Hidden Gems for the Super Nerds   by

With Easter just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to highlight some of our favorite cinematic Easter Eggs! For those that don’t obsessively read forums or the “Trivia” section of IMDB, an Easter Egg is an intentional hidden message, inside joke or gag that the average viewer might not catch. They’re used as a way for filmmakers to tip their hat to friends, fans or just for fun. We’ve scoured the deepest wells of the cinematic internet to put together our favorite Easter Eggs for you to hunt down.

Pixar, who’ve always included Easter Eggs in their feature films (and some of their shorts) are great about referencing future projects in their latest release. For example, in Finding Nemo there’s a little boy reading a Mr. Incredible comic while waiting for the dentist. Before that, in Monsters Inc., Boo offered Sully a stuffed Nemo doll at one point in the film. More recently, Lotso from Toy Story 3 showed in Up in the bedroom of the little girl that the house floats by during it’s initial ascent.

Sometimes, Easter Eggs reference other works from the same director like the Flux Capacitor from the Back to the Future movies showing up in the engine room of The Polar Express. Both films were directed by Robert Zemeckis, who also saw fit to name the young farm boy who’s barn gets wrecked by Marty in 1955 “Sherman Peabody”, the names of the time traveling boy and dog from the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons.

Our favorite Easter Egg has to be from John Carpenter’s The Thing. Let’s just say, if you spoke Norwegian, you wouldn’t really need to watch the whole movie.

To check out our collection of Easter Eggs, go to TiVo Central, select “Find TV, Movies & Videos”, then choose “Browse TV & Movies” to find “Easter Egg Hunt” under Collections. There you’ll also find our “Easter Cinema” collection with our favorite Easter-themed programming.

What’s your favorite movie Easter Egg? Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #TiVoEggHunt.

 

                                                                                 

4 Responses to "Hidden Gems for the Super Nerds"

  1. Craig T. says:

    If the Norwegian guy is telling them about the dog in The Thing, I don’t think that should count. That’s part of the story. What else would he be saying?

  2. Suzanne F. says:

    I don’t have any of those options on my HD TiVo. How am I supposed to find this?

  3. Editor says:

    Suzanne, the Collections are only available on Series 4 boxes. For more information about these units, go to http://www.tivo.com/products.

  4. Aaron says:

    @Editor: I think that’s @Suzanne’s point. There’s no good reason why these Collections couldn’t be made available on the HD series. It can’t possibly be any more technically advanced than Wishlists or whatever the pre-cursor to Collections was called. Basically, as soon as TiVo releases a new product, the previous generation gets absolutely no attention AT ALL, regardless of how trivial it would be to add the feature. This is my *only* complaint about TiVo – the inevitable feeling that as soon as I buy a new unit, TiVo will release a new one the next month and stop all development on the one I just bought.

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