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41 Small But Meaningful Details Hidden In “Turning Red”

When watching the famous animated movies of Pixar, have you ever noticed the references of the studio’s films left by the filmmakers?

Easter Egg refers to an interesting event or detail that is cleverly hidden in a movie. It aims to attract and surprise audiences who pay excessive attention to the movie. This is a method that Pixar filmmakers have used in their films for a long time. Turning Red – which was just released recently – is no exception.

Here are all the Turning Red Easter eggs you may have missed. Scroll down and check them out!

#1 Mei is a girl who loves math. We can easily recognize this from the sticker on her flute case. Moreover, Mei also gets an A+ for her Algebra I assignment.

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#2 Priya is reading Nightfall, a reference to “Twilight” and “Little Witch Academia”. Roberta Moyer wrote the novel for “Turning Red”, while Annabel Crème wrote the one for “Little Witch Academia”.

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#3 When Priya and Mei pass each other in the corridor, their greeting is reminiscent of Will and Jazz’s iconic handshake from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.

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#4 Two stickers connected to Pixar’s forthcoming film, Lightyear, may be found on the bottom of Miriam’s skateboard. You’ll see Buzz’s cat robot, Sox, as well as the blue Star Command icon.

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#5 Behind Mei’s math teacher is a poster for the 1980 winter games. At the 1980 Winter Olympics, the young US men’s hockey team overcame the Soviet Union team in a famous match known as “Miracle on Ice.”

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#6 Also in that photo, you can see a Carlton the Bear stuffed animal. Carlton is the mascot of the Toronto Maple Leaf’s hockey team.

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#7 There is a connection between the short film Purl (2018) and Turning Red. You can easily spot this by looking at the cute keychain-version of Purl and Mei’s Tamagotchi hanging side by side.

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#8 You also spot a tiny frog-like figurine on a shelf behind Mei’s bed. Earlier in the movie, Miriam has the same one in her locker at school.

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#9 When Mei gets off the tram at the beginning of the movie, one of the restaurant signs on the side of the building says ‘Bao Restaurant,’ in the same typeface as the title of the Pixar short.

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#10 Later, at home, Jin, Ming, and Mei are shown making bao, or steamed buns, a tribute to Domee Shi’s Pixar short Bao.

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#11 We see another Pixar short Burrow symbol from 2020 on Mei’s notebook. It was a picture of a young rabbit trying to build her dream burrow.

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#12 Mei’s mermaid design of Devon is reminiscent of Luca and Alberto’s sea monster design in Luca.

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#13 Ming arranges Mei’s porridge breakfast to look like a smiley face, which is similar to a moment from Mulan when Mushu arranges Mulan’s breakfast the same way.

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#14 Also, when Ming makes breakfast for Meilin, you can spot a box of Tim Hortons Timbits, classic Canadian donut holes, on the table.

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#15 It’s hard to spot this similarity. But do you admit that the scene where Mei turns into a red panda for the first time in the bathhouse is similar to the memorable scene in Teen Wolf (1985). They all try to hide from their parents.

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#16 Did you spot a sign that reads, “Canadian Indigenous People’s History Month.” ?

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#17 The school is also named after Lester B. Pearson, Canada’s prime minister in the 1960s. He is known for establishing programs such as universal health care and the Canada Student Loan Program, as well as overseeing the design of the distinctive maple leaf flag.

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#18 Carter Murphy-Mayhew is wearing a shirt that says, “Escápula.” This is a nod to a punk rock band that was briefly featured in Coco during the battle of the bands.

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#19 The girl that emerges from the stall, Stacy, is clearly wearing an insulin pump. Susan Fong, the film’s technical supervisor, who has had type 1 diabetes since she was four years old, requested that people with diabetes be featured in the film.

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#20 Mei’s movements match what real red pandas do when they are scared.

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#21 The nod to Coco and the Mexican culture can be peeped in the corner after Mei scares a couple walking down the street.

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#22 Jin informs Mei that the next red moon will be on “the 25th,” and that’s when she can banish the red panda. Turning Red is Pixar’s 25th animated feature film, with the first being Toy Story from 1995.

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#23 The filmmaker has been meticulous in not leaving out any claw and paw marks on the walls from her earlier Red Panda Mei meltdown.

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#24 Abby’s lines appear to be a nod to the iconic fluff from Despicable Me.

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#25 When Meilin gives her presentation about why she should be allowed to go see 4*In the concert, you can see she’s wearing Ming’s signature blazer from the movie. I’m also obsessed with how Mei is relating 4*Town to classical musicians like Mozart.

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#26 The math teacher’s line with his students “Be water”, maybe a nod to Bruce Lee’s famous quote about water.

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#27 You can see a Nemo from the “Finding Nemo” sticker right next to Abby’s head on one of the bathroom stall doors.

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#28 Tyler’s jersey could be a nod to Vince Carter, who played for the Toronto Raptors from 1998 to 2004 and wore the #15 shirt.

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#29 You can spot several iconic Toronto landmarks throughout Turning Red, but one of the biggest is CN Tower, which is beautifully featured when Red Panda Mei, Miriam, Abby, and Priya celebrate getting enough money for the 4*Town tickets while on Tyler’s roof.

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#30 The iconic Pixar Luxo ball can be seen floating in the pool at Tyler’s party.

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#31 4*Town’s concert in Toronto is being held at SkyDome, which is now called Rogers Centre. The venue was called SkyDome until 2005.

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#32 Another detail in the movie is related to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, whose home stadium is the Rogers Center.

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#33 When Mei’s family spots the fours in the sky for the 4*Town concert, her grandmother mentions how it’s the worst number. In Chinese numerology, four is considered an unlucky number because of the way it’s pronounced. When pronouncing “four” and “death,” they only differ in tone.

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#34 You’ll notice that Ming, Wu, and Mei’s aunties all wear green, and it’s very noticeable at the beginning of Mei’s ritual. In color theory, green is direct across from red, which makes them complementary. Even though they banish their red pandas, aka the color red, it’s still complementary to them.

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#35 Subtle details that are hard to see in the movie: The colors of the characters’ costumes show their incredible friendship. Miriam’s signature green and Mei’s red are complementary colors, while Abby’s iconic purple and Priya’s yellow are also complementary since they are across from each other on a color wheel.

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#36 You can see the famed delivery truck on the right-hand side of the road as Mei runs through the streets of Toronto on her route to the 4*Town concert.

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#37 The scene where Mei grabs her red panda powers and jumps into the air, it’s similar to Sailor Moon and other anime characters.

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#38 The outfits 4*Town wears at their concert are similar to the outfits the Backstreet Boys wore in their “I Want It That Way” music video from 1999.

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#39 Devon was at the 4*Town concert. Devon is a 4*Townie too!

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#40 The A113 easter eggs can be found on the chalk machine in the SkyDome when Jin paints a circle around Ming and Mei.

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#41 And of course, the iconic A113 Pixar reference is also hidden in the credits on the 4*Town ticket.

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