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5 Disney Movies With Hidden Easter Eggs

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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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    December 8, 2020 at 8:12 am

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Hogwarts Houses For MCU Characters

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Since its conception, Hogwarts houses have been a deciding factor in getting to know people. How someone answers “what Hogwarts house are you in?” can tell you a lot about a person. But where do some of our favourite MCU characters shape up when faced with the sorting hat?

Tony Stark/Iron Man- Ravenclaw

While Tony could be argued for almost any of the houses, Ravenclaw suits him best. Most of his development comes from the pursuit of knowledge. Aside from being one of the smartest characters in the MCU, he is constantly learning and improving upon his technology. He tends to approach large problems from a strategic and pragmatic standpoint, especially in his later films. Admittedly he can be brave and somewhat self-servingly ambitious. But who he is at the end of his arc and the way that he solves problems points to Iron Man being in Ravenclaw.

Steve Rogers/Captain America- Gryffindor

Is it even a question? Steve Rogers is definitely a Gryffindor. From day one, he has always strived to do what’s right. And he subtly wants a bit of glory for it too. He’s a natural leader and has always rushed into danger without a thought. He is undoubtedly driven by bravery and righteousness and is through and through a Gryffindor.

Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow- Hufflepuff

Natasha is tricky. She could truthfully swing in any direction. It may seem strange to put a spy in Hufflepuff, but if nothing else, Natasha is loyal. She cares deeply for those close to her and has shown that she’s willing to die for them. Her characterization throughout the MCU has been lacking, but her solo film has shown her to be fiercely loyal.

Bruce Banner/The Hulk- Ravenclaw

Another Ravenclaw. Similar to Tony, Bruce is very intelligent. While he seems to be less inclined to want to fight battles than Tony is, he is constantly learning. His relationship with the Hulk can even be characterized this way. By a desire to learn how to control him, then to understand him, then to become him. His arc is one that is driven by knowledge.

Thor- Gryffindor

Thor is always looking to prove himself. Even though he can lift the hammer, he is constantly looking for validation that he is worthy. He’s not usually afraid of much, and when he is, he faces it anyway. What makes Thor a Gryffindor though is his desire to be the hero. He’s not in Slytherin because he doesn’t desire to rule. He’s not ambitious, he just wants validation.

Peter Parker/Spiderman- Gryffindor

Peter is another hard one. He’s intelligent like Bruce and Tony, which could throw him into Ravenclaw. He’s loyal to his friends, which could put him into Hufflepuff. But at his core, Peter is in Gryffindor. The proof is in one of his first lines in the MCU. In Civil War, he tells Tony, “if you can do the things I do, and you don’t, then bad things happen because of you. (paraphrased)” He feels that because he’s special, he has to act. And unlike Steve and Thor, Peter is almost always afraid. He faces his challenges in spite of that. And while he wants to have a normal life, and a typical High School experience, he selflessly puts himself on the line. Once again, Peter is not looking for recognition, he’s just trying to do the right thing.

Dr Strange- Ravenclaw

Lots of Ravenclaws in the MCU. For Dr Strange, there really isn’t any other option. He is completely driven by the pursuit of knowledge. And while recognition came with that, we see with his journey into the mystic arts that his true motivation comes from learning. He’s a very similar character to Tony Stark, and both of them are textbook Ravenclaws.

Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch- Hufflepuff

Like Natasha, Wanda is driven by her relationships. She is faithfully loyal to her brother, then Vision, then her family. She is definitely motivated to protect and care for those she loves. Including creating an entire alternate reality to be with them! Wanda is brave and intelligent, but at her core, she is loyal.

Loki- Slytherin

Finally, a Slytherin. Once again, was there any other option? Loki is characterized by his cunning and ambition. He wants to rule. And he doesn’t get there by rushing into battle. He gets there by being sneaky and clever. Loki is a Slytherin through and through.

Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel- Slytherin

This may not feel like the obvious choice for Carol, but she definitely portrays characteristics of a Slytherin. She’s the best, and she wants people to know it. She’s confident and clever, and she likes attention. We don’t know her very well yet, but from what we’ve seen, she seems to relish in the attention her efforts provide. She is good, helpful, and ambitious.

T’Challa/Black Panther- Hufflepuff

T’Challa is also driven by loyalty. But while he is protective of those he loves, his true loyalty is to Wakanda. He’s not king because of ambition, he’s king out of duty. Everything he does is through the lens of “what is best for Wakanda?” While it’s a bit unconventional, his loyalty to Wakanda characterizes him as a Hufflepuff.

Scott Lang/Ant-Man- Gryffindor

At first, it appears that Scott would be in Hufflepuff. After all, he is very motivated by his relationship with his daughter. But if he were truly 100% driven by that, he would have made different choices. He would not have betrayed Hope and Hank and teamed up with Captain America without their permission. He also would not have stolen from his company and landed in jail in the first place. But both of those above decisions do characterize him as a Gryffindor. He wants to be in the action, and he doesn’t always consider the consequences. Scott isn’t really looking for recognition and is not that ambitious, but he does want to be involved in the big events. He wants to help people, and he bravely faces battles. Sometimes without discretion.


Do you agree with our picks for these MCU characters in Hogwarts Houses? If not or if we’ve missed any out, leave us a comment below.


Check out our review of Black Widow HERE.

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