Press Pause On The Movie Moments!
There are certain moments in movies that are worthy of being paused so that you can see extra detail or an Easter egg of some sort. Some scenes just have so much detail that you have to pause it in order to take in all of the detail. Lots of Easter eggs can be found in all sorts of movies. Which movies have "pause-worthy" scenes? Have you seen any of these before? Let's get started!
School Of Rock - The Chalkboard
During one of the montage scenes in 2003's School of Rock, Jack Black's character Dewey draws this one one of the chalkboards. It's actually based on a book by Edward Tufte called Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. This one is the "genealogy of pop music". Check out all of the different bands on it. Pretty cool, right?
Star Trek Into Darkness
If you think of science-fiction cinema over the last 60 years, there are two franchises that come up immediately: Star Wars and Star Trek. JJ Abrams was at the helm for both the most recent Star Trek movies and the Star Wars sequel trilogy, so it only makes sense that there's a little crossover. Still, people were shocked at this scene in Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013. If you look really closely at the circled object...it's R2D2. If you don't pause it at just the right minute, you'll miss it!
Iron Man 2
The scene in Iron Man 2 where Nick Fury is discussing the "Avengers Initiative" is definitely a must-pause scene if only for the map in the background. You'll notice that the continent of Africa is on the map, with a small section circled. That area is Wakanda, and they wouldn't even explore Wakanda until 8 years later in Black Panther. There's also a small patch out in the ocean. Could that be Atlantis, the home of Namor The Sub-Mariner?
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker featured a massive battle scene at the end that involved Lando Calrissian tracking down a huge fleet of ships for the Resistance. If you pause on this scene, you'll see a lot of different ships from throughout Star Wars. Mon Calamari cruisers from Return Of The Jedi, The Ghost from Star Wars: Rebels, and even ships from the prequels appear. Can you spot them all?
Frozen is every little girl's favorite movie, and shows no sign of slowing down. This is a cute little Easter Egg in Frozen. Notice the girl with her back to the camera with the short brown hair. Does she look familiar? Well, she should, because it is Rapunzel from Tangled! This has led to a whole slew of Disney fan theories, ranging from Rapunzel being Elsa and Anna's cousin to Tarzan being their long-lost brother.
Speaking of Frozen, there are a bunch of surprises in this scene from Frozen II. Take a close look at the ice dolls that Anna and Elsa are playing with. They're all based on Disney characters: Elsa is holding Dumbo, and in the background, you'll notice Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro, BayMax from Big Hero 6, Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and a few more!
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame is a Disney movie that doesn't get as much attention as it probably should. This scene should definitely get your attention though. When Quasimodo is looking down on the streets of Paris, he notices a few familiar faces. If you look right in the front, you'll see the most familiar face. Yup, that's Belle from Beauty And The Beast reading a book. It IS Paris, after all.
Lilo And Stitch
Here's a fun paused scene where you'll see a small shot that you might not have noticed. This is from Lilo And Stitch from 2002. Check out the poster directly behind Nani's bed. That's right, it looks like someone is a big Disney fan. It's a poster of Mulan from 1996. As it turns out, the same screenwriter wrote both the screenplays for Mulan and Lilo And Stitch! No wonder she's a fan!
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
At the very end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Nick Fury fakes his death. Nick Fury is, of course, played by Samuel L. Jackson, who also played Jules in Pulp Fiction. Jules had a particular Bible verse memorized that he said right before he shot someone. Notice the Bible verse on Nick Fury's tombstone there? Yes, it's Ezekiel 25:17. To make it even funnier, that Bible verse was actually made up for Pulp Fiction, so this is a double Easter Egg.
Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet
Both of the Wreck-It Ralph movies are full of pause-worthy scenes, but the one in Wreck-It Ralph 2 that should get the most attention is the scene when Vanellope meets the Disney Princesses. After she convinces them to wear more casual clothes, each one wears a shirt that reflects her own movie. Elsa's shirt says "Let It Go", Moana's shirt has a picture of Tamatoa that says "Shiny", and so on. They all wear their own merchandise!
Tron (1982) was one of the first movies to extensively use computer animation. It takes place mostly inside the computer system of Encom, which has been taken over by the evil Master Control Program and his henchman, Sark. Here, you can see Sark staring at a map of the system, and if you look closely, you'll see Pac-Man eating away at some dots in one of the sectors. This scene was cut from the "pan and scan" VHS version of the film, so many people forgot that it existed. Definitely worth a pause to see Pac-Man though.
Toy Story 3
Someone at Pixar really likes the movies of Hideo Miyazaki too. We saw Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro show up in Frozen 2 already. He also makes an appearance in Toy Story 3, but you'll need to pause quickly to see him. There he is, standing right next to Woody as Woody reads a map on the computer there. Apparently, Studio Ghibli gave Pixar their blessing to briefly use Totoro in this movie as an homage.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace features a scene set in the Republic Senate that features a lot of aliens. One of these aliens should look very familiar. Yes, these aliens (referred to as Asogians in the Star Wars Visual Dictionary) are the same species as E.T. from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. This actually explains a lot. In E.T., the character E.T. sees a kid dressed as Yoda from Star Wars and E.T. seems to recognize him. Come to think of it, E.T. can lift stuff with his mind and heal people. Maybe he's a Jedi?!
This one is so notorious that it ended up getting its own backstory. In 2011's Thor, we get to see the inside of Odin's treasure room. There are a number of artifacts in there that are from Marvel Comics. The Wand Of Watoom and the Casket Of Ancient Winters make an appearance, and so does the item in the picture. That's right, it appears to be the Infinity Gauntlet. However, in Thor: Ragnarok, Hela reveals that this one is fake. You can tell that she's right. The real Infinity Gauntlet used by Thanos is for the left hand, the fake one here is a right-handed glove!
Star Trek: First Contact
You have to pause this scene very quickly, but if you do, you can see another Star Wars/Star Trek crossover. In 1996's Star Trek: First Contact, the opening scene involves all of Starfleet fighting the Borg. Well, apparently Starfleet has contacted a galaxy far, far away because the Millenium Falcon makes an appearance in the background. This was a small joke inserted into the CGI by the visual effects director because he also worked for Lucasfilm.
Well, that's all of the "pause-worthy" scenes that we can find for today. Were there any of these little Easter eggs that you missed? They're fascinating to see, and now you'll know about them. If you'd like to let others know about them, please share this article with your friends. Thanks for reading!