It’s no secret by now that kid’s movies have plenty of themes and revelations and details intended for the parents in the theaters as well as the tykes, but sometimes the writers manage to go above and beyond – even if you’re expecting the cleverness.
These 12 examples will have you re-analyzing every scene you ever watched while trying to make sure your kid didn’t dump the popcorn all over the floor.
#12. Toy Story 2
In the opening credits, one of the constellations is the Pixar lamp logo.
All of the possessions on Ellie’s side of the bed are round, whereas everything on Carl’s side is square, matching their character design.
#10. Toy Story
One of the toys is a tool box emblazoned with the word “Binford.” Binford Tools is a fictional company from Home Improvement, the sitcom that launched the career of Buzz Lightyear (or, Tim Allen).
There’s a picture of the twins from The Shining on the wall – someone is a King fan!
#8. Finding Dory
Did you notice the receding hairline given to the dad angelfish? That’s some imagination.
#7. Toy Story
Another fan reference – there’s a nod to the original Alien in the arcade scene.
#6. Toy Story Franchise
The writing on the bottom of Andy’s toys shows how his handwriting has improved over the years.
#5. Toy Story 2
When Rex appears in the rearview mirror of a car, it brings to mind another famous T-rex giving chase – Jurassic Park, anyone?
#4. Monsters, Inc.
There are different sized cups in the break room to accommodate different sized monster hands.
#3. Monsters, Inc.
Sully’s chair has a hole in it so there’s a spot for his tail to go comfortably.
WALL-E’s battery light recharges after he’s hit by lightning.
#1. The Incredibles
The phone number on Mirage’s business cards spells out “SPRHRO” if you use the keypad.
Crazy, right? I can’t wait to re-watch!