“A113” is a mysterious code that appears in not just one, but nearly every Pixar and Disney movie ever made.
The number is actually the room at the California Institute of Arts where many Disney and Pixar animators learned their craft.
When Jessie (Joan Cusack) first meets Woody (Tom Hanks), she exclaims, “Sweet mother of Abraham Lincoln!” Abraham Lincoln’s mother was Nancy Hanks, a blood relative of Tom Hanks.
To save time and money, Disney use to recycle animations that they had already created.
The most prolific example of this was in “Robin Hood”, which had a relatively low budget of $1.5 million.
According to his animator, Beast is the combination of seven different animals.
Glen Keane also said that “Beast actually has a rainbow bum but nobody knows that but Belle.”
The vultures in “The Jungle Book” are based on and were intended to be voiced by The Beatles but schedules conflicted.
Similarly, Aladdin was modeled after Tom Cruise and Ariel was based on Alyssa Milano.
Scar is the lion that Hercules kills for one of his trials and then wears as a trophy.
In “Monsters Inc”, the code 23-19 is used whenever an object from the human world enters Monstropolis. The 23rd and 19th letters of the alphabet are W and S. “WS” stands for white sock, the first alien object to be destroyed in the movie.
The voice of Boo in “Monsters Inc.”, Mary Gibbs, was just a toddler at the time. The production team had a hard time getting her to record, so they followed her around the studio and pieces Boo’s dialogue together from things she said while she was playing.
During the song “I Won’t Say I’m In Love” in “Hercules”, the muses sing while appearing as marble busts. They are in the same positions as the singing heads from the “Haunted Mansion” ride.
Marilyn Monroe makes an appearance in the music video for “Zero to Hero” from “Hercules”
The peddler in “Aladdin” was originally planned to be revealed as the Genie at the end of the movie. This was why Robin Williams voiced him and also why the peddler and the genie share common appearances – including only four fingers.
Nearly every Pixar film references Apple because it was founded by Steve Jobs
The old heretic in “Hunchback of Notre Dame” is Jafar from “Aladdin” in his old man disguise.
Sid, the villian from the first “Toy Story” makes an apperance as a garbageman in “Toy Story 3.”
When the gorillas pick up Professor Porter in “Tarzan”, a small plushie of Little Brother from “Mulan” falls out of his pocket.
When the two kids are trapped under the boulder in “Hercules”, they ask for someone to “call I, X, I, I.” Those are the Roman numerals for 911.
The first stained glass in the prologue of “Beauty and the Beast” has the Latin phrase “vincit qui se vincit”, which translates to ‘He conquers, who conquers himself.’ This is a subtle hint of the entire story arc.
In “Toy Story 2,” there’s a single frame which takes a lighthearted joke at Canada. The “How to Defeat Zurg” is priced $4.95 American and $50.00 Canadian.
At the end of the credits for “Frozen”, Disney issued a statement on Kristoff’s belief that all men eat their own boogers.
This single frame from “Frozen” took more than 132 hours – or five days – to complete.
In “Tarzan”, the china set from Beauty and the Best makes an appearance.
The sorcerer from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is named Yen Sid, which is Disney spelled backwards.
A postcard sent by Carl and Ellie Fredricksen from UP, can be seen in “Toy Story 3”, on Andy’s notice board. This could mean that Andy is related to Ellie.
In “The Lion King”, the stars in the sky seem to spell out “SEX”, Disney claimed that it was actually “SFX” and had been put in the movie as a signature by the special effects team.
The final scene in “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” pans out from a shot of the characters to reveal a newly rebuilt Atlantis. This scene was created by combining hundreds of carefully drawn 24-inch pieces of paper into a massive piece of paper which measured 18,000 inches.
Dug from “Up” makes a shadow apperance in Ratatouille
Sulley from Monsters Inc has more than 2.3 million individual hairs, which are all animated. A single frame of the big guy took 12 hours to produce.
Tiger roars were used in the “Lion King” because lions weren’t loud enough.
In the video release of “The Rescuers”, a photo of a topless woman was hidden away in two frames. This led to Disney having to recall 3.4 million copies of the movie.
Lady, Tramp, Jock and Peg from “Lady and the Tramp” all make appearances in the movie “101 Dalmatians”
To achieve a natural skin tone for Snow White, real rouge cosmetics were applied to the animated cells.