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Examples of Actor Allusions in Animated Movies.


  • In Flushed Away, near the beginning, Roddy (played by Hugh Jackman) is trying on different clothes. At one point, he tries a Wolverine costume, referencing Jackman's role as Wolverine in the X-Men Film Series.
  • In Cars, Mater says of tractor tipping "I don't care who you are, that's funny right there," a catchphrase of his actor Larry the Cable Guy. Also, when Lightning McQueen jets out of the pit in the final race, Mater shouts Larry's other catchphrase, "Git 'Er Done!"
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  • Chicken Run has two references to Braveheart. Mel Gibson's introduction is accompanied by him yelling "FREEEEEDOMMMMMMMM"!! Also, when he says that he hails from the land of the free, one chicken asks expectantly: "Scotland?"
  • Combined with a Parental Bonus in Monsters, Inc., when Randall Boggs threatens to put his assistant through the shredder.
  • The Incredibles
    • During his first scene with Buddy Pine, the future Syndrome (voiced by Jason Lee), Mr. Incredible forgets the boy's name. Incredible's first guess is Brodie, a reference to Lee's character Brodie Bruce from Mallrats.
    • Frozone's scene with the cop and getting the drink of water is a direct homage to Samuel L Jackson's scene as Zeus in Die Hard with a Vengeance, in which a cop is about to shoot him but he needs to answer a pay phone.
  • Frozen stars Idina Menzel as as Elsa, and the Duke of Weselton warns Hans that Anna might be "conspiring with the wicked sorceress," the "wicked sorceress" being Elsa. Idina Menzel played the Wicked Witch of the West in the musical Wicked.
  • Shrek has a good number of these.
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    • Antonio Banderas is well-known for his role as the masked caped crusader in The Mask of Zorro, as well as the cheesy line "you are the love of my life" which Puss in Boots (who Banderas voices) repeats to a female cat just before getting on the boat in Shrek the Third. Not to mention him carving a "P" into the side of a tree with his rapier, just as Zorro is known for carving a "Z" on his enemies.
    • King Harold makes a excuse about his old "crusade wound" acting up. As Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers, John Cleese made a similar claim about an old war wound.
    • After headbutting her way through two stone walls in a row, Queen Lillian (voiced by Julie Andrews) starts deliriously humming snippets from "A Spoonful of Sugar" and "My Favorite Things".
    • In the Latin American dub, the donkey is voiced by Eugenio Derbez. His lines contain snippets from some known characters played by Derbez, like his classic "fue horriiiible!".
  • In The Lion King:
  • Toy Story
    • Sid has Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen) trapped in an upside-down plastic crate with a tool box on top. The tool box clearly sports a Binford logo; Binford Tools was the sponsor for "Tool Time" on Tim Allen's Home Improvement.
    • Earlier in the movie, Mr. Potato Head says "What are you looking at, you hockey puck?" causing a puck toy to shrug. "Hockey puck" is a famous insult Don Rickles uses in his comedy routines.
  • In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, during one musical number Quasimodo is briefly given a Mozart-esque white wig to wear. He's voiced by Tom Hulce, who played Mozart in Amadeus.
  • In The Jungle Book, King Louie calls himself the "king of the swingers". His voice actor, Louis Prima, was nicknamed "The King of Swing".
  • Tangled: In the campfire scene, Rapunzel tells Flynn "Don't freak out!" and then "It's complicated!" in short order. Both of those lines are from Chuck, starring Zachary Levi, the voice actor for Flynn.
  • In The Rescuers, there is at least one scene where Bianca mispronounces words; a reference to her Green Acres character Lisa Douglas.
  • In Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!, Shaggy, while messing around in the DJ studio, tries his hand at it. His VA Casey Kasem of course was well known for being a famous radio DJ.
  • Probably the earliest example, in Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket hides from Gepetto by blending in with the players in a wooden music box and scatting along with the box's tune. His voice actor, Cliff Edwards, was known for his scat singing.
  • The title character of Kung Fu Panda makes frequent use of Jack Black's catch phrases, most notably "Skadoosh".
  • In the Disney anthology movie "Make Mine Music", Nelson Eddy performed all the voices in short "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing At The Met". At one point Willie the Whale sings one of Eddy's signature songs, "Shortnin' Bread".
  • In the trailer for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Emmet - played by Chris Pratt - takes his pet plant to space with him to search for the kidnapped builders. It wouldn't be the first time he has a plant as a copilot; Pratt did that in Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • In Aladdin and the King of Thieves, the Genie becomes Mrs. Doubtfire.
  • In The Book of Life, The Candle Maker says "Today was a good day", the name of one of Ice Cube's songs.
  • In Zootopia, Duke Weaselton, is misnamed as "Duke Weselton". In Frozen, the Duke of Weselton was misnamed as "Duke Weaselton". Both characters were voiced by Alan Tudyk.
    • The same movie has another, ironic example related to Frozen. In Frozen, Kristen Bell plays a character with a Motor Mouth. In Zootopia, she plays a character who talks extremely slowly.
  • In The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out Of Water, Mr. Krabs in his superhero form, at one point, apprehends Burger-Beard by firing one of his robot claws and pinning him against a wall. Long Feng from Avatar: The Last Airbender could do something similar.
  • Inside Out has a mild example: Sadness, who wears a soft sweater and large glasses, is voiced by Phyllis Smith, who's best known for playing Phyllis on The Office (US). Smith's outfits on the show are almost identical to the one Sadness wears.


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