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    54 Details From Animated Films You've Probably Never Noticed Before, Even If They're In Your Fave Movie

    I aspire to be as detail-oriented as the animators of the world.

    DISNEY, with the cast of Frozen
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    1. Two characters from Cinderella took time out of their busy schedules to attend a wedding in an entirely different movie.

    2. The Little Mermaid's King Triton gets a Mardi Gras tribute in The Princess and the Frog.

    3. Dr. Facilier's shadow transforms the pattern of the wallpaper it touches into skulls.

    4. Just in case you were wondering if Gaston actually died after he fell off the castle in Beauty and the Beast, the animators added little skulls to his pupils.

    5. The streets of Paris in The Hunchback of Notre Dame feature multiple Disney cameos, including the carpet from Aladdin, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and an animal on a spit that may or may not be The Lion King's Pumbaa. (If it is, RIP.)

    6. The Beast makes a cameo appearance in Aladdin as one of the Sultan's beloved toys.

    7. Here's a detail that makes The Hunchback of Notre Dame even darker than it already is: While Claude Frollo sings, "It's not my fault," in "Hellfire," the monks in the background sing, "Mea culpa," a phrase that basically means, "It is my fault."

    8. A very brief moment in Hercules references the death of the mythic Greek hero Jason, leader of the Argonauts, who died when the mast of his ship hit him on the head.

    9. Scar is a rug by the time Hercules rolls around.

    10. In Hercules, Hades quietly breaks the fourth wall and reassures both his minions and the audience that they're only at the halfway point of the movie.

    11. Nani from Lilo and Stitch is a big fan of Mulan.

    12. When Nani signs Stitch's adoption papers, she's actually signing a thoughtful thank you to those who helped make Lilo and Stitch, including "the artists, production management team, and overhead departments."

    13. Mother Gothel tells Rapunzel's hair, and not Rapunzel herself, that she loves it the most.

    14. Prince Hans did enough damage in the Frozen universe that he's wanted by the police in the Big Hero 6 one.

    15. Zootopia's Nick Wilde held onto the handkerchief from his uniform for the Junior Ranger Scouts.

    16. Nick admits to having been arrested on his application to become a police officer, then thinks better of it, scratches out his answer, and checks, "No."

    17. Moana's Tamatoa got ahold of Genie's lamp from Aladdin.

    18. Frozen 2 shouts out Hans Christian Andersen ("some new Danish author"), author of many of the fairy tales Disney has adapted, including The Little Mermaid and The Snow Queen, which was the inspiration for the Frozen movies.

    PIXAR, with Buzz Lightyear in the background
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    19. Everyone in the Pixar extended universe orders Chinese takeout from the same place.

    20. Boo offers Sulley a toy Nemo in Monsters, Inc., which was released two years before Finding Nemo.

    21. Little Mikey, Mike Wazowski’s beloved teddy bear, is prominently displayed in his dorm room in Monsters University.

    22. Incrediboy has a thrifty solution to a mask that doesn't cover his entire face in The Incredibles.

    23. Four of the supers killed by their own capes make an appearance at Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl's wedding, prior to their sartorial demises. Presumably, they're not sitting next to Edna because if they were, she would've told them to drop the capes.

    24. Ratatouille's Linguini is a big enough fan of The Incredibles to wear underwear patterned with its logo.

    25. Here's something bleak as hell: The humans in Wall-E tried to avert catastrophic climate change...after they'd already covered the Earth in piles of garbage.

    26. Pixar's 1988 short film Tin Toy (only their third short ever) is playing on TV while Hamm is channel surfing in Toy Story 2.

    27. Buzz Lightyear's batteries are produced by Buy n Large, a company that is heavily featured in Wall-E.

    28. Carl and Ellie from Up apparently know Andy from Toy Story well enough to send him a postcard.

    29. In Toy Story 4, Buzz Lightyear is starting to show signs of age in one of the few ways a hunk of plastic can.

    30. By the time Inside Out is set, Colette from Ratatouille has become enough of a celebrity chef to be featured on a magazine cover.

    31. Sid's shirt (or perhaps Sid himself) makes an appearance in Coco.

    32. The numbers assigned to the souls in Soul approximately line up with estimates about how many human beings have ever existed.

    33. A poster in Soul advertises Portorosso, the setting of Luca.

    DREAMWORKS, with Shrek and Donkey in the background
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    34. Two Egyptian guards from The Prince of Egypt abandon their weapons and join the freed slaves on their exodus.

    35. The dragon from Shrek channels some Ratatouille energy in its lair.

    36. In Shrek 2, the Gingerbread Man carries the scars from Lord Farquaad's interrogation in the first film, which is a chilling bit of continuity.

    37. A character in Monsters vs. Aliens pays homage to a fellow DreamWorks property and wears a pin shaped like Shrek (on the left-hand side of his jacket, above the blue stripe).

    38. The stylish neck accessories adorning each Chicken Run character are designed to keep audiences from remembering that they're watching puppets.

    39. A photograph of Wallace and Gromit in Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit reveals that Gromit got his education at a very prestigious institution.

    40. Rise of the Guardians references the Spanish-speaking world's version of the tooth fairy myth: El Ratoncito Pérez

    41. Astrid gives Hiccup a new look in How to Train Your Dragon 2, and he keeps it for the entire movie. There's a chance that he just forgot about it, but I'm going to take this at its (adorable) face value.

    42. Madagascar leans on the fourth wall with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to a screenplay's three-act structure.

    43. According to The Road to El Dorado, DreamWorks has been around for way longer than we thought.

    LAIKA, with Coraline and Wybie in the background
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    44. Coraline features a van with pro-stop-motion animation graffiti.

    45. Mr. Bobinsky was apparently recognized by the Soviet Union for his services relating to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

    46. In a terrifying detail, the Other Mother's cute oven mitt is repurposed for the worst possible purpose later in the film.

    47. ParaNorman gives a shoutout to Cujo, Stephen King's 1981 novel (and its 1983 movie adaptation of the same name) about a rabid dog.

    48. Following Kubo's defeat of the Moon King in Kubo and the Two Strings, the moon itself is less impressive than it was at the beginning of their battle.

    49. A drawer seen in the 2019 film Missing Link contains references to ParaNorman, Kubo and the Two Strings, and The Boxtrolls.

    Studio Ghibli, with two characters from Spirited away
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    50. Kiki's cat, Jiji, makes a cameo appearance on a pillow in Spirited Away.

    51. Howl's clothing gets torn after he suddenly grows wings in Howl's Moving Castle.

    52. The first thing Howl says to Sophie in the film is explained by a moment that occurs way later on, when Sophie encounters Howl's past self and tells him to "find me in the future."

    53. Ponyo takes a second to acknowledge the physiological differences between its two protagonists.

    54. And finally: A Spirited Away duck can be spotted in Ponyo.

    As always, thanks to the fine folks at r/MovieDetails for being some of the most observant people on the internet.

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