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This page lists shout outs seen in Animated Films. Any movie beginning with "A..." or "The..." has been placed under the letter of the next word in the title. Any sequels are under the title of the original.

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  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm:
    • Bruce taking out a motorcyclist on foot is a direct reference to AKIRA.
    • When Batman is washed down the sewer near the end of the movie, the sequence of shots is the same as Lupin being washed down an aqueduct in The Castle of Cagliostro.
    • Batman's escape from the police through a construction zone is similar to a scene with a condemned building in Batman: Year One. Per Word of God, it was lifted from the similar scene in RoboCop (1987).
    • Joker tries to escape on a jet pack similar to the one James Bond used in the beginning of Thunderball
    • The end scene is almost identical to that of the 1989 Batman: Batman standing on a rooftop, looking at the Bat-signal. It's just that both are never fully in frame at one time.
    • Alfred's line about vengeance is very similar to Friedrich Nietzsche's quote about becoming that which you fight against.
    • The lyrics of the chorus singing the Batman theme are the production crew backward. It's elaborated on in Ominous Latin Chanting.
  • Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman:
    • The original Batwoman, Kathy Kane, is referenced by the identity of one of the women potentially behind the mask: Kathy Duquesne.
    • Robin (out of costume) is briefly seen reading a comic book titled "Mutant Meta-Men".
    • BIONICLES 3: Web of Shadows as a whole is a shout-out to the Star Wars films. Vakama's Face–Heel Turn is a reference to Anakin's fall to the Dark Side, complete with him ravaging the heroes' temple, the music playing during his duel with Matau deliberately mimics the score of Luke fighting with Darth Vader from Return of the Jedi, and the following scene, where Matau's forced to hang above a chasm with Vakama standing over him is a clear homage to the similar, iconic scene from The Empire Strikes Back, only here, Vakama actually jumps after Matau to save him.
    • According to the directors' commentary, the choppy CGI animation used for the villains in some scenes of the first movie, Mask of Light, was a deliberate reference to Ray Harryhausen's Stop Motion works.
  • Bolt:
    • The New York pigeons bear more than a passing resemblance to the Goodfeathers from Animaniacs (who were in turn a Shout-Out to Goodfellas). Also:
    Hollywood Pigeon: We got a nibble! Now don't freak out, that's how we blew it with Nemo.
  • The Book of Life:
    • Several of the songs the mariachi band sings while Manolo is trying to court Maria. Also, at crowd shot of Mexico at the beginning of the movie, you can spot Manny and Frida having fun off to the side.
    • The town is named San Angel. Likely after Televisa San Angel, the largest media company in Mexico.
    • Jorge Sanchez is pretty much a dead ringer for Don Quixote.
    • One of the Sanchez ancestors is named Carmelo. Ironically, Carmelo is about a son who wants to be a bullfighter and a father who warns against him bullfighting.
    • In the climax, the town Priest puts on a luchador mask and delivers wrestling attacks to the bandits. The mask's design and the fact he's a Priest call to mind Fray Tormenta, the legendary wrestling Priest and Folk Hero.
    • Maria's last name is Posada, the same as famous Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada, whose work "La Calavera Catrina" inspired La Muerte's look.
    • A Fastball Special bucket brigade up a tower? Hmm...
    • Especially one made of dead ancestors...
  • The Boss Baby:
    • In the second trailer, Boss Baby says that talking candlesticks will be included if the audience wants them.
    • Boss Baby pulls out a Voltron action figure. In fact, Dreamworks now owns the Voltron franchise owner Classic Media and currently produces the critically-acclaimed reboot Voltron: Legendary Defender.
    • Tim's alarm clock resembles Gandalf and even says "...HE SHALL NOT PAAAASS!" and "Fly, you fools!"
    • The scene with Puppy Co.'s "top secret" plans is a riff of the opening scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, while the trap itself is one big replica of the Mouse Trap board game.
    • Upon spotting a crowd of Elvis impersonators at the airport, Tim exclaims "Elvis is everywhere!"
    • The line "Cookies are for closers!" spoofs one of Alec Baldwin's best known lines from Glengarry Glen Ross.
    • At one point, Boss Baby reads a Mr. Magoo comic book, another Classic Media property.
    • Tim's fantasies are done in a style mimicking Maurice Noble's designs for Chuck Jones' Ralph Phillips cartoons (who, like Tim, is a Mr. Imagination). Some scenes, like Tim fighting a shark or being in a prison cell when grounded, are direct homages.
    • Francis' Giant Mook disguises himself as Mary Poppins when masquerading as a nanny. Francis even says he's "practically perfect in every way." The Boss Baby later refers to him as "Scary Poppins."
    • The movie was released in Brazil under the name O Poderoso Chefinho ("The Powerful Little Boss", in Portuguese), a shout-out to The Godfather, which is known there as O Poderoso Chefão ("The Powerful Big Boss").
    • When Tim tells the Boss Baby that he's stolen everything he loves, even the special song, "Blackbird," that his parents wrote for him, Boss baby wisecracks "Your parents are Lennon and McCartney?" Later, when it's revealed that Francis Francis and Super Colossal Big Fat Boss Baby are one and the same, Tim asks "Whoa... he is him? And him is you?" possibly a reference to the opening of "I Am the Walrus" - "I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together."
    • One of the scenes in the Creative Closing Credits sequence is a direct homage to the "to the Batcave" from Batman (1966).
  • A Bug's Life:

  • Cats Don't Dance contains numerous references to the films Singin' in the Rain and Sunset Boulevard, including Danny's wardrobe on arrival; Darla's Battle Butler, Max, and the way Darla is foiled.
  • Coraline:
    • To The Nightmare Before Christmas: The pumpkins in the other mother's garden look like the Mayor of Halloweentown, and the tallest of the three Ghost Children resembles Shock. The cat is the same sort of black, scrawny specimen seen in Halloweentown. A bowl that Other Mother uses resembles Jack Skellington. Similarly, when Wybie has his facemask/helmet on, he bears a strong resemblance to Barrel. There also might be one to Pixar, as one of the Shakespeare players has a baby in a backpack that looks a lot like Jack-Jack.
    • The ball that the rats were playing with was the one from Luxo Jr.
    • The movers at the beginning were the "Ranft Bros.", caricatured after Jerome Ranft and the late Joe Ranft, who worked on The Nightmare Before Christmas and several Pixar films.
    • Also, at one point the other mother cracks an egg yolk into a bowl that yields The Nightmare Before Christmas lead character Jack Skellington's image.
    • The other father's slippers look an awful lot like Monkeybone.
    • The piano in the other study has the gold word "Tadahiro" on it. Tadahiro Uesugi was a concept artist whom Henry Selick adored.
    • Wybie shares the same last name of a runaway black child named Jessie Lovat in American Gods.
    • When the other world is getting destroyed, it just white with some black outlined objects. It very similar to Super Paper Mario.
    • Much of Other Father's creepy Dialogue when Other Mother isn't around seems similar to Psycho.



  • Frankenweenie:
    • For starters, Victor Frankenstein, which is the name of the scientist who created the infamous monster.
    • Sparky pre-transformation looks very similar to another Burton canine.
    • Elsa is named after Elsa Lanchester, who played the title role in Bride of Frankenstein (that she is basically Lydia Deetz just adds to the fun). Her poodle Persephone gets her very own Bride of Frankenstein beehive hairdo, compliments of a static charge from Sparky.
    • Mayor Burgermeister is named after Burgermeister Meisterburger of Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town fame.
    • Nassor and his mummy hamster are a reference to Boris Karloff's role in The Mummy (1932). Nassor's flat hair is also a reference to Frankenstein's Monster, a role that Karloff famously played. Nassor getting wrapped up in streamers and then falling into a matryoshka-shaped cabinet riffs on Karloff's being mummified alive in the 1932 film.
    • Similarly, Edgar is modeled on Fritz and Ygor, two characters fulfilling the same purpose from the Karloff Frankenstein movies. Though he looks more like the one from Young Frankenstein.
    • The mutated Sea-Monkeys tiny Fish People, probably a reference to Creature from the Black Lagoon, given the movies penchant for Universal monster movies.
    • The goldfish is pretty much a straight-up shout-out to The Invisible Man (1933), right up to it starting to go mad before disappearing altogether.
    • Elsa's last name is "van Helsing".
    • Toshiaki's giant turtle monster looks like a cross between Gamera and Godzilla. Of course, it's also named Shelley.
    • And the Mr. Whiskers/bat hybrid monster is notably vampire-like, though its means of creation mirrors The Fly (1958).
    • Edgar's reanimated rat becomes bipedal, sprouts loads of fangs, and attacks in the manner of a movie werewolf.
    • The angry mob and burning windmill are oft (oft) repeated homages to the 1931 Frankenstein.
    • Mr. Rzykruski's look is based on horror veteran Vincent Price.
    • Mr. Whiskers's transformation sequence is right out of An American Werewolf in London.
    • Man hiding in a portable toilet to escape giant reptilian creature. This time thankfully the man doesn't get eaten.
    • Victor's parents hide into a phone booth which is stormed by the sea monkeys. The scene is reminiscent of the bird attacks in The Birds.
    • Bambi Meets Godzilla: the Colossus versus Shelley scene. Later, the movie theater sign shows Bambi and Godzilla films as now playing.
      • Nassor's and Toshiaki's pets battling may also be a reference to Mons battling. Nassor even yells, "Go, Colossus!" before setting him down.
    • Sparky gets run over by a car the first time he dies in the film when he tries to get a baseball and return it to Victor. The same thing happens to Momo in Magical Princess Minky Momo; the only differences were that Sparky was actually at the baseball game instead of being near the game like Momo was, he decided to get the ball by himself instead of being asked to get the ball, and he wasn't distracted by something else before getting run over.

  • The Great Mouse Detective:
    • The mice come out of part of the floor moulding that looks exactly like the one the Cinderella mice use in the scene where they steal the beads.
    • In the toy shop, there's a clockwork toy elephant that looks like Dumbo.
    • Basil's own name may be a Shout-Out to Basil Rathbone, best known for his many portrayals of Sherlock Holmes.



  • Mulan:
    • The families Chi-Fu calls to claim their conscription notices are the names of Disney animators, Mulan's alter-ego is named after Sai Ping Lok, another Disney Studios who did background work and research for the movie.
    • "Who are you?" "Your worst nightmare."
    • The doll the Huns use to find the village, and again when the Imperial Army finds the razed remains of said village, is the same as a doll found in similar circumstances in Nausicaa.
    • This line when Mushu is waking up Mulan:
    • Two of the ancestors look remarkably like the American Gothic Couple.

  • In The Nightmare Before Christmas, the parts from Oogie Boogie's Song where he responds to being asked what he's going to do with "I'm going to do the best I can" and when there's a fade to black and scene change by zooming in on the inside of his mouth are lifted almost directly from the Betty Boop short The Old Man of the Mountain.

  • Onward:
    • Barley's tabletop game is heavily inspired by Dungeons & Dragons. In fact, a couple of artifacts and creatures from D&D are featured in the film, and Wizards of the Coast receives thanks in the end credits. Twice.
    • The restaurant Ian goes to in the beginning is called Burger Shire, and it's serving second breakfast.
    • Barley keeps a road sign in Guinevere that says "You shall not pass."
    • The stereo in Barley's van is from the brand LOR.
    • The gag with Wilden's fake body above his legs and the overall appearance of it general, along with certain other elements, are an obvious take on the film Weekend at Bernie's. So much so that even a number of reviews of the film made reference to this.

  • Penguins of Madagascar:
    • During the climax, the four heroes go into battle stance while the camera pans around each of them, similar to a previous blockbuster. Lampshaded by this exchange:
      Kowalski: Sir, how long do we stand here like this?
      Skipper: Until we reach maximum coolness.
    • The sheep that the North Wind first thought was Dave is from the Dragons franchise.
    • Using knock-out gas on the guards at Fort Knox in the beginning should remind James Bond fans of Goldfinger.
    • In the finale, with the possibility that reversing Dave's ray will kill him, Private's butt hand places its palm on the glass which Skipper returns with his flipper, imitating the death scene from Star Trek's Wrath of Khan/Into Darkness .
    • You maniac! You blew him up!
    • Every time Dave instructs his minions by name, it is a reference to a famous Hollywood actor.
  • In Pinocchio, the exterior of the pool hall on Pleasure Island is a giant eight-ball and cue stick, a nod to the Trylon and Perisphere of the 1939 New York World's Fair.
  • Planes: To two legendary United States fighter groups.
    • Skipper's squadron, VF-17, aka "The Jolly Wrenches", is directly based on the real VF-17 squadron (Now VFA-103), "The Jolly Rogers".
    • Judge Davis is explicitly mentioned to be a "Red Tail" P-51 Mustang, which makes him a member of the 332nd Fighter Group, better known as the Tuskegee Airmen, one of whom was Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., a pilot who ultimately became a United States Air Force General.
    • Another is to Top Gun, when the two Navy jets do a flyby of the Flysenhower, disturbing the Air Boss's coffee. Made more of a shoutout by the identity of the actors voicing the two jets.
    • In Skipper's World War II flashback, his squadron is using the callsign "Jigsaw," a reference to the old John Wayne movie Flying Leathernecks.
  • Planet 51 takes place on a distant world, where the equivalent of dogs are animated, short-legged, altogether cuddlier versions of a certain Xenomorph species made popular by the Alien franchise.


According to the director's commentary, after Bones collapsed they wanted Doppler to say "He's Dead, Jim". The Powers that be said no.

  • The War to End All Wars – The Movie: The museum warehouse where King Albert's letter finally ends up is stacked high with boxes in a clear reference to the closing scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    • Judge Doom yells "I'm melting!" as he dissolves into a pool of Dip just like the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz.
    • There are dozens of these to Golden Age cartoons, some so brief you need to freeze frame the film to catch them all.
    • One Shout-Out not related to cartoons: Valiant uses The Maltese Falcon as a hatrack.
    • When the cable car pulls up at the studios ten minutes in, the prominent destination at the top reads "SUNSET BLVD", another Film Noir.
    • "Well, say hello... Harvey!"
    • During the car chase between the heroes and the weasels, the weasel driving sneers "I'm gonna ram 'im!"... then, when the attempted target of their vehicular assault dodges, he and his mooks scream as they hurtle towards a crash. Just like the scene with Biff chasing a skateboard-riding Marty in Back to the Future.