- Disney and Pixar are known for putting references and easter eggs in their films. is the latest offering from the studios.
- Fans have tried to track down the reference to A113 in the new “Toy Story 4” movie. It’s a number that’s cropped up in every Pixar film except “Monsters, Inc.”
- Warning: this video contains spoilers.
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Following is a transcript of the video.
Any self-respecting Pixar fan could tell you that the animation company’s movies are filled with references and Easter Eggs of their back catalogue. But producer Mark Nielsen recently explained that there are nods to every single Pixar movie in Toy Story 4. Here are the ones we spotted.
1. The movie opens with a flashback to nine years ago, explaining the absence of Bo Peep from Toy Story 3. She was last spotted singing with Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Wheezy in “Toy Story 2”, but fans complained that it wasn’t clear if she’d been broken or was donated.
2. Outside the licence plate on the car is RMR F97. Licence plates have been used in “Cars” and “Toy Story 2” to mean a whole range of things. This one refers to when “Toy Story 2” was accidentally deleted from the render farm. RMR F97 was the command on the computer that deleted the film, which had to be restored using a backup file. Fitting then, that the car that takes bo away is also the one that nearly killed the whole movie.
3. Bo Peep assists Woody in rescuing RC from a storm drain. A card is passed through the group to use as a launch pad. On this card is a crude drawing of Rainbow Unicorn from “Inside Out”.
4. Take a closer look at the students’ boxes at the back of the classroom when Bonnie creates Forky. One of them belongs to Anton, a possible reference to food critic Anton Ego in “Ratatouille”.
5. Inside Bonnie’s room has some similarities to the wallpaper in Andy’s room in “Toy Story”, as well as later in the film we see a bedspread full of Pizza Planet-style rockets and Pixar stars that’s the same as in the original movie.
6. The van that the family go on vacation in a tri-county RV. This links to references to Tri-county International airport in “Toy Story 2” and Tri-County Landfill in “Toy Story 2”.
7. One of the vacation spots is to a home that looks very similar to the original design for “The Incredibles”‘ house.
8. Woody and Forky come across Second Chance Antiques. The store sign tells us that it was established in 1986, the same year as Pixar.
9. Also, the building address is 1200. Pixar is based at 1200 Park Avenue, Emeryville, California.
10. Outside the antique store is a Ship It removals van. This same company van crops up in “Toy Story of Terror”.
11. Inside the store is where we get lots of Pixar movie references packed in. There’s a vintage record player that plays a record from Chalupa Records (from “Coco”).
12. There are a green diver’s mask and Tiki Heads from the fish tank in “Finding Nemo”.
13. Bo Peep slides past an ornate plate that has a Celtic-looking symbol from “Brave” on it. This plate crops up in several shots.
14. A yellow plane hanging near the window resembles Sun Wing from “Planes”.
15. There’s also awards cases from Gusteau’s office from “Ratatouille” and furniture from “The Incredibles”.
16. Take a closer look at the key the antique store staff member is carrying. It’s a replica of Sora’s Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts. Fans have speculated that this is a nod to the upcoming Square Enix title Kingdom Hearts 3.
17. Here’s where ‘The Shining’ comes in. From carpets to garbage truck licence plates, Stanley Kurich’s film has made an appearance in manyToy Story movies. A record is put on playing ‘Midnight, the stars and you’ as performed by Ray Noble and his Orchestra. This is the same song as played at the end of The Shining, as the camera pans out from a photograph showing Jack smiling at the Overlook Hotel ball. Fans have also suggested that the old lady’s home address when attacked by Ducky and Bunny is 237. So keep an eye out for that.
18. The antagonists of the antique store are a group of vintage toys. The ventriloquist dummy Vincent bears resemblance to Slappy the dummy from Goosebumps. And Gabby Gabby has the same yellow bows and dress as 1950s Chatty Cathy.
19. Combat Carl is back. We first see a Combat Carl doll being blown up by Sid in “Toy Story”. This version though is the Carl Weathers lookalike from “Toy Story of Terror”. Rumour has it that John Lasseter wanted to use a GI Joe in the original “Toy Story” movie, but Hasbro was upset that the doll would be blown up, so they made up a brand instead.
The carnival is in town, with a few blinks and you’ll miss it details.
20. Buzz flies into a purple and yellow spider-like ride that has the same colour palette as Zurg, his enemy in the original “Toy Story”.
21. There’s a spinning ride next to the Ferris wheel, with a purple and yellow umbrella structure. This looks exactly like the sundrop flower from “Tangled”.
22. A stall is called Jet Stream, echoing the character alias Strut Jetstream from “Planes”: “you’re strutting jetstream?”
23. It’s in this fairground that Bo Peep loses her arm.
This could be a possible Star Wars reference. Throughout Disney-owned franchises, characters lose an arm in a nod to Luke Skywalkers amputation scene at the end of “The Empire Strikes Back”.
24. Bo’s sheep bring her a bottle cap and safety pin while out foraging. The cap they give her is from the same grape soda bottle as Russell gets awarded in “Up”.
25. Later in the film, Buzz gets trapped in a ring-toss style game. Other prizes include the guitars from “Coco”, blue hats with the Pizza Planet logo on, rockets featuring the Luxo ball, and a red and yellow stuffed toy flame resembling Anger in “Inside Out”. We see this flame again later when Duke Caboom attempts his first stunt.
26. Think Duke Caboom looks familiar? He actually cropped up in “Incredibles 2”, in the corner of shot where we see Jack-Jack’s crib.
27. Bo and Woody approach the secret entrance for a club in the antique store. Above this, we see a decoration for ‘Catmull’s’ Cream Soda’, named after Ed Catmull, a longstanding studio exec stepping down after “Toy Story 4”.
28. Bo presses a 25 cents button on the slot machine to enter the club. The number 25 pops up a few times in the film. This could be a nod to “Toy Story 3” maker Lee Unkrich, who parted ways with Pixar after 25 years in 2019.
29. Inside the club, we meet Tinny, from the 1988 Pixar movie “Tin Toy”, and Franklin, the eagle from “Toy Story Toons”.
30. Think Mr Potato Head sounds familiar? Don Rickles’ voice is in the movie, even though the actor died in 2017. He had signed on to the movie before passing away, and his vocal likeness is compiled through various shorts, games and theme park voiceovers.
31. We found A113. It’s masquerading as a vintage ’70s pattern.
32. The RV stops at Dinoco Gas, which is the same chain of gas stations that Woody and Buzz get stranded at in the original “Toy Story”.
33. Lastly, look closely at the poster for the movie and you’ll see a reference to “Up”. A painting on the wall behind the gang is of dogs playing poker, the same dogs as Russell sailed past holding a bunch of balloons.
Produced by Ju Shardlow, Filmed by David Ibekwe
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