Do you like Easter Eggs in your Disney movies? No other studio can nod to their own movies, using their own movies, quite like Disney. The franchise has turned the use of hidden messages and discreet hints into an art form.
But why does Disney add other characters from their movies into irrelevant scenes? Well, these hidden extras are what’s known as “Easter Eggs”. A little surprise left for viewers to spot and mull over. According to the animation studios, it’s a little fun that the animators like to indulge in. It’s also one more way to make the studio stand out in the industry as if it needed one.
The trend began with the first Disney movie made. There are a few Mickey Mouse shapes to be spotted in Snow White. But the craze seems to have skyrocketed in the 80s. The first of these bigger easter eggs appear in films such as The Black Cauldron and The Fox and the Hound. If you take a close look at Tod and Cooper’s hide and seek scene there are berries in the shape of Mickey Mouse. And in the Black Cauldron? A hidden Tinkerbell floats amongst other fair folk in the caves.
Let’s look at some more obvious contenders and some that you may have missed altogether…
1. Hercules (1997)
Disney released Hercules in 1997, three years after Lion King first aired. But it looks like they weren’t ready to let their beloved lions go yet. There are a few scenes showcasing parts from the African based animation.
Like Scar’s appearance, for example. Scar actually appears twice in the film, the first lying on the floor in front of Phil. The second as Hercules’ headpiece. After all, The Lion King’s Zazu did mention that Scar would make an excellent rug.
2. Tangled (2010)
The long-haired beauty who didn’t know she was royal gave a much-needed boost to the franchise. The Princess and The Frog’s 2009 release did not quite hit the bar when it came to the infamous princesses. Before that, the most recent addition had been Mulan which aired over a decade before.
First-time viewers may have been too distracted by Rapunzel’s stunning locks. But hidden amongst the bright cinematography lay a few easter eggs. Including Sleeping Beauty’s spinning wheel, and Pinocchio hidden in the pub.
3. The Little Mermaid (1990)
Keeping with the theme of princesses. There are several inconspicuous Disney gems to find in The Little Mermaid. Hidden in the crowd of Atlantica’s amphitheatre Goofy joins in the celebrations. Though, we aren’t quite sure how he manages to hold his breath for so long.
Cinderella’s father-in-law also makes an appearance during Ursula and Eric’s wedding scene. And a little Mickey Mouse logo hides amongst Ursula’s contract for Ariel.
4. Oliver and Company (1988)
One of the unsung heroes of Disney animation. The movie tells the story of a homeless kitten adopted by a gang of mutts, what’s not to love? But, hidden within the action are several eggs.
Like Pongo, who seems to have strayed far from the city walls of London, to a change of scenery on the NYC streets. It seems as though all Disney’s animated four-legged friends have made the cut. Lady and The Tramp’s Peg, Jock and Trusty seem to have swapped suburbia for the city.
One of Fagan’s watches also shows a Mickey Mouse figure.
5. Moana (2016)
One Disney animation with hidden Easter Eggs is Moana. She became a roaring success overnight. But did you spot Aladdin’s lamp hidden in plain sight on Tamatoa’s shell? or that Maui turns into Sven from Frozen? There are so many hidden easter eggs in this film, which is why we have saved the best until last.
It may be a little on the hot side for Frozen’s Olaf, but that doesn’t stop Moana packing his arm and nose in her boat hold.
It’s interesting to note too that the flower Moana has in her hair resembles Ariel’s flower. Moana’s love for all-things ocean could have caused her to grab some inspiration? Even Flounder makes an appearance during Maui’s song “You’re Welcome.”
And that’s our list of 5 Easter Eggs from Disney movies. We know that there are so many more. Which ones are your favourites? Let us know in the comments below.
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Book To Movie Adaptations Coming Soon
It seems that Hollywood is on an adaptation bender these days. With the upcoming Dune film to the To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix franchise, there is a lot of money to be made in book to screen adaptations. And there are a ton of them in the works. Here’s 15 book to movie adaptations that will soon be coming to a screen near you.
1. The House of Gucci – November 24th, 2021
You don’t have to wait long to watch this true story unfold. Written by Sara Gay Forden, the book goes into the real-life whodunnit of the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, this film is coming out this November.
2. Where the Crawdads Sing – June 24, 2022
This bestseller is going to premiere next summer on Netflix. The book, written by Delia Owens follows Kya; a young woman with a turbulent life, who becomes the prime suspect in a mysterious murder. Daisy Edgar-Jones is set to play Kya.
3. The Nightingale – December 23, 2022
The Nightingale, written by Kristin Hannah, follows the lives of two French sisters after their lives are torn apart by World War Two. The film stars sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning and is set to be released on 23 December 2022.
4. The School for Good and Evil – 2022
Written by Soman Chianani, The School for Good and Evil is a middle-grade standout. It takes place at twin schools that kidnap two children every year. Alongside the children of famous fairy-tale heroes and villains, these children are then trained at either the School for Good or the School for Evil. Eventually becoming the next generation of fairy tales. This film has big names in the cast, such as Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne, and Kerry Washington. The main characters Sophie and Agatha will be played by Sophia Ann Caruso and Holly Sturton. Shadow and Bone mainstay Kit Young will also be in this adaptation. It has wrapped filming and will come out sometime in 2022.
5. All Quiet on the Western Front – 2022
Who else remembers reading this in school? The classic was written by Erich Maria Remarque and chronicles the horrors of World War One. The book is being adapted as a film by Netflix. It’s going to be directed by Edward Berger and will star Daniel Bruhl. This is actually the third time the book has been adapted for the screen and will premier in 2022.
6. House of the Dragon/ Fire and Blood – 2022
Rejoice Game of Thrones fans, there’s more coming your way. Based on the book Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin, this Game of Thrones spin-off follows the Targaryens 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It’s being produced by HBO and will be a ten-part limited series. It’s set to premiere in 2022.
7. Bridgerton (Season 2) – 2022
The pandemic hit Bridgerton has also been renewed for season two. The second season will cover The Viscount Who Loved Me, by Julia Quinn. This love story will centre around Anthony Bridgerton. There’s no official release date, but speculation puts it at 2022.
8. A Discovery of Witches (Season 3) – 2022
AMC +’s Discovery of Witches has been renewed for season three. The show is based on Deborah Harkness’All Souls Trilogy. It centres around actors Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as a vampire and witch who fall in love. It’s set to premiere sometime in 2022.
9. Shadow and Bone (Season 2) – 2022/2023
Netflix’s Shadow and Bone has been confirmed for a second season. It will cover the events of the second book, Siege and Storm. It’s also unclear if it will dip into the Six of Crows duology. You can read more of our coverage of season two of Shadow and Bone here.
10. Ninth House – TBD
Written by the same author of Shadow and Bone, Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s adult fiction series. It follows Yale freshman Alex Stern, who has the ability to see ghosts. She is hired to oversee the dark magical dealings of Yale’s secret societies and gets caught up in forces beyond her imagination. Picked up less than two days after its release in 2019, Ninth House is in the works for an Amazon series adaptation. The show does not have a release date yet and is still in pre-production. Leigh Bardugo is currently writing both the sequel and the show, according to her Instagram.
11. They Both Die at the End – TBD
When Mateo and Rufus are told that they will die, they befriend each other to enjoy their last day. After the project fizzled out at HBO, They Both Die at the End has now been picked up for a tv show by Entertainment One. The show will also be written by the author of the book, Adam Silvera. There is no release date yet.
12. The Selection – TBD
A staple of 2010s dystopian fiction, The Selection by Kiera Kass is right up there with Divergent and the Maze Runner. The Selection follows America Singer, who is selected to compete in a Bachelor-like competition to select the next Queen. What feels frivolous quickly becomes a high-stakes competition for the fate of the country. The Selection is set to premiere on Netflix as a movie. Haifaa Al-Mansour is attached to direct. You can expect to be able to watch The Selection in mid-2021.
13. The Red Queen – TBD
Another mainstay of mid-2010’s dystopia is the Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen is set in a world divided by blood colour. The silver-blooded have superpowers and rule over the kingdom. The red-blooded are powerless; living in poverty and serving as cannon fodder to the war. But when red-blooded Mare Barrow reveals the power to manipulate lightning, everything changes. Elizabeth Banks is executive producing and directing The Red Queen for a TV series at Peacock. She will also play a key role. We’re still waiting on a release date, but Aveyard has co-written the pilot.
14. Blackout – TBD
Blackout is a collection of short stories following black teenagers who stumble upon love in the middle of a blackout in New York City. Authors include Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, and Ashley Woodfolk. The collection is going to be adapted into a six-part anthology on Netflix. The Obamas are actually producing Blackout under their flagship Higher Ground banner and Temple Hill. There is no release date yet.
15. Long Way Down – TBD
Written by Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down takes place in the sixty seconds the main character decides whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother. It’s being adapted into a feature film by Universal and is produced by John Legend and Michael De Luca. There is no release date yet.
That’s our list of 15 book to movie adaptations coming out soon. Which one are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.
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