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20 Splendid References We Didn’t Notice in Cartoons

Disney wouldn’t be Disney without their hidden Mickeys in the most unexpected, unnoticeable places in every movie. But these aren’t the only kinds of Easter eggs we can expect to find in our favorite cartoons. Some animators have fun by hiding a lot of cool things in their films, including references. That’s why even if you’re watching a cartoon for the millionth time, there’s still something new to hunt for — just keep your eyes wide open because once you blink, it’s gone.

Here at Bright Side, we could make articles about cartoon details forever because there are so many of them. But this time around, we noticed the sweetest references and couldn’t help but want to share them with all of you.

1. Moana references Lilo & Stitch in the cutest way possible.

2. In Big Hero 6, there’s a picture of Hiro’s cat dressed as Stitch.

3. In Moana, there’s the magical flower from Tangled that gave Rapunzel’s hair healing powers.

4. Aladdin and Maui throw an apple and a coconut in the exact same way.

5. In Big Hero 6, you can see the picture of Hans from Frozen in the police station as a wanted man.

6. Later in Big Hero 6, Baymax destroys the statue of Hans.

20 Splendid References We Didn’t Notice in Cartoons

7. In Tangled, you can spot references to other Disney princess movies in Rapunzel’s bedroom.

8. In Zootopia, Finnick dressed as an elephant is a reference to Dumbo.

9. One of the Kakamora bears in Moana has the face of Baymax from Big Hero 6.

10. In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, one of the gargoyles is made to look like Pumba from The Lion King.

11. In Frozen II, Anna and Elsa play with Baymax, Dumbo, and Bolt.

12. In Toy Story 4, when Bo Peep’s sheep bring her various items, one of them is the grape soda cap from Up that Ellie pinned onto Carl’s shirt.

13. Aladdin’s magic carpet has a “twin” in Moana.

14. Maui and Hercules share this move.

15. Squirt and Crush from Finding Nemo appear in Moana.

16. In Cars 2, there’s a tapestry with cars like the one that was in Brave.

17. In Ralph Breaks the Internet, the woman on the “sassy housewife” ad is Aunt Cass from Big Hero 6.

18. The chocolate Anna eats in Frozen resembles the chocolate from Wreck-It Ralph.

19. In Incredibles 2, the colored emblems on the pilot’s uniform are abstract representations of every single Pixar film.

20. Frozen II references Frozen.

Is there something you would add to our list? What’s your favorite cartoon and how many times have you watched it? Let us know in the comments.