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The Pizza Planet delivery truck first appeared in the original Toy Story. You’ll remember it was the conveyance Buzz and Woody use to get back to Andy’s house from Pizza Planet. Since then it’s showed up in every Pixar movie. It’s even in Monsters University, as you can see in the photo above.
And here’s what it looked like during its first appearance in Toy Story, back in1995…
The Pizza Planet truck isn’t the only easter egg in Monsters University. Director Dan Scanlon worked an homage to the classic Luxo Jr. ball … but not in a place you might expect. It’s on the wall behind the commentators for the Scare Games. Hidden in a bit of colorful graffiti, there’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it graphic of the ball, which Disney let us freeze-frame…
But wait, there’s more! In the photo below, shared by EW.com, we see that Sulley is entering classroom A113 on the campus of Monsters University.
That, of course, is an inside-joke reference to a CalArts classroom that housed several of the Pixar artists during their formative years. The numerical sequence has found its way into every Pixar film to date, and Monsters U. is no different.
There are still more goodies we don’t have photographic evidence of yet. Earlier, right before Pixar’s Monsters University reached theaters, I shared with you a quote director Dan Scanlon told me about where to look in his animated feature for clues to the next few Pixar films. I speculated that the dinosaurs on the floor of the bedrooms in the Scare Simulators might turn out to be characters from the planned dinosaur feature Pixar will release.
The Monsters Easter Eggs keep rolling in as the movie continues to screen. Have you found any we’ve missed? What did you dig up? Share them with us in the comments below.