Pixar is well known for being a self-referential movie studio. A Jessie doll from Toy Story 2 can be seen in Monsters Inc., a boy reads a Mr. Incredible comic book in Finding Nemo, and there’s a Lightning McQueen toy in WALL-E, because even in the future, Cars merchandise is unavoidable. But Pixar also frequently pays homage to other films, ones that don’t star talking rats.
Jorge Luengo Ruiz, a filmmaker from Madrid, realized the wealth of movies Pixar has referenced after watching Toy Story 3, which added Totoro, from Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro, to Woody’s gang. So, he collected them all in “Pixar’s Tribute to Cinema,” a loving supercut of every time Finding Nemo spoofed The Birds and The Incredibles was inspired by Die Hard with a Vengeance. The only title Ruiz didn’t include: A Bug’s Life, because “the whole plot is a tribute to Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.”
If only Kurosawa had been introduced to Dave Foley.