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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 media 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. 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.

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]

  • Doctor Who - In "Flatline", the ninth episode of the eighth series, the first train carries the headcode A113.[10]
  • Firefly - In episode two, "The Train Job", the registry number of the train is A113.
  • Supernatural- In The first episode of Season 5 "Sympathy for The Devil", the number of the hospital room where Bobby is recovering is 113A.
  • "Quantico" - In the first episode of Season 1 "Run", the room which Caleb Haas was staying in before he flunked out was numbered 113A.

Pixar films[edit]

  • Toy Story trilogy - License plate number on Andy's mom's cars (a minivan in Toy Story and Toy Story 2, and a Crossover in Toy Story 3).[11] Airport announcement for "LassetAir Flight A113" (also a reference to director John Lasseter) in Toy Story 2.[citation needed]
  • A Bug's Life - Code on cereal box as Flik enters the bug city.[citation needed]
  • Monsters, Inc. - One of the pillars inside the company reads "A13", making the A and one 13.
  • Finding Nemo - The model number of the camera used by the scuba diver.[12]
  • The Incredibles - The room number in Syndrome's lair (not seen but mentioned by Mirage).[13][14] 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 located.
  • Cars franchise - In the first film, it is 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.[15] 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. In the second film, it is 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.[16]
  • Ratatouille - Git, the lab rat, has a tag on his left ear that reads "A113". Also, when Linguini is watching TV while sleeping, A113 also appears on a train behind the love couple.[17]
  • 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).[18][19] 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.[20]
  • Up - The number of the court room that Carl Fredricksen goes to after he hits a worker to protect his mailbox.[21]
  • Brave - written in Roman numerals (ACXIII) above the interior of the door to the witch's cottage.[22]
  • Monsters University - The lecture hall where Mike and Sulley have their first class has this number on the door.[7]
  • Inside Out - When Riley is walking up a street in San Francisco going towards the bus, she stops to see who is calling her. In the building in the background, "a113" is written in graffiti on the building. When Riley Andersen heads to her new school in San Francisco, she is put in room A113.[23]
  • The Good Dinosaur - When the bird chases Arlo out of his feeding area, "A113" is formed by sticks along the fence in the right side of the frame.
  • Finding Dory - The license plate for the cargo truck that is taking the animals to Cleveland has the license plate "CALA113". Also the name tag of the sea lions Fluke and Rudder at the Marine Life Institute

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.[7]
  • 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.[7]
  • 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.[24]
  • 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.[25]
  • Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers - The license plate number of the carriage that has Mickey held as captive.[24]
  • The Princess and the Frog - A trolley is labeled number A113.[24]
  • Big Hero 6 - Appears as a part number on the schematics for Wasabi's energy blades as Hiro builds it.[26]
  • 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's character Hanaway's weaponized "class ring" has A113 emblazoned on the side. It is Tom Cruise's character Ethan Hunt's extraction access code given over the phone and is on the plate of a car in front of the Kremlin during the big explosion,[27] 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 all news clips near the end of the film, when the world reacts to the revelation of the Avengers. Also seen in the bottom right hand corner of Nick Fury's Helicarrier Glass Screens.[28]
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - The virus that wipes out most of humanity is called ALZ-113.
  • The Colony (2013 film) - Inside the storage area a box has A113 as its registration number.
  • Saving Mr. Banks - Walt Disney looks at the travel itinerary of P.L.Travers as she flies from Los Angeles to London. Her flight number is BTA-113.
  • Sausage Party - License plate on the back of Druggie's car along with the sticker "DIXAR"

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. ^ Reddit post
  4. ^ "A-113 Easter Eggs in Family Dog". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  5. ^ "A-113 Easter Eggs in Rugrats". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  6. ^ a b c d "A-113 Appearances in The Simpsons". blog.bcdb.com. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
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  8. ^ "A-113 in Tiny Toon Adventures". blog.bcdb.com, June 26, 2015
  9. ^ "Bobby's World Has an A-113, too". blog.bcdb.com, June 26, 2015
  10. ^ 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."
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Finding Nemo (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2003-05-30. Event occurs at 14:52. 
  13. ^ Incredibles, The Easter Egg - Hidden Mickeys and a113 :D
  14. ^ the second post by the user "Nexas"
  15. ^ Cars (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2006-06-09. Event occurs at 23:01. 
  16. ^ Mater and the Ghost Light (Short). Emeryville,CA: Pixar. 2006-11-07. Event occurs at 4:58. 
  17. ^ Ratatouille (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2007-06-29. Event occurs at 1:11:##. 
  18. ^ Peter Sciretta (2008-06-27). "Interview: Andrew Stanton". SlashFilm. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  19. ^ WALL-E (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2008-06-27. Event occurs at 1:08:48. 
  20. ^ WALL-E (Motion Picture). Emeryville, CA: Pixar. 2008-06-27. Event occurs at 0:38:50. 
  21. ^ "Easter Eggs in Pixar's UP". SlashFilm. 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  22. ^ "More 'Brave' Easter Eggs – A113, The Late Joe Ranft". The Pixar Times. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  23. ^ "Inside Out - Pixar Trivia, Easter Eggs and A-113". blog.bcdb.com, June 26, 2015
  24. ^ a b c "A-113 Easter Egg in Disney Films". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  25. ^ "A-113 Easter Egg in Brave Little Toaster". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  26. ^ "Big Hero 6 - Walt Disney Studios Animated Features". findingmickey.com. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  27. ^ "A-113 Easter Egg in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol". blog.bcdb.com, May 13, 2014
  28. ^ "Jayse Hansen Portfolio | Avengers Helicarrier Fury's Glass Screens | Jayse Hansen Portfolio". jayse.tv. Retrieved 29 June 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  29. ^ "Ghost Fragment: Dead Orbit - City Factions".