Like all Pixar films before it, Inside Out is packed with Easter Eggs, some more subtle than others. After 5 viewings I feel safe to say that I've found more than a few of them. While I'd love to say that I've nearly found every Easter Egg in this movie, I know that simply isn't true. It's just not. Pixar put an uncountable amount of Easter Eggs in their films. Because of this, there's a theory out there on the internet called the Pixar Theory, and it can be perfectly summarised here. Maybe it's Pixar having fun (that's the likely outcome) or perhaps it's true. I like to think it is.
While The Good Dinosaur is more than likely going to completely ruin the Pixar Theory, for now it exists, and I'm here to talk about how the Studios' latest film fits into it, as well as letting you all in on a few other secrets as well. Before I begin, I must warn you that this article is going to be SPOILER HEAVY. If you haven't seen the film then I really recommend that you do. Somebody has described it to me as life changing and I think I'm going to have to agree. Pixar have truly returned to form, so let's see just how this film fits into the whole scheme of things.
Also around this time we get to see Riley jumping on the couches, pretending the floor is lava. There's a high angle shot of the living room that lasts for a few seconds and it's in this shot that we get to see a pile of magazines on Riley's table. And just who's on the cover of one of these magazines? Why, it's only Colette from Ratatouille, sporting her famous chef outfit and hat. It's a hard one to find, but it makes Inside Out officially canon in the Pixar Theory. It officially exists in the same universe as Ratatouille, which exists in the same universe as Up, which exists in the same universe as.... okay, I think you get it.
Also near the end of the film is the famous A113, which has appeared in nearly all Pixar and Disney movies, and even appeared in an episode of The Simpsons. For those not aware, A113 is the room many of the animators were trained in, and it's often thrown into films as a gag. It took me until my fourth viewing to find it, but A113 is spray painted onto a wall behind Riley when she's running away. I guess the reason it took me so long to find such an obvious Easter Egg is because at that point in the story I always get so overly invested in what's going on. However, that's not at all a bad thing. I just love this movie so much.
Two other notable references to other Pixar films can also be found during Inside Out's hour and a half runtime. On Riley's first day of school, one of the cool kids is wearing a very similar shirt to the one Sid wears during Toy Story 1 and 3. In fact, it's almost exactly the same, except, y'know, a female version of the shirt. Knowing Pixar, this is definitely not a coincidence. One of Pixar's short films, For The Birds, gets a reference in this film as well. During the opening credits, as Riley and her family drive through the country, a group of small, chubby birds can be seen sitting on a power line. Those unfamiliar with Pixar's brilliant short film, and one of the first I ever saw, will struggle to notice. The rest of us, however, will get a good laugh out of it.
And finally, these final two Easter Eggs are simply plays on words. Well, sort of. When Riley is talking to her friend over a non-Skype version of Skype, one of her contacts is named DocPete, which is undoubtably a reference to the film's director, Pete Doctor. The other one comes and goes every so often, and that's a poster in a shop window that says 'Sure Locks For Homes,' an obvious play on the name Sherlock Holmes. It's the fun things like this that makes me appreciate and love Pixar even more.