If you haven't seen the newest trailer for Pixar's Toy Story 3, do yourself a favor and watch it now. While the first trailer yanked the on the sentimental strings, the latest packed in the laughs, introduced new characters, and contained a basket full of easter eggs.
Thanks to /Fim's resident Pixar fanatic Peter Sciretta, we have a bunch of hidden characters and throwbacks to show you that popped up in the new trailer. Click on images for hi-res and ultra hi-res:
Hiding amidst this parade of new and classic toys is a character unique to the Pixar family...
... that'd be Mr. Ray the Scientific Stingray from Finding Nemo, voiced by Pixar story artist, Up co-director;Bob Peterson, he also voiced Dug the dog in Up.
There's at least one easter egg here, possibly three...
That's definitely a wooden version of Lightning McQueen from Cars. But the next one is up for debate...
Babyjaypan points out that, that looks to be an older version of Boo, drawn to a cuddlier incarnation of Sully from Mosters Inc. What do you think?
Don't let those finger paintings distract you, there are some characters from a Pixar short hidden in there.
>Here are characters from Pixar's Tin Toy short. Where a "Toy is being terrorized by a small infant. He runs away from the baby and hides under a couch where he finds a bunch of abandoned/lost/hiding toys shivering. As Rex runs towards the door, some of the toys from Tin Toy are seen hiding/shivering in the right hand corner."
On the left you can see Totoro from Hayao Miyazaki’s film My Neighbor Totoro(1988) -- John Lasseter, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios chief creative officer and director of Toy Story/ToyStory 2, is very good friends with Hayao Miyazaki. No word on whether or not Totoro will be have more scenes.
Lastly, though not technically an easter egg, but a new and pivotal character, is Lots-o’-Huggins Bear, the leader of the toys in Sunnyside.
Continuing in Pixar's tradition of previewing characters from upcoming projects, he did however appear as an easter egg in Up, in the lower left hand corner of a girl's room when Carl's house floats by.
As for the other Pixar insider easter eggs and explanations, head on over to /Film.