Saturday, May 10, 2014

The secret A113 code seen in movies and TV

If you're the kind of people that notices every tiny detail in movies and TV series, you might have noticed a mysterious code that pops up frequently in animation movies and a few live-action ones as well. What is this mysterious A113 code that shows up in license plates, addresses, product references, and many other places? Is is just a coincidence or is there something else behind it?

Indeed there is, but it's kind of a private joke/easter egg among students of the California Institute of the Arts where A113 is a classroom number used by graphic design and character animation students where people like John Lasseter (Toy Story, Cars), Brad Bird (The Incredible, Impossible Mission Ghost Protocol), Pete Docter (Up), Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall.E), and others have spent a lot of their time.

This reference can be found in dozens of movies, mostly animation but also a few live-action movies as well, and Brad Bird says he put it into every single one of his films, including his Simpsons episodes.

So, next time you spot a A113 in a movie, be sure to share with your friends this curious tidbit of less known movie trivia. :)

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