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Spot the References: ‘Up’ Trailer

By now I’m sure you’ve all seen the second trailer for Up, Pete Docter, Bob Peterson and Pixar’s May 29, 2009 outing. It is now also available over at in all formats for your pleasure. 

Now as I am sure have spotted, there are a number of items in the trailer that could possibly reference other Pixar works. Spungella has taken screenshots of the possible references here. These include the Luxo ball, the toy airplane from Toy Story, and even possibly WALL•E written in the metal of the North-South-East-West on the roof.
One reference of particular interest is a stuffed toy bear. You may remember in Pete Docter’s last film, Monster’s Inc., that Boo shows Sulley a number of her toys including a squeaky Nemo toy from Finding Nemo. Pixar are notorious for referencing upcoming films of their own. Could this bear be a reference to The Bear and the Bow, due out Christmas 2011? Some may recall that Finding Nemo referenced both The Incredibles and Cars, so it wouldn’t be a stretch for Pixar to reference up to 3 films ahead in production, especially if TBatB has been pushed forward to Summer 2011 to replace newt.
On a side note, Carl sends in this picture where he thinks there might be a Mickey the Mouse reference in the Up logo. I think it’s just coincidence.
Thoughts? Leave a comment below.

0 Responses to Spot the References: ‘Up’ Trailer

  1. Anonymous says:

    people need some sleep…i think they are seeing too many things

  2. I also think the weather vane may be the same as in Lifted, but I haven’t double-checked yet. That WALL-E thing is cool, though.

  3. Anonymous says:

    yeah, i think it wouldn’t be a stretch to hint at The Bear and the Bow, considering that the next 2 movies (Toy Story 3 & Cars 2) we’re already familiar with.

    exciting! XD

  4. Netbug009 says:

    You know, that stuffed animal almost looks like the character from the canceled American Dog to me.

    I think the WALL-E thing is reading into it too much, though. But I hope to spot a WALL-E reference somewhere in the film. I mean, why not? WALL-E had a Ratatouille one. ^^

  5. There’s at least one future Pixar reference in every Pixar film (an A Bug’s Life calendar in Toy Story, Finding Nemo squeaky toy in Monsters, Inc.) But some future references have yet to be found.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Newt is Summer 2012, the one that replaces Newt in Summer 2011 is Cars 2.

    The Bear and the Bow is intact, Winter 2011.

  7. Anonymous says:

    In the very first shot of this trailer (after the pixar logo) of the Toy Story 2 characters, there’s a caricature of someone on the wall. Anyone know who this is supposed to be? It’s gotta be a reference to someone!

  8. Anonymous says:

    You are missing one of the most crucial homage/reference that Up features.

    Has anyone heard of the Disney Short “The Little House” – The first shot of the house in Up is basically a 3D remake of a shot in the Disney Short (minus the house being anthropomorphic).

    Here are a couple screenshots comparing the two:

    I don’t see how you can’t say it is a direct influence (especially looking at the comparison between Cars and Suzie the little Blue Coupe).

    And it’s not a bad comparison, nor am I saying Pixar copied them, I just thought you guys would like to know!


  9. Third Anon – That caricature portrait is of Andy I’m pretty sure, at least in Toy Story (and Toy Story 2), but for the trailer, it looks more like the person there is wearing glasses, so it could be John Lasseter as a child, maybe?

  10. Anonymous says:

    howl’s moving castle

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