Have you ever noticed the code ‘A113′ appearing in Disney films? The Disney animators are placing this code discretely into their movies and it has a special meaning to it that will make you smile…
A113 seen on Disney’s Toy Story.
A box in Bug’s Life
The diver’s camera from Finding Nemo
The coordinates of Mr. Incredible’s cell in The Incredibles
It’s seen on a train and Mater’s license plate in Cars
A tag on one of the rats in Ratatouille
The code for the Abandon Earth protocol in WALL-E
The courtroom number in Up
On Siddley’s tail, a screen and again on Mater’s license plate in Cars 2
Engraved in Roman numerals above a doorway in Brave
On this door in Monster’s University
It even shows up in non-Pixar films such as Lilo & Stitch
The Iron Giant
The Brave Little Toaster
The Princess and the Frog
So, what is A113?
A113 refers to a classroom number at the California Institute of Arts. It was the classroom for first year graphic design and character animation, where many of the animators at Pixar and Disney, and several other studios, discovered and mastered their craft. The use of A113 in their films is a friendly nod to one another that they once shared a classroom without which they would never be doing what they’re doing now.