Disney Has Been Hiding Something From You In Plain Sight. I Can’t Believe I Didn’t Notice It Before.

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Does the code “A113″ ring a bell? It probably doesn’t, but odds are good that you’ve seen several of these movies where it was used for some small detail. Pixar has used the number in many of their films, but what’s the meaning behind it? Let’s take a look:

Does this code look familiar? It’s the license plate of Andy’s mom in Toy Story, but that’s not the only Pixar movie you’ve seen it in.


There was also that box in A Bug’s Life…


The diver’s camera from Finding Nemo…


The coordinates of Mr. Incredible’s cell in The Incredibles…


On a train and Mater’s license plate in Cars…



On a tag in Ratatouille…


It was the code for the Abandon Earth protocol in WALL-E…


The courtroom number in Up…


On Siddley’s tail, a screen, and (once again) on Mater’s license plate in Cars 2…




Engraved in Roman numerals above a doorway in Brave…


On this door in Monster’s University…


And it’s even in non-Pixar films, such as Lilo & Stitch…


The Iron Giant…


The Princess and the Frog…


The Brave Little Toaster…


As well as TV shows like American Dad…


The Simpsons…


And in live action movies, like The Avengers.


So what’s the secret?


A113 is a classroom number at the California Institute of Arts, where many talented animators studied. First-year graphic designers and animators studied here before they went on to work for Disney and Pixar, and the mark that classroom has made was left on many of our favorite films and TV shows.


Now you’ll never miss it again when a movie uses “A113.” What kind of secret mark would you leave if it could be seen by millions?

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  • Austin

    It’s in Lilo and Stitch a second time when Stitch pretends to be a giant monster after he makes a San Francisco replica! On a license plate on the right side of the screen!!

    • https://twitter.com/TaBurchett Tim Burchett

      It’s also in several episodes of Darkwing Duck and once in Taelspin!

  • knute5

    Remember it well. Near the library. Bowling. Gamelans…

  • Andrew

    It’s really funny to read this piece since it’s written as if EVERYONE IN THE WORLD doesn’t ALREADY KNOW THIS!

    My dad knows this.

    Seriously, congrats fillthewell.com. Your killin it.

    • Krissie

      Some of us honestly didn’t know this. Not everyone knows random bits of pop culture trivia.

    • Trey Powell

      I didn’t know this.

    • Justice Blaine Wainwright


    • http://kurogatari.tumblr.com/ Kuro

      I bet you can explain Quantum Theory quite well. Everyone should. After all, my dad can.

    • http://www.popdose.com/ DwDunphy

      How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop? Stick it in your mouth and find out. Seriously, it was an interesting little article and the best you could do is a version of “My dad is better than your dad.”

    • Craig Freeman

      Way to not be a douche bag. Oh, and in case you didn’t know already, that was sarcasm.

      • NoMas

        What’s sarcasm?

      • Sab

        Sarcasm online? Do you read each sentence out loud in a snobby tone every time? I don’t. I don’t think my dad does either. [sorry im the least bit funny. you’ve all been great, great fun!]

    • Rudy

      I didn’t know this.

    • http://twitter.com/alvetica Al Pavangkanan

      I forgot and needed a reminder

    • Carl Mayo

      i didn’t know it until now

      • David Espinoza

        but his dad knows it, so you should too?

    • Jimi

      My drunk 7 year old knows how to spell you’re. EVERYONE IN THE WORLD ALREADY KNOWS THIS!

      My dad knows this.

      Seriously, congrats. You’re killin it.

  • Konrad

    Thanks for the article! Just pointing out that The Iron Giant is a WB movie, not Disney.

    • Claudia

      It just says non-pixar…

      • Ricky Brisbane

        It should’ve said non-Disney.

        • Michael Watson

          It Should Have never been written. Are we all really this bored? The sky is falling, and everyone’s looking at the pretty clouds!

    • jplaist002

      directed by Brad Bird. In Incredibles, Helen marks her place as IG99, Iron Giant, which came out in 1999

      • franky furbo

        IG99 could also be a Star Wars reference since one of the bounty hunters in The Empire Strikes Back is named IG88.

        • Ralph

          No shit? Didn’t know that furbo. cool

    • Jopnesy

      I doesn’t say that it is Disney! The Simpons isn’t Disney either. Just because you made an assumption that doesn’t mean it was correct. Typical internet professor, always spouting off and always wrong!

      • Siv Ilina Ancheta

        actually, the heading says, “Disney has been hiding something from you in plain sight…” and the url contains, “/disney-secret/”.

        • Ullr52

          and the article reads “And It’s even in non-Pixar films, such as…” read the fucking article before you post…

          • Nick Osborn

            Yeah fuck you Konrad and Siv! Come on Jop and Ullr; let’s go for a fuckin’ drink and talk about those stupid assholes!!

          • Unknown

            This is what you ALL need to read.

            A113 is a classroom number at the California Institute of Arts, where many talented animators studied. First-year graphic designers and animators studied here before they went on to work for Disney and Pixar, and the mark that classroom has made was left on many of our favorite films and TV shows.

        • John Ward

          are you really all fighting over this??? over disney and pixar movies and which ones which? who the fuck cares? you sound like 10 year olds

          • HoldenLitgo

            Bullshit, they sound like 9 year olds. Clearly you’ve never met one. You probably haven’t even _been_ one.

          • Bob Hamilton

            Seriously how many kids are going to read this article? You can’t even put down a reply without sounding like some potty mouth pirate. Tight…I bet your mother is proud.

          • slinger

            im tired of being an adult… if anyone needs me ill be in my blanket fort.. coloring…

          • Jasmine

            I’ll grab the markers (:

          • Paul Smith

            That’s exactly where I’m sending this communication from.

          • http://sportingnerds.com Sco Jo

            10 year olds don’t argue over stuff that stupid.

          • MatthewSherrard

            Says the man who chimed in to start fighting about fighting. :D

          • Paul Smith


        • Amy Holliday

          It goes on to say …..”And it’s even in non-Pixar films, such as Lilo & Stitch…”

          • http://tvjames.blogspot.com/ TV James

            Perhaps it should have been “Pixar secret” since a number of those movies were released by Pixar before Disney bought them (so even those weren’t Disney doing the hiding) – here’s a much longer list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A113

          • Janelle Bishop

            Perhaps, just this, “A 113″ the secret code in many animated productions, is now been revealed.” Sounds better and there would be no clash.

        • Janelle Bishop

          The heading say’s Disney….” It doesn’t contain the word all. In fact the article even said non Pixar and Disney. Read the entire article, then post. Just a suggestion, so in the future you don’t come across as some pompous ass. Just my opinion.

      • Jason Matthews

        hahah fighting everywhere lol

      • Bob Hamilton

        Hmm…how about the heading of this article reads “Disney has been hiding something from you in Plain Sight” wow take foot and insert in mouth…typical internet professor, always spouting off and never really reading the article. Some people’s kids.

        • Patty A Lamb

          I’m sure the heading was concocted by the writter of the article and had nothing to do with the report itself. The news misleading us again. To be expected. Never just read the titles.

          • Janelle Bishop

            The Title is the main star; if your audience is not attracted to a ‘title’ the article no matter how great a read will never be read.

      • http://sportingnerds.com Sco Jo

        It’s not the best written headline. I could see someone being mislead. Relax guys.

      • Ralph

        You should really Read the story ‘Jopnesy’, BEFORE you comment. When you don’t, It makes you look REALLY stupid.

      • Gary Addis

        Jopnesy, why are you mouthing off like joppa the hut to someone who complimented the article? Grow up.

      • Junior Greene

        Well, your about a dumbass aren’t you. Shut up douche-bag

      • Joe M. Borg

        Jopnesy, get a life!

    • Mj

      The artist could have left Disney but his is honoring the classroom.

    • Mike Watson

      It does say “and it’s even in non pixar films, such as lilo and stitch and THE IRON GIANT!”

  • http://cloudsmaker.com/ Lan Pham

    On the wiki there’s a bigger list of movies and animations in which that easter-egg appeared.
    This is so awesome.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/TheHeshInc Hesh Meister

    Now explain THX1138.

  • http://www.thethreegirls.com Tami Johnson

    1313 S Disneyland Drive Anaheim CA 92802

    • Defenseman13

      absolutely no relation

      • Sab

        it has disney on it tho! i bet ya his dad knows!

  • http://mcdevzone.com/ mike3k

    Now I have two things to look for: A113 & the Wilhelm scream.

  • http://www.withwingslikeeagles.net/ Mark Romero

    Pretty cool observation. Nice article

  • http://thechroniclesofrenard.blogspot.com/ Renard Moreau

    [ Smiles ] I too did notice that until you pointed it out.

    Disney is filled with secrets!

    • Sab

      IT’S NOT JUST DISNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! says a person who has WAY too much time on dere hands

  • kaisayson

    That’s kewl!!! When I went thru Graphic Arts course, the school asked me to make out the diplomas for our graduates. On the border, I put in my first name ( Kai ). You would need a microscope and knew exactly where to look, but it was there. I thought that was kinda neat!!!

    • Barbara Hermann

      Finally someone who has moved past the BS and onto the subject. Thank you.

  • Kickor

    Illuminati: Animation Edition

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  • TorrentAlem

    Aliens !!!!!

  • Isabella Grace

    Great seed kits

  • jlware5000

    I did that in a film once… not sure how many ever saw it… but I was making fake product and on the door of a store it had the “mastercard” logo that really read masaki my son’s middle name.

  • Alex Lex Yaremchuk

    I knew)

  • hans123

    now I can go on with my life

  • Konrad

    I don’t care but, your the only other person I’ve know to spell they’re name the same as me…. Konrad

  • uqbal

    Oh, I hoped for Templars and Freemasons…

  • Enes

    very nice and cunning!

  • Faye Ridlehuber Mulligan

    All these comments are what is wrong with the world now. These comments are all about the small stuff. The true meaning has been missed and in a 100 years, it will not matter.

    • http://sportingnerds.com Sco Jo

      Maybe in 100 minutes :)

  • jaygoji

    BS. It’s perverted code for the best, A1 females which are 13 years old!

    • Jennifer Moss

      Maybe the pervs who came up with that nonsense got it from this!! Ever think of that?? And why you even know that I do not want to know!

  • Kathy Sommers

    Now, that’s a cool story!!! :) <3

  • Per Arne Kristiansen

    Donald Duck’s car has the same number :)

  • rahul tiwari

    i thought it is some Illuminati thing

  • http://www.yalinosgb.com YALIN OSGB

    Thanks for the article!very vry good.

  • Anthony Hider

    Good read…glad to know it’s not part of some underground conspiracy plot to take over the world………or is it? Wooooo Ha,ha ha!!

  • nhjim1

    WD4JZO my callsign

  • The Chuck

    What kind of “secret mark” would I leave if I knew it would be seen by millions?

    Duh..a penis. A penis with devil horns. The internet would have conspiracy pages dedicated to them, and I’d just be sitting at home laughing at having driven millions of people to the brink of madness.

    • Sab

      like your profi pic!

      • Barbara Hermann

        …exactly what I was thinking.

      • chris

        much like George Lucas THX1138. you will find 1138 in his films.

  • Ralph

    You guys really should read!!

  • simone wong

    CalArts is a school started by Disney

  • Swayum Somrah

    113 is Dondald Duck plate too!

  • Stephen Martin

    People jumping on each other over A113? I think it’s cool. Had no idea.

  • Scale Lily

    Interesting it will be like a scavenger hunt next movie

  • jbrown

    If you buy that as the reason “A113″ is in all these movies, I have some beachfront property in Arizona I want to sell you.

  • Rich Francis

    Is an inside joke present as an Easter egg in animated films created by alumni of California Institute of the Arts, referring to the classroom number used by graphic design and character animation students at the school that was used by John Lasseter and Brad Bird among others. Brad Bird first used it for a license plate number in the “Family Dog” episode of Amazing Stories. It has since appeared in other Disney movies and every Pixar movie.

    Bird has said “I put it into every single one of my films, including my Simpsons episodes—it’s sort of my version of Hirschfeld’s ‘Nina.'”[1]

    The original classroom A113 is currently being used as the first year graphic design studio

  • moti-daku

    Never knew designers also leave Easter Egg like programmers do.
    Still it is cute.

  • Ste Bunches

    Well, I suppose it’s better than shaping a fairy princess’es castle like huge palluses. (Phalli? Phallen?) =/

  • http://catherinerowan.com Catherine Rowan

    Fascinating. I had never noticed it before but will now look for it in every future movie.

  • Richard Munchel

    It’s really the mark of the beast. Repent sinners.

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  • Martina Kostov

    ummm… they did even tell us what A113 means?????

    • http://cbdgum.networkofhemp.com/ CBDAdmin

      A113 is a classroom number at the California Institute of Arts, where many talented animators studied. First-year graphic designers and animators studied here before they went on to work for Disney and Pixar, and the mark that classroom has made was left on many of our favorite films and TV shows.

    • Or do you lack that ability?

      Reading helps.

  • angelicvh

    LOL, cool. I know tons of movies put in little details like that.

  • tolito

    Haha! This here thread is hilarious..go go go

  • HarHar


  • SeryyVolk

    The writer of this might not be at blame for the confusion, Headlines are often written by an editor. I was copy editor for my HS newspaper 65 years ago. My favorite was cancelled by our advisor. “Football coach found f..ing the principal’s secretary. True story that never was explained.

  • http://billoffreedom.com billoffreedom

    TY for the heads up

  • Justin

    Wait. I’m sorry… what was the point of this article again? I laughed the more they stretched it. Regardless. I’m going to be watching every one of these movies to see which of these screenshots are photoshopped. The Iron Giant license plate was just ridiculous “A 11… THERE MUST’VE BEEN A 3 AFTER IT” but seriously, why this article? They didn’t even try to throw in a guess as to what the number is, just threw a bunch of screenshots in it and mentioned the number. Does this author even know how to write an english essay? hook-filler-CONCLUSION! What are you trying to conclude about it? That it could be, maybe, possibly a secret? But thanks for the laugh at least.

    • Wakefield

      Not only did you not read the whole article, you didn’t even look at all the pictures.

  • Michele Gannon

    Lol, reading the comments was way more entertaining than reading the article itself. Keep up the good work fellow posters. I got a real good chuckle out of all that, thank you.

  • tracey
  • blargal

    A middle finger

  • Tabetha

    It is an Easter Egg used in animated films.

  • elyod


  • Jeff Maylor

    Diversity Means Chasing Down the Last White Person

  • Stefani Ciccone

    Sure it’s the number of a classroom. I see the masonic 33. A=1 so its actually 111 3 or 33