A seemingly meaningless set of letters and numbers, A113 keeps appearing in various Disney and Pixar movies. Though it comes up in different formats (A1-13 and A-113), it has been subtly added to many movies. You’ve probably seen it yourself and just haven’t noticed.
Many people have come up with theories about why this sequence is added. Some claim that the Illuminati has taken over the making of children’s movies and add A113 as a secret code. There are various videos online attempting to explain the meaning behind the mysterious code.
The meaning however, is not nearly as devious as some people try to make out. A113 is the number of the classroom where many of the animators studied. The room itself is in the California Institute of Arts and is the starting place of many successful animators. These animators then go and join Disney or Pixar and want to pay homage to the where they began and so hide A113 somewhere in the movie. This is also their way of recognizing others who are starting their now. Next time you watch an animated film, see if you can’t find the code as well.
What do you think? Is A113 an inside joke, an Easter egg in media, or is it a subliminal message?
Andy’s mom’s license plate in 1995’s “Toy Story.”
It was on a camera in 2003’s “Finding Nemo.”In Pixar’s Up, A113 appeared as the number of the courtroom where Carl Fredricksen goes to after he hits a worker to protect his mailbox.
The code for the Abandon Earth protocol in WALL-E
Engraved in Roman numerals above a doorway in Brave
It can also be found on a box that Flik walks by in 1998’s “A Bug’s Life.”
Here’s Sully from 2013’s “Monsters University” entering a classroom whose number is A113.
Disney / Pixar – However, Pixar films aren’t the only ones to hide the number in plain sight. Here’s Tiana from Disney’s 2009 “The Princess and the Frog” jumping on a trolley car marked A113.
“The Simpsons” used it for Bart Simpson’s mug shot.
It even shows up on a door in 1987’s “The Brave Little Toaster.” Joe Ranft, who went on to work on Pixar movies including “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” and “Monsters, Inc.,” and Dan Haskett, a character designer on “Toy Story,” worked on the film.
Hyperion Pictures – You can also notice the number on a chewed-up vehicle in Warner Bros.’ 1999 movie “The Iron Giant.” The director, Brad Bird, later made Pixar hit “The Incredibles.”
It even shows up in non-Pixar films such as Lilo & Stitch
The Iron Giant screencap– Even live-action films like 2012’s “The Avengers” had a file labeled A113.Here’s a photo of Lasseter and Pixar animators Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter standing outside the famed classroom: