Pixar loves to load its animated movies with
easter eggs and hidden details and there are stacks of them you might have missed when
you first watched Cars 3. Yippee-ki-yay movie lovers, it’s Jan here,
and with Cars 3 available now to watch at home, I’ve gone through the movie with a fine
toothcomb and today I’ll be explaining all the Pixar easter eggs and cool details hidden
in the film. Also, I’m starting a new Disney Funko giveaway
for one of these Cars pop figures. For a chance to win, make sure you’re subscribed
to my channel and leave me a comment about your favourite easter eggs you spotted in
the movie. And just a quick warning before we start,
I’ll be discussing spoilers from Cars 3, so take care if you haven’t seen the movie yet. Cruz’s license plate is a clever shout-out
to the actress Cristela Alonzo who voices the character in the movie.
It’s a combination of her initials, C and A, and then her birthday January 6th.
Plus the plate is registered in Texgas, a pun on Texas, which is where Alonzo was born. The Sleep Well motel from Toy Story of Terror
also shows up in Cars 3 on a giant roadside advert above the bridge where Mack and Lightning
spend the night after the Thunder Hollow incident. The sign says “Time To Re-Tire?” which reflects
Lightning’s state of mind at that moment as he’s just had an argument with Cruz after
she won the demolition derby and he’s thinking about giving up racing for good.
But it’s also an extra reference to Toy Story of Terror and how Bonnie’s mom had to stay
at the Sleep Well motel after she got a flat tyre.
Also on that billboard, there’s a deep-cut easter egg to Pixar’s incorporation date in
the numbers 0-2-0-3-86, in other words, February 3rd, 1986. And while Mack is sleeping below the bridge,
inside Lightning is flipping channels, and, for just a moment, the Cars 2 scene of a kissing
couple on the Pont des Arts in Paris pops up on the TV screen.
By the way, those kissing cars are named John and Nancy after Pixar’s John Lasseter and
his wife, whose favourite colour just happens to be lavender, the same as the female car
in the scene. One of the most memorable moments in Cars
3 is the demolition derby race where we meet the fearsome Miss Fritter.
And the scenes at the Thunder Hollow Speedway are also a fantastic treasure trove of Pixar
easter eggs and references for fans to appreciate. During the contest, one of the competitors,
Bill, gets pushed along by Miss Fritter and his colour design is the same as Pixar’s famous
Luxo ball, plus he even has the Luxo ball painted on his hood.
The Luxo ball appeared in Pixar’s very first short film, Luxo Jr together with two desk
lamps, one of which is still used in Pixar’s logo. Another competitor at the Thunder Hollow demolition
derby is the Pizza Planet Truck, aka Todd, who has appeared in both of the previous two
Cars movies, and in Cars 3 at one point a car goes crashing into him which knocks the
Pizza Planet rocket off his roof and sends it flying into the crowd. A Crazy Eight racer called T-Bone, whose body
is kind of twisted, has a street sign at the front of his hood in the race.
The sign reads Park Avenue, a shout-out to the location of Pixar Animation Studios’ main
office at 1200 Park Ave, Emeryville. Miss Fritter is, of course, the queen of the
track at Thunder Hollow and the design of her smokestacks are a deliberate homage to
the horns of the classic Disney villain Maleficent. And dotted around the speedway are a number
of billboards which have some super-sneaky easter eggs hidden within them.
There’s a car life insurance ad by a company called Insuricare which is the same insurance
company that Bob works for in The Incredibles. And the Wild Bill’s Racing Cones billboard
is a reference to Cars 3 production designer Bill Cone. And the radio station “Wild 86.2 FM” is another
deep cut easter egg to the month and year when Pixar was incorporated, February 1986.
By the way, there’s yet another nod to that year in the movie as the number of Bill, the
Luxo Ball car, is 86, and 1986 is also the year that Pixar released their first short
film, Luxo Jr., which also featured the Luxo Ball. In 1986, it was Steve Jobs who provided the
investment money for Pixar’s spin-out as a corporation from Lucasfilm, and since then
Pixar have included numerous homages in their movies to Steve Jobs’ most famous brand, Apple.
In Cars 3, you can hear the Mac starting sound when Cruz boots up the treadmill on Fireball
Beach. You might also have heard the same sound in
WALL-E as it plays after WALL-E has finished charging himself. Speaking of WALL-E, there’s an easter egg
to that movie via the BnL, aka Buy n Large, track sponsor at one of the speedways.
BnL is the corporation in WALL•E that basically enabled the pollution of the planet and sent
humans away from Earth while it attempted to clear it up.
A BnL Raceway logo also appears during the Cars 3 credits. Pixar’s films always include easter eggs for
their next movie, which in the case of Cars 3 means Coco.
And there are loads of Coco easter eggs and references in this Cars 3.
For example, you can spot the guitar from Coco on the stage behind Sweet Tea and her
band at the Cotter Pin bar. The town where Coco is set, Santa Cecilia,
appears on the treadmill screen at the Rust-eze Racing Center when one of the homesick cars
thinks of home. And there’s also a neat Coco-inspired brand
of liquor in the bar where Miss Fritter and her friends go to watch the Florida 500 race.
The brand advertised is torquela which is a clever car-based pun on torque and tequila. While Miss Fritter’s in that bar, you’ll need
to look very carefully to spot a sneaky A-1-1-3 easter egg via one of the license plates hanging
on the side of the school bus, and you can see that a bit more clearly during the Crazy
Eight demolition derby as well. Miss Fritter collects license plates from
the opponents she defeats at the Thunder Hollow speedway and she also seems to collect street
signs. And one of those street signs is for “West
Cutting Boulevard”, a reference to the street address of Pixar’s former headquarters in
Richmond, California. Other Cars 3 A-1-1-3 easter eggs include one
on the press sticker that track reporter Shannon Spokes wears on her side.
And there’s a fairly obvious A-1-1-3 on the door to Sterling’s office at the Rust-eze
Racing Centre. And inside Sterling’s office, there are some
more cool easter eggs. Hidden among the trophies on his shelves is
Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage. The movie’s set department included this as
it’s a four-wheeled vehicle and is a fun little nod to one of Disney’s classic films. And this one is much harder to see, but if
you look very carefully, there’s a small picture of Sir Miles Axlerod, the villain from Cars
2, which might suggest that Sterling once knew the evil mastermind from the second Cars
movie. The miniature tree on Sterling’s desk also
looks a lot like the tree from A Bug’s Life which has also appeared previously in Up and
Toy Story 2. And before Lightning went to the Rust-eze
Racing Centre, he spoke on a payphone to Rusty and Dusty from Radiator Springs.
Now, that payphone was originally designed to appear in the first Cars movie but ended
up being cut. In fact, when Cars 3 production designer Jay
Shuster joined Pixar back in the early 2000s, that payphone was one of the very first things
he created. During the Florida 500 race, one of racers
spins out of control nearly causing a multiple car accident.
The spinning car is number 31 and its sponsor is Triple Dent Gum, which is the chewing gum
from Inside Out that had a recurring jingle that played throughout that movie. Now, what was your favourite moment or easter
egg in Cars 3 and were there any other cool details you spotted that I missed?
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