Filmmakers love what they are doing, and more importantly, they love the films that influenced them, regardless of the genre And the people who make animated movies are not any different. Many of them grew abreast of a gentle diet of scary movies and horror films. They often pay homage to horror movie classics with sly references in their animated films, and even as often, these references are missed by most youngsters. Here are a couple of instances of horror film references found in animation includes that you may have missed as a kid.

1. Paddle Ball Scene In ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ is a Reference for ‘House of Wax’

Warner Bros. / Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks Animation

2. ‘Shrek 2’ Pays Homage To The “All Work And No Play” scene From ‘The Shining’

DreamWorks Pictures / Warner Bros.

3. ‘Toy Story 2’ and ‘Vertigo’

Buena Vista Pictures Distribution / Paramount Pictures

4. ‘Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters’ Mentions Leatherface, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Fly, Boris Karloff’s ‘The Mummy,’ And The Creature From The Black Lagoon.

Warner Bros.

5. ‘Halloween’ Theme Song Is A Ringtone In ‘ParaNorman’

Focus Features

6. ‘Carrie’ Visual In ‘ParaNorman’

United Artists / Focus Features

7. ‘Shrek 2’ References The Water Glass Gag From ‘Jurassic Park’

Dreamworks Pictures / Universal Pictures

8. ‘Flushed Away’ and ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’

DreamWorks Animation / Columbia Pictures

9. A ‘Red Eye’ DVD Appears In ‘Flushed Away’

Dreamworks Pictures / DreamWorks Pictures

10. ‘ParaNorman’ and ‘Friday the 13th Part III’

Focus Features / Paramount Pictures

11. ‘Aladdin’ Contains A Tribute To Horror Icon Peter Lorre.

Buena Vista Pictures

12. ‘Finding Nemo’ plays ‘Psycho’ Theme Music For Darla’s Entrance.

Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

13. Door Scare From ‘The Shining’ Is Used In ‘Finding Nemo’

Buena Vista Pictures Distribution / Warner Bros.

14. Room 237 From ‘The Shining’ Often Comes Up In ‘Toy Story 3’

Warner Bros. / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

15. The Chestburster Scene From ‘Alien’ Is Mentioned In ‘Shrek 2’

DreamWorks / 20th Century Fox

16. ‘Toy Story’ Plays With ‘The Exorcist

Buena Vista Pictures Distribution / Warner Bros.
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