John Ratzenberger

John Ratzenberger

One of Pixar’s good luck charms, John Ratzenberger continues his streak by voicing Fritz, one of the workers who helps rebuild the control panel in Riley’s Headquarters at the very end of the movie.

Skull and Camouflage Shirts


One of the “cool girls” in Riley’s classroom is sporting a skull t-shirt that is the inverse of the same shirt that Sid wore in the original Toy Story. In addition, one of the other girls is wearing a camouflage shirt where the pattern is made of Toy Story characters


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In Dream Productions, there’s a poster on the wall for a dream called I’m Falling for a Very Long Time Into a Pit, and the design is a dead ringer for the poster for Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

The Tri-County Area


Throughout the Toy Story movies the Tri-County area is referenced as the setting for the franchise. It appears Inside Out takes place in the same fictional Northern California area as some banners in the hockey arena where Riley has tryouts tout the victory’s of the Tri-County youth hockey league.


Cars 2

The cars in the city of San Francisco are all inspired by the vehicles of Cars 2, and supposedly some of them have bumper stickers from the Pixar sequel as well.

Hockey Rink or Museum?

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As a tribute to the Walt Disney Family Museum, Riley’s hockey rink exists in the the exact spot that the real-life museum is located in San Francisco. It seems like a weird tribute to replace an iconic location with a fictional one, but whatever.

Jangles the Clown

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Story artists Ronnie del Carmen and Domee Shi revealed that Jangles the clown is a tribute to the late Joe Ranft, a Pixar writer, animator and storyboard artist. The clown is modeled after Ranft’s own Buttocks the clown costume.

Dead Mouse


Finally, this is kind of a twisted easter egg. But when Riley and her family arrive in their new San Francisco apartment, there’s a dead rat in the middle of the floor. It’s sad to think about, but the rat looks a lot like the little chef Remy from Ratatouille. I’m sure even little kids immediately thought of Remy when they saw that dead rat. Maybe there’s bugs from A Bug’s Life in there too.

That’s all the easter eggs we could round up. Thanks to Yahoo, ScreenRant, The Disney Blog, Pixar Post, Hypable and Inquisitr for offering additional insight into the easter eggs of Inside Out. There’s likely many more than this that we’ll learn about once we start seeing the movie over and over again, but this is a pretty good start. Let us know what we missed in the comments!

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