Top 10 Puns, Wordplay or Double Meanings in Animated Movies
Toy Story (1996)
Sorry for not giving you an advance warning, but you’re going to have to think about Sid’s nightmare-fuel hybrid toys now. Specifically: Legs, the toy that is essentially a pair of legs attached to a crane with a hook on the end. She’s supposed to be a hooker – don’t underestimate Disney’s subtlety!
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Sticking with the Toy Story series, think back to when Lotso pops the lips off of Mrs. Potato Head’s face to shut her up. Well, let me tell you: Mr. Potato Head was absolutely fuming, dropping this comment of questionable double meaning…
Mr. Potato Head: Hey, no one takes my wife’s mouth but me!
C’mon Mr. Potato Head, I know you were trying to sound tough but think that one through.
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
Poor Kermit. He has to face the reality that Miss Piggy found another man during their time apart:
Miss Piggy: He was a pirate, I was a lady… you know the story.
Now there’s nothing wrong with that, she’s her own pig after all, she can do as she pleases; but when Long John Silver shows up, my heart breaks for Kermit all over again.
Miss Piggy: Hello, Loooooong John
Kermit: Oh no, him too?!
By all means, get amongst it Miss Piggy, but now we’re forced to imagine things about Tim Curry against our will.
Shrek is full of jokes that do a great job of helping out the parents that were forced into watching what they thought was a kiddy animated film. One that might have gone over your head when watching as a kid, was Lord Farquaad’s name.
If you’re still struggling with your innocent little mind, just remove the ‘r’ and say it slowly.
Sausage Party (2016)
I debated long and hard about including this one on here. It’s almost TOO obvious you know? Like, the whole movie is one big, crude, sweary, sexually overt pun the whole way through. The main characters are a sausage and a bun who end up as a hotdog by the end of the movie for crying out loud.
Bee Movie (2007)
Okay I’m going to clean up my act a bit now, no more dirty jokes, from here on out it’s clean as a whistle. B Movie is a phrase we’ve probably all heard but it actually came about during the Golden Age of Hollywood, used for the second movie on a poster for a double feature.
On a somewhat cruel note, Bee Movie was reviewed with a resounding sigh, scoring mediocre ratings as a result. Guess it’s more of a C Movie.
An American Tail (1986)
The dead horse that is the tale/tail pun has been beaten beyond recognition, I agree, but I think I need to give some credit to this one for actually making an endearing, accessible story about the refugee experience of 20th century America. After all this is definitely the sort of dry topic you’d nod off to in a history lesson.
Also, it’s a great excuse to get an eyeful of Bluth’s animation which is a joy to behold, as per.
This one’s almost like they just thought about the word ‘rat’ being in ratatouille and based an entire movie around that realisation. Don’t think you’ll catch many of us complaining though – this one’s a decent pun title attached to a cracker of a movie.
Speaking of Disney’s subtlety of puns, you may have missed this joke from the movie:
The Aristocats (1970)
All right, before I get accused of being biased in favour of rodents, here’s an equally great bit of wordplay from a feline source. You might remember Uncle Waldo, the British goose who regrettably spots his species on a menu in a cafe:
Uncle Waldo: “Prime Country Goose A la Provencale, stuffed with chestnuts”…? “And basted in white wine.” Hic!
Thomas O’Malley: Basted? He’s been marinated in it.
The Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
The last (and best) use of wordplay in this list by a country mile comes by way of this Madagascar spinoff. The main antagonist of the movie is Dave a.k.a. Dr Octavius Brine who lays down a staggering array of quality celebrity puns. Strap yourselves in, kids, because you’re about to be subject to a barrage of quick fire punnery, here are his best quotes:
“Nicholas. Cage them.”
“Elijah would you please take them away.”
“Drew. Barry. More power.”
“Robin, write this down.”
“Charlize! They’re on the ray!”
“Helen! Hunt them down!”
“William! Hurt them!”
“Halle! Bury them!”
“Hugh! Jack! Man the battlestations!”
“Kevin! Bake on! We’re still gonna need that victory cake.”
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