A long day at the filmmaking desk might cause creators to get bored, so instead, they sometimes shake things up and decide to put some Easter eggs in movies’ nooks and crannies. These hidden gems are teeny-tiny details you might miss in one blink, so rewatches may be necessary after you read all about them below.
1. This subtle Wolverine Easter egg in The Greatest Showman
When the credits roll in The Greatest Showman, you can see a nifty detail tucked in the corners of executive producer James Mangold’s frame. It turns out that Mangold is also the director of Logan, a box office film led by the star of both films, Hugh Jackman.
2. The familiar alien language in Men in Black
In the pantry scene in Men in Black, worm-like aliens grabbing cups of coffee can be heard speaking in “Huttese,” a language spoken by yet another famous alien in another universe— Jabba the Hutt from the Star Wars franchise.
3. This clever canine detail in Zootopia
Dogs may be out of sight, but wolves are everywhere when you watch the animated film, Zootopia, and there is probably a good reason for that. Since Zootopia is an animal haven without any humans present, it’s probably impossible for wolves to be domesticated into the dogs we have nowadays as pets.
4. This tribute in Top Gun: Maverick
If you look closely at the jukebox scene in Top Gun: Maverick, Lt. Jake “Hangman” Seresin can be seen dialing “86” to turn on Foghat’s Slow Ride. This seems like a callback to the year when the first Top Gun movie was released, 1986.
5. This playful homage in Frankenweenie
When all animals turn into Kaiju-like creatures in Frankenweenie, we can see the pet turtle, Shelley, ravaging the town. This may be seen as an homage to the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, who created the story the movie is based on. It can also be a nod to actress Shelley Duvall who starred in the 1984 short of the same name.
6. This uncanny resemblance in Spider-Man: Homecoming
In a world of multiverses, the Marvel Cinematic Universe surely tries its best to bridge gaps between its films. One particular detail was actor Martin Starr appearing in 2 Marvel films: The Incredible Hulk in 2006 and Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017. And while the MCU is on it, they confirmed that Starr’s Roger Harrington is the same person in the films set decades apart.
7. This borrowed equipment from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
While Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduced us to a multitude of Spider-Mans, we couldn’t help but notice the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator, or FLDSMDRF, from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs floating around a scene from the third act. Notably, the film’s producers, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, were also Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ directors.
8. This island souvenir in Lilo & Stitch
The Polynesian heritage is strong between Lilo & Stitch and Moana, as we can see a familiar hook lingering in the films. Lilo & Stitch’s David can be seen wearing a necklace with a pendant resembling the demigod Maui’s giant hook in Moana.
9. This foxy reference in Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio combines the traditional and Disney-fied fairy tale, and one detail, in particular, is its main antagonist, Count Volpe, a cruel and desolate circus owner. Literally meaning “fox” in Italian, Volpe is also a conglomeration of 2 villains from the Disney version: Honest John the Fox and Stromboli.
10. These blink-and-miss details in Atlantis: The Lost Empire
At the end of Atlantis: The Lost Empire, all the heroes receive a gift from the Atlanteans, crystals from the hidden city. They turn each of their crystals into personalized accessories, like Mrs. Packard’s brooch and Audrey’s choker.
11. This clever callback in Bullet Train
When Lemon labeled “The Son” as a “Percy” and put a Percy sticker from Thomas and friends on his forehead in Bullet Train, it was a quick reference to actor Logan Lerman’s time as the beloved Percy Jackson in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians franchise.
12. This shoutout to a high school icon in Do Revenge
Do Revenge is packed with many 1990s film references, and one that stood out was a glimpse of a building’s name, “Horowitz Hall.” It may serve as a nod to Clueless’s queen bee, Cher Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone, a ’90s teenage icon.
13. The meaning behind Bruno’s green visions in Encanto
Besides being Bruno’s favorite color, green has another symbolic meaning, especially regarding his visions in Encanto. Emeralds are believed to help magicians predict the future.
14. The consistency in Titanic
The titular ship’s architect, Thomas Andrews, played by actor Victor Garber, can be seen carrying a pocket notebook every now and then in the film. He was known to jot down any improvements he felt were needed as he walked all over the ship.
15. This cool pantheon in Thor: Love and Thunder
Among the Greek and Norse Gods, other mythological characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe came to life in Thor: Love and Thunder. Bast, the Wakandan panther goddess, and Kukulkan, a Mayan winged wind serpent deity, can be seen sitting in front of Thor and his buddies.
16. This funny detail in Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico
During a scene in Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico in which Fred tries to explain the difference between “manana” and “mañana,” he still manages to mess it up by misspelling it as “manaña.”
17. Gromit’s academic journey in Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
In a shot from Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, a photo frame shows Gromit graduating from a certain Dogwarts University, a play on Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter books, with a degree in Engineering for Dogs.
18. This glaring inaccuracy in The Hunger Games
Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games franchise is well-known for her hunting and archery prowess. However, experts say she exhibited poor technique when using her bow and arrows, which could lead to injury.
19. This university shoutout in Coraline
Coraline’s producer, Bill Mechanic, showed some love to his alma mater by having the blue-haired heroine’s workaholic dad wear a green Michigan State University sweater. The mechanic even came back on campus to do a screening of the film.
Which of these have you spotted before? Which films would you like to rewatch soon?