January 10, 2016

A Tribute to the Best Cinematic References in Pixar Films

Pixar films are fantastic to watch for countless reasons, but one of them, especially if you're a cinephile, are the many allusions they make to some of the greatest films in cinematic history.

In this video compilation by Jorge Luengo Luis, we get to see the many times Pixar has nodded to films like Jurassic Park, Vertigo, and The Shining. 

I don't know anyone who doesn't like Pixar movies (Pixar movie, sure, but not the whole bunch), and this is just another reason to swoon. Pixar doesn't just make films that are entertaining with great plots, funny characters, and tons of heart, they make films that are clever, smart, and clearly don't rely solely on their exceptional VFX to gain their merit.

In other words, Pixar seems to know where they came from -- where the medium came from. They seem to understand and appreciate the contributions other filmmakers have made to cinema, even if they don't represent the same genre. 

What's your favorite reference to cinema in a Pixar movie? Let us know down in the comments!     

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Some of these seem like a pretty big stretch. Most are awesome.

January 11, 2016 at 11:26AM

Paul Gall
Writer / Director / Editor

I felt like the Clockwork Orange one was a stretch, that whole thing should have been just 'The Right Stuff'.

January 11, 2016 at 11:53AM

Alex Everingham
Video Editor

Agreed. The Cool Hand Luke one wasn't right on the mark. The context of the scene maybe, but not really the cinematography.

January 11, 2016 at 1:08PM


It was awesome to see the carpeting in Toy Story the same as the carpeting in The Shining. Never noticed that before.

January 11, 2016 at 10:47PM

Liam Tangum

The Toy Story 2 one that says its referencing 2001...it *may* be referencing 2001 b/c the hallway looks similar, but that shot is specifically referencing The Empire Strikes Back because of the framing, as well as the light turning on in the hallway behind him.

March 9, 2016 at 1:10PM, Edited March 9, 1:10PM

Daniel Mimura
DP, cam op, steadicam op