15 More Movie Details That Were Too Clever To Be Caught The First Time
1. In Back to the Future there is a bit character named Sherman Peabody, a clear homage to the old time-traveling cartoon characters “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”
2. In Pixar’s Cars there’s a passing sign that all-but-confirms the existence of Hooters in their universe.
3. This tumblr thread points out a nice deliberate touch in Spider-Man: Homecoming
4. Another Homecoming detail is how Donald Glover’s character has “UCS-M01” on his license plate, a subtle reference to “Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1”, which was the first appearance of Miles Morales.
5. In Scream, there’s a recursive moment when Jamie Kennedy’s character is yelling at Jamie Lee Curtis’ character in Halloween about the danger right behind her…
6. Gandalf the Grey’s first staff in Lord of the Rings is actually his “true” staff in disguise. You can see its real form hidden in the gnarled wood.
7. In Michael Bay’s Transformers Bumblebee is parked in the used car lot next to a faded yellow VW Bug, a callback to the robots first disguise in the 80s.
8. One of the Kakamora monsters from Moana has their mask painted like Baymax, the lovable robot from Disney’s previous cg animated hit Big Hero 6
9. Deceptively simple shot in The Social Network where Justin Timberlake’s character takes great care when signing a simple restaurant check next to Andrew Garfield’s Eduardo, who famously got a raw deal.
10. In the orginal Toy Story Cid’s rocket was ordered from “ILL EAGLE FIREWORKS”, hopefully we don’t have to explain the pun.
11. In the Disney 2D animated flop Brother Bear you can see a clownfish being caught in a salmon net, ironic considering how CG-based movies were soon going to dominate the box office.
12. In Mad Max: Fury Road, Furiosa’s journey ends with her triumphant, though bloodied and with a black eye swollen shut. This shot mirrors Max’s state at the end of The Road Warrior.
13. Among the hundreds of new directives given to RoboCop in RoboCop 2 is “Avoid Orion Meetings”. This is a blatant callout to Orion Pictures, the production company that was notoriously dificult to work with during the making of the picture.
14. Among the junk in Watto’s scrapyard is an EVA pod from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. This is one of the easter eggs hidden in The Phantom Menace that isn’t “lol you can see E.T. in the Galactic Senate”.
15. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Principal Morita (played by actor Kenneth Choi) has a photo and WWII medals of his grandfather Jim Morita (one of the Howling Commandos from Captain America: The First Avenger who was also played by Choi)