If you watched the brief credits roll at the end (and why wouldn’t you have?), you may have caught Marti Noxon’s name:
Noxon, who has served as a writer and producer on such series as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Mad Men, recently joined Pixar. I am not sure if she has received credits on any prior Pixar films, but she served as a creative consultant on Toy Story of Terror. It is great to see her contributing to the the studio and I hope we see more of her work there in the future.
Gazerbeam From The Incredibles
An addition to the list, which comes from reader Matt Bacon, is a reference to The Incredibles. Gazerbeam is a superhero in the film who attends the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Incredible (seen in the still above). In Toy Story of Terror, the opening features a gravestone for Simon J. Paladino, the alter ego of Gazerbeam.
Director Angus MacLane has shared a reference to Wilson Phillips, the 90s band whose song “Hold On” went on to become a smash hit around the world. Either MacLane or someone else at Pixar is a big fan of the group, as in Toy Story of Terror, the two cops at the end of the special are named Wilson and Phillips:
Carl Weathers In Happy Gilmore
Reader FlixTheCat commented below to remind us that Chubbs Peterson in Happy Gilmore, played by actor Carl Weathers had a plastic-looking right hand to replace the hand he lost. Whether or not it is a coincidence, in Toy Story of Terror, Combat Carl, also played by Weathers, is missing his right hand when we meet him, before he is reunited with it later in the special:
There are sure to be more easter eggs hidden within the confines of the TV special. Pixar, as usual, has cleverly hidden an incredible number of easter eggs. If you have found anything else, make sure to let us know in the comments below and we will do our best to add them to the list!