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Cracking Pixar's Easter eggs: 'Monsters, Inc.' edition

Helping you find the hidden images sprinkled throughout the movie

By Kate Erbland
Special to MSN Movies

Modern cinema's most beloved animation house, Pixar Animation Studios, has spent over three decades (did you know Pixar was first founded as part of the computer division at Lucasfilm, way back in 1979?) inventing and implementing new computer programs and systems, using them to make some of the best animated films the world has ever seen. Pixar's fourteen feature productions have proven to be both critically and commercially successful, and that success is, no doubt, due to their unwavering attention to detail and their willingness to have a whole heck of a lot of fun with their often very different narratives.

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Pixar has a long and healthy relationship with so-called "Easter eggs," little hidden nuggets that pepper their films: inside jokes, references to their other productions, nods to Pixar employees or even just sly shout-outs to some of the geekier sides of their craft. Pixar's love of Easter eggs also adds an extra layer to their already-clever films, weaving in pieces of narrative from other films to further the idea that every character in their films is living in some special Pixar universe (for the sake of our personal happiness, let's ignore the implications of "Cars" existing in said universe). Pixar's fourth feature film, "Monsters, Inc.," is no different, as the 2001 release comes complete with Easter eggs of every shape and color, including now-classic inside jokes and nods to upcoming films that are sure to still give its audience the warm and fuzziest.

With the prequel "Monsters University" hitting theaters this week, we wanted to look back at some of the best (and smartest!) Easter eggs in "Monsters, Inc.," some of which may give us an idea of what we can anticipate finding tucked away in the newest Pixar feature.

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