Aside from Dory, Marlin (Albert Brooks), and Nemo (Hayden Rolence), Finding Dory features appearances from old friends like the sea turtles Crush (voiced by the film’s director, Andrew Stanton) and Squirt (Bennett Dammann), Mr. Ray (Bob Peterson) and Nemo’s young school chums, along with a few surprises to reward Nemo devotees (the origin of the “Just Keep Swimming” song, for one). The plot, set just about a year after the events of Nemo, takes us from the Great Barrier Reef to the kelp forests off the California coast, where we meet new friends like Hank the septopus (Ed O’Neill), Destiny the clumsy whale shark (Kaitlin Olson), and the sonar-challenged beluga whale Bailey (Ty Burrell), as well as Dory’s long lost parents, Jenny (Diane Keaton) and Charlie (Eugene Levy). This being Pixar means we also get a healthy dose of Easter eggs, callbacks, and inside gags for the most attentive fans.
Jon Favreau is an unapologetic Disney devotee. He knows the old movies backwards and forwards. His Apple Watch face is, unsurprisingly, Mickey Mouse. His fandom helped earn him the gig of directing The Jungle Book and the eye-popping photo-real film is suffused with treats for both aficionados of Uncle Walt’s classic oeuvre and film buffs in general. From visual cues and callbacks to the original 1967 classic cartoon to obscure references, Favreau’s film will reward the observant.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has opened its Western outpost and the magical folks have gone to painstaking lengths to create an enchanting experience for Muggles. Universal Studios Hollywood in California recruited Alan Gilmore, a production designer from the Potter films, to recreate Hogwarts and its environs as well as the neighboring village of Hogsmeade.
Sure, BB-8 is getting all the publicity ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but O.G. astromech R2-D2 has had an enduring cultural impact for nearly 40 years. The little droid has not only appeared in every canonical Star Wars movie and TV spinoff, but he also has racked up an impressive list of credits in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Still, if you blinked, you might have missed his lesser-known cameos. So we broke out the Blu-rays and gave the slo-mo button a workout to bring you Artoo’s amazing travels.
From the first teaser, the visuals J.J. Abrams has revealed from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” have been engineered to recall iconic imagery from the original trilogy. There’s Rey crossing the desert world of Jakku in a speeder not unlike Luke Skywalker on Tatooine; Finn ripping off his Stormtrooper helmet like Luke and Han Solo aboard the Death Star; Han and Chewie’s “we’re home” moment echoing a classic “New Hope” pose. But there have also been tantalizing tidbits revealing new characters and story lines.
Today, Disney shared these exclusively with Yahoo Movies. Known as “easter eggs,” Disney has become pretty famous for sneaking these self-references into films — to the delight of megafans. It wouldn’t be a proper Disney easter egg list without a hidden Mickey.