I would consider myself a bit of a film buff. I’ve watched all the classics, I’m a bit judge-y and I always spot the continuity errors. I studied Film Studies at college and really wanted to go on and further study the subject at university too. Therefore, all those little errors, added extras, and funky film techniques are something I always pick up on.
I’ve always found it so interesting that producers and creators of media – whether it TV shows, films or even games – add their own special touch by leaving behind tiny little Easter Eggs. Those hidden messages, funny jokes and secret features go by almost undetected; it’s always fascinating when you find a new one that you’ve never noticed before.
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My Top 5 Favourite Movie Easter Eggs
I love hunting down movie Easter Eggs. I genuinely think that film makers and everyone involved in the production and post production process are so clever to tie all their films together and leave little messages behind for eagle eyed fans.
Bruce Willis’ character John McClane is asked what he’s been doing since the last Die Hard film. He responds by saying “smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo”. Those are the same lyrics from a song his character sings in Pulp Fiction. Fortuitously, Pulp Fiction was released in the time period between Die Hard 2 and Die Hard With A Vengeance so the continuity fits in rather nicely there.
2. Big Hero 6
The first Marvel/Disney cross over film features some badass Marvel characters doing what Marvel characters do best – fighting for justice. In one of the training scenes leading up to the big fight, you can see Baymax trying out his new weaponry. His target? A statue of non other than Disney’s evil Prince Hans from Frozen. It’s quite satisfying watching Baymax blow the statue up!
3. Harry Potter
A series of films that have worked their way into our lives and become firm family favourites; but have you ever noticed that Harry’s wizarding world is absolutely potty about the number seven? There are seven horcruxes, seven locks on Mad-Eye Moody’s chest, seven players on a Quidditch team, seven Harry Potter’s created using Polyjuice Potion and seven snakes on the Chamber Of Secret’s door. I could go on, but I’m guessing you’ve got the picture now!
Remember in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” everyone made it abundantly clear that Robin was killed by The Joker? Well it turns out that Harley Quinn was an accomplice! The introduction to Suicide Squad flashes up this bit of information so quickly that if you blink, you’ll miss it.
This Easter Egg is one that will float blissfully over our children’s heads and leave us having a little giggle to ourselves. When Red and the other birds break into the Pig’s compound, he opens a door to find two pigs wearing blue dresses shouting “Redrum!” This is clearly a nod to horror masterpiece, The Shining. So all in all, it’s a really good thing that the kids don’t notice a thing!
These are just my top five Easter Eggs, and these are just in the films! Easter Eggs feature all over the media, including TV shows and games.
A fantastic infographic created by Cartridge Save, that has also been featured on The Hollywood News, lists some really interesting facts about Easter Eggs, as well as some cool ones that I didn’t know about. I particularly love that the term “Easter Egg” was coined by The Rocky Horror Picture Show, possibly one of my favourite films that I have viewed so many times, and have never, ever noticed any stray eggs!
Did you know any of these already?
What are your favourite Easter Eggs in the media?
I’d love for you to share them with me in the comments.
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