Easter eggs really started to go crazy with Pixar’s third film (and first sequel) Toy Story 2 from 1999. This was the most expensive computer-animated film ever made, according to Guinness World Records. The budget was $90 million- a wise investment, as it turned out, since box-office receipts totaled $485.7 million.
First we see A 113, once again as the license plate on Mom’s van.
Toy Story 2 Pizza Planet Truck
The pizza truck shows a substantial uptick in visibility. Since the toys actually car-jack the truck, it has an important part in the plot of the film. It get’s Buzz to the airport in time to save Woody…
When the toys get to the airport, there is an announcement over the PA for “LassetAir Flight A113.”
Hidden Easter Eggs
But where this film really shines is with the incredible amount of other Easter Eggs in the film. And they start in the opening credits. Those stars? They align to form the lamp from Luxo Jr.
Luxo Ball Easter Eggs
The ball from Luxo Jr. also makes a few appearances in the film….
A Bugs Life Easter Eggs
The sequel also features a few nods to the previous film, A Bug’s Life. Note the calendar behind Bo Peep, The story book Mrs. Potato Head is reading, and Heimlich on the branch Buzz brushes aside.
Pixar Shorts Easter Eggs
Many Pixar shorts make appearances in the film, too. Some are just titles of books on a shelf, some make quick appearances when Hamm flips through the TV channels (including the old Pixar logo, Tin Toy, Knick Knack and Red’s Dream), and even Geri from Geri’s Game is used as the model for the repairman fixing Woody.
John Ratzenberger also is a sequel, returning as the voice of Hamm, the Piggy Bank.