The new trailer for Toy Story 3 hit the web yesterday. If you haven’t watched it yet, watch it now here! As you probably know, I’m an obsessive Pixar fanatic and love finding all of the little easter eggs that the animators/designers hide in the films. In the past we’ve taken a look at the easter eggs in Pete Docter‘s Up, Andrew Stanton‘s WALL-E and Brad Bird‘s Ratatouille. So I thought we’d take a look at the new trailer and see what easter eggs we could find (with the help of director Lee Unkrich‘s tweets).
Director Lee Unkrich performs one line in the movie, and it is included in the trailer. It is the voice of the Jack in the box toy who says “New Toys”
In the same shot there is a cameo from Mr. Ray the Scientific Stingray from Finding Nemo, voiced by Pixar story artist, Up co-director, and voice of Dug the dog: Bob Peterson. Another shot:
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. I tried to contact Unkrich and Disney to find out more about the cameo, but my e-mails were not returned (they are very secretive at Pixar). 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. I would have loved to find out if Totoro appears in any other sequences in the film or just this one shot and how the appearance came about.
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 at the daycare center is an iMac with OSX and Safari. In the previously released clip, we see Andy has an iTunes window open on his laptop.
How about this shot? See any references to past Pixar characters?
How about the wooden Lightning McQueen toy from Cars?
See anything hidden in this shot?
The number on the train, 95, is a tribute to the year the original Toy Story was released.
A113: What started as an inside joke of CalArts alumni (a reference to the classroom number that was used by Animation students, including John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, Pete Docter) has been present in not only every Pixar film, but Disney movies, Iron Giant, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, Powerpuffgirls and Tinytoon Adventures.
In Toy Story 3, A113 appears once again as the number on the license plate of Andy’s mother’s car.
But there is more.
The Tigers license plate cover is a reference to director Lee Unrich’s hometown Cleveland Ohio. Lee has corrected me, his hometown is Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Same place Bill Watterson grew up.
Our high school mascot — Tiger. Which is why Hobbs is a tiger. Bill drew a lot of them in high school.
And in the shot above contains a reference to Pixar’s short film Tin Toy.
In the short film, a small tin Toy is being terrorized by a small infant. He runs away from the baby and hides under a couch where he finds a bunch of abandoned/lost/hiding toys shivering. As Rex runs towards the door, some of the toys from Tin Toy are seen hiding/shivering in the right hand corner.
And of course, in every Pixar movie, they try to hide a character or two from one of their upcoming films. 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. ere’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 and appears all over the new trailer.
/Film reader Toonist26 noticed thata t 0.34 seconds into the trailer when Buzz shakes hands with the robot…
A toy tractor, like the one seen in Cars, can be seen behind them.
/Film reader Budgess Man points out that in the gambling scene, they are betting withRe-Volting batteries…
… the spnosor of racer 84 in “Cars.” (Apple and Re-Volting were 84′s)
Did we miss anything? Did you notice anything else?