Cars Easter Egg - Another Treasure Chest of Cars Eggs
1. The voice of Mack, John Ratzenberger, is most famous for his role as the mailman in Cheers. Since Pixar started he’s been a character voice in every movie they’ve made and is referred to in the studio as their “good luck charm”. Keep watching during the end credits, Mack attends a drive-in cinema to watch car based parodies of other Pixar films. Mack decides he likes all the characters played by Ratzenberger before realising “they’re just using the same actor over and over again! What kind of cut-rate operation is this?”.
2. Keep a close eye out for a white racing car with an apple logo and the number 84. Pixar used to be owned by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple computers, and 1984 was the year Apple released the first Macintosh computer.
3 Richard Petty is one of America’s most popular racing car drivers and here voices The King, a veteran race car trying to win his final race. The car itself is based on Richard’s 1970 Plymouth Superbird.
4. At least two of the car numbers are significant. Chick Hick's number is 86. Pixar was formed in 1986. Lightning McQueen's number is 95. Toy Story was released in 1995.
5. Mater's license plate reads "A113", yet another reference to the animation room at California Institute of the Arts, where many Pixar animators studied.
6. WILHELM SCREAM: Used by one of the cars in Lightning's dream sequence. This is a very distinctive scream used in many movies, most notably all the star wars movies.
7. The King's crash at the end of the movie is a virtual frame-by-frame re-creation of Richard Petty's crash in the 1988 Daytona 500.
8. The race car tires have small print that says "Gamma Quadrant Sector 4," reference to Toy Story 2 (1999) because the character of Zurg hides there.
9. Filmore, the VW Minibus voiced by George Carlin, has license plate '51237'. This is Carlin's birth date - May 12, 1937.
Also just a little thing to look out for. Pixar have usually slipped in information of some kind into there movies about fourth coming projects. The next film out is called Ratatouille so watch out for that name appearing or for pictures of rats.
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