A long-standing Pixar tradition to include hidden gems and references to upcoming films has continued with their latest movie, “Brave.” A pair of those easter eggs are revealed below in new images released by Walt Disney Studios. (Spoiler alert!)
In a pivotal scene, Merida stumbles across a woodcarver deep in the Scottish forests who turns out to be a witch. While specializing in whittling wooden bear figurines and conjuring haphazard spells, she showcases her mysterious and inexplicable knowledge of the future with a carved figurine of the infamous Pizza Planet truck, an iconic delivery vehicle that’s appeared in nearly every full-length feature film from Pixar Animation Studios since 1995’s “Toy Story.”
Also in the witch’s shack, a wood carving is seen featuring the likeness of Sulley, the “Monsters, Inc.” lead character slated to return to the big screen in 2013’s “Monsters University.”
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Pixar’s feature films have included other hidden gems referencing others, including WALL•E’s explorations uncovering a Mike Wazowski antenna ball and the classic Luxo Jr. ball found in the girl’s bedroom as Carl Fredricksen’s house flies by her window in “Up.” Those with a keen ear will also notice the voice of John Ratzenberger, appearing in all of Pixar’s films. In “Brave,” Ratzenberger puts on a Scottish accent and voices Gordon, a guard.
“Brave” is in theaters now.