19 Easter Eggs in Animated Movies That You’ll Want to Go Find

In movies, Easter Eggs are hidden treats left by movie makers. The term probably started back in the ’70s when Atari, the video game maker, didn’t give credit to their game designers. One of them, Warren Robinett, added a secret code in his game that said “Created by Warren Robinett.” Today, we’ve even seen Easter Eggs in popular animated movies.

1. In Frozen, the characters’ names put together sound like Hans Christian Andersen who wrote the story that Frozen was based on.

© Frozen / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

2. When Roddy (voiced by Hugh Jackman) in Flushed Away is deciding what to wear, he pulls out a Wolverine suit.

© Flushed Away / Paramount Pictures   © RealHughJackman / twitter  

Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine, never wore the classic Wolverine suit from the comics. He even teased that he might finally wear one for Halloween.

3. In Shrek, Fiona has a poster of Sir Justin, modeled after Justin Timberlake, in her room.

© Shrek 2 / DreamWorks Pictures   © ASSOCIATED PRESS/East News  

Cameron Diaz who voiced Fiona was dating Justin Timberlake at the time.

4. Moana saving the baby turtle is a nod to Stitch using a big leaf to give shade to turtles in Lilo and Stitch.

© Moana / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures   © Lilo & Stitch / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures  

5. At the police desk in Big Hero 6, the photo frames contain the pictures of Esther and Bolt from Bolt.

© Big Hero 6 / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures   © Bolt / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures  

6. The civil servants in the land of the dead in Coco use the classic Macintosh, which is a tribute to Steve Jobs who made Pixar possible.

© Coco / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures   © Tipiac / Wikimedia Commons  

7. There is an Apple Store in the Angry Birds Movie and a bird is seen putting an apple to its ear, like a phone.

© The Angry Birds Movie / Sony Pictures Releasing

8. Gru is shown stealing Indiana Jones’ golden idol in Despicable Me 3.

© Despicable Me 3 / Universal Pictures  

9. The villain in The Incredibles, Bomb Voyage, does a street performance in Ratatouille.

© Ratatouille / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures   © The Incredibles / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

10. Sid from Toy Story uses Binford Tools, which is the fictional tool company in Home Improvement.

© Toy Story / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures   © Home Improvement / ABC  

11. In Frozen 2, multiple Svens coming up behind Kristoff when he was singing, is a reference to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

© Frozen 2 / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures   © QUEEN / Universal Music Group  

12. Lord Business from The Lego Movie actually wears coffee mugs on his head and a tie as a cape.

© The Lego Movie / Warner Bros. Pictures  

13. In The Angry Birds Movie, a poster of Hotel California by The Eagles can be seen hung on the wall of Mighty Eagle’s cave.

© The Angry Birds Movie / Sony Pictures Releasing  

14. Bunnyburrow in Zootopia looks a lot like Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro.

© Zootopia / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures   © My Neighbor Totoro / Studio Ghibli  

15. In Madagascar 2, Alex’s paw has a mark of the continent of Africa on it.

© Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa / Paramount Pictures   © Martin23230 / Wikimedia Commons  

16. The sun with the baby face in Boss Baby is a shout out to the kids’ show, Teletubbies.

© The Boss Baby / 20th Century Studios   © Teletubbies / BBC Two  

17. Olaf’s charades in Frozen 2 feature a few Easter Eggs, one of which is Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast.

© Frozen 2 / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
   © Beauty and the Beast / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures  

18. Margo’s shirts in the Despicable Me movies are hints to future movies such as The Lorax and The Grinch.

© Despicable Me 3 / Universal Pictures   © The Grinch / Universal Pictures   © Despicable Me / Universal Pictures   © The Lorax / Universal Pictures  

19. In Robots, there is a robot that looks like Sid the Sloth from Ice Age.

© Robots / 20th Century Studios   © Surviving Sid / 20th Century Studios