You know we love our Easter eggs in Disney movies if you’re a regular reader of the blog, and Toy Story 4 is chock full of easter eggs. If you’re looking for easter eggs, you won’t believe how many easter eggs we found in Toy Story 4. Almost too many to take notes on in the theatre as we screened the movie this week. We compiled this list of Toy Story 4 Easter Eggs, but beware, this post contains spoilers so if you don’t want any spoilers, stop reading until after you’ve seen the movie.
Ultimate List of Toy Story 4 Easter Eggs
From elements of Pixar Shorts to vintage signs to reimaginations of Pixar characters and popular icons like the Pizza Planet truck, Toy Story 4 is littered with Easter eggs from their 33 years of animation. The Second Chance Antiques alone is a litany of easter eggs. There’s something from every Pixar movie ever made.
Bonnie writes her name on Forky’s feet, the same way that Andy wrote his name on Woody’s foot all those years ago. Forky, after all, is the most important toy to Bonnie right now.
Bonnie’s backpack has the pattern from Boo and Sully’s door in Monster’s Inc.
We’d know those pigtails anywhere! Boo is in school with Bonnie. She’s sitting a table off to the right of Bonnie while she’s creating Forky.
Reptillus Maximus, from the Toy Story TV special Toy Story That Time Forgot, is on the lunchbox.
Toy Story Clouds
The signature Toy Story clouds on blue skies that were on Andy’s bedroom wall are also on Bonnie’s wall.
The older toys in Bonnie’s closet are voiced by some famous voices such as Betty White, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, and Carl Reiner.
License Plate RMRF97
Home releases are all about the bonus features. The Studio Stories Toy Story 2 bonus features include one titled “The Movie Vanishes.” The feature tells the story about how in 1997 during production of the movie they accidentally deleted nearly all of the working movie from the drives with the command “rm-r-f *” but were able to restore it with a backup from Galyn Susman’s computer (despite the fact she was working at home on maternity leave).
There are numerous Hidden Mickeys throughout Toy Story 4, including patterns on furniture, clouds in the sky, prizes at the midway, and film reels.
Dinoco is a nod to multiple Pixar movies. Dinoco, owned by Tex Dinoco, was the primary sponsor for the Piston Cup in Cars. In Toy Story, Dinoco Gas Station is where Andy’s family stops for gas on the way to Pizza Planet.
Poultry Place is the restaurant Buzz Lightyear finds himself in, featured in the Toy Story short Small Fry. It’s now a real location on Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure, too.
On their road trip watch, for Flo from Cars.
When Bonnie’s family takes their road trip, they travel in a “Tri-County RV.” While the town where Toy Story takes place is never actually named, there are references throughout the franchise to the “Tri-County” area. The Tri-County dump is where the incinerator scene takes place in Toy Story 3. Try-County Landfill is where Andy’s toys and Lotso are taken in the garbage truck in Toy Story 3. Tri-Country International Airport is the airport in Toy Story 2 where Al McWhiggin catches his flight to Tokyo with Woody et al.
Grape Soda Bottle Cap from Up: When Woody and Bo reunite, we see her sheep bringing her items they find that they have found along the way that may be useful in their lost toy status as they live on their own. One item is a safety pin, the next is the Grape Soda Bottle Cap from Up, the one Ellie pins on Carl’s shirt and then Carl gives to Russell at the end of the movie. The balloon cart Carl sells balloons from is visible at the carnival. Carl and Ellie’s house from Up can be seen in the antique store later on.
Combat Carl: We first see Combat Carl (The G.I. Joe of the Toy Story franchise) in Toy Story when Sid blows one up with an M-80 in his back yard. They also appeared in the short film Toy Story of Terror! and the voice is done by Carl Weathers.
Polly Pockets: Most every little girl in the 90s had a Polly Pocket since they were brought to market in 1989. Though maybe not a true Easter egg, it’s a perfectly placed new toy addition for the movie.
Midway Mania: So it’s not officially the Midway Mania but the midway area at the carnival Bonnie’s family goes to has some very similar characteristics, including the red and white targets, to the Toy Story Midway Mania ride at Disney California Adventure and Walt Disney World’ Magic Kingdom.
Wall-E Buy and Large batteries: Wall-E Buy and Large batteries are among the carnival toys that can be won where we meet Ducky and Bunny.
Coco guitar: There’s also a Coco-inspired guitar hanging in the carnival toys that can be won.
Dolphins from Partysaurus Rex: We see the dolphins from the Partysaurus Rex Pixar Short among the prizes.
Finding Nemo: There’s also Peach Starfish from Finding Nemo as another carnival toy.
The Luxo Ball: You can see the ball logo from Pixar’s short “Luxo Jr.” attached to some of the carnival toys. Luxo Jr. appears in almost every film and is part of the Pixar logo.
Pizza Planet Truck: There’s always a Pizza Planet truck in every Toy Story movie, This time instead of a physical truck, it’s a tattoo on the carnival worker’s leg. So cool. Kind of makes me want another tattoo.
Stretch: One of the carnival rides is reminiscent of purple octopus Stretch from Toy Story 3. This ride also seems to have the same color scheme as Zurg.
Ed Catmull: Catmull’s Cream Soda Sign is on the wall outside of Second Chance Antiques when Woody and Forky first approach the store. Ed Catmull was the former CTO of Pixar who stepped down as President of the company in 2018 but remained as an advisor through the release of Toy Story 4.
Papa Rivera’s Pure Pork Lard: The Papa Rivera’s Pure Pork Lard sign is a reference to Toy Story 4 producer Jonas Rivera.
Second Chance Antiques
Pixar Street Address: The street address of the Second Chance Antiques store (1200) is the street number address of Pixar (1200 Park Avenue in Emeryville, California).
Est. 1986: The date that the Second Chance Antiques was established is the same year that Pixar was founded.
The Shining: Director Lee Unkrich’s favorite film is The Shining and there is a nod to the movie in every Toy Story film, starting with the iconic carpet from the Overlook Hotel in the 1995 Toy Story to the Room 237 reference. When Woody meets Gabby Gabby and the Dummies, a record player in The Second Chance Antiques Store plays “Midnight, the Stars and You,” the same song performed by Ray Noble and His Orchestra that plays at the end of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 The Shining. The Second Chance Antiques itself, where the toys are trapped, has a creepy feel much like the Overlook Hotel.
A113: The famous CalArts number makes an appearance. The Second Chance Antiques rug has A113 worked into its design.
Toy Story Mania: The blue plates on the cabinet behind Gabby Gabby and the Dummies like very much like the plates in the shooting range found in Toy Story Mania at Disney California Adventure. The Dummies, by the way, look way too much like slappy from Goosebumps if you ask me.
Charles Muntz and his dogs: Charles Muntz and his dogs (including Doug) from Up can be seen in the “Poker Dogs” poster. You can see this Easter egg right in the movie poster.
The Luxo Ball: When the toys look down into Second Chance Antiques from the ceiling when they are breaking into rescue Forky, you can see the ball from Pixar’s short “Luxo Jr.” on the ground below.
Pixar Short Films for Sale: There is an 8mm film projector shown in Second Chance Antiques that becomes part of Woody and Bo’s plan to rescue Forky. Adjacent to the projector is a stack of film reels, which are all named after Pixar shorts.
Pixar Shorts Board Games: Lifted and Knick Knack appear as board games.
Wally B.: In the same sequence, there’s what appears to be a monogrammed handkerchief with the phrase “Wally B.” written on it. Wally B. is a nod to The Adventures of André & Wally B., which was one of the earliest shorts created by Lucasfilm, the division that would eventually become Pixar.
Coco: If you look closely at the record on the old Victrola player, the record reads “El Son De La Cruz,” a reference to the famous musician and villain Ernesto De La Cruz that Miguel idolizes and seeks out in the underworld of Coco
PJ’s Pop: You’ll see several “vintage” signs for “PJ’s Pop,” which previously appeared on the wall of the bar in A Bug’s Life. PJ is the name of Toy Story director John Lasseter’s son, so “PJ’s Pop” is also a nod to John Lasseter. We also see Casey Jr. cookies from A Bug’s Life.
Woody Pretends to Be a Mickey Mouse Phone: Remeber the days of the old push button phones? I know most kids won’t get this reference, but adults totally get this. Woody pretends to be a phone in the antiques store. Woody poses holding the receiver of an old touchtone phone meant to look like the vintage Mickey Mouse phone that was a staple Disney nerd thing in many homes in the 80s.
Tinny: Tinny, the Pixar 5-minute 1988 short Tin Toy, appears in the trailer for Toy Story 4 but we are introduced to him inside Second Chance Antiques when Bo and Woody enter the Pinball machine to find Duke Caboom. The irony is that Tin Toy was about a small one-man band toy trying to escape a child yet in Toy Story essentially all the toys want to be with children. There is a Tinny reference in each of the Toy Story movies.
The Eggman Moving Company: The Eggman Moving Company sign seen in Second Chance Antiques is a callback to The Eggman Moving Company that truck appeared previously in both Toy Story and Toy Story 2 and is a nod to Pixar production designer Ralph Eggleston, whose nickname at the company “Eggman.”
TripleDent Gum: The TripleDent Gum sign seen in Second Chance Antiques is a callback to Inside Out and the TripleDent commercial in that movie. We also see Bing Bong’s rocket from Inside Out.
Ship It: We see a reference to Ship It, the company Al uses to ship the “Woody’s Round-Up” collection in Toy Story 2.
Chinese take out food container: The Chinese take out food container is becoming a popular Pixar Easter egg.
The Muppets and Star Wars: Among the old toys in the antique store we see Sam Eagle from The Muppets and a Kenner Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure.
Tiki Party: The pinball machine that Bo and Woody enter to find Duke Caboom is called “Tiki Party.” The logo features some tikis. If you look closely, you’ll see those tikis are the same ones found in the fish tank of dentist P. Sherman where Nemo ends up after being caught in Finding Nemo.
Did you know that Duke Caboom was teased in the Incredibles 2? At the end of the movie, the character is in Jack-Jack’s crib surrounded by three lettered blocks: “W,” “D,” and “Y.”
Duke Caboom is inspired by the American stunt performer and entertainer Evel Knievel. He also had a toy with a commercial advertising things it could never actually do in real life.
During the credits, there is a stinger where Duke Caboom delivers the line “Whoa” after he gets his mind blown. Whether you’re a Matrix fan or you remember Keanu from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, it wouldn’t be a movie with Keanu Reeves without him saying “Whoa.”
“Open the pod bay doors!”
The Toy Story team really loves their Kubrick references. One of the pre-recorded phases in Buzz Lightyear’s set of chest buttons we hear is “Open the pod bay doors!,” which is a famous quote from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
E.T. Phone Home
Or rather Duke Caboom Phone Home? During Duke’s climatic jump toward the end of the film, we see Duke flying through the air in front of a full moon, a nod to Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.
During one of the stingers in the end credits, we see that the carnival has moved on and made its way to a new town called New Stanton. Woody, Bo Peep, and the gang are helping the carnival toys looking for a home. New Stanton is a reference to Pixar director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional voice actor Andrew Stanton. Stanton was part of the original Brain Trust that helped develop the idea for Toy Story.
Of course, there must be an Easter egg for Onward, the upcoming 2020 Pixar movie, but we didn’t see that one, did you??
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