The makers of the multiverse traversing film Everything everywhere at once have confirmed that there are hidden Easter eggs that viewers have yet to catch.
The film, directed by Michelle Yeoh, follows a mother and laundromat owner who struggles with her marriage until her mind is opened to alternate versions of herself by the multiverse. Everything everywhere has already proven to be a box office hit, raved about by audiences and critics alike.
Written and directed by the same duo behind it swiss army man, Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as “Daniels,” star the film as Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis, James Hong, and Jenny Slate, among many others. The soundtrack is composed by the band Son Lux and also features artists such as David Byrne, André 3000 and Randy Newman.
In the infinite possibilities in the multiverse of Everything everywhere at onceaudience sees dozens of realities with increasingly imaginative and wacky results.
The film’s creators have tons of references like the Pixar references, Yeoh’s real-life career, 2001: A Space Odyssey and more, but some references are more subtle and have yet to be found.
news week spoke to Daniels and to Ryan Lott, Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang from the band Son Lux.
Contributors to the Easter Eggs
“I think some of the Easter eggs we do to boost our morale,” Scheinert said news weekand explains why they packed in so many subtle references Everything everywhere at once. “And we also gave all our department heads permission to have fun. We’re not going to be the kind of director who has a very specific vision that you better not deviate from.
The Daniels confirmed that their production designer, Jason Kisvarday, would bring in references through props they weren’t even aware of at the time. “They will just sneak things in. There are things we don’t even know people have pointed out.”
“One that no one has pointed out is because of Jason [Kisvarday] is a big fan of repo man‘ said Kwan news week. repo man is a 1984 science fiction film starring Harry Dean Stanton and Emilio Estevez.
“In repo man, 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 all 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.
“So the lipstick 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.
Before 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 things as evidence of their previous work. “He stole a prop or two […] as many of our different music videos as possible,” Scheinert confirmed. “So like the apartment, there are three or four props from three or four different music videos.”
“And no one found that because no one is sitting and logging everything [the items]’ Kuwan said.
Super Smash Bros.
Kwan’s personal favorite Easter egg is from a classic Nintendo fighting game.
“I say my favorite insert that people have been asking about is the pinkie fight moment [Evelyn] the guy knocks in the air, I don’t know if you’re a gamer? but this is Super Smash Bros.said Kwan. “It’s the home run bat sound when you get a knockout.”
“We created our own very similar sound,” added Scheinert.
Kwan said, “Things like that, when people reach out, I’m like, ‘Oh, this is so much fun.'”
‘Absolutely (Story of a Girl)’
The writers and directors Daniels weren’t the only ones who managed to hide a few Easter eggs in it Everything everywhere at once– the band Son Lux also included some audio references.
There are some obvious references to existing songs and themes, such as It is Always sunny in PhiladelphiaClair de Lune and a more obvious one for the band Nine Days.
“One girl’s story, that’s all I’ll say,” Chang said news week, “Look out for 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 what turns out to be the formative years of Daniels and Son Lux.
After some persuasion, Chang continued, “So this song is something that actually recurs throughout the film, but it’s always way in the background. And the lyrics – well, I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s punchy through.
“It’s like a wink from the filmmakers. That’s all Daniels,” Chang said.
Regarding what struck them while watching the film, Bhatia said he loved spotting even minor details like a funny sticky note on Jamie Lee Curtis’ character’s desk.
Daniels and Son Lux have only scratched the surface of the film, as there are dozens, maybe hundreds, of other Easter Eggs hidden within Everything everywhere at once.
The A24 film is now showing in cinemas everywhere.
https://www.newsweek.com/everything-everywhere-all-once-easter-eggs-revealed-daniels-son-lux-interview-1706058 The creators of ‘Everything Everywhere’ reveal the Easter Eggs you missed