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19 Splendid References We Didn’t Notice in Cartoons

Disney wouldn’t be Disney without their hidden Mickeys in the most unexpected, unnoticeable places in every movie. But these aren’t the only kinds of Easter eggs we can expect to find in our favorite cartoons. Some animators have fun by hiding a lot of cool things in their films, including references. That’s why even if you’re watching a cartoon for the millionth time, there’s still something new to hunt for — just keep your eyes wide open because once you blink, it’s gone.

1. Moana references Lilo & Stitch in the cutest way possible.


© Moana / Walt Disney Animation Studios
   © Lilo & Stitch / Walt Disney Animation Studios  

2. In Big Hero 6, there’s a picture of Hiro’s cat dressed as Stitch.

© Big Hero 6 / Walt Disney Animation Studios  

3. In Moana, there’s the magical flower from Tangled that gave Rapunzel’s hair healing powers.


© Moana / Walt Disney Animation Studios
   © Tangled / Walt Disney Animation Studios  

4. In Big Hero 6, you can see the picture of Hans from Frozen in the police station as a wanted man.


© Big Hero 6 / Walt Disney Animation Studios
   © Frozen / Walt Disney Animation Studios  

5. Later in Big Hero 6, Baymax destroys the statue of Hans.

© Big Hero 6 / Walt Disney Animation Studios  

6. In Tangled, you can spot references to other Disney princess movies in Rapunzel’s bedroom.

© Tangled / Walt Disney Animation Studios  

7. In Zootopia, Finnick dressed as an elephant is a reference to Dumbo.


© Zootopia / Walt Disney Animation Studios
   © Dumbo / Walt Disney Production  

8. One of the Kakamora bears in Moana has the face of Baymax from Big Hero 6.


© Moana / Walt Disney Animation Studios
  

9. In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, one of the gargoyles is made to look like Pumba from The Lion King.

© The Hunchback of Notre Dame / Walt Disney Animation Studios  

10. In Frozen II, Anna and Elsa play with Baymax, Dumbo, and Bolt.


© Frozen II / Walt Disney Animation Studios
  

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