Disney Easter Egg Final

Calasandra Spray (TheLorian)

While many of the Disney films have been linked together in this series, including “Aladdin,” “Moana,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Frozen,” “Tangled,” “Princess and the Frog,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “Toy Story,” “Monsters Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” “Up,” “Coco,” “The Incredibles,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Beauty and The Beast,” “Hercules,” and “The Lion King,” there are many more films and connections that I won’t be able to discuss as this is the wrap-up article of the Disney series. I want to discuss the films that clearly are not a part of the shared Disney universe theory. 

For a quick snapshot of Easter eggs that I haven’t had proper time to discuss but are still fun to find, try having your own Easter egg hunt this summer looking for these: the sugar rush candy from “Wreck it Ralph” in “Frozen”; “The Jungle Book” poster in “Meet The Robinsons”; Pongo from “101 Dalmations” in “Oliver and Company”; Jock from “Lady and the Tramp” in “The Lion King”; Little Brother from “Mulan” in “Tarzan”; the tea set from “Beauty and the Beast” in “Tarzan”; HeiHei from “Moana” in “Raya and the Last Dragon”; Dumbo in “Lilo and Stitch”; Mulan’s poster in “Lilo and Stitch”; Maximus and Vladimer from “Tangled” along with Tiny T-Rex from “Meet The Robinsons” in “Wreck it Ralph”; Pinocchio’s appearance in “Tangled”; and Hans from “Frozen” in “Big Hero Six,” (hint: he appears twice). 

Now, these films simply couldn’t inhabit the same universe: “Cars” and “Zootopia.” Since these films rely on the prospect that cars and animals, respectively, inhibit the same role humans do in the rest of the Disney universe, a conundrum is created. Now, these films could occupy an advanced era wherein the human race becomes extinct and due to artificial intelligence technology, the cars have become human; or an advanced era where humans have become extinct and animals have evolved in order to become human. However, both of these scenarios seem unlikely as their plotlines seem to be inhabiting the same time continuum of other films, as indicated by the setting, cameos, and Easter eggs. A more likely occurrence that can include both films is that the Disney universe is actually a multiverse in which the universes are aware of each other. 

This theory is supported in “Cars” in several ways. First off, all of the tires in “Cars” are Lightyear tires, a nod to Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story.” Now, this could have happened if “Cars” took place millions of years in the future; however, the train in “Toy Story 3” bears the number 95 along with Lightning McQueen’s coloring, suggesting that “Toy Story” is as aware of “Cars” as “Cars” is of “Toy Story.” Some might argue for the future theory by stating that Lightning McQueen could have watched these old shows and chose to match his number and colors to this obscure train. However, there’s a boy entering the playroom in “Toy Story 3” who wears a Lightning McQueen shirt, definitively setting the two films in the same time frame. Also in “Toy Story,” the Pizza Planet truck that Woody and Buzz climb into is stopped at a Dinoco gas station. Lightning McQueen is attempting to get sponsored by Dinoco, again suggesting the universes are aware of each other. The last awareness check branches out from “Toy Story” and instead features “Coco.” In “Cars 3,” one of the drivers is dreaming of his home in Santa Cecilia, which happens to be the city where “Coco” takes place. This shows that the universes are parallel, as they have similar layouts and destinations but are not actually the same, as “Coco” doesn’t feature talking cars. For some real enjoyment, at the end of “Cars,” the characters visit a drive-in theater where they view the storylines we’ve come to know and love in the Disney universe such as: “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” and “Monsters Inc.” The level of awareness in this end credit scene is phenomenal. 

The multiverse theory continues in “Zootopia.” The biggest clue that this is a separate universe is the bootlegged DVDs sold by Duke Weaslton. Films such as “Wrangled,” “Wreck-It Rhino,” “Pig Hero 6,” “Meowana,” and “Floatzen 2,” are shown on the screen when Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde are seeking information for their case. For these films to exist in the “Zootopia” universe, they would have to occupy the same time frame as their counterpart stories. If the advanced era theory holds, the occupants of “Zootopia” would inevitably have been bored by these films, as they would have been old and out of date. If they were old stories, there would be no market for them as bootlegged DVDs. This suggests that the DVDs were a hot commodity and thus still occupying the present and not a future era. A cute take of the films being relevant inside the “Zootopia” universe, two young elephant girls are dressed as Anna and Elsa outside the fish-town market in the film. Placing them in the same spatial location can be done through Chief Bogo. While he appears to be a workaholic, he does take some time off as he has a picture on his calendar of San Francisco, the location of “Big Hero Six,” in his office. Since San Francisco also exists in “Zootopia,” the universes share a similar spatial layout. Lastly, Genie’s lamp appears in “Zootopia” behind Yax the Yak at the naturalists club. Since “Aladdin” and “Zootopia” don’t occupy the same universe, I would have to assume it is a replica, much like what many people in our universe create. However, what if it really was Genie’s lamp and the Disney multiverse was crossable? 

While the Disney universe seems a little too far away sometimes, a screen separating us from the magic, it’s not that unreachable. Following the Disney multiverse theory, we are occupying the same space and time as some of our favorite stories, the fabric of space dimensions separating us from them. This can seem impossible, and we’ll probably never reach the other side… But at least you can believe that they are out there, and that’s more magic than having them only exist in your imagination. Perhaps the creators of Disney can see into the multiverse with their third eye and that’s why we know about them at all.  

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