Disney Pixar's latest animated film has hit Disney+ and it combines Pixar animation with anime for another winner. Turning Red is a love letter to our teen years and includes some fun pop culture nods as well as plenty of Disney and Pixar Easter eggs including Bambi, Twilight, and a Hidden Mickey or two. Here are all the Turning Red Easter eggs you may have missed.
Spoilers ahead if you haven't see Turning Red.
Turning Red Easter Eggs
Bao Dumplings are eaten throughout the movie. Director Domee Shi was also the director of the Pixar short Bao.
Throwback alert: Mei is wearing a Tamagotchi on her backpack. Her flute case has a lot of stickers on it including: Talk to the Hand, Y2K A ‘OK, and a rainbow colored unicorn that looks a little like a Lisa Frank creation. She also wears a calculator watch.
The street car (seen above) has the same colors as the Toronto Transit Commission before the fleet was upgraded. Also shown several times is the CN Tower.
Mei and her friends go to the Lester B. Pearson Middle School. Lester B. Pearson was the 14th Prime Minster of Canada.
LIGHTYEAR Easter egg is located on Miriam's skateboard.
Priya is reading the final chapter of Nightfall by Roberta Mover. This is a nod to the Twilight book series.
When Priya and Mei do their handshake, it is the same one Will and Jazz do in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Abby is dressed like Boo's Door from Monsters, Inc. There is also a boy wearing a shirt with Monsters, Inc monster on it.
Mei's teacher resembles a younger version of Charles F. Muntz, the villain in Up!
Behind his desk is a plush of Carlton the Bear, the mascot for the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team.
The magazine Mei shows her friends is Tween Beat. This is a nod to Teen Beat and Tiger Beat.
4*Town is a boy band inspired by Backstreet Boys, N'Sync, 98 Degrees, and others per Director Domee Shi.
When Mei is walking down the street after getting off the trolley, there is a sign for a Bao Restaurant.
Mei named the red panda statues at the front of the temple Bart and Lisa from the Simpsons.
Mr. Gao is voiced by James Hong. He previously voiced Chi Fu in Mulan.
Sandra Oh, Mei's mother Ming also voiced Virana in Raya and the Last Dragon.
Ming and Mei are watching a Korean Drama called J Palace.
The bunny from Burrow is on the back of Mei's sketchbook.
Pearl from the Pixar short is seen on Mei's desk.
Ming's license plate reads SYST 3MS
In Mei's nightmare Devon resembles a fish/merman type creature much like in Luca.
Mushu's Bunny Slippers. When Mei steps out of bed she crushes her bunny slippers. In the original animated Mulan, Mushu says “Oh, I think my bunny slippers just ran for cover. Come on, scare me, girl!”
Also the way her mother arranges her breakfast is a reference to Mushu's Breakfast for Mulan.
Hidden Mickey in the donut holes at breakfast. Those donuts are from Tim Hortons.
Mei's backpack is a Bagsport aka a nod to the still popular JanSport backpacks.
The scene with Mei's mother Ming hiding behind a tree at school is based on a real event that happened between Director Domee Shi and her mother.
In the science classroom, there is a gem from Onward sitting on the shelf on the left, and a skeleton shaped like Kevin from Up on the right.
In the bathroom, the girl Mei pushes back into the stall is wearing butterfly hair clips, a 90s/00s staple for all girls.
When Mei runs past the Daisy Mart in panda form and sees Devon, she taps her foot like Thumper in Bambi when he is twitterpated. The Daisy Mart is a chain of stores in the Greater Toronto Area.
When Mei accidentally scares two of the people on the street, the papel picado, flags from Coco can be seen.
When her parents show her the kittens in the box this is reminiscent of the beginning of Oliver and Company (minus a few kittens). And of course there is one orange kitty in the box!
During the dodgeball scene, the teacher says “be like water” which is a famous Bruce Lee quote.
There is a Finding Nemo sticker on the door in the girl’s bathroom.
All the cellphones the kids at school own resemble flip phones and Nokia although they are labeled Jokia.
The pink Nokia phone has a rainbow unicorn sticker from Inside Out.
For the panda pics they are using a Snapshot Instant Camera a nod to the infamous Polaroid. Fun fact Polaroid is releasing a throwback camera from the 90s.
The dragons painted on the building walls are Chinese water dragons. In Raya and the Last Dragon, Sisu is also a water dragon.
Mei's grandmother is voiced by Wai Ching Ho. She played Madame Gao on The Defenders, Iron Fist, and Daredevil.
At Tyler's party the Cha Cha Slide is playing. Boggle, the game, is on the table. The song playing when Mei turns into the Panda is Bootylicious by Destiny's Child.
There is a Hidden Mickey in the birthday balloons at Tyler's house.
The Pixar ball is in Tyler’s swimming pool.
The number 4 is considered unlucky due to the fact it sounds like the word death in both Chinese and Korean.
On May 25, 2002 the moon was not a red moon but rather a Waxing Gibbous with an illumination by the Sun at 99%.
At the 4*Town concert they are wearing all white like The Backstreet Boys did for their album Millennium.
The concert takes place at the SkyDome which is now the Rogers Centre.
Mr. Gao draws a circle to open a door to the astral plane. In Soul, they also sit around chanting hoping to access the astral plane.
When Mei enters the astral realm, the art style resembles that of Studio Ghibli.
As Mei is running towards the stadium in Panda form, she runs past the Pizza Planet Truck. It can be seem on the right side of the screen.
Ming's Panda moves and acts like Godzilla.
A113 in Turning Red is found on the Chalker that Jin is using to draw the large circle around Ming.
When they perform the ritual in what is left of the stadium, they begin to do the dance moves from The Backstreet Boys video for the song Everybody (Backstreets Back).
A Blue Jay flies from the broken SkyDome to the temple doors. This isa nod to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team.
Turning Red is now streaming on Disney+.