You know how Pixar loves to share Easter Eggs in its movies! Join me on this epic quest to uncover all of the Disney Pixar easter eggs! After watching Onward, I spotted a few for you to keep your eyes peeled for when the movie comes out on March 6.
These are just a few of the ones I spotted. I need to watch the movie again more closely to spot some of the regular ones like the Pixar ball. The ones we found though are pretty great!
Director Dan Scanlon’s personal experiences with his brother inspired Onward.
Onward Easter Eggs
TripleDent Gum (Inside Out and Toy Story) will make you smile! Especially when you see how many times it shows up in Onward. You can see a pack in Ian’s room and at the gas station that the pixies are trashing.
There are a lot of play on words for brand names like Z90 Fit (P90x). Cloak & Cola, Mount Doom, Misty Ice, and LOTS more.
There are a ton of Lord of the Rings, Merlin, and Dungeons and Dragon’s references. The wizard that we see doing magic looks just like Gandolf. Stores and signs for Sword and the Scone, Second Breakfast, and more can be seen throughout the movie.
The hill he is doing magic on also looks like it has the Night Holler flowers from Zootopia on them. They could just be purple flowers, though.
The D&D fans are going to love all the references to the game including the dice and book instructions.
The characters watching him do magic on the hill shouldn’t be overlooked, though. One of them is a little Bonnie from Toy Story 3! Another one looks like the rock trolls from Frozen. The magic also makes a hidden Mickey.
Barley’s jacket and van are covered in band patches and stickers. There is a band poster for Muddle of Mush (Muddle of Mud).
On the quest, you’ll see Bean Stalks that stretch high into the sky.
On the freeway, when they go through to Toll (A troll in a toll booth for “Under Bridge Transportation Authority”) on the right-hand side, you will see the Pizza Planet truck. There are also Cozy Cones from Cars (and Toy Story)! In the next frame, you see Barley pull up to pay the toll, and you’ll see the truck!
When they look at the map, you can see Brave Wilderness and Lock Lake, a nod to Brave and the short The Ballad of Nessie.
Another nod to Brave, the calendar that Ian has his 16th birthday marked on, features a picture of the woods that Merida travels into to search for the Will-o’-the-Wisps.
The famous Pixar Luxo Ball is on a shield in the Tavern.
Remy from Ratatouille is cooking in the tavern! At first, I thought it was just a short cook, but you see him turn and can tell it’s a rat!
The wait staff is wearing Sorcerer Mickey hats.
Commenter Roy found Pepita, Mama Imelda’s Alebrije from Coco (Far left corner). The Gauntlet in the claw machine is pretty funny for a Marvel to throw in!
In the Pawn Shop, there is a necklace just like the shell one Ursula uses for Ariel’s voice in The Little Mermaid. There is also an Aladdin style lamp.
Commenter Aaron found the A113 in audio form! In the last scene a police call comes over Bronco’s radio, it says we have A 113 in progress.
John Ratzenberger voices a character in EVERY Pixar film. In Onward he is Construction Worker Felix and he is yelling at Barley at the stone fountain.
Onward has an Easter Egg from Soul. The albums on the shelf have Dorthea Williams on them and she is the Saxophone player from Soul.
I will update this post after more viewings and home release so that I can pause the scenes with lots of possibilities.
Did you catch an Onward Easter egg I missed? Leave me a comment to share!
Inclusivity in Onward
Onward also takes on some great diversity. Much like Toy Story 4 included a child with a cochlear implant, Onward features a teen with walking forearm crutches (big guy with the letterman jacket) and an LGBTQ teen (rainbow pin on the flannel).
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In the last scene a police call comes over bronco radio, it says we have A 113 in progress
Nice catch, thanks for sharing!
Our son is great w/ finding Easter Eggs in Pixar movies. But a few of the movies you’ve mentioned, he hasn’t seen. It’ll be interesting to see what he thinks after we go to tonight’s screening in Atlanta.
Can’t wait to hear if he spots any!
When they are playing the claw game at the tarvern there’s aliens in the machine
Also when they are traveling thru the valley the mountains look like pride rock but that could just be a coincidence
I thought the same thing about the mountains when I saw them. Maybe I should have included them since I mentioned Zootopia. I feel like they may be coincidences though because Pixar generally sticks with only Pixar movies.
You mention Doom as one of the soda references, but it should actually be Mountain Doom, a combo of Mount Doom from LOTR and Mtn Dew.
So cool. I will do it with my kid. Thank you
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My 11-year old noticed this one thanks to pausing the movie. When they’re in Manticore’s Tavern we paused to see what was in the “claw game” but HE noticed on the small shelf on the left of the screen is the cat alebrije from ‘Coco’. I had to get up to the screen closer, but it’s absolutely it!
We saw “hades” and “hydra” written on the patches on Barley’s jacket. “Hydra” is also written on a sticker on the back of the new van at the end. Not sure why tt hey are there because they are not Pixar.
I noticed a red N on Barleys hat at the end of the movie. Any reference to Nebraska cornhuskers?
The “claw“ from the claw machine in the Manticore’s tavern looks suspiciously like the Infinity Gauntlet.
HA, it’s probably just knights armor but I totally thought that when I saw it also.
On Barleys jacket one patch says Smote that’s from Moana
They have two moons. Like on Tattooine?
In the beginning, the soap next to the sink is called Aurora! Also Barley has a patch on his jacket that says Hades on it!
On the last scene, when both brothers are talking after their dad disappears, we can clearly see the Mandalorian helmet on Barley’s jacket as a pin.