EXCLUSIVE: ‘Strange World’ Director Teases Film’s Easter Eggs

Walt Disney Animation Studios has been making movies since 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. With such a long history, and so many projects to pull from, it’s not a surprise that each successive production from Disney is filled with an increasing amount of Easter eggs and hidden references for fans to find. Strange World, the upcoming 61st animated film from Disney, is apparently no different. During an exclusive interview with Murphy’s Multiverse, directors Qui Nguyen and Don Hall were asked if audiences should expect to see any familiar objects or contraptions snuck into the background of their movie, and according to them, the answer is a resounding “yes“.

Nguyen was especially excited to answer the question, revealing the film has everything from the classic “Hidden Mickeys” to full-blown cameos from previous Disney characters :

There’s quite a few hidden Easter eggs throughout the movie. I’m not gonna name the places, because that kind of spoils the fun of finding them, but there’s references and there’s actual, full-on characters from Big Hero 6, Raya and the Last Dragon, Atlantis, there’s definitely Hidden Mickeys. Winnie the Pooh, even. So, it’s out there for you to find and to hunt for, but it’s in there.

Qui Nguyen

The selection of films supposedly referenced in Strange World makes sense, considering the creatives behind it. Big Hero 6 is one of Hall‘s great achievements, and Nguyen recently broke out co-writing Raya and the Last Dragon with Adele Lim. Neither was involved with Atlantis: The Lost Empire, but referencing that project makes sense, considering the similarities in content. Strange World revolves around the Clade family, as they embark on an adventure into an unknown world in hopes of discovering something that might save their home. Jake Gyllenhaal, Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union, and Dennis Quaid star, with Lucy Liu and Alan Tudyk in supporting roles. None of these performers are playing Winnie the Pooh in the movie, but as it turns out, he might still be in there somewhere.

Strange World hits theaters on November 23rd.

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