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

Bird has 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]

The original classroom A113 is currently being used as the first year graphic design studio.

A113 appearances[edit]

Television animation[edit]

Pixar films[edit]

  • Toy Story trilogy - License plate number on Andy's mom's cars (a minivan in Toy Story and later a Crossover in Toy Story 3).[2] 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.[3]
  • The Incredibles - Room number in Syndrome's lair (not seen, only mentioned by Mirage).[4][5] 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 trilogy - 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.[6] 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.[7]
  • Ratatouille - Git, the lab rat, has a tag on his left ear that reads "A113".[8]
  • WALL-E - The code for the directive given to the Axiom's autopilot to never return to Earth. It also seems to spell out part of WALL-E's name, wA11-3 (partial Leet)[9][10] 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. [11]
  • Up - The number of the court room that Carl Fredricksen goes to after he hits a worker to protect his mailbox.[12]
  • Brave - written in Roman numerals (ACXIII) above the interior of the door to the witch's cottage.[13]
  • Monsters University - The lecture hall where Mike and Sulley have their first class has this number on the door.

Other films[edit]

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. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Finding Nemo (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2003-05-30kjl. Event occurs at 14:52. 
  4. ^ Incredibles, The Easter Egg - Hidden Mickeys and a113 :D
  5. ^ the second post by the user "Nexas"
  6. ^ Cars (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2006-06-09. Event occurs at 23:01. 
  7. ^ Mater and the Ghost Light (Short). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2006-11-07. Event occurs at 4:58. 
  8. ^ Ratatouille (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2007-06-29. Event occurs at 1:11:##. 
  9. ^ Peter Sciretta (2008-06-27). Also, WA11-3. "Interview: Andrew Stanton". SlashFilm. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  10. ^ WALL-E (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2008-06-27. Event occurs at 1:08:48. 
  11. ^ WALL-E (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2008-06-27. Event occurs at 0:38:50. 
  12. ^ "Easter Eggs in Pixar's UP". SlashFilm. 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  13. ^ "More ‘Brave’ Easter Eggs – A113, The Late Joe Ranft". The Pixar Times. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2013-07-13.