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Entries in Hidden Disney (7)

Monday
May052014

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Wandering Oaken's Trading Post Hidden Mickey

Disney's Frozen features wonderful characters, memorable songs and several Hidden Disney references - including a few Hidden Mickeys. One carefully Hidden Mickey appears inside Wandering Oaken's Trading Post, a rural shop visited by an ill-equipped Princess Anna, as she tries to find her way through Elsa's snowstorm. 

Wandering Oaken's Trading Post Hidden Mickey - Disney's Frozen

As Anna peruses the lightly stocked winter section in Wandering Oaken's, she passes by several shelves full of merchandise. Look through the items on the lower shelf. Tough to find, it seems as if Anna's left elbow points right at a small, Mickey Mouse plush. Frozen fans with a quick eye can catch a quick glimpse of Mickey's red shorts, upper torso and right cheek.

Close-up of the Hidden Mickey in Wandering Oaken's Trading Post - Disney's Frozen 

Monday
Nov052012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Wreck-It Ralph - Double U Dee's Hidden Mickey & Hidden Disney

Wreck-It Ralph, the 52nd animated feature from Walt Disney Studios, famously features dozens of arcade game character cameos. Sticking true to Disney Animation's tradition of hidden gags and inside jokes, Wreck-It Ralph also contains several Disney-themed Easter Eggs and at least one Hidden Mickey.

A Double U Dee's Billboard Hidden Mickey from Disney's Wreck-It Ralph (2012) © Walt Disney Animation

A full picture of Mickey Mouse has been hidden on a cleverly worded billboard for Double U Dee's or WD's for Walt Disney. Found in external shots of the arcade, the billboard is located just behind the red-roofed Litwak's Family Fun Center.

A lost Bolt appears on a bulletin board flyer, visible during the Bad Guys Anonymous meeting - Wreck-It Ralph (2012) © Walt Disney Animation

A bit of Hidden Disney appears during Ralph's first Bad Guys Anonymous meeting. The lost dog flyer posted in the Bad Anon meeting room is a nod to Walt Disney's Bolt (2008), a reference to the flyers Penny made while her beloved American Shepherd was missing.

Tiny the Tyrannosaurus Rex from Disney's Meet the Robinsons (2007) makes a random dinosaur cameo in Wreck-It Ralph (2012) © Walt Disney Animation

Most of Wreck-It Ralph's character cameos take place in the busy and bustling Game Central Station. Mixed in with video game icons are a few Hidden Disney references, including Tiny the Tyrannosaurus Rex from Meet the Robinsons (2007). One of the Bowler Hat Guy's ill-conceived henchmen, Tiny's enormous body and small arms weren't very useful while trying to grab Lewis, the little pre-teen inventor.

Played at the very end of the credits, the Wreck-It Ralph kill screen pays homage to Pac-Man and 80s arcade games. © Walt Disney Animation

Keep those eyes open for more Hidden Disney and stay to the end of the credits for a little surprise. Wreck-It Ralph has one last game inspired bit of bonus content, as the movie ends with a Pac-Man-style kill screen. Due to hardware limitations, glitches or programming errors, elite gamers learned certain arcade games from the 80s had kill screens instead of proper endings. The famed Pac-Man bomb screen appeared as the game's 256th level, since the system's limited processing could only account for values 0-255. Since kill screens could only be reached after hours of gameplay, some developers left them in the code and hardcore gamers sought them out as badges of honor.

Saturday
Jun302012

Hidden Disney·Pixar Details - A Knick Knack in the Cars Land Curio Shop

Several knick knacks on display in Radiator Springs Curios.

The Knick Knack snow globe on display in Radiator Springs Curios

Six years before Toy Story (1995), Pixar Studios released an acclaimed computer animated short titled Knick Knack (1989). At the time, Pixar was more computer company than animation studio. Written and directed by John Lasseter, the great reception to Knick Knack spurred Lasseter & Pixar to eventually create a full-length computer animated feature.

The short stars Frosty the Snowman's cousin, Knick, who tries desperately to get out of his Home Sweet Nome snow globe and over to a bikini clad beauty in a Sunny Miami knick knack. With each failing attempt, Knick's troubles snowball comedically to a smooth jazz track provided by Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin.

Years after its intial premiere, Pixar Studios remade Knick Knack as a theater preview for Disney·Pixar's Finding Nemo (2003). During its re-creation, several character changes were made to make the short more family friendly. The cool little cartoon was then revamped as a 3-D version, which was released as a companion to the Disney Digitial 3D re-release of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) in 2006.

Pixar fans visiting Cars Land can head over to Lizzie's Radiator Springs Curios, where the Knick Knack snow globe has been hidden atop one of the sales displays. 

Thursday
Jun212012

Hidden Disney·Pixar - From Cars 2 to Brave

Walt Disney Studio artists were famous for hiding inside jokes or placing caricatures of each other in their cartoons or animated films. Pixar's animators, having some of their own fun, created their own tradition by hiding references to upcoming films in previous releases.

In Toy Story 3 (2010) one of the Sunnyside preschoolers wore a Lightning McQueen t-shirt, paying homage to the upcoming Cars 2 (2011). Prior to that, Disney·Pixar's UP (2009) featured a pink Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear from Toy Story 3, which appeared in a little girl's room with the Pixar ball - both visible as Carl & Ellie's house flew through the city.

Cars 2 T-Shirt from Toy Story 3 © Disney·Pixar

Toy Story 3's Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear in UP © Disney·Pixar

As Disney·Pixar's thirteenth animated feature premieres in theaters on June 22, 2012, here's a flashback to BRAVE's first Easter Egg, a hidden cameo in 2011's Cars 2.

With the World Grand Prix shifting to Great Britain, the villains attempt to destroy Lightning McQueen and any support for alternative fuels. With Mater & Lightning flying through London's streets, Holley clears a path by pushing Dr. Z's henchmen, Acer and Grem, into the Left Turn Inn.

As the villainous pair crash into the Left Turn Inn, they end up spilling dozens of pints on the pub's patrons. As soon as the oil spill clears, clearly visible is a Scottish tapestry featuring the fearless highland family from BRAVE as cars.

Acer & Grem pushed into the Left Turn Inn - Cars 2 © Disney·Pixar

Patrons enjoying pints in the Left Turn Inn - Cars 2 © Disney·Pixar

Acer & Grem splash the Brits with their pints - Cars 2 © Disney·Pixar

The Left Turn Inn's Scottish Tapestry features Cars characters from BRAVE - Cars 2 © Disney·Pixar

Original Family Tapestry from BRAVE © Disney·Pixar

Tuesday
Jun122012

Hidden Disney Detail - The Buzz in Cars Land

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Cozy Cone - Radiator Springs - Cars Land: There's a little Buzz about this Hidden Disney Detail in the Cozy Cone Office. The famed Space Ranger, Buzz Lightyear has snuck into Sally's office under an orange cone, reprising the street crossing scene from Toy Story 2 (1999).