The Secret Behind the Most Prolific Easter Egg in Movies

Posted: May 5, 2014 in Movies

A113 Classroom

This Easter Egg has made an appearance in nearly every Pixar film ever made.  It’s practically the origin source for all Pixar Easter Eggs after that.  It is so popular that it can even be found in FX laden films like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, The Avengers, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.  On TV it appears occasionally on The Simpsons, South Park, Rug Rats, and American Dad.  It has even been seen in video games like Prototype and Kinect Rush.

The Easter Egg:  The number A113, the Cal Arts Animation classroom that Pixar executive and animators like John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Andrew Stanton, Peter Doctor and Tim Burton attended and studied in.  Director Brad Bird started the tradition by putting the number on a car license plate in “Family Dog,” an animated segment from the 1987 TV series “Amazing Stories.” Since then it has been a running gag for any production that boasts a large number of Cal Arts Animation Arts alumnus on the crew.  

The only Pixar movie without an A113 Easter Egg seems to be Monsters, Inc.  Maybe John Negroni, the famous Pixar conspiracy theorist can divulge where it is?

Wall-E

Wall-E

Monsters University

Monsters University

A Bug's Life

A Bug’s Life

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

Brave

Brave

Up

Up

Toy Story

Toy Story

Up

Up

Brave

Brave

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

A Bug's Life

A Bug’s Life

Monsters University

Monsters University

Wall-E

Wall-E

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

American Dad

American Dad

 The Simpsons

The Simpsons

Stan Lee's cameo in The Avengers

Stan Lee’s cameo in The Avengers

The Hunger Games Catching Fire

The Hunger Games Catching Fire

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

 

Comments
  1. hybridZone says:

    Wow this is extremely subtle. Thumbs up

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