A look back at 10 cute or adorable little details that make Disney and Pixar animated classics even more endearing.
Stitch-shaped plush, Figaro cat litter box, ice cream toys inspired by other Disney characters in Frozen 2… Back to 10 little hidden details, references, winks or other easter eggs that make animated feature films from Disney and Pixar studios even more endearing.
At the start of Pinocchio, when Gepetto and Figaro go to bed, the most observant spectators will notice the presence of a small sandbox accompanied by a shovel, just next to the cat’s bed, surmounted by an angel in his effigy. No need to go very far if Figaro has to get up in the middle of the night!
Nick Wilde’s scarf
On condition of keeping an eye open and the right one in the last part of zootopia, we can see that the fox has kept the scout scarf that he wore around his neck during his childhood, and which he now uses as a handkerchief. An object that most likely symbolized his desire to be integrated into society, and from which he could never separate.
According to the testimony of animator Bill Tytla who animated the little elephant in the 1940s, it was by observing his own son, a toddler at the time, that he was able to shape the youthful reactions and innocence of Dumbo. Enough to create a particularly realistic and authentic character, since inspired by a real child.
Provided you scrutinize all the frames that adorn Aunt Cassie’s staircase, in The New Heroes, we can see that the latter had fun disguising her cat (which Baymax calls “hairy baby”) by dressing it in a costume of Stitch, the famous alien from Disney studios. A getup that doesn’t really seem to suit the animal, judging by his annoyed look.
Given that Treasure Planet takes place in the outer reaches of space, it makes sense that young Jim Hawkins’ stuffed animals depict aliens rather than animals from our world. Thus, on the shelf of his room, we can note the presence of another little Stitch, hero of the previous feature film from Disney studios.
This little four-legged cyclops, which seems to be used as a security blanket for Bob Razowski and which we had already seen in Monsters & Co.makes a comeback in the prequel Monsters Academia, when the green monster tenderly places his toy on the shelf in his college room. A small detail that proves Bob’s attachment to his beloved teddy, which he apparently never parted with.
Take a look at the drawings of little Bou, which appear furtively on the side of her bed, in Monsters & Co.. We can indeed note that she signed them by writing the word “Mary”, which would therefore be her real first name. Rather logical given that the little girl who gave him her voice is called Mary Gibbsand that she herself made the drawings in question.
Since little Lilo lives with the real Stitch, there’s no need to buy her a plush toy with the image of the little alien, unlike Jim Hawkins in Treasure Planet. So it’s a toy like Dumbo that can be seen in the little girl’s bedroom. As for her big sister Nani, she hung a poster of Mulan above his bed.
“I don’t know you, but I love you.”
This adorable line uttered by the talking dog Doug when he meets Carl Fredricksen in up there doesn’t come out of nowhere. Indeed, according to the co-director of the film Bob Petersonthis is a sentence that a little boy had addressed to him in the 80s, when he was an animator in a summer camp.
disney on ice
At the very beginning of Frozen 2 (available on Disney+ since April 15), we can notice the presence – among the ice toys shaped by Elsa for her little sister – of several characters from other classics of the enchanted studio. Around the little girl are indeed figurines representing Dumbothe Baymax robot from New Heroesand the dog Volt. Would the two princesses themselves be a fan of Disney?