For the week thats in it, I've decided to publish a piece that deals with a common phenomenon in movies - i.e. the Easter Egg. Traditionally, in computer software and media, an Easter egg was an intentional inside joke, hidden message or image, or secret feature of a work. The name is used to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt.
A movie “Easter egg” is a joke or reference cleverly hidden in a scene. Most commonly Pixar uses it to reference its other movies - a plush Nemo toy in Monsters, Inc. or the Pizza Planet truck appearing in almost every movie, for example — and these are probably the most recognizable examples of an Easter egg, but lots other films have at least a few.
Here are my picks of 5 such Easter Eggs:
R2-D2 has made secret appearances in many movies, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, along with C-3PO. (see pic above). R2-D2 has also made appearances in other movies such as J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness as well as sneaking into Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and another Steven Spielberg movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
As an homage to the original 1932 version of Scarface, Martin Scorsese put X’s all over The Departed to foreshadow a characters death. The only major character to survive is also the only one to not have any X’s — Sgt. Dignam, played by Mark Wahlberg. Sgt. Dignam actually often appears with straight lines behind him.
Starting in 1927, Alfred Hitchcock made 39 cameos in his movies, including appearances in Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho and The Birds. In four of his earlier movies, he made two appearances. Hitchcock often carried a musical instrument, or acted as a passenger on public transportation, and often were humorous in some way, such as the use of his photo for the “before” shot in a newspaper weight reduction advertisement in “Lifeboat.” Hitchcock’s appearances usually happen near the start of the movie, sometimes even during the opening credits, so you don’t need to spend time searching for him rather than paying attention to the plot.
2. Frank Abagnale makes a cameo in “Catch Me If You Can,” ironically, as an arresting officer of himself
Inspired by a true story, Leonardo DiCaprio plays Frank Abagnale in Stephen Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can. In an amusing twist, when DiCaprio’s character is finally arrested, the arrest is aided by the real-life Abagnale. Playing a French policeman, the real Abagnale helps “Abagnale” into a cop car in the small town of Montrichard, France.
1. Pac-Man is on a screen for a moment in the original “Tron.”
In Steven Lisberger's Tron, Sark yells at a display screen with Pac-Man’s image while searching for Flynn and Tron. Simultaneous with his rising anger, you can hear the iconic “waka waka” coming from Pac-Man.