In 1961, Walt Disney founded CalArts, the California Institute of the Arts, as a way of developing new filmmaking talent. The school now counts some of the most iconic names in animation among its former students.
Among them are Toy Story creator and Pixar chief John Lasseter, The Incredibles and Ratatouille filmmaker Brad Bird, Frankenweenie director and The Nightmare Before Christmas producer Tim Burton, Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore, Monsters, Inc. and Up director Pete Docter, and Finding Nemo‘s Andrew Stanton.
And just about every one has affection for classroom A113, the place where animation and design students first started practicing their craft. (Here’s an image of Docter, Stanton, and Lasseter on a return trip to their old stomping grounds.)
A reference to room A113 has been embedded in every Pixar film. It’s on a license plate in Toy Story, a cereal box in A Bug’s Life, and its the model of underwater camera used by the diver in Finding Nemo. In Brave, it’s above the witch’s door, written in Roman numerals: ACXIII.
In Monsters University, the old classroom number gets to adorn a classroom once again. As you can see above, it’s the number of Mike and Sulley’s lecture hall.
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