Who doesn’t love all the great easter eggs that Disney•Pixar puts into its films!? It’s one of my favorite things to do when we bring the movie home. We saw Coco over Thanksgiving and I wanted to start a post with the easter eggs that we found in the film.
This is based off what we have found in the trailers, clips, and watching the movie. Coco arrives on Digital Feb. 13th and Blu-ray February 27th! When the film comes out on digital I’ll be able to take a closer look and get better screenshots. But so far, here are all of Disney Pixar Coco Easter Eggs!
All of Disney Pixar Coco Easter Eggs
Straight from the animators at Pixar (seen during my Pixar tour!), A cool fact about the Land of the Dead is that the towers of buildings are built like the hills homes in Mexico. The older homes are found at the bottom and get newer as you go further up. If you look closely you can see Aztec and Mayan ruins at the bottom of the towers. As you work your way up you pass the colonial times, Revolution, and the modern times at the top.
Here is a better look at the pyramid when they are walking at the bottom.
All the skulls!!! There are so many skulls in the Land of Dead. They are in street lamps, The voids of the buildings, voids of the pathways, the beaches and a whole lot more. Once you start seeing them, you can’t unsee all the skulls.
Pizza Planet Truck – The Pizza Planet truck drives past playing music while Miguel is looking out the window. The name on the truck was altered to fit into Mexico so it is Pizza Planeta!
Toy Story / Monster’s Inc. Piñatas – Hanging in the plaza when Miguel visits the plaza to shine shoes.
Nemo, Dory, Destiny, Remi, and Pepita Alebrije – On the table of alebrijes when Miguel is heading to the plaza, you can see Nemo, Dory, Destiny, and Remi. You can also see Pepita on the table near the end. Other characters we see in the movie are Doug from “UP” and The Good Dinosaur.
Mamá Imelda’s spirit guide Pepita. Filmmakers were so dazzled by the vibrant alebrijes they saw in their travels throughout Mexico, they wanted to incorporate the folk art into the story. The alebrijes are brought to life in “Coco” as dynamic spirit guides throughout the Land of the Dead. A secret nod to Mamá Imelda’s spirit guide Pepita appears on the Rivera family’s ofrenda: a cat alebrije near Imelda’s photo is painted in the same colors as Pepita.
Luxo ball – This iconic ball appears in every Pixar movie including The Good Dinosaur. You can see this one on the table when the Monkey jumps. It is also seen as a luchador mask in the Dantes Lunch short!
A113 – Another one that appears in every Pixar movie is A113. It’s a reference to the classroom at California Institue of Arts that many of the animators attended. You’ll see it as an office number.
You can also see the A113 on the album cover!
The Incredibles movie poster – When Hector and Miguel walk to the talent show you can see it on the wall.
John Ratzenberger voices a character in every Pixar film and in Coco he plays Juan Ortodoncia. He is the skeleton that is visiting his dentist! Notive anything else about that dentist’s office? It’s the dentist office from Finding Nemo!
So many lights. There are 7 million lights in the shot of Miguel seeing the Land of the Dead for the first time!
Sid’s Shirt. The iconic bad boy from Toy Story gets a nod in the Land of the Dead battle of the bands when his shirt appears on a performer. I doubt this is actually Sid, but you never know. Either way, it was a fun find.
Lightning McQueen. During the Pixar short Dante’s Lunch, we see a little boy wearing shoes with the race car on them.
Famous Mexican Cameos. Miguel meets legendary artist Frida Kahlo during his journey.
Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, also known as El Santo the famous luchador. Mexican singers and actors Jorge Negrete and Pedro Infante, Cantinflas, Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata, and Mexican film actress and singer María Félix.
1921 – The year Walt Disney made his first animation. You can see this as the start of the Rivera Family of Shoemakers got its start!
End credits ofrenda.
Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Inc. who was also a CEO and shareholder of Pixar; Don Rickles, famed insult comic and the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies; and Joe Ranft, the voice actor behind Heimlich in A Bug’s Life and Jacques in Finding Nemo.
Coco arrives on Digital Feb 13th and Blu-ray/DVD Feb 27th!
Disney Pixar Bonus Features and Deleted Scenes
Here are the bonus features you’ll find!
Blu-ray & Digital:
- Deleted Scenes with Introductions – Director Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina talk about the deleted scenes and the part they played in the development of “Coco.”
- Día de los Muertos – In this musical extravaganza, the colors and excitement of Día de los Muertos come to life as we meet superstar Ernesto de la Cruz.
- The Way of the Riveras – A musical number in which Abuelita and Miguel prepare their Día de los Muertos celebration while she teaches him Rivera family history and traditions.
- Celebrity Tour – Héctor, a Land of the Dead tour bus guide, agrees to help Miguel, revealed to be a living boy, on his quest to find de la Cruz.
- The Bus Escape – The Rivera family catches up to Miguel and Héctor and attempts to halt their mission to find de la Cruz.
- Alebrije Attack – Miguel and Héctor are interrupted on their journey to find de la Cruz by a fierce alebrije.
- The Family Fix – After de la Cruz reveals his true colors, the Rivera family puts their dismay aside and comes together to repair the smashed guitar needed to send Miguel home.
- To the Bridge – As the Land of the Dead counts down to the end of Día de los Muertos, Miguel and de la Cruz come head-to-head on the marigold bridge.
- Filmmaker Commentary – Presented by Lee Unkrich (director), Adrian Molina (co-director) and Darla K. Anderson (producer).
- The Music of “Coco” – Collaborating with musicians of Mexico and some unique instrumentation, this documentary explores the beautiful fusion of music essential to the story of “Coco.”
- Paths to Pixar: “Coco” – Explore how the film crew’s personal stories resonate with the themes of the movie itself.
- Welcome to the Fiesta – A musical exploration of the skeletons that make the Land of the Dead in “Coco” so wondrous and intriguing.
- How to Draw a Skeleton – Pixar artist Daniel Arriaga gives a lesson on the quick and easy way to draw skeletons using simple shapes.
- A Thousand Pictures a Day – Join the “Coco” crew on an immersive travelogue through Mexico, visiting families, artisans, cemeteries, and small villages during the Día de los Muertos holiday.
- Mi Familia – Developing the Riveras was a labor of love that took the cast and crew on a deep dive into the meaning of family.
- Land of Our Ancestors – Watch Pixar artists lovingly construct layer upon layer of architecture from many eras of Mexican history, bringing the Land of the Dead to life.
- Fashion Through the Ages – The cast of characters in “Coco” are from many different eras, making for some magnificent costuming opportunities.
- The Real Guitar – The majestic guitar that spurs Miguel on his journey through the Land of the Dead is a unique creation. Watch as it is initially designed by a Pixar artist and ultimately realized as a real instrument by a master luthier in this poetic ode to craftsmanship.
- Dante – How the crew fell in love with the uniquely Mexican breed of Xoloitzcuintli (or “Xolo”) dogs that inspired Dante.
- How to Make Papel Picado – Join Pixar artist Ana Ramírez González as we learn how papel picado is made traditionally, and then try your own approach to this beautiful art form.
- Un Poco “Coco” – A montage of original animated pieces used to promote “Coco.”
- “Coco Trailers” – Trailers include “Feeling,” “Dante’s Lunch,” “Destiny,” “Journey” and “Belong.”
- Filmmaker Commentary