If you were a Disney fan growing up in the early 2000s, the High School Musical series was likely a cornerstone of your childhood. The trilogy, celebrated for its catchy tunes and memorable performances by stars like Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, captivated audiences worldwide. The third installment, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, wrapped up the journey of Troy, Gabriella, and their friends as they navigated prom, graduation, and the quintessential high school musical.

However, over 16 years after its release, eagle-eyed fans have discovered a hidden “Easter egg” that has taken social media by storm. In the song ‘The Boys are Back,’ performed by Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and Chad Danforth (Corbin Bleu), fans noticed an intriguing reference. The line “Just like a showdown, Will Smith and Bobby De Niro” had many initially scratching their heads, as the duo doesn’t star together in any live-action film. But one astute TikTok user, Pearl (@lydi_uhhh), made the revelation that this lyric nods to DreamWorks’ 2004 animated film Shark Tale, in which Will Smith voices Oscar, and Robert De Niro voices shark mob boss Don Lino.

What’s truly fascinating is how this reference slipped under the radar for so long. Disney is renowned for weaving such Easter eggs into their films, often referencing their own classics. Yet, this homage to a competitor’s work adds a delightful twist. Could it be that Troy and Chad were fans of Shark Tale, enjoying it during a Wildcats sleepover?

The attention this discovery has garnered is spectacular, with fans flocking to social media to express their astonishment and newfound appreciation for the clever lyric. One user exclaimed, “I always thought it was about Men In Black… but that’s Tommy Lee Jones!” Another joked, “Chad and Troy watching Shark Tale and genuinely enjoying it is sending me; I wanna believe it was a big sleepover with the whole team.”

What do you think about this surprising Easter egg? Were you as shocked as we were? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments, and don’t forget to spread the word by sharing this story with fellow Disney fans. Let’s keep the High School Musical magic alive!

Source: [The Mirror](https://www.mirror.co.uk).