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Why 'A113' is planted in nearly every Pixar movie

Why 'A113' Is Planted In Nearly Every Pixar Movie

One of mankind's greatest mysteries is finally solved.

Pixar fans have been puzzled by the combination "A113" after noticing it in nearly every film and even some television shows over the past decade. From "UP", to "Toy Story", "Wall-E" and "The Simpsons."

It certainly wasn't a coincidence and a chief director at Pixar confirmed that A113 holds a very significant meaning the digital entertainment world.

It's the number of a classroom at the California Institute of Art with the first generation of animators studying graphic design and character animation. It's basically a nod to those who attended and puts their mark on the film they worked on.

The Today Show notes the only movie without the tribute is "Monsters, Inc." But there's also a chance it could be hidden really well.

Disney is known for splashing in a few hidden messages in its movies...

In a scene from "Monster's Inc." Boo offers Sully a very familiar toy fish (Nemo).

And in Toy Story, Mrs. Potato Head is reading a book about a familiar movie ("A Bug's Life").

We'll never watch another Disney movie the same way again.

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ajrimot May 02 2014 at 12:01 PM

Glorified taggers...

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xxxagentwolfxxx May 02 2014 at 10:40 PM

A113. Boom! There it is again!
Will we ever tire of it's awesomeness?

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no_freedomof_speech May 02 2014 at 9:22 PM


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Angela May 02 2014 at 9:18 PM

"One of mankind's greatest mysteries is finally solved."

If this is one of mankind's greatest mysteries, I'm done with this life & ready to be put in a pine box! Really??

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twalsh4440 May 02 2014 at 5:53 PM

huff post sucks

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alspoolhall May 02 2014 at 5:53 PM

I love little surprises like this. I liked it when Alfred Hitchcock, the famous director from back in the day, always did a walk-on cameo appearance in his films. We would try to be the first one to spot him and it didn't take away from the movie.

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freeetob alspoolhall May 02 2014 at 9:54 PM

Yeppy. And Stephen King cameoed in the latest "Under the Dome" and Carol Burnett's little ear tug on every program closing was another secret signal--a greeting to her grandmother, I believe.

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robbinsbc May 02 2014 at 4:13 PM

This isn't a new concept. Alfred Hitchcock had a very brief cameo appearance in almost all of the films he directed. It's also a great advertising opportunity in all films. How many times have you seen coke cans, budweiser cans and other products shown during films? Manufacturers pay big bucks to have their products shown on film.

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Mary Ann & Mike May 02 2014 at 3:18 PM

What Disney/Pixar needs to do is put more diversity in their creations that includes race, ethnicity. sexual orientation, female main characters. While it may be technically and artistically skilled it is in the dark ages when it comes to the evolution of humankind.

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c1g2w3 May 02 2014 at 3:12 PM

The song playing in the car (Toy Story 1) when they are making there move to the new home(at the end) is Hakuna matata from the Lion King.They seem to do that all the time to many to mention

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mxvin May 02 2014 at 12:52 PM

A113 (pronounced A1-13) was the classroom number used by character animation students at the California Institute of the Arts. Many of its alumni (including Pixar staff) have used the number in their professional works. It is said to appear in some way, shape, or form in every Pixar film. Although none have been found to date on Monsters, Inc., Pete Docter mentions he believed that it was on one of the doors in a hallway inside the factory in the documentary "Pixar: 25 Magic Moments." In addition to Pixar films, this running gag also appeared in some non-Pixar films, such

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