One of my favorite things to do when watching trailers an movies is to look out for all the Easter Eggs. The directors all love to hide little tributes and nods to other Pixar films, and even references to other films that have impacted them. In every Pixar film so far the A113 has always been present. It is an inside joke of CalArts alumni (a reference to the classroom number that was used by Animation students, including John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, Pete Docter) and much like George Lucas puts a 1138 in his film, Pixar films have this stamp as well.
In Toy Story 3 its shown that Andy’s mom’s car has a license plate that reads A113, and futhurmore, the plate frame nods to director Lee Unrich’s hometown Cleveland Ohio.
I have gathered some of the Easter Eggs that are just revealed in the Trailer for Toy Story 3. Pixar has a history of Apple/Mac references(which i don’t like because i am a PC guy). Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak, bought The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) from Lucasfilm’s computer graphics division in 1986, and served as CEO until Pixar was acquired by Disney in 2006. The computer the toys are using at the daycare center is an iMac with OSX and Safari. In the previously released clip, we see Andy has an iTunes window open on his laptop
– The 237 number in the screenname is a reference to director Lee Unkrich’s favorite movie The Shining. Which appears in the name of Velocistar237 in the chat window
– The train Woody is driving is numbered locomotive number 95, which is Lightning McQueen’s number and is also the year that Toy Story came out.
– When Rex is waiting for the kids to burst through the door, there are some toys shivering under the desk to the right – the same toys from Tin Toy, Pixar’s first animated short.
Mr. Ray the Scientific Stingray from Finding Nemo^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
A toy tractor, like the one seen in Cars, can be seen behind them.^^^^^^^^^^^^^