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It seems "Lunar Larry" didn't quite stick with Pixar heads, and luckily was changed to "Buzz Lightyear". (Luke Starkiller was the name originally given for another space adventurer, Luke Skywalker)
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It's Tough To Be A Bug!
In the mid-90's, Disney Imagineers were designing a theater inside the "Tree of Life" icon for Disney's Animal Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World and needed a concept. They turned to Pixar creatives to ask if they had any films in the works that might be a good fit, and Pixar was coincidentally working on a film about bugs. The Imagineers weren't sure bugs fit in with their "Animal Kingdom" theme until Pixar reminded them that insects make up over 80% of animals in the world, including humans! Disney needed the attraction to open with the park, which meant it premiered 7 months earlier than the release of the film.
Jodi would also go on to voice Barbie in Toy Story 3, as well as portray Robert's assistant Sam in Disney's Enchanted.
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Crystal has been quoted as saying after seeing Toy Story, he realized turning down the role was one of the biggest mistakes of his career. Luckily, he got a second chance.
Other wrong names she used were Chico and Bingo, though she did get Nemo's name right a total seven times (four without being corrected first).
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Director Brad Bird was the first director to be sourced from outside the studio and was at first unaware of the running theme of the truck, then ultimately decided against adding it because he considered it an "inside joke" he shouldn't try to mimic.
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The year was released
The number has also been featured in numerous other Disney/Pixar films such as all three Toy Story films and A Bug's Life.
Worried that the general public wouldn't know how to pronounce the title, Disney/Pixar had it spelled phonetically on all the posters and trailers.
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Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class
The name WALL-E is supposedly a reference to Walter Elias Disney. The first dialogue conversation doesn't start until 39 minutes into the film. Director Andrew Stanton and his team watched every single Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton movie every day during lunch for about a year and a half to inspire visual storytelling.
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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
In an interesting twist, in 2006 CEO of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger negotiated a trade with NBC Universal to return the rights of Oswald to Disney in exchange for sending sportscaster Al Michaels from Disney's ABC and ESPN to NBC Sports. At the time, ABC had lost its contract for NFL broadcast rights and, though Michaels was still in a long-term contract with Disney-owned ESPN, he wanted to rejoin broadcasting partner John Madden at NBC.
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Molly (Beatrice Miller)
Hannah Unkrich, daughter of Pixar's Lee Unkrich, provided the voice for infant Molly in the first two Toy Story films. Sid can be seen in the movie for a moment as a garbage man. While Andy's Mom was never given a name, there are some interesting fan theories that she is actually Emily, the girl that abandoned Jessie in Toy Story 2. Debunked by Pixar heads, but interesting nonetheless.
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The number of the CalArts classroom used by many Pixar employees as students
Room A113 at the California Institution of Arts is where many Pixar and Disney studio employees learned graphic design and character animation. You can see this number hidden in every Disney/Pixar film and many Disney animated films.
MacDonald is the surname of the voice of Merida, Kelly MacDonald. The name Macintosh (or McIntosh) is a common Scottish surname, but also the name of a well-known variety of apple, a reference to the Apple computer. Steve Jobs was a co-founder of Apple and played a big role in Pixar. The movie is dedicated to Jobs as he passed away before the film's completion. The only food Merida eats in the film is an apple.
"I'll scare what she's scaring.""I know you're a princess and I'm just a stable boy.""We gotta find Curley's gold.""You look hideous."
"I know you're a princess and I'm just a stable boy."
This is a reference to The Princess Bride, in which Crystal portrayed Miracle Max. He was known to be so funny during his improvised scenes that fellow actor Mandy Patinkin bruised a rib from trying to withhold laughing and temporarily shutdown production.
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Amy Poehler portrayed Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation and was a cast member along with Bill Hader on Saturday Night Live. Phyllis Smith and Mindy Kaling were both regulars as well as writers for The Office.
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The Luxo Ball is another item that can be found in numerous Disney/Pixar films. Luxo Jr. was John Lasseter's first short film produced under the Pixar name for SIGGRAPH, an annual computer graphics conference, in 1986. Lasseter wanted to show with the 2-minute short that you could show inanimate objects expressing human emotions. Before the screening short had ended, the entire audience of the conference was giving the piece a standing ovation. It went on to be the first CGI film nominated for an Academy Award.
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Shrek 2 was an American box office phenomenon, holding the record for more than 10 years until Finding Dory dethroned it. Finding Dory also holds the record for worldwide box office of an animated film.
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He's done all of them!
And we hope he continues the lucky streak...