Of A113, Pizza Trucks and Future Heroes

Pixar, A-113 and a Pizza TruckSo you’ve watched Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo, right? Maybe the better question is what parts have you not seen? There is a LOT more to the Pixar films than you think…. just take a look here…

Disney is famous for it’s hidden Mickeys- in it’s parks, in their movies- all over the Disney world. Not to be outdone, Disney partner Pixar Animation has their own version of the hidden Mickey…. the “A 113″. Pixar has many other added Easter Eggs in their films.

Did you know that John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin in Cheers) has voiced a character in all of the Pixar films to date? Or that the Pizza Planet delivery truck has appeared in all the Pixar films to date except The Incredibles? And Pixar is also known to drop hints about future films in their current ones…. usually you do not see these until you review the film years alter and you know who those future characters are!

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The Letter number combination of “A 113″ appears- prominently or not- in most all of Pixar films… it has even snuck its way into Brave! So what is so important about these 4 digits? Well, it turns out that Room A113 was a classroom at Cal Arts where many animators learned their craft. Specifically, John Lassiter, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton seem to have a great affinity for the room, as evidenced by this picture.

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But the A113 Easter Egg is not limited to Pixar films. As we shall see, it also appears in Disney films- no surprise there. And a Warner Bros. film. And some live-action films, including The Avengers, Mission: Impossible and (gasp!) Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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The Pizza Planet trick also first appeared in Toy Story, and had a substantial part in Toy Story 2. The truck keeps turning up in the most unexpected places… Paris, a trash heap, and even in medieval Scotland.

So let’s take a look at the secret things you have been overlooking in all the Pixar films- and many more! I think we’ll start with Pixar…

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