Have You Spotted 'A113' in Movies? Here's Why
It's an inside joke
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2016 8:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you're an astute viewer of shows and movies like The Simpsons, The Hunger Games, or anything Pixar has put out, you may have noticed a common theme: the sequence "A113" inserted on license plates, signs, products, and other places. "But what does it mean," AV Club wonders. "Is it a code? An incantation? Is it the key to unlocking the killing potential of a thousand unknowing super soldiers embedded throughout the country?" None of the above. According to Vulture, A113 is the number of a classroom at the California Institute of the Arts, "where a bunch of big-name animators started their careers," including John Lasseter, Tim Burton, and Brad Bird.

As Business Insider notes, "by including the number they are giving a subtle shout-out to their alma mater." Lasseter, chief creative officer at Pixar, confirmed the CalArts origin in a 2009 video, adding, "A lot of the students during my time that went to CalArts, as they created films, short films, and feature films, they've kind of hidden A113 in the movies. It's one of those little things you have to look for." Pixar is known for inserting those types of things, called Easter eggs, in its films. Some other Pixar Easter eggs, according to Mental Floss, include the yellow Pizza Planet delivery truck, the Luxo ball, and characters from Pixar films appearing in other Pixar movies. (Disney's Finding Dory could be bad news for the blue tang fish.)
 

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