‘Everything Everywhere’ Movie Creators Reveal Which Easter Eggs You Missed
The Creators of the Crossing Multiverse Movie Everything everywhere all at once have confirmed that there are hidden Easter egg viewers who haven’t caught on yet.
The Michelle Yeoh-directed film follows a mother and laundromat owner who struggles in marriage, until her mind opens up to alternate versions of herself across the multiverse. Everywhere has already proven itself at the box office with audiences and critics raving about it.
Written and directed by the same duo behind Swiss army man, Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, known collectively as “Daniels”, the film stars Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis, James Hong and Jenny Slate among many others. The soundtrack is composed by the group Son Lux and also features David Byrne, André 3000 and Randy Newman.
In the endless possibilities across the multiverse of Everything everywhere all at onceaudiences see dozens of realities with increasingly imaginative and wacky results.
The film’s creators are full of tons of references like nods to Pixar, Yeoh’s real career, 2001: A Space Odyssey and more, but some references are more subtle and remain to be found.
Newsweek spoke to Daniels, and to Ryan Lott, Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang of the band Son Lux.
Easter egg contributors
“I think some of the Easter eggs we do to lift the spirits,” Scheinert said Newsweekexplaining why they packed so many subtle references into Everything everywhere all at once. “And we also gave all of our department heads permission to have fun. We’re not going to be the kind of director who has an extremely specific vision that’s best not to deviate from.
The Daniels confirmed that their production designer Jason Kisvarday would add references through props they weren’t even aware of at the time. “They’ll just slip things in there. There’s things we don’t even know people have flagged.”
The man from the depot
“One thing no one has pointed out yet is because Jason [Kisvarday] is a big fan of The man from the depot“said Kwan Newsweek. The man from the depot is a 1984 science fiction film starring Harry Dean Stanton and Emilio Estevez.
“In The man from the depot, they didn’t have product labels because they didn’t have the rights, Kwan said. Scheinert added, “They use the same label for every product.”
“It’s the same. It’s like a white background with a blue line and very simple text, and it just says ‘beer’ or ‘milk’ or ‘cereal.'” Kwan continued. “For Jason, as a production designer, it’s the funniest thing in the world for him.
“So the lip balm that Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) eats is exactly the same style [as Repo Man] and just says “chapstick”. We just let Jason have fun,” Kwan said.
Prior to making big budget films, Daniels created music videos for a number of bands including Manchester Orchestra, Foster the People, The Shins and Tenacious D.
They remember how the production designer added elements as a testament to their previous work. “He snuck in a prop or two, from […] as many of our different music videos as possible,” Scheinert confirmed. “So like in the apartment, there are three or four props from three or four different music videos.”
“And nobody found that because nobody sits down and records everything [the items]“, said Kwan.
Super Smash Bros.
Kwan’s favorite Easter egg is from a classic Nintendo fighting game.
“I say my favorite insert that people have asked about is the pinkie fight moment when [Evelyn] kick the guy in the air, I don’t know if you’re a gamer? but it’s Super Smash Bros.“, Kwan said. “It’s the sound of the home run bat that goes out when you get a knockout.
“We created our own very similar sound,” Scheinert added.
Kwan said, “Things like that, when people reach out, I’m like, ‘oh, that’s so much fun. “”
‘Absolutely (A Girl’s Story)’
Writers and directors Daniels weren’t the only ones who managed to hide Easter eggs in Everything everywhere all at once—the Son Lux group also slipped in some audio references.
There are obvious references to existing songs and themes, like It is Always sunny in PhiladelphiaClair de Lune, and a more obvious one at Nine Days.
“A girl’s story, that’s all I’m going to say,” Chang said Newsweek, “Beware of A Girl’s Story.” Bhatia added, “And the many universes of Story of a Girl.”
Nine Days’ “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)” was used on several hit ’90s shows like Daria and Dawson’s Creek, during, it turns out, Daniels and Son Lux’s formative years.
After a few light hugs, Chang opened up further, “So this song is something that runs throughout the movie, but it’s always in the background. And the lyrics, well, I don’t want to overdo it. say but it’s peppered throughout.
“It’s kind of like a wink from the filmmakers. It’s Daniels all the way,” Chang said.
As for what they noticed while watching the film, Bhatia said he even enjoyed spotting smaller details, like a fun post-it note on Jamie Lee Curtis character’s desk.
Daniels and Son Lux have just scratched the surface of the movie because there are dozens, maybe hundreds more Easter Eggs hidden inside. Everything everywhere all at once.
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