If you’re a lover of all things Disney and Pixar, you’re likely familiar with their movie Easter eggs (hidden references to other films) throughout their animated features. It's one of our favorite parts of Disney and Pixar movies: hunting for the Easter eggs in the films!
Pixar’s Soul did not disappoint on the Easter egg front. Whether walking down the streets of NYC or wandering the Hall of Everything, you should have found dozens of fantastic Easter eggs in Pixar’s Soul.
Check out what we found below!
All the Easter Eggs in Pixar’s Soul
Pixar’s Upcoming Project Easter Egg
Pixar always includes an Easter egg for its next feature animation in its latest release. There’s a nod to Luca as Joe and 22 walk past a travel agency. The poster for PortoRosso—a location you can fly to on Luca Airlines. Luca is scheduled to release on June 18th, 2021.
You may recall in Pixar Onward, one of the albums was a Dorothea Williams album.
22 Voices Callbacks
As 22 demonstrates all the voices she is capable of impersonating, one she demonstrates is Carl Fredricksen from Pixar’s UP.
22’s list of mentors is extensive. Here are just a few of the mentors we caught, along with dozens we couldn't read:
- Joan of Arc
- Joe Grant
- Harriet Tubman
- Martin Luther King Jr
- Aretha Franklin
- Marvin Gaye
- Amelia Earhart
- Marie Curie
- Johnny Cash
- Albert Einstein
- Jack Kirby
- Joe Ranft
- Eleanor Roosevelt
- George Orwell
- Mother Theresa
- Mahatma Ghandi
- Abraham Lincoln
- Pablo Picasso
- Nelson Mandela
- Muhammad Ali
- Pablo Picasso
- Vincent van Gogh
- Babe Ruth
- Queen Elizabeth
- Jan Kowalski
- Stephen Hawking
- Marie Antoinette
- Emine Demir
- Harvey Milk
- Nellie Bly
- Marie Černá
- Maya Tsosie
- Johannes Gutenberg
- Herman Jacobs
- Alexander the Great
- Anna Kowalczyk
- Pawet Jankowski
- Balogh Tamás
- Prince Rogers Nelson
- Petar Jankovic
- Grace O’Malley
- Jiří Svobada
- Mary Johnson
- Mike Oznowicz
- William Taylor
- John Wilson
The Hall of Everything
The Hall of Everything has, well, everything.
Like the Toy Story 4 Antique Mall scene, The Hall of Everything needs to be paused and watched slowly (a few times) in order to catch all the Easter eggs.
So many Easter eggs and I’m sure we missed a few. Let us know what else you found in the comments!
- Pizza Planet Truck from Toy Story franchise
- Starliner spacecraft Axiom from WALL-E
- The Spirit of Adventure blimp from UP
- Willy’s Butte from Cars
- Ferris wheel from Toy Story 4
- Aztec building from Coco
- The Eiffel Tower is a callback to Ratatouille
- Luxo Jr. lamp from the short film Luxo Jr.
- A113 street sign, a reference to the A1-13 animation classroom at California Institute of the Arts in the Character Animation Program
A nod to Anger perhaps? The broccoli pizza on the top of the pizza display rack seen as Joe tries to educate 22 about pizza is call back to Inside Out.
New York City Pizza Rat
Thank you, Pixar for making the infamous 2015 rat who dragged an entire slice of pizza down the subway steps of NYC, aka, Pizza Rat. If you have no idea what I’m referring to, here’s the video captured by comedian Matt Little.
22 uses the Luxo Ball as a table in her home box in the Great Before.
In Dr. Borgensson's Hall of You, you can see a statue of him standing pointing with one arm while holding the hand of a child with the other. This statue is modeled after the “Partners” Statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse that displays at both Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland.
Mystics and Dylan Lyrics
The Mystics float around to the tune of “Subterranean Homesick Blues. Who doesn’t love a good Bob Dylan song that contemplates the virtues of life, but one that includes lyrics like “better jump down a manhole?” A touch meta.
A Walrus Headed to the Great Beyond?
As Joe finds himself heading to the Great Beyond, he runs into three Souls heading in the same direction. One of them casually states, “This beats my dream about the walrus.”
Likely a reference to “The Walrus and the Carpenter” song from Disney's 1951 Alice in Wonderland. The slightly disturbing song tells the story of a walrus and a carpenter who lure a family of young oysters away from their mother, where the walrus distracts the carpenter so that he can devour them all. That walrus was the last thing those oysters saw before they died. Dark, sinister analogy to that walrus or innocent comment on the weirdness of dreams? Comment below on which you think it is.
The Pixar SparkShorts film Burrow that played ahead of Soul also got its own Easter egg. During a quick shot through multiple burrows, Kitbull can be seen in a steam room.
The hospital room they enter on their way out is room number P742. This is a nod to P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way Sydney from Finding Nemo. Sherman has 7 letters.
Joe and 22 hop on a subway train numbered 2319—the code from Monsters Inc. used when a human contaminant is found in the monster world. It’s a double Easter egg as 22 is supposed to be in the Great Before looking for her spark, and Joe is supposed to be heading to the Great Beyond, so both are intruders (monsters) in a world where they do not belong.
Monster’s Inc. was Pete Docter’s directorial debut.
There is an ad on the subway for Brang that can be partially seen. Brang is the name of Riley's dad's startup company in Inside Out. Docter co-directed Inside Out.
John Ratzenberger is an Easter egg in and of himself, as the only actor to voice a character in every Pixar movie. As Joe bumps into a fellow subway passenger, the passenger says, “Hey, take it easy, eh?”
Another A113. I mean, it is in every Pixar movie so why not have it in one twice! When Terry pushes a key on the untuned piano it is the “A1” note. Since the piano is not in tune (110 Hz) the tuning is actually 113 Hz.
If Libba’s friend looks a little familiar, it’s likely not a coincidence. She does resemble Edna Mode from The Incredibles.
Which is your favorite Easter egg from Pixar's Soul? Did we miss any? Tell us in the comments below!