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The door of Room A113 c. 2005

A113 (sometimes A-113, A-1-13, A1-13 or A11-3) is an inside joke and Easter egg in media developed by alumni of California Institute of the Arts, referring to the classroom used by graphic design and character animation students including John Lasseter, Tim Burton, Michael Peraza, and Brad Bird. 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 almost every Pixar movie.

Bird said, "I put it into every single one of my films, including my Simpsons episodes—it's sort of my version of caricaturist Al Hirschfeld's 'Nina'."[1]

Classroom A113 is currently the first-year graphic design studio.

A113 appearances[edit]

Television series[edit]

Pixar movies[edit]

  • Toy Story series:
  • Finding Nemo: The model number of the underwater camera used by the scuba diver.[13]
  • The Incredibles: The trap conference room number in Syndrome's lair (not seen but mentioned by Mirage).[14][15] The prison level and cell 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 located. The office number of superhero costume designer Edna Mode. (The building she is in is the entranceway to CalArts.)
  • Cars franchise:
    • Cars: It is the number on Trev Diesel, the freight train that Lightning McQueen outruns before he first arrives at the town of Radiator Springs. Trev Diesel was also made as a carrying case for the die-cast line and has A113 on it.[16]
    • Cars 3: The number is used as a room number placed on the sliding door of Sterling's office.[17]
  • Ratatouille – Git, the lab rat, has a tag on his left ear that reads "A113". Also, when Linguini is asleep in front of the TV, A113 appears on a train behind the love couple.[18]
  • WALL-E – The code for the directive given to AUTO 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).[19][20] 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.[21]
  • Up – The number of the courtroom that Carl goes to after he accidentally hits a construction worker to protect his mailbox.[22]
  • Brave – Written in Roman numerals (ACXIII) above the interior of the witch's cottage door.[23]
  • Inside Out – When Riley heads to her new school in San Francisco, she is put in room A113.[24] Later, when Riley is heading towards the bus, she stops to see who is calling her. A building in the background has "a113" written in graffiti.

Other films[edit]


Video games[edit]

  • In Destiny, it is the name of an unknown area on the Dead Orbit Ghost fragment Grimoire card.[30]
  • In Fallout 4, it can be seen on one of the gas station signs in the gameplay demo and in the Brotherhood of Steel Cambridge computer logs.[31]
  • In Lego The Incredibles, it can be seen on numerous buildings fronts both in Municiberg and New Urbem, as well as on the side of the ship where the Anchor-Man is hiding.[32]
  • In War Thunder, it was included as a decal with certain event vehicles.[33]

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-113 Easter Eggs in Family Dog". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  3. ^ a b c "A-113 Easter Eggs in American Dad!". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  4. ^ "Bobby's World Has an A-113, too". blog.bcdb.com, June 26, 2015
  5. ^ "r/BoJackHorseman - Found an A113 reference in S1E11". reddit.
  6. ^ "A-113 Easter Eggs in Rugrats". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  7. ^ a b c d "A-113 Appearances in The Simpsons". blog.bcdb.com. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d Koch, Dave (May 29, 2014). "Of A113, Pizza Trucks and Future Heroes: Pixar Easter Eggs". Big Cartoon News. Archived from the original on June 7, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  9. ^ 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."
  10. ^ "A-113 in Tiny Toon Adventures". blog.bcdb.com, June 26, 2015
  11. ^ "The Zeta Project Screenshots". DCAU Timeline, May 21, 2017
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Finding Nemo (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2003-05-30. Event occurs at 14:52.
  14. ^ "Incredibles, The Easter Egg - Hidden Mickeys and a113 :D". www.eeggs.com.
  15. ^ "Pixar Planet • View topic - A113". pixarplanet.com.
  16. ^ Cars (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2006-06-09. Event occurs at 23:01.
  17. ^ Mater and the Ghost Light (Short). Emeryville,CA: Pixar. 2006-11-07. Event occurs at 4:58.
  18. ^ Ratatouille (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2007-06-29. Event occurs at 1:11:##.
  19. ^ Peter Sciretta (2008-06-27). "Interview: Andrew Stanton". SlashFilm. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  20. ^ WALL-E (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2008-06-27. Event occurs at 1:08:48.
  21. ^ WALL-E (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2008-06-27. Event occurs at 0:38:50.
  22. ^ "Easter Eggs in Pixar's UP". SlashFilm. 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
  23. ^ "More 'Brave' Easter Eggs – A113, The Late Joe Ranft". The Pixar Times. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  24. ^ "Inside Out – Pixar Trivia, Easter Eggs and A-113[permanent dead link]". blog.bcdb.com, June 26, 2015
  25. ^ "A-113 Easter Egg in Brave Little Toaster Archived 2014-06-21 at archive.today". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  26. ^ a b c "A-113 Easter Egg in Disney Films Archived 2014-06-21 at archive.today". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  27. ^ "Jayse Hansen Portfolio | Avengers Helicarrier Fury's Glass Screens | Jayse Hansen Portfolio". jayse.tv. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  28. ^ "Big Hero 6 – Walt Disney Studios Animated Features". findingmickey.com. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  29. ^ "A-113 Easter Egg in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Archived 2014-06-21 at archive.today". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  30. ^ "Ghost Fragment: Dead Orbit – City Factions". Archived from the original on 2015-03-21. Retrieved 2015-03-19.
  31. ^ "Dawes (Fallout 4)". The Vault - Fallout Wiki.
  32. ^ "LEGO The Incredibles Pixar Easter Eggs". Bricks To Life. June 18, 2018.
  33. ^ "Grant Mk.I". warthunder.com.

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