Many people grew up watching and enjoying films made by Disney. Dating back to 1940, Disney has made dozens of beloved films for fans to enjoy. Popular titles include:
- Toy Story,
- The Little Mermaid,
But realistically, every Disney movie can be considered a classic. From princesses learning about life and love to heroes going on an epic adventure, Disney has something for everyone.
Another thing that’s great about Disney, is all of the clever hidden Easter eggs and secrets featured throughout their movies. Most people are familiar with the recurring Pizza Hut truck from the Toy Story series, but did you know that there are a ton of other hidden gestures laced within Disney works? In case you weren’t able to catch them all, here is a list of the top 10 hidden Disney secrets you might not have noticed before!
1. The Incredibles: Everyone is eagerly awaiting the release of the second installment of The Incredibles series. Until then, you can enjoy looking for the hidden Easter eggs and puns in the first film. During one scene, you can see a car that looks exactly Doc Hudson from the Cars films.
Another subtle joke occurs during the scene when Elastigirl is sneaking into Syndrome’s base and she takes a break to check out her rear in the mirror. When she turns around, she gets a rear view in the mirror. Get it? Rear-view mirror? Like Cars?
2. Toy Story 3: A lot of people were really excited when this film came out. It was the third installment of a terrific Disney/Pixar series so fans were definitely expecting some Easter eggs. Disney definitely followed through.
During the opening scenes of the film, you can see a train speeding across the tracks. On the front of the train is the number 95. Not only is this number a reference to Lightning McQueen’s number from Cars, it’s also the year that the first Toy Story film was released.
3. The Princess and the Frog: Princess Tiana was a popular one and she was iconic because she was the first black Princess. The movie was fun and colorful and like so many before it featured a subtle Easter egg that you may not have noticed.
Taking place in New Orleans, it makes sense that the film would feature some aspect of the Mardis Gras celebrations. During the entertaining parade scene, you can actually see King Triton from The Little Mermaid featured as one of the floats.
4. Up: Making several people cry within the first twenty minutes, the film was a huge success. This was another Disney meets Pixar creation, and when that happens you know the theories and Easter eggs will be at their highest. Up actually gives a sneak preview of the third installment of Toy Story that you may not have noticed.
During the moment when the house first begins to fly, the balloons pass by a little girl’s bedroom and she becomes excited. However, if you direct your attention to the bottom left corner of the scene, you’ll notice the pink bear Lotso from Toy Story 3!
5. Cars: This film is already laced with puns and humor so it only makes sense that a few Easter eggs would be included as well. Cars makes several references to other films by lacing them with funny car puns. During on scene, you can even see the restaurant from Ratatouille Gusto’s but the name has been changed to ‘Gastows.’
During another shot of the film, you can see advertisements on screen for films like ‘Toy Car Story,’ ‘Monster Trucks Inc.’, and ‘The Incredimobiles’
6. Tangled: Who didn’t love this spin on the classic fairy tale Rapunzel. There was action and adventure, catchy songs, and a beautiful love story. However, apart from being a well-done remake, did you know that there was also a hidden Easter egg in this film?
During the sequence in which Rapunzel is singing in her home, the exact spinning wheel from Sleeping Beauty can be seen in the background! It’s small but clever clues like this one that lead several theorists to believe that the Disney movies are all connected and are a part of the same universe.
7. Ratatouille: Vastly underrated, this is a terrific film with some great characters and memorable story. As well as being great for the whole family, it’s also laced with connections to the film The Incredibles.
During one scene when Linguini is trying to figure out where to hide Remy, the audience gets a peek at his red boxers which are actually Incredibles themed! This can be hard to see, but it is proved further in a later scene when Colette is reading a newspaper and Bomb Voyage, a character from The Incredibles, is seen written on the front page.
8. Tarzan: There have been a couple of theories going around involving Tarzan including speculations that he could be related to Anna and Elsa from Frozen. However, this secret is more of an Easter egg that can help prove the theory that all Disney films are connected.
This relation actually connects Jane from Tarzan to Belle from Beauty and the Beast. If you pay attention during the scene when the gorillas have a spontaneous jam session at the human camp, you’ll notice that Turk uses the exact same tea set from Beauty and the Beast. Whether this is a respectful nod or a clue that Belle and Jane are connected, I’m not sure. It’s still pretty cool when you notice it. I guess they do both wear giant yellow dresses.
9. Brother Bear: This underrated film tells the tale of three brothers and how they each learn to become a man. It’s heartbreaking but it also teaches great lessons. It’s also laced with good songs and jokes. On top of all that, there is a very subtle 2-D Easter egg.
Many people may have spotted Nemo as a toy in the film Monsters Inc. But you may not have been aware that the orange and white fish also makes an appearance in Brother Bear! During a scene when two of the brothers are catching a batch of fish, you can see Nemo if you pause at just the right moment. It happens very fast so it’s understandable if you missed it.
10. Wall-E: Who doesn’t love the adorable alien technology that is the robot Wall-E? This movie was deep, beautiful, and told a great story. But did you know that it also featured a pretty neat Easter Egg? For this one, you would have had to stick around until the end credits to catch it. Because Wall-E was a Disney/Pixar film it makes the theory go even deeper. In the end credits of the film, there is a mosaic style montage and if you pause at the correct time, you’ll be able to see Crush from Finding Nemo.
Finding Nemo was a huge hit when it came out in 2003 and Crush was a family favorite. It makes sense that Disney/Pixar would include this reference but it also helps to further the Pixar theory which is an entirely different story. In another scene, Rex from Toy Story can be spotted hanging out with some bowling pins.