The folk at Pixar are the masters of the Easter egg, to the point that they’ve built a shared universe of subtle connections that links everything from Toy Story to Monsters Inc to Brave and beyond.
So it should come as no surprise that their latest effort Coco is packed with sneaky references, including a load of old Pixar favourites.
1. Pixar piñatas
Hanging in the street is a bunch of piñatas which take the form of Buzz and Woody from Toy Story and Mike from Monsters Inc.
2. Pizza Planet van
What Pixar film would be complete without the appearance of the Pizza Planet van? It first showed up in Toy Story, and has since been spotted in the unlikeliest places, including The Good Dinosaur and Brave.
In Coco, the van drives past when Miguel looks out the window early in the movie.
3. Nemo’s alebrije
Alebrijes – mythical animal hybrids that have become a feature of Mexican art – are a big part of the movie. Most are a combination of various animals, like the jaguar/eagle Pepita, but when Miguel passes a table of alebrije figurines, one is a clownfish that looks just like the titular star of Finding Nemo.
If you look carefully, you might spot some other familiar fish.
‘A113’ recurs throughout Pixar projects – it is the number of a classroom at the California Institute of the Arts that was used by many of the studio’s staff. In Coco, it is the number on the door of the Bureau of Family Grievances office in the Land of the Dead’s Grand Central station.
5. The Incredibles
A skeletal version of the Incredible family can be seen on the street in the Land of the Dead as Miguel and Hector make their way to the talent show.
6. Luxo Jr
The Luxo ball has become one of the icons of the studio since it appeared in one of Pixar’s earliest shorts, and naturally it shows up in Coco. Frida Kahlo’s monkey alebrije dashes past it in the Land of the Dead. One of the luchador masks on a stall in the short Dante’s Lunch is also based on the yellow, red and blue star design.
7. The Shining
One of Frida Kahlo’s paintings features a pair of very familiar little girls in matching blue dresses. Hopefully none of the kids watching were able to recognise them from Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic The Shining.
One of the performers in the talent show wears a T-shirt just like the scary neighbour Sid Phillips’ in Toy Story. Did his time as a trash collector come to a tragic end?
The Rivera family’s ofrenda – an altar created as a memorial to deceased loved ones for the Day of the Dead – features Nemo (again).
The film ends with a digital ofrenda remembering people connected to Pixar who are no longer with us. These include images of the studio’s former CEO Steve Jobs, as well as Don Rickles – the voice of Mr Potato Head in Toy Story – who died in 2017.
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