Disney likes a Disney reference and its latest live-action remake, Pinocchioshe actually spits at you.
Well, they pop out of cuckoo clocks made by woodcarver and Pinocchio’s father, Geppetto (Tom Hanks), and it’s a rather flashy and you’ll miss Easter egg montage. At the beginning of the film, in Geppetto’s house, there are two moments where his dizzyingly large collection of bells rings dramatically on the wall.
Several cuckoo clocks have been recreated from the original 1940 animated film, including a tiny bar (where a man emerges, takes a sip from a bottle, and jumps back in), and a mother ringing a bare-bottomed child – but in director Robert Zemeckis’ new film, she stands next to a police officer, who blocks her with his baton.
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But have you seen some familiar faces? Even though none of these movies exist in Geppetto’s reality, there are a ton of Disney characters in these clocks, from Toy Story until The lionking, jumping on the bell. Here are the references I could see – maybe you’ve seen more?
Everyone’s favorite sheriff Woody bursts out of a bead-shaped bell on his horse Bullseye, a lovely nod to Tom Hanks’ 1995 Pixar favorite voice character Toy Story.
Maleficent, the 1959 antagonist Sleeping Beautystorms out of her castle clock with her staff and raven Diablo, as the camera pans to poor old Aurora in the attic and touches the forbidden spindle on the bell.
There is a lovely little circus tent clock decorated with clowns, with Dumbo flying out of the top and making a little trumpeting sound.
On the gong, a wooden Rafiki keeps Simba visible for all to see.
Who framed Roger Rabbit?
This is a reference to director Robert Zemeckis, who directed the 1988 film Who framed Roger Rabbit? with his producer friend Steven Spielberg. Jessica Rabbit picks up her husband Roger and gives him a big old hug in front of a cuckoo clock with hearts around it.
Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs
In a nod to the first animated Disney movie released earlier in 1937 Pinocchio in 1940, Snow White stands in front of a clock that resembles the house of the Seven Dwarfs. At the bell, she takes an apple from the Queen, disguised as an old woman, slumps into a glass chest, and the Seven Dwarfs emerge concerned as the Queen disappears into the attic.
An elephant clock with a covered howdah on it looks suspiciously like Genie Abu turns into an elephant for transporting Prince Ali to the city in 1992 aladdin.
Classic Disney character Donald Duck hops around outside a log cabin cuckoo clock as his cousins Huey, Dewey and Louie fly out the top window.
Did I miss one?
Pinocchio will be available on Disney+ from September 8.(opens in a new tab)