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For the A113 road in England see A roads in Zone 1 of the Great Britain numbering scheme.
The sign on the door of Room A113 at the California Institute of the Arts
The door of Room A113 at the California Institute of Arts

A113 (sometimes A-113 or A1-13) is an inside joke, an Easter egg in animated films created by alumni of California Institute of the Arts, referring to the classroom used by graphic design and character animation students including John Lasseter and Brad Bird. Brad Bird first used it for a license plate number in the "Family Dog" episode of Amazing Stories. It has appeared in other Disney movies and every Pixar movie except Monsters, Inc.

Bird 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]

Classroom A113 is currently the first year graphic design studio.

A113 appearances[edit]

Television animation[edit]

Other TV shows[edit]

Pixar films[edit]

  • Toy Story trilogy - License plate number on Andy's mom's cars (a minivan in Toy Story and a Crossover in Toy Story 3).[7] Airport announcement for "LassetAir Flight A113" (also a reference to director John Lasseter).[citation needed]
  • A Bug's Life - Code on cereal box as Flik enters the bug city.[citation needed]
  • Finding Nemo - Model number of the camera used by the scuba diver.[8]
  • The Incredibles - Room number in Syndrome's lair (not seen, mentioned by Mirage).[9][10] The prison level where Mr. Incredible is held is "Level A1" in Cell #13 (A1 & 13). The power level control room monitors "Level A1" section "13", which is where the rocket is.
  • Cars franchise - The number on Trev Diesel, the freight train that Lightning McQueen outruns while he is first on his way to Radiator Springs. Trev Diesel was also made as a carrying case for the die-cast line and has A113 on it.[11] It is Mater's license plate number in the related short film, Mater and the Ghostlight, Cars Toons, and other Cars merchandise. The minor character Dexter Hoover's diecast version has license plate number "A113CA". And the beginning of the image file name for the leader of the lemon cars. The number on Siddeley's tail (shown as A113), as well as on Mater's license plate again. On the tail of the plane in the airfield that Mater and McMissle escape on.[12]
  • Ratatouille - Git, the lab rat, has a tag on his left ear that reads "A113".[13]
  • WALL-E - The code for the directive given to the Axiom '​s autopilot to never return to Earth, the first (and currently, only) time A113 had any real significance to a Pixar film's plot. It also seems to spell out part of WALL-E's name, wA11-3 (partial Leet).[14][15] Also, when Eve and WALL-E arrive on the Axiom, as they leave the docking bay, the doors are marked Deck A-224 - 1 added to each digit of the reference.[16]
  • Up - The number of the court room that Carl Fredricksen goes to after he hits a worker to protect his mailbox.[17]
  • Brave - written in Roman numerals (ACXIII) above the interior of the door to the witch's cottage.[18]
  • Monsters University - The lecture hall where Mike and Sulley have their first class has this number on the door.[5]

Other films[edit]

  • Pier Pressure - When the character Jamie puts her 50p piece into the Mystical Maria coin slot, A113 is etched into the machine underneath.
  • Neighbors - When Seth Rogen is fighting Zac Efron it is visible on the transmission box.
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - At the bottom right corner of the monitor when President Snow is watching Katniss decide whether to kill someone in the arena.[5]
  • Alpha and Omega - On the back of Garn and Debbie's truck, seen when Humphrey is talking to Marcel and Paddy
  • The Iron Giant - License plate on car partially eaten by the Giant; the 3 is bitten off. Also in Dean's house there is a painting which has A113 on it.[5]
  • Lilo & Stitch - License plate number on all vehicles, including Cobra Bubbles' rental car, Captain Gantu's spaceship, Nani's car, fire truck, tanker truck, and license plate in Lilo's room (used in Stitch's model of San Francisco). Also in direct-to-video film Leroy & Stitch.[19]
  • Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes- In the scene with the Key Witness, one of the videos the Witness shows is "Satellite View A-113."[citation needed]
  • The Brave Little Toaster - The apartment number where "The Master" lives.[20]
  • Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers - The license plate number of the carriage that has Mickey held as captive.[19]
  • The Princess and the Frog - A trolley is labeled number A113.[19]
  • Meet the Robinsons - The license plate of Cornelius 'Lewis' Robinson's adoptive parents.
  • Terminator Salvation - Seen on the computer screen (as a login override code) during the assault on a Skynet base. Timeframe - 00:09:32
  • Planet 51 - License plate on Lem's car is A113.
  • DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story - Continuation rule for deathmatch is read as number 113 [sic]. This may or may not be coincidence because the A was forgotten.
  • Terra Nova - In "Genesis (Part One)", the security camera showing Jim Shannon in unauthorized areas is labeled "CAM A113"
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol - Josh Holloway/Hanaway's weaponized "class ring" has A113 emblazoned on the side, and it is Tom Cruise/Ethan Hunt's extraction access code given over the phone and on the plate of a car in front of the Kremlin during the big explosion,[21] time at which the bomb's deactivation button is pushed "1.13 seconds".
  • The Avengers - A113 can be seen in the top left corner of a news video feed near the end of the film, when a hostage is recounting Captain America's rescue. Also seen in the bottom right hand corner of the Nick Fury's Helicarrier Glass Screens[22].
  • Big Hero 6 - Appears as a part number on the schematics for Wasabi's energy blades as Hiro builds it.[23]

Video games[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Sragow (1999-08-05). "Iron without irony". Salon Arts & Entertainment. Salon.com. Archived from the original on 1999-08-05. Retrieved 2007-04-27. A113 was our classroom number. On "Family Dog" I put it on the license plate of the thieves' car. And I put it into every single one of my films ... 
  2. ^ a b c "A-113 Easter Eggs in American Dad!". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  3. ^ "A-113 Easter Eggs in Family Dog". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  4. ^ "A-113 Easter Eggs in Rugrats". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  5. ^ a b c d Koch, Dave (May 29, 2014). "Of A113, Pizza Trucks and Future Heroes: Pixar Easter Eggs". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ Flatline: Fact File BBC One, retrieved 19 October 2014. Quote: "One of the train’s featured in Flatline is clearly numbered A113. This designation is often featured in films created by former students of California Institute of the Arts, referring to the classroom used by graphic design and character animation students. As such, A113 has appeared (with varying degrees of subtlety!) in TV shows such as The Simpsons and Family Guy plus movies including Toy Story, Monsters University and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
  7. ^ Jeff Goldsmith, Andrew Stanton (2008-12-16). Andrew Stanton: Wall-E Q&A podcast (MP3). Creative Screenwriting Magazine. Event occurs at 05:30. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  8. ^ Finding Nemo (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2003-05-30. Event occurs at 14:52. 
  9. ^ Incredibles, The Easter Egg - Hidden Mickeys and a113 :D
  10. ^ the second post by the user "Nexas"
  11. ^ Cars (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2006-06-09. Event occurs at 23:01. 
  12. ^ Mater and the Ghost Light (Short). Emeryville,CA: Pixar. 2006-11-07. Event occurs at 4:58. 
  13. ^ Ratatouille (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2007-06-29. Event occurs at 1:11:##. 
  14. ^ Peter Sciretta (2008-06-27). Also, WA11-3. "Interview: Andrew Stanton". SlashFilm. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  15. ^ WALL-E (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2008-06-27. Event occurs at 1:08:48. 
  16. ^ WALL-E (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2008-06-27. Event occurs at 0:38:50. 
  17. ^ "Easter Eggs in Pixar's UP". SlashFilm. 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  18. ^ "More ‘Brave’ Easter Eggs – A113, The Late Joe Ranft". The Pixar Times. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  19. ^ a b c "A-113 Easter Egg in Disney Films". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  20. ^ "A-113 Easter Egg in Brave Little Toaster". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  21. ^ "A-113 Easter Egg in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  22. ^ http://jayse.tv/v2/?portfolio=avengers-helicarrier-glass-screens
  23. ^ "Big Hero 6 - Walt Disney Studios Animated Features". findingmickey.com. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Ghost Fragment: Dead Orbit - City Factions".