Once upon a time, long before John Lasseter was John Lasseter, and before Pixar was even a thing, a magical classroom fostered animation’s biggest up-and-comers. Room A113 at the California Institution of Arts is where filmmaking greats first dipped their toes and digital paintbrushes in graphic design and character animation.
So, once John Lasseter became John Lasseter and a little thing called Pixar was brought into this world, those pupils-turned-animation-superheroes continued to honor their humble beginnings with a hidden “A113” in every Pixar feature film.
Here’s where you can find them:
A Bug’s Life
Flik finds “warrior” bugs. Fans find an Easter egg. Everybody wins.
Zoom in and in and in, and maybe even squint a little, and you’ll see “ACXIII” carved into the interior doorway of the witch’s hut. We know what you’re thinking. How could you have ever missed it?
All aboard the Easter egg train! This minor locomotive shows up for a hot sec when Lightning is on the road to Radiator Springs.
Pixar fans, start your engines and hop on the fast track to fandom. Mater’s license plate is yet another A113 reference.
No need to have super-awesome international spy skills to spot this reference right on Siddeley’s tail fin.
Instagram, schminstagram. The Sea Meister A-113 is where it’s at. #NoFilter
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the cell where Syndrome is keeping a rocket! Mirage also mentions A113 when talking to Mr. Incredible about his 2 p.m. meeting.
Because nothing says “San Francisco” quite like Pixar-themed graffiti art.
Okay, so this one might take a little more imagination, but here we can see Column A13 inside the door vault, making that an “A” and one “13,” a.k.a. none other than an A113.
Exhibit K: Classroom A113 meets Classroom A113.
Only the most trained eye can spot this subtle movie-within-the-movie reference.
Hungry for more? Ratatouille serves up a double helping of “A113” with it printed on Git’s lab tag.
To infinite references to A113 … and beyond!
Toy Story 2
Attention all travelers. Listen carefully to the airport announcement regarding “LassetAir Flight A113.”
Toy Story 3
Although Andy’s mom gets a sweet new ride, she holds onto the same sweet old license plate.
Adventure is out there! And probably not inside Courtroom A113!
In the most obvious and most story-centric reference, “A113” is the directive to never return to Earth.
Luckily, WALL•E will save the day (and all of humanity as we know it). He first enters the Axiom through Port A224, which is just A113 with 1 added to each digit.
Where else have you spotted A113? Tell us in the comments below!