List of Pixar film references

List of Pixar film references

The following is a summary of all references to other Pixar films that the Pixar filmmakers incorporate into their movies:


Every Pixar film has included cameo appearances of characters or objects from Pixar's other movies or short films.

Since "A Bug's Life", Pixar has created extra content for each of their films that is not part of the main story. For their early theatrical releases, this content was in the form of "movie outtakes" and appeared as part of the movie's credits. For each of their films since "Monsters, Inc." ("Finding Nemo" excluded), this content was a short made exclusively for the DVD release of the film. [cite web|accessdate=2008-04-22|url=|title=Walt Disney Pictures Presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios Film, THE INCREDIBLES, Sells Five Million Units on DVD and Video in First Day. |publisher=Business Wire ]



Dinoco is a fictional oil company that first appeared in "Toy Story" as a small gas station and later had more prominent visibility in "Cars". The company's logo is a dinosaur (a reference to Sinclair Oil, which uses a very similar dinosaur logo). In "Cars", the company's signature color is a pale blue shade referred to as "Dinoco blue" that was originally created for Richard Petty's racecar "à la" Gulf Oil. [cite web|url=|title=Bench-Racing Secrets|publisher=AutoWeek|accessdate=2008-04-11|date=2006-05-29] Dinoco is a sponsor of the Piston cup, and is the main sponsor of The King, a veteran racer on the verge of retirement. The company's lavish sponsorship is highly sought after by the main character Lightning McQueen and rival Chick Hicks. The Dinoco brand has also been featured in much "Cars"-related merchandise. [cite web|accessdate=2008-04-22|url=|title=Dinoco |publisher=Luxo ]

Pizza Planet

Pizza Planet is a fictional pizza restaurant that appears in "Toy Story".cite video|year=1995|title=Toy Story|medium=DVD|publisher=Walt Disney Pictures] In the film, it is a large, sci-fi-themed restaurant with arcade games. The company runs a fleet of overused Toyota Hilux pickup trucks, as seen in "Toy Story 1 and 2" (though in "Toy Story 2", the truck model is called a "Gyoza"). There is a Pizza Planet reference in every Pixar film to date. [cite web | url=| title=A special "Where's WALL-E" edition of Why For? | author=Jim Hill | | date=2007-12-09 | accessdate=2008-07-21 ]

*In "A Bug's Life", the truck appears in the scene where one insect warns another not to touch the motor home's bug zapper.
*In "Monsters, Inc.", when the redneck Mama is beating Randall with a shovel, it is on the far left side of the screen. This is the same motor home that appears in A Bug's Life. [cite video|title=A Bug's Life|publisher=Disney|year=1998] [cite video|title=Monsters, Inc.|publisher=Disney|year=2001]
*In "Finding Nemo", while Gill is explaining his plan to escape from the office, a yellow Pizza Planet truck drives by. [cite video|title=Finding Nemo|publisher=Disney|year=2003]
*In "The Incredibles", the truck is breifly seen on the road while the family is driving on the highway to fight the Omnidroid.cite web | url= | title=WALL-E Easter eggs
author=Peter Sciretta | | date=2008-06-27 | accessdate=2008-07-02
*In "Cars", there is a Pizza Planet truck at the stadium for the final race.cite video|title=Cars|publisher=Disney|year=2006]
*In "Ratatouille", the truck is briefly seen crossing the bridge over the Seine when Skinner is chasing Remy.
*In "WALL-E", EVE scans the engine of a Pizza Planet truck for life forms shortly after her arrival on Earth, and shuts the bonnet afterwards.cite web | url= | title=WALL-E Easter Eggs | author=Peter Sciretta | | date=2008-06-27 | accessdate=2008-07-02 ]

Pizza Planet restaurants at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Paris are named after the site in the film and are designed to resemble it. [cite web|accessdate=2008-04-22|url=|title=Movies; A happy accident keeps on trucking; The Pixar people insert the ramshackle Pizza Planet pickup from 'Toy Story' into every film they make. |publisher=Los Angeles Times .]

The Luxo Ball

The yellow ball with a blue stripe and a red star, which was first shown in the short "Luxo Jr.", has been shown in several Pixar feature films and shorts:
*In Andy's room in "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2".Fact|date=August 2008
*In Boo's room in "Monsters, Inc.".Fact|date=August 2008
*In the short, "Jack-Jack Attack"Fact|date=August 2008
*Falling out of the Presto's sleeve in "Presto".Fact|date=August 2008Additionally, the ball's texture appeared on the floor of the circus ring in "Red's Dream"Fact|date=August 2008.


A113 is an Easter egg that has been inserted into several animated television shows and feature films as a homage to a classroom at CalArts, the "alma mater" of Pixar/Disney executive John Lasseter and director Brad Bird. Bird was the first to use the A113 Easter egg, in a 1987 episode of the television series "Amazing Stories". Though not unique to Pixar, A113 has appeared in every Pixar feature film to date:
* "Toy Story" - License plate number on Andy's mom's minivanFact|date=August 2008
* "A Bug's Life" - Code on cereal box as Flik enters the bug city.Fact|date=August 2008
* "Toy Story 2" - Airport announcement for "LassetAir Flight A113" (also a reference to director John Lasseter).Fact|date=August 2008
* "Monsters, Inc." - Sign seen in the background when Sulley sees Smitty and Needleman loading the trash compactor.Fact|date=August 2008
* "Finding Nemo" - Model code on camera used by scuba diver.Fact|date=August 2008
* "The Incredibles" - Room number in Syndrome's lair. Fact|date=August 2008Also, the prison level where Mr. Incredible is held is "Level A1" in Cell # 13: A1 & 13Fact|date=August 2008
* "Cars" - Mater's license plate.Fact|date=August 2008 Also the number of the railway train which almost crashes into Lightning McQueen while he is on his way to Radiator SpringsFact|date=August 2008. []
* "Ratatouille" - Git, the lab rat, has a tag on his left ear that reads, "A113".Fact|date=August 2008
* "WALL-E" - The code for Auto's directive [] and the most prominent use of the A113 Easter egg in a Pixar feature film.

John Ratzenberger

Every Pixar feature film features a character voiced by John Ratzenberger, who has been called "Pixar's good luck charm" since he has played a role in each Pixar feature. [cite web|accessdate=2008-04-22|url=|title=Audiences young and old will find fun and frights in Pixar’s new animated film, ‘Monsters, Inc.’ |publisher=Daily Bruin ] Ratzenberger has become such an important part of Pixar, that he even plays on the company softball team.


Toy Story

These Pixar films contain the following references to "Toy Story":
*"A Bug's Life"
**A Pizza Planet mega gulp cup is seen on top of the bug bar in the "City".Fact|date=August 2008
**It is revealed in the outtakes that Woody was running the clapperboard.Fact|date=August 2008
**During the outtakes that play in the end credits, Flik uses Buzz Lightyear's catchphrase "To Infinity and Beyond!" instead of just saying, "For the Colony, and for oppresed ants everywhere!".Fact|date=August 2008
*"Monsters, Inc."
**Andy's cloud wallpaper is shown while Randall is practicing his scares.Fact|date=August 2008
**When Boo returns home at the end, she hands Sulley a doll that is Jessie from Toy Story 2.Fact|date=September 2008
**When Mike and Sulley are walking to work, they wait at a crosswalk next to a dinosaur leg. The camera pulls out to show RexFact|date=September 2008
*"Finding Nemo"
**When Nemo is frantically looking for a way to escape the fish tank in the dentist's office, you can see a Buzz Lightyear action figure lying next to the toy box in the waiting room.Fact|date=August 2008
**The gas station were Woody and Buzz escape from the family car is owned and operated by Dinoco.Fact|date=October 2008

A Bug's Life

These Pixar films contain the following references to "A Bug's Life":
*"Toy Story 2"
**The calendar in Andy's room shows a still image of the bugs walking across a blade of grass.Fact|date=August 2008
**Characters are seen as toys after you see the "NEW" banner at Al's Toy Barn.Fact|date=August 2008
**Heimlich can be clearly seen close up with Flik on the same branch during the outtakes, expressing their excitement of making the film "A Bug's Life 2" before Heimlich explains that the movie they are in is a sequel, but not for "A Bug's Life".Fact|date=August 2008
**When Mrs. Potato Head is waiting for her earring, she's reading a storybook of "A Bug's Life".Fact|date=August 2008
*"Monsters, Inc."
**The place Randall gets banished to is the old trailer where the bug gets shocked.Fact|date=August 2008
**Boo's clothing was originally going to have a picture of Heimlich on it. This is shown in the special features when the cgi team is testing the fabric of her cloth.
*"Your Friend, The Rat"
**There is a video clip of P.T Flea when the rats are talking about fleas causing the Black Death.Fact|date=August 2008

"Monsters, Inc."

These Pixar films contain the following references to "Monsters, Inc.":
*Finding Nemo
**The fish mobile found in the dentist's office is the same one featured in Boo's room.Fact|date=August 2008
**Mike can be seen swimming past in scuba gear.Fact|date=August 2008

"Finding Nemo"

These Pixar films contain the following references to "Finding Nemo":
*"Monsters, Inc."
**Before Mike says "And he is....Outahere!" as they're throwing Randall through the door, Nemo from "Finding Nemo" can be seen hanging on the wall.Fact|date=August 2008
**Boo gives Sulley a Nemo toy before he leaves her room.
** An animated mosaic featuring sea turtles appears.Fact|date=August 2008

"The Incredibles"

These Pixar films contain the following references to "The Incredibles":
*"Finding Nemo"
**A young boy in the dentist's office is reading a Mr. Incredible comic book.Fact|date=August 2008
** A mime resembling Bomb Voyage appears.Fact|date=August 2008
** Linguini's boxers have the "The Incredibles" logo on them.Fact|date=August 2008
* Near the end of "The Incredibles", when the Incredibles and Frozone fight against the Omnidroid, just when Frozone jumps towards the droid and extends his round ski-snowboard at his feet; Doc Hudson from "Cars" can be seen parked in the background as a car that survived during the battle.Fact|date=August 2008
* As Bob (Mr. Incredible) and Rick Dicker are heading towards the elevator to leave the hospital, a nurse wheels a bed in front of them with what looks like a small boy. It is the same boy that was used in the scare simulator in "Monsters Inc."Fact|date=August 2008


These films contain references to "Cars":
*"Finding Nemo"
**Luigi can be seen driving across the street.Fact|date=August 2008
*During the credits, many previous Pixar characters make cameo appearances (voiced by their original actors) as car versions of themselves including Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Mike, Sulley, and Flik. Also included are Hamm, the Yeti, and P.T Flea, all of whom are voiced by John Ratzenberger, whose "Cars" character Mack is shown watching this section. He complains about the use of the same actor for different films, calling it a "cut-rate production".Fact|date=August 2008
*The race cars use "Lightyear Buzzard" tires, a parody of Goodyear and a reference to Buzz Lightyear.Fact|date=August 2008
*Chick Hick's number, "86", is a reference to Pixar's founding year as well as the release year for their first short, "Luxo Jr.".Fact|date=August 2008
*Lightning's racing number is "95", a reference to the year Toy Story came out - 1995.
*During the first race, a blimp overhead reads "Lightyear" shown with the same design as the Goodyear logo.Fact|date=August 2008


These films contain references to the film "Ratatouille":
*In Lightning McQueen's cozy cone, a picture of the Eiffel Tower is hung on the wall.Fact|date=August 2008
** Skinner's scooter can be seen in the junkyard.
** The mechanic mice on the "Axiom" are classified REM-E.


These films contain references to the film "WALL-E":
*"Your Friend, The Rat"
**WALL-E can be seen driving a bus-like ship on a future human-colonized Mars during the song.Fact|date=August 2008


These films contain references to the film "Up":
**As Remy runs through Paris, a shadow of a dog is cast against a wall. [cite web|accessdate=2008-09-28|url=|title='Up' character seen in 'Ratatouille'|publisher=The Pixar Blog]


*"Toy Story"
** While Hamm is flipping through the TV channels he passes images from "Tin Toy", "Knick Knack", "Red's Dream", "Luxo, Jr.", Pixar's Listerine commercial and their old logo from the 1980s.Fact|date=August 2008

"The Adventures of André and Wally B."

These films contain references to The Adventures of André and Wally B.
*The title of this short is seen on a book in "Toy Story".Fact|date=August 2008
**Wally B. is seen going by in the credits.Fact|date=August 2008

"Red's Dream"

*The older lamp from Luxo jr. can be seenFact|date=August 2008
*André from "The Adventures of André and Wally B." is on a clock.Fact|date=August 2008
*The Title of this short film is seen on a book in "Toy Story".Fact|date=August 2008
*Scenes from "Red's Dream" can be seen on the channels flicking by on the TV in "Toy Story 2".Fact|date=August 2008

"Luxo Jr."

These films contain references to "Luxo Jr.":
*"Toy Story"
**On Andy's desk is the older lamp

**When WALL-E builds a statue of EVE from garbage, one of her arms is the older lampFact|date=August 2008

"Tin Toy"

*The Title of this short is seen on a book in "Toy Story".Fact|date=August 2008
*The shopping bag has Pixar's original logo on it. The bag is seen at the very beginning, and again when Billy (the Baby) is playing with it.Fact|date=August 2008
*Tinny is seen underneath the bed of the farmer in the 2007 Pixar Short Film "Lifted".Fact|date=August 2008

"Knick Knack"

* The title of this short is seen on a book in "Toy Story".Fact|date=August 2008

"For the Birds"

* One of the boats in "Finding Nemo" is called "For the Birds".Fact|date=August 2008
* The birds can be heard and seen very briefly on a powerline in the beginning of "Cars" during the "Life is a Highway" sequence (at time code 00:17:44). Fact|date=August 2008

"Geri's Game"

These Pixar films contain the following references to Geri's Game:
*"Toy Story 2"
** Al hires Geri to restore WoodyFact|date=August 2008

External links

* list of some Pixar in-jokes and self-references, with pictures included


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