wow.

    Them putting Hayao Miyazaki’s Totoro in as an Easter Egg for Toy Story 3 gets huge props from me. I mean that’s just awesome.

    Didn’t know that Lasseter and Miyazaki were good friends either. If you think about it, in allot of ways Pixar is the American version of Studio Ghibli.

    • http://www.themovieblog.com Rodney

      Which is funny when you consider that Studio Ghibli is considered the Asian Disney lol

      • Kaneda979

        Yup yup, indeed.

    • bernardg

      That Totoro is a really cute plushie. I want one for my gf this valentine :)

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