Disney animator Tom Bancroft explains that Disney originated the Easter egg trend in Aladdin that Pixar would later latch onto and popularize.
Disney animator Tom Bancroft explains how Disney first began inserting Easter eggs before Pixar started incorporating them. Easter eggs are little hidden details placed subtly throughout films to send some kind of message or joke. Big film franchises like Pixar and Disney have largely popularized Easter eggs, using them to provide an overarching connection in the universe, to tease new films, or even just to coax a chuckle over a cleverly placed detail. While Pixar often comes to mind when thinking of Easter eggs, the phenomenon ties back to 1980 when developer Warren Robinson snuck his name into the Atari 2600’s Adventure, but it would only come up if players discovered a secret room.
In a video by Corridor Crew, Disney animator Bancroft described how Disney and Pixar latched onto Easter eggs. While Pixar has become nearly synonymous with the term Easter eggs, 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 into Aladdin wasn’t a planned or structured occurrence. The animators would actually throw in these details without director approval because screen capturing didn’t exist, so the Easter eggs could evade notice for longer. Check Bancroft’s statement below:
“This is him stacking up all these toys and by the way look that’s somebody’s dog right there. The background painter put his dog in there that has that red scarf around it. As we pan up, he also added the Beast there on the right as a toy right and so that’s a film that had just come out. Pixar does this all the time because they got it from us. We originated this okay… just started the inside Easter Eggs. By the way, nobody has permission like that’s the clear thing we need to make here because it wasn’t like Disney corporate knew this was happening… they would hear about it later. Usually the directors didn’t even know we were just sticking them in there going ‘yeah, nobody will notice’ because we didn’t have freeze framing back then.”
Why Easters Eggs Are Popular in Pixar & Disney Movies?
While a lot of films use Easter eggs here and there, Pixar is the one franchise that features them in nearly every single film they release. They are very popular in Disney and Pixar due to backing up a complex fan theory that every Pixar and Disney film is connected. Throwing a Turning Red Easter egg into Luca or a Finding Nemo reference in Monsters, Inc. are thrilling teases that the films exist in the same universe. In addition, animators will keep putting them in films because 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 opted to mess with the content a bit.
What Are Some Of The Most Notable Pixar Easter Eggs?
Pixar has had a lot of Easter eggs, but a few of them were particularly interesting for fan theories. One came from Toy Story 3 when Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) was shown to be powered by batteries created by Buy-N-Large – the corporation that caused Earth’s post-apocalyptic condition in WALL-E. What’s interesting is that Buy-N-Large was apparently around 800 years before it caused Earth’s downfall in WALL-E. Meanwhile, one of Pixar’s latest films, Soul, threw in a Toy Story reference by showing the iconic Pizza Planet truck. The Pizza Planet truck oddly 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 reuse. The truck has also been spotted in Cars, Finding Dory, and Monsters University. It’s nearly as iconic as Pixar’s A113 Easter egg. A113 is the name of the classroom 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 hidden A113 in many Pixar films including Finding Nemo, Brave, Up, and Toy Story. Disney and Pixar’s inside jokes and boredom have resulted in iconic Easter eggs that continue to be an entertaining trend to watch for.
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Source: Corridor Crew