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Easter Eggs

There are plently of in-jokes, easter eggs and references in Grim Fandango. If you know of any that aren't listed here, send them in!

Easter Eggs / In-Jokes

Type in 'blam' at any time while playing Grim Fandango for a little surprise.

Source: Grim Fandango Network

Ship Captain
In the hallway of the DOD there is a picture of a boat. If you look at in Manny says "Not that I have a choice, but I wonder if I would be happier working on a ship. Then again I'm so competitive I wouldn't be able to rest until I was Captain." At the end of year two on the ship he is just the cleaner, and then a year later he is the captain.

The Moon
The moon at the harbour where Velasco is has a face. Or, try to 'Use' the moon, and Manny and Velasco will recite a poem.

Manny's surname "Calavera" is Spanish for Skull.

There are several characters throughout the game that when you try to pick them up (p key), they will give some funny responses:

  • Olivia - Manny will say "Not Hector's girl!" - Submitted by April & Craig
  • Velasco - Manny will say "Hey sailor!", in a sweet and tempting voice - Submitted by Ruben
  • Naranja - Manny will say "No more picking up sailors for me." - Submitted by April & Craig
  • Carla - After the fight with Carla, Manny can pick her up, asking if she's forgiven him. "Still in the anger phase," she says. - Submitted by April & Craig

  • Festival Crowd
    In the festival behind the balloon twister's tent during Year 1, Olivia can be seen in the crowd. There is a screenshot attached below, but the easiest way to see for yourself is in-game.

    Submitted by Angela Strickland

    Cat Litter
    When Manny is in the giant cat stable, he will look down at the turds in the litter box. If you try to pick one up, Manny will just laugh and laugh.

    Submitted by April & Craig

    Edge of the World
    Domino has told Pugsey and Bibi that Manny has a bone saw. If you "use" the Bust-All near them, Manny says, "Hey, kids, wanna see my bone saw?" They will burst into tears and screams.

    At the end of the world, if you enter Domino's office and take out the scythe or the Bust-All, he will pull out his own gun and say, "Please put that away." However, if you pull out Pugsley's miniature hammer, Domino laughs and says, "OK, you can take out the tiny hammer."

    Submitted by April & Craig

    References in Grim Fandango

    Sam and Max/Full Throttle
    In Toto's Parlour, next to the phone there is a poster of tattoo designs including Sam and Max and the Corley Motors logo from Full Throttle.

    Grim Fandango Easter Egg

    Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe
    In year 2, when you cross the bridge under the Blimp, a short melody plays which is part of the opening theme to Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe... an older World War 2 flightsim from Lucasarts (or Lucasfilm Games as it was known back then)

    Monkey Wrench
    In the Blue Casket, while on the microphone, say "Anyone know where I can find some tools", and some of the guests mention a 'monkey wrench', which is a refence to a certain part of Moneky Island 2.

    Submitted by Steve

    Monkey Island
    If you try going into the tunnel with the crocodile, Manny will say "Wow! It's a tunnel that opens onto a system of catacombs!", which is the same line that Guybrush says in Monkey Island 1 when he looks down the tree stump in the woods. This scene also appears in Monkey Island 3 when Guybrush sticks his head into the crack in the wall in the Goodsoup Family Crypt.

    Source: Grim Fandango Central / Steve

    Movie References
    Here are some movie references, with thanks to SlipGun for collecting them together on the GFN forums:

  • "I'd like you to handle this operation/interrogate him ... personally."(Batman)
  • Terry's arrest is similar to that of Ugarte's (Casablanca)
  • Terry's high-pitched speech is very similar to that of Everett Sloane/Mr. Bernstein (Citizen Kane)
  • The little oval numbered lights of the casino control panel in Manny's office are very similar to the lights in the elevator in Double Indemnity.
  • "Here kitty, kitty." (The Third Man)
  • The roulette croupier, game rigging, "Les jeux sont faits" (Casablanca)
  • The grim reaper, mural of the grim reaper on the casino wall (The Seventh Seal)
  • Art of the Petrified Forest, the 'portal' down to it (Nightmare Before Christmas)
  • Chowchilla Charlie as Peter Lorre/Ugarte (Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon)
  • Maximino as Marlon Brando/Vito Corleone (The Godfather)
  • Manny as an insurance salesman (Double Indemnity)
  • Manny as a casino owner (Casablanca)
  • Police Chief Bogen as Claude Rains/Captain Renault (Casablanca)
  • Salvador Limones as Paul Henreid/Victor Lazlo (Casablanca)
  • Hector LeMans as Sydney Greenstreet/"The Fat Man" (The Maltese Falcon)
  • Blue Casket as the Blue Parrot (Casablanca)
  • Hector's greenhouse (The Big Sleep)
  • Sewers (The Third Man)
  • Olivia and Nick "caught in the act" photograph, murder over a photograph (Chinatown)
  • Double N Tickets as the letters of transit (Casablanca)

  • References to Grim Fandango

    Monkey Island 3
    In the chicken shop in the Curse of Monkey Island sits a skeleton that looks like Manny Calavera. Next to him is a badge that says "Ask me about Grim Fandango".

    Monkey Island 4
    In Act 2 of Monkey Island 4, when you twiddle the system controls in The Palace of Prostheses, one of the files that come up is Manuel L. Calavera's.

    Submitted by Laura Kivioja

    When you talk to the Drunken Sailor, at some point in the conversation he mutters the word "Lambada", which is the boat sailing to Puerto Zapato from Rubacava in Grim Fandango.

    Submitted by Laura Kivioja

    The Longest Journey
    In the PC adventure game 'The Longest Journey' there is a crossing in the city of Newport named Calavera Crossing.

    Submitted by Per Myrsten

    Star Wars: Episode 1
    At the end of the pod racing sequence in 'Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace', when the crowd are shown cheering, Manny can be seen in the crowd.

    Update - This easter egg has proven to be false by this quote from Star Wars Insider Issue 48: "Anybody from Indiana Jones to LucasArts game Designer Manny Calavera are not among the throngs in the Pod race Arena..."

    Source: Grim Fandango Central / Steve

    Other Grim Fandango Facts

    Star Wars adventure?
    Hal Barwood, the game designer behind titles such as Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, had an idea of a Star Wars adventure game that "was going to involve a lot of very expensive pre-rendered 3D sets", but since Grim Fandango (also utilizing a lot of pre-rendered sets) was already in development at LucasArts, the president of the company felt uneasy about doing two games that way and the idea was buried.

    If you know any, please send them in!