The Blaze posted an article today about “A113,” a group of numbers and letter that appears in a lot of Pixar movies. Frankly, I never noticed it, but it appears on the license plate in “Toy Story,” and also in “Cars” and “Monsters, Inc.”
The Blaze has answered this burning question:
“A113 refers to a classroom number at the California Institute of Arts. It was the classroom for first year graphic design and character animation, where many of the animators at Pixar and Disney, and several other studios, discovered and mastered their craft,” User TheGhostWhoHatesSpills writes. ”The use of A113 in their films is a friendly nod to one another that they once shared a classroom without which they would never be doing what they’re doing now.”
If nothing else, this reminds us that if you have a dream and are willing to work and study to achieve it, you can. It is touching that these animators remember their roots.