Notice anyone else in that above shot? What if I told you that one of the characters from the recently announced Monsters Inc 2 is hidden in there somewhere? In every Pixar movie, they try to hide an unannounced/unrevealed character or two from their upcoming films.
For example, Boo’s fish toy in Monsters Inc ended up being the title character of Finding Nemo. A kid in the doctor’s office in Finding Nemo was reading a comic book of The Incredibles. WALL-E appeared in 2D on the Ratatouille DVD short film Your Friend the Rat. And Up‘s Dug the dog appeared in silhouette in Brad Bird’s Ratatouille chasing Remy through the walls of a building.
In Peter Docter‘s Up:
The cute little pink teddy bear underneath the bed of sequence where Carl’s house floats by a child’s bedroom window. The character is named Lots-o’-Huggins Bear, and he is voiced by Ned Beatty. Here’s Lots-‘o’s description from his original toy packaging:
Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear is a jumbo, extra-soft teddy bear with a pink and white plush body and a velvety purple nose. This lovable bear stands fuzzy heads and shoulders above other teddy bears because he smells like sweet strawberries! With a smile that will light up your child’s face and a belly just asking to be hugged, Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear is sure to become a bedtime necessity. Stain-resistant. Spot clean plush surface with a damp cloth.
He is a major new character.
Actually, a very early version of Lotso appeared in the original Toy Story movie:
But what about Monsters Inc 2? Pixar fanatics have been speculating that one of the young girls at the daycare center looks suspiciously like a more grown up version of Boo:
Is the girl in the photo above, Boo?
And speaking of Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear, the character has 3,473,271 individual hairs organized in several layers of different length and thickness. Some people believe he is a real toy from the 1980’s. A 1983 commercial, recorded on videotape showed up on YouTube:
Followed by a Japanese commercial for the toy bear:
But the bear didn’t exist until Toy Story 3. Pixar and Disney created these commercials as clever viral marketing for the film, and will over a million plays I’d say it worked. The bear became a real toy for the Toy Story 3 merchandise line:
Disney has however confirmed that “a hint” at a new character in next year’s Cars 2 is “hidden in Andy’s bedroom.” There are a bunch of car-related posters in Andy’s room:
But which one?
Finn McMissile — a full design for the character was shown off at last year’s D23 Expo. The character will be a James Bond-esque Aston Martin.
Which character below doesn’t belong?
The grey fat bunny-like creature on the left is Totoro, from Hayao Miyazaki‘s acclaimed 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro. John Lasseter, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios chief creative officer and director of Toy Story/ToyStory 2, is very good friends with Hayao Miyazaki, who is basically considered the Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg of Japan. Here is a quote from Lasseter talking about Totoro’s appearance:
“We do little homages in our films,” Lasseter told MTV, “and we thought it was a very appropriate homage to let [Miyazaki and his film company] Studio Ghibli know how much they mean to us.”
The 237 number in the screenname is a reference to director Lee Unkrich‘s favorite movie The Shining.
Pixar has a history of Apple/Mac references. Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak, bought The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) from Lucasfilm’s computer graphics division in 1986, and served as CEO until Pixar was acquired by Disney in 2006. Apple has been featured in previous Pixar productions like on the hood of one of the race cars in Cars. There are several references to Apple in WALL-E, the most obvious is when WALL-E watches Hello Dolly on an older video iPod, WALL-E making the Mac startup chime and Eve was even designed by Apple’s behind-the-scenes design guru Johnny Ive.
The computer the toys are using is an iMac with OSX and Safari. Meanwhile, grown-up Andy has an iTunes window open on his laptop.
The computer keyboard is also the older mac keyboard.
When Buzz shakes hands with the robot…
A toy tractor, like the one seen in Cars, can be seen behind them.
Also, the fire truck toy in this screenshot:
…is the toy version of Red from Cars:
In the gambling scene, they are betting with Re-Volting batteries…
… the sponsor of racer 84 in “Cars.” (Apple and Re-Volting were 84’s)
Speaking of Batteries, during the sequence where the toys reset Buzz Lightyear, we see that Buzz has 2 AA Buy N Large batteries in his back.
Buy N Large was the mega corporation from WALL-E.
John Ratzenberger has made an appearance in every Pixar movie to date. He’s considered the animation studio’s good luck charm. He appeared as Hamm in Toy Story and Toy Story 2, PT Flea in A Bug’s Life, the Abominable Snowman in Monsters, Inc, the Moonfish school in Finding Nemo, the Underminer in The Incredibles, Mack in Cars, Mustafa in Ratatouille, John the human in Wall-E, and Construction Foreman Tom in Up. In Toy Story 3 he reprises his role as Hamm:
The version of Ken used in “Toy Story 3” is modeled after “Animal Lovin’ Ken” from 1988.
Here is a vintage commercial for the toy:
And yes, it even came complete with ascot. Ken wears 21 different outfits in the movie.
The version of Barbie used in “Toy Story 3” is modeled after “Great Shape Barbie” from 1983.
Here is a vintage commercial for the toy:
And Ken’s Dream House in the movie is based on the 1983 edition of Barbie’s Dream House.
“Toy Story 3” Producer Darla K. Anderson is the namesake for the character Darla in “Finding Nemo.”
Here are some other fun facts released by Disney:
- On January 15, 2010, the final day for many of the 58-person animation crew, director Lee Unkrich led a mini-marching band through the studio composed of two snare drummers, two bass drummers, two giant monkeys and a Yeti.
- 17 animators on “Toy Story 3” also worked on animation for “Toy Story 2.” Four animators worked on the animation for all three “Toy Story” films.
- 92,854 storyboards were drawn over the course of the film, and of those, about half (45,516) were delivered to the editorial department. Editorial turned those storyboards into eight different “Milestone Screenings” that were shown to the Pixar Brain Trust while the film was in development.
- There are 302 total characters in the film.
- Woody is 15.18 inches tall without his hat, and 15.93 inches tall with his hat on. Woody has 229 animation avars in his face. Avars, short for animation variables, are the points of movement, which animators manipulate to create a character’s physical performance.
- Buzz is 11.43 inches tall without his helmet, and 11.80 inches tall with it. Buzz has 215 animation avars in his face. Avars, short for animation variables, are the points of movement, which animators manipulate to create a character’s physical performance.
Did we miss anything? Did you notice anything else?