23 Pop Culture References You Missed In Disney Movies


Sid’s carpet has the same pattern as the carpet in the Overlook Hotel from The Shining.

Pixar, Warner Bros.


The scene in The Incredibles when the cop busts Mr. Incredible and Frozone in the jewelry shop references the scene where Zeus Carver is held up by the police in Die Hard with a Vengeance.

Pixar, Twentieth Century Fox


Maui in Moana (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) does the Rock’s “pec pop of love” like he did in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

Disney, New Line Cinema


In Hercules, you can see Herc, Phil, and Pegasus during the training montage strike the same pose that Mr. Miyagi does on the beach in The Karate Kid.

Disney, Columbia Pictures


In Mulan, when the men in the fireworks tower ask Mushu who he is, he responds the same way that Rambo does in Rambo III.

Disney, Carolco Pictures


Toy Story 2 has a scene shot just like Jurassic Park when the T-Rex chases after the car.

Disney, Universal


In Up, Paradise Falls looks nearly identical to the fictional landscape of the 1925 movie The Lost World.

Pixar, First National Pictures


The mannerisms and look of Mr. Big in Zootopia mimic that of the famous Vito Corleone in The Godfather.

Disney, Paramount Pictures


Henry Limpet in his fish form from The Incredible Mr. Limpet can be seen in the “Under the Sea” sequence of The Little Mermaid.

Disney, Warner Bros.


The shot where the monsters come out onto the scare floor in Monster’s, Inc. mimics a scene in The Right Stuff.

Pixar, The Ladd Company


Woody draws inspiration from Mission Impossible‘s Ethan Hunt when he escapes Sunnyside in Toy Story 3.

Pixar, Paramount Pictures


Flynn Rider grabs Rapunzel’s frying pan when the dam breaks in Tangled à la Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Disney, Paramount Pictures


The opening sequence of Beauty and the Beast, “Belle,” very closely resembles the choreography of the song “Mr. Crane” from the early Disney move The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.


King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph quotes the Joker in Batman. Despite their glasses, the characters in both movies still get beat up.

Disney, Warner Bros


In Coco, director Lee Unkrich includes a nod to “redrum” in The Shining by placing an ax in a tree stump next to a “red drum.”

Pixar, Warner Bros


The design of Auto in Wall-E was taken from Hal 9000, a character in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Pixar, MGM


Finding Nemo spoofed the “Here’s Johnny” scene from The Shining with Bruce.

Pixar, Warner Bros


The Duke of Weselton’s dance in Frozen that he claims is “like a chicken with the face of a monkey” is the same dance move that Lindsay Bluth uses to imitate a chicken in Arrested Development.

Disney, Imagine Entertainment


Zootopia spoofs Breaking Bad for the night howler scene, and it even goes so far as to name two of the characters involved (Woolter and Jesse) after Breaking Bad‘s main characters.

Disney, AMC


When all of the toys stand up to Sid in Toy Story, Woody’s head turns in the same fashion as The Exorcist.

Pixar, Warner Bros


In Cars, the sheriff of Radiator Springs asks Lightning McQueen to repave a road as punishment. Paul Newman (who played Doc Hudson in Cars) was also tasked with paving a road when he played the title character in Cool Hand Luke 39 years earlier.

Pixar, Jalem Productions


The “help me” scene in The Fly is spoofed at the beginning of The Emperor’s New Groove.

Disney, Twentieth Century Fox


And Flynn Rider quotes Will Smith’s character in Independence Day when he wields a frying pan for the first time.

Disney, Twentieth Century Fox

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