Movie directors and scriptwriters are not the only people who love leaving Easter eggs in their work. So do the creators of animated films and cartoons. So, your opinion about your favorites might change after you read this article.
1. What are the chickens from Chicken Run hiding?
In Chicken Run, every character has some kind of an accessory on their neck — a necklace, a scarf, or something else. There’s a reason why: the chickens in this claymation movie, or, rather their models, were made of clay dough, and they were supposed to be able to turn their heads. To hide the junction, the animators came up with this brilliant idea.
2. Why the first curly princess took so long to appear?
In the beginning, the creators of The Little Mermaid were going to give Ariel beautiful curly hair. Unfortunately, in 1989, the computer graphics weren’t good enough to make it happen.
That’s why the first curly-haired Disney princess was Mèrida from Brave and it took until 2012 to happen. It took three years to create a special simulator which could predict the behavior of 50 curls. Just imagine: the scene where Mèrida takes off her hood and the curls fall out, took 2 months to create!
3. The secret of Coco that few people noticed.
Coco has a few interesting references. For example, on the street of the Mexican town where the main character lives, you can see big toys — Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody from Toy Story.
Another scene where the main character passes by a table with toys shows the shark, Nemo, and Dory from Finding Dory.
4. Mufasa and Scar weren’t brothers.
It turned out that the creators of The Lion King hid one important fact: according to their words, Mufasa and Scar were not brothers, but rather two lions who lived in the same pride. According to the creators, in nature when a leader of a pride gets old, a new stronger and younger lion appears, so they wanted to use this fact from real life. And that was the moment when they realized that Mufasa and Scar weren’t brothers. For some reason, they didn’t tell the viewers about this for a long time.
So, that death scene is not quite as tragic, but it’s still painful to watch.
5. There is an interesting reference in Inside Out.
And here is another Pixar animation where attentive viewers can see several Easter eggs planted from other animations. One of them appears in the very beginning of the animation when the main character is driving across the country with her parents to their new home. You’ll notice a few round birds sitting on the wires: they look exactly like the characters from the short animation For the Birds.
6. The secret of success of Disney animations
Disney hides a Mickey Mouse toy in almost every new animation. Like, in Zootopia, the toy was in the stroller, and in Frozen it was on a bookshelf. Some people say that this is the reason why everyone loves the works of Disney. Who knows, maybe it’s true.