We all have those films that we watch over and over again, and we feel like we know everything there is to know. Harry Potter, Home Alone and anything that gets a good repeated showing every Christmas. When we spot a little detail we might have missed we get a buzz and love pointing it out to other people. The ultimate in satisfying movie watching is Easter egg hunting, where you look for little shout outs to other films and pop culture moments inside what you’re currently watching. We’ve compiled a list of the best Easter eggs that you might have missed in your favourite movies.
R2-D2 was in Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones, the smooth badass all boys wanted to be when they grew up and also basically Han Solo with an archaeology doctorate. The franchise has been running since 1981 and we’re up to four movies at last count, although I know many of you may want to forget Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ever happened. Way back in Raiders of the Lost Ark (often ranked as one of the greatest films of all time) Speilberg couldn’t resist including some little nods to Harrison Ford’s other work on the Star Wars franchise by carving little symbols of R2-D2 and CP30 on a pillar in a shot!
Pac-Man is in Tron
Tron used truly ground-breaking techniques to come up with their unique visuals, using computer animation and backlighting to make it look like Jeff Bridges could actually be trapped inside his own programmes. The creators were leagues ahead of the game and between geeking out over visuals, they found time to throw in a Pac-Man nod as villain of the story Sark is searching for our heroes using his radar system. The distinctive “waka waka” can even be heard mixed into the scene.
Toy Story references The Shining
Toy Story director Lee Unkrich says The Shining is the movie that started his love affair with films after seeing it at the tender age of eight, and it becomes obvious when you watch Toy Story. The number 237, a reference to the haunted bathtub lady room at the Overlook, crops up in the background of several scenes on garbage trucks and security cameras. Also, when the toys sneak into creepy neighbour Sid’s house, the carpet is the same as in the hotel! Spooky…
Scar is in Hercules
This is a dark one. At the end of Hercules’s ‘Zero to Hero’ number with Phil, Herc dances with an animal pelt on his head and then throws it down onto the floor. A glimpse at what Phil is looking so shocked at tells us that it’s no other than Scar! His fur is indeed very beautiful, but his dead eyes and limp body are beyond creepy. Thanks Disney!
I Am Legend predicted Batman v Superman
In the ruins of zombified New York City, there’s a poster for a Batman/Superman crossover movie. The film was made in 2007 so it was more of a throwaway gag than any sly viral marketing, but it’s funny to look back at something that got people so excited ten years ago with the knowledge that the film actually got made! Or I Am Legend is set in 2016… oh no.