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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9 Bands You Forgot Played Themselves In Movies
There are more bands than you think that played themselves on the big screen. Here are nine bands you might’ve forgotten appeared in movies.
1. Alice Cooper – Wayne’s World (1992)
Being a teenager in the nineties was great for many reasons. Two of those being the release of the Wayne’s World movies. The genius that is Mike Myers created one of the best music-based films of all time. Plus, he convinced one of the greatest rock musicians of all time to be in it. If you’re not a geek like me, you may have forgotten that Alice Cooper was featured in the film. It had the iconic scene of Wayne and Garth meeting, Alice, backstage on bent knees. We’re not worthy, indeed. Alice himself pulls off the diva Rockstar brilliantly, even though he’s a genuine, down-to-earth guy who plays a lot of golf.
2. Primus – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Let’s try and erase the recent Bill & Ted movie from our memory and head back to 1991 for their bogus journey. They come from the future to kill the non-robot versions of themselves and ruin their performance at a Battle of the Bands competition. What’s cool is the band who are playing before them. Californian alt-metal kings Primus. Although the clip is only short, they play themselves and sound as you would expect. Epic.
3. Fall Out Boy – Sex Drive (2008)
You’d be forgiven for forgetting about this one. The teen sex comedy from 2008 is forgettable and won’t really appeal to anyone apart from its teen target audience. If you can sit through all the cringe-inducing moments, you will spot pop-rockers Fall Out Boy. They are performing in a barn in front of some drunk Amish teenagers. There’s a reason for that, but I won’t bore you with it here. What is good, is the soundtrack of the film. As well as Fall Out Boy, it features Airbourne, AC/DC and weirdly, Kenny Loggins.
4. Twisted Sister – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Paul Reuben’s character Pee Wee Herman made his big-screen outing in 1985. The children’s show star had a scene where he is being chased through a studio parking lot. Unbeknown to him, glam rockers Twisted Sister are recording a music video on a car. Lead singer Dee Snider is always up for a laugh, so it’s no surprise they’re featured. The clip is brilliant. Pee Wee’s prop-laden bike is just about to crash into Twisted Sister and the look on Dee’s face is genius. Go check out the clip.
5. David Bowie – Zoolander (2001)
Who can forget the brilliant Zoolander? Starring Ben Stiller as the dippy model, it’s one of the funniest comedies ever made. One of the best scenes of the film is the walk-off. This involved Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s characters doing a catwalk-off. Of sorts. Can you remember who refereed it? The legend himself, David Bowie. It’s not the first time Bowie was in a movie – remember Labyrinth? But this time, he plays himself. And does it with all the cool swagger you would expect.
6. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Clueless (1995)
I can’t say that I was a massive fan of this teen comedy at the time. The plot revolves around Alicia Silverstone’s character giving her friend a makeover. The premise doesn’t sound like it lends itself to a cool band cameo. You’d be wrong, though. There’s a scene where the lead characters go watch a gig. The band that are playing are The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The Boston ska-punk legends are only on stage for a moment, but it’s a slick clip. It certainly brings the film up a level on the cool stakes.
7. Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy (2010)
This sequel to the original sci-fi classic is a cracking movie. The visuals and effects are stunning, as is the atmosphere of the film. The music to the film is also rather special. A futuristic and dystopian movie could only have one act doing the score, and that’s Daft Punk. It works a treat. The music is intertwined into the movie and becomes a part of it. The delicious electronica is the perfect complement to the visuals. The French electronic masters also have a cameo at the end of the movie. They’re spinning the decks in a blink-and-you-miss-it scene.
8. Aerosmith – Wayne’s World (1993)
We’ve already had an appearance from the first film further up our list, and the second doesn’t disappoint either. The plot revolves around Wayne and Garth putting on their own music festival. Book them and they will come, is the advice given. And they certainly did. The headline band for the festival were none other than Aerosmith themselves. They do a sterling effort on stage as performers. And Steven Tyler also shows that he can handle his own on the acting front too.
9. Reel Big Fish – BASEketball (1998)
Trey Parker and Matt Stone star in this bizarre and hilarious sports comedy. Written by the king of spoof David Zucker, it’s become a cult classic. The soundtrack heavily features ska-punkers Reel Big Fish. They do a brilliant rendition of A-HA’s Take on Me, which they also perform in the movie. The band are the entertainment at the stadium where Parker and Stone are competing. You can tell by the footage that the band are clearly enjoying themselves. They add a touch more fun to an already hugely funny film.
That’s our list of nine bands who played themselves in movies. Did we miss any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out our list of actors in bands HERE.
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