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.