Back to 10 little humorous touches, jokes or more or less hidden jokes that make Disney and Pixar animated feature films even funnier.
A rooster trying to swallow a rock, an Inhuman Resources service, boxer shorts in the colors of the Incredibles or even a llama-shaped cactus… From Kuzco, the megalomaniac emperor to Zootopia, passing by Vaiana and Ratatouille, back on animated feature films from Disney and Pixar studios, and on those little details that make them even funnier.
Red and black boxer shorts
In Ratatouille, when Linguini is looking for where he can hide Rémi in order to take him with him to the kitchen, the underpants option is briefly considered. The opportunity to see that the young clerk of Chez Gusteau, no doubt a fan of superheroes, wears underwear in the colors… Incredibles.
A true comic genius, the big blue from Aladdin is undoubtedly one of the funniest characters in the history of Disney studios. Thanks to the exceptional improvisations recorded by Robin Williams, he swings an average of one joke per second.
Among these countless gags, the most observant will have fun trying to find all the imitations of personalities proposed by the Genius: above, you will no doubt have recognized Arnold Schwarzenegger. But Robert de Niro, Jack Nicholson, Peter Lorre or even Groucho Marx are also hiding in the film.
At the beginning of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Captain Phoebus, back in Paris, asks his horse Achille to put his rump on a somewhat presumptuous guard. In the original version of the film, he then launches: “Achille, heels!” (“Achilles, heel!”). A clever little reference to the famous Achilles heel of Greek mythology, which unfortunately could not be reproduced in the French version.
Provided you stay until the very last seconds of the Frozen credits, you can read a funny little message, written in reference to one of Kristoff’s lines in the film:
“The views expressed by Kristoff in the film that all men eat their boogers are his own and do not reflect the views of The Walt Disney Company or the directors.”
At the beginning of Kuzco, the Megalo Emperor, to avoid having to swallow the potion that transforms people into lamas, the wicked Yzma discreetly pours the contents of her glass on the cactus which is right next to her. While sporting a completely conventional appearance at the start of the scene, the plant suddenly takes the form of a llama, like Kuzco a few seconds later.
At Monstres & Cie, when an employee has a question about his payslip or seeks to be reimbursed for a professional expense, it is to “inhuman resources” (and not human) that he must contact , as evidenced by the sign plastered on this door. Quite logical in a world populated by monsters…
The universe of Cars being only populated by cars, we will not be surprised to note that instead of the insects which traditionally gravitate around the neon lights buzzing with small… ladybugs. An obvious reference to the famous Volkswagen car, already honored by Disney studios in Un amour de Coccinelle, La Coccinelle à Mexico or La Coccinelle à Monte-Carlo.
let it go
zootopia55th animated classic from Disney studios released a few years later Snow Queen, contains many nods to its famous big sister. One of the funniest comes when young bunny Juddy Hopps in Chief Bogo’s office asks to be “a real cop.” His superior then answers him by clearly referring to Elsa’s famous song: “Life is not a musical where you feel liberated, delivered…”
A little joke that went even better in the original version of the film, where Bogo tried to discourage the rabbit by telling her to give up: “Let it go!” (i.e. the original title of “Liberated, delivered”).
always in zootopia, when Juddy Hopps and Nick Wilde interrogate a weasel near the end of the film, the latter is busy selling cartoon DVDs illegally. Everyone will have recognized on the jackets of these films hijacked (and animalized) versions of previous Disney feature films. Thus, Big Hero 6 (New Heroes) became Pig Hero 6, Tangled (Rapunzel) became Wrangled, and Wreck-it Ralph (Wreck-It Ralph) turned into Wreck-it Rhino.
The Rooster and the Rock
“I’m intrigued by this chicken that eats stones, there”, wonders a village elder, at the beginning of Moana, observing Hei Hei swallowing a stone. The stupid bird will repeat his futile attempt a little later in the film, when he tries to bite off the finger of the demigod Maui, played by Dwayne Johnson. After having tried to eat a pebble (in English, “a rock“), Hei Hei will therefore try to eat… The Rock.