Numbers, please! A113 – or: when animation nerds take the same tur

Numbers, please! A113 - or: when animation nerds take the same tur

If you take a close look at young animated films from Disney to Pixar, you’ll be surprised: a specific number often appears – whether as the name of a camera, a room number or on a license plate. At some point you will see A113, either directly or in a modified form (A1-13, A-113 or roman ACXIII).

Numbers, please! A113 - or: when animation-nerds take the same tur

The tur of room A113 of CalArts University. It gives its name to one of the most successful Easter Eggs in movie history.

Is it a secret code? A reference to the city highway of the same name, as it could come into the mind of traffic jam-plagued Berliners looking at their way to work? Is it the Illuminati who have conquered the cartoon world? All wrong! The secret is hidden in a tower.

Inspiration in animation academia

The solution is found in California. The California Institute of the Arts, or CalArts, is an art school founded by Walt and Roy Disney in Valencia, California in 1961. In the process, the Chouinard Art Institute and Los Angeles Conservatory of Music were merged to combine forces and create better networking between students.

[Caution, spoiler!] The A113 Easter Eggs in Pixar Productions from 1995-2013

Many animators who later made careers studied at this college. And at that time there were trainings for animators in the room A113. In particular, later filmmakers Pete Docter (Monster AG, Above), Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) and John Lasseter (Toy Story, The Rough Crawl, Cars) began from now on to recall this tower in their films with A113, in which the foundations of their careers were laid.

Numbers, please! A113 - or: when animation nerds take the same tur

One of the first hunches of A113 – the license plate of a van from the 1987 animated movie "Family Dog".

Easter Eggs far beyond Pixar

The first such Easter Eggs appeared as early as 1987: both in the animated series "Amazing Stories", in the episode "Family Dog", in which two thieves drive a van with the A113 license plate, as in the Disney animated movie "The brave little toaster", in which one apartment is numbered A113. From then on, the development took its course. All Pixar animated films contain at least one reference, be it a product name, a dialog element, a room number or a license plate number.

This has become a running gag across all genres, even in the film industry outside Disney. A113 references can be found in many cartoon and animation productions, including Simpsons, Futurama, South Park, American Dad. But also in movies like "The Tributes of Panem", "Mission Impossible: Phantom Protocol" up to "Terminator: The redemption" there are small allusions to the Zimmertur.

Numbers, please! A113 - or: when animation nerds take the same tur

Also in Dr. Who the reminiscence appears: In episode "Behind the Walls" (season 8, episode 9), the 12. Doctor is able to save the miniaturized Tardis from a train with an A113 inscription.

The reference is slowly gaining a cult status in the film industry like the Wilhelm Scream. A113 was also allowed to be the license plate most often used in movies. In the real room A113, from which all the hype started, there is now a graphics studio.

Also in other productions outside of Pixar.

Conclusion: What 47 is for Trekkies and 42 for universal hitchhikers drawn by pan-galactic thundergurglers, A113 is for animated film fans!

P.S.: Clearly, this sequence of "numbers, please!" is timed to appear at 13:13. Exceptionally.

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