Disney Easter Eggs Part 2
Calasandra Spray (TheLorian)
Here we go! To start our Disney journey, let’s follow Carpet on his adventures around the Disney universe. First appearing in the film “Aladdin” in 1992, Carpet is a magical rug found in the Cave of Wonders along with Genie and his lamp.
His next big debut you have to pause the movie to see. During “Out There” in the 1996 film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” a purple rug suspiciously similar to Carpet can be seen getting sold by a vendor in the market. While you’re paused here, Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” can be seen strolling through the streets of Paris in the bottom right corner, adjacent to Carpet.
While the “Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Aladdin” are set roughly in the same time frame, our friend Carpet makes a much later, and much earlier appearance in 2016’s film, “Moana”. Set in the 10th century, Carpet can be seen in the village of Motunui during “How Far I’ll Go” as Moana walks around her island. The carpet being carried by her fellow islanders has Carpet’s detailing down to the tassels. Unfortunately, this carpet cannot fly and doesn’t have the big personality we love in “Aladdin’s” Carpet. Perhaps Genie enchants Carpet and his time spent in Motunui is pre-Genie Carpet. This theory could hold true as Genie’s lamp can be seen in Tamatoa’s treasure collection. During the song “Shiny,” when Maui attempts to grab his hook off the crabs back, you can see Genie’s lamp on the left amongst the golden debris. I wonder who rubbed the lamp and wished for Carpet to become magic? Or how Genie, the lamp, and Carpet ended up in Agrabah?
Traveling from Motunui to Agrabah to Paris seems like a long journey, but he doesn’t stop there. Finding himself in New Orleans, Carpet can be seen getting shaken out over a balcony in the opening scene of “The Princess and The Frog” as the town prepares for Mardi Gras. Just before the title appears on screen roughly seven minutes into the film, in the top right corner there’s a rug identical to Carpet being shaken out. If you’re not convinced this is Carpet, later in the film as Mama Ode tells our heroes to “Dig A Little Deeper” Genie’s lamp can be seen getting thrown at Mama Ode’s snake. Perhaps the whole Aladdin gang made a trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras as a vacation after saving Princess Jasmine and all of Agrabah. One place I’m not sure how the lamp ended up is in Zootopia as this universe seems to be completely separate from the rest of the Disney films; however, that’s a topic for another day.