Pixar reveals major Easter egg secret, Hank the octopus

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Pixar is known for adding many Easter eggs in its films like the Luxo Ball and the Pizza Planet Truck. Now it has revealed its biggest secret yet, Hank the Octopus, who can be seen in the upcoming Finding Dory movie.

Hank, who is voiced by Ed O’Neill, is an octopus with camouflaging abilities. Thanks to his skills, he’s able to hide in plain site in every single Pixar film since the first Toy Story movie in 1995.

“Every Pixar fan knows that we love Easter Eggs,” said director Andrew Stanton, who also directed Finding Nemo. “And until now, Hank has been our most closely guarded secret. There are even people internally at Pixar who don’t know about this.”

“Hank started off as a bit of an inside joke between those of us who were here at Pixar in the very beginning,“ said Stanton. “But since then, finding a place for him in our films has become part of our culture, and I’m glad we finally get to introduce him properly to fans.”

Check out the unveil video below.

Of course, this was a fun April Fools’ joke.

Synopsis: Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.

The film is directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E) and co-directed by Angus MacLane (Toy Story OF TERROR!).

Finding Dory hits theaters on June 17, 2016.

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