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* This happens quite often on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''. In one episode, a bystander said that [[FatCat PJ]] "can't be human". They also make frequent references to things being "humanly possible". Everyone in-universe seems to be some sort of cat (Pete and P.J.) or dog (every other "anthro" character) except for occasional cameos (which aren't human either).



* This happens quite often on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''. In one episode, a bystander said that [[FatCat PJ]] "can't be human". They also make frequent references to things being "humanly possible". Everyone in-universe seems to be some sort of cat (Pete and P.J.) or dog (every other "anthro" character) except for occasional cameos (which aren't human either).
4th Feb '17 2:07:06 AM Luppercus
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* This often happens to Meowth in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.
** A particularly funny example was in the episode where Meowth, Team Rocket, Ash and Misty have a Pokémon tournament to decide who gets to keep Togepi. When it's Meowth's turn to duel, he realizes he has no Pokémon. After failing to get Team Rocket to lend him one of theirs, it suddenly dawns on him that ''he's'' a Pokémon and can thus act as ''his own trainer''. HilarityEnsues.

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* This often happens Kitty of Franchise/HelloKitty fame isn't supposed to Meowth in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.
** A particularly funny example was in the episode where Meowth, Team Rocket, Ash
be an actual cat, but a little girl... Who is shaped like a cat. It makes as much sense as Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck being human for all intents and Misty have a Pokémon tournament to decide who gets to keep Togepi. When it's Meowth's turn to duel, he realizes he has no Pokémon. After failing to get Team Rocket to lend him one of theirs, it suddenly dawns on him that ''he's'' a Pokémon and can thus act as ''his own trainer''. HilarityEnsues.purposes.



* Kitty of Franchise/HelloKitty fame isn't supposed to be an actual cat, but a little girl... Who is shaped like a cat. It makes as much sense as Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck being human for all intents and purposes.

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* Kitty of Franchise/HelloKitty fame isn't supposed This often happens to be an actual cat, but a little girl... Who is shaped like a cat. It makes as much sense as Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck being human for all intents Meowth in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.
** A particularly funny example was in the episode where Meowth, Team Rocket, Ash
and purposes.Misty have a Pokémon tournament to decide who gets to keep Togepi. When it's Meowth's turn to duel, he realizes he has no Pokémon. After failing to get Team Rocket to lend him one of theirs, it suddenly dawns on him that ''he's'' a Pokémon and can thus act as ''his own trainer''. HilarityEnsues.



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* ''{{ComicBook/Maus}}'', a comic book about Holocaust by Creator/ArtSpiegelman. The Jews are mice, Germans are cats, Poles are pigs, but generally, this is only their appearance.

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* ''{{ComicBook/Maus}}'', a comic book about Holocaust by Creator/ArtSpiegelman. The Jews are mice, Germans are cats, Poles are pigs, but generally, this is only their appearance.
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* ''{{ComicBook/Maus}}'', a comic book about Holocaust by Creator/ArtSpiegelman. The Jews are mice, Germans are cats, Poles are pigs, but generally, this is only their appearance.



* Creator/RalphBakshi's reasoning for why the anthropomorphic characters in ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Coonskin}}'' never act like animals is that it would ruin what he was trying to create, which was a more realistic and mature form of animation. This is specifically the reason why a scene in ''Fritz the Cat'' where Duke the Crow saves Fritz was changed from [[ComicBook/FritzTheCat R. Crumb's comic]]; Crumb had Duke flying Fritz away from a car crash, whereas he grabs a railing in the film. Bakshi admits that he wasn't entirely satisfied with the solution, but it kept him from using any "animal" behavior to further the plot.



* Creator/RalphBakshi's reasoning for why the anthropomorphic characters in ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Coonskin}}'' never act like animals is that it would ruin what he was trying to create, which was a more realistic and mature form of animation. This is specifically the reason why a scene in ''Fritz the Cat'' where Duke the Crow saves Fritz was changed from [[ComicBook/FritzTheCat R. Crumb's comic]]; Crumb had Duke flying Fritz away from a car crash, whereas he grabs a railing in the film. Bakshi admits that he wasn't entirely satisfied with the solution, but it kept him from using any "animal" behavior to further the plot.



* The ''Series/SesameStreet'' tie-in Picture Book ''Literature/TheMonsterAtTheEndOfThisBook'' is probably this for [[spoiler:Grover]]. [[spoiler:Grover]] spends the entire book trying to stop readers from encountering a monster at the end of the book, only to [[spoiler:find that he is that monster.]]



* The ''Series/SesameStreet'' tie-in Picture Book ''Literature/TheMonsterAtTheEndOfThisBook'' is probably this for [[spoiler:Grover]]. [[spoiler:Grover]] spends the entire book trying to stop readers from encountering a monster at the end of the book, only to [[spoiler:find that he is that monster.]]



* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' once forgot he was a cat and shaved off his facial hair.
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' comic strip from 1991, Snoopy was about to drink from a water fountain at Charlie Brown's school when a girl saw him and said, "Hey! There's a dog in the hall!" Snoopy looked around and replied, [[WhereWhere "Where?"]]
** In an earlier story, Sally is doing a report on animals. Snoopy is initially reluctant to help her because he claims that "I don't know any animals" (this means that he doesn't consider birds to be animals, either).
* The Dog from ''ComicStrip/FootrotFlats'' has also once said this. [[ADogNamedDog As his name implies - he is a dog.]]

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' once forgot he was a cat and shaved off his facial hair.
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' comic strip from 1991, Snoopy was about to drink from a water fountain at Charlie Brown's school when a girl saw him and said, "Hey! There's a dog in the hall!" Snoopy looked around and replied, [[WhereWhere "Where?"]]
** In an earlier story, Sally is doing a report on animals. Snoopy is initially reluctant to help her because he claims that "I don't know any animals" (this means that he doesn't consider birds to be animals, either).
* The Dog from ''ComicStrip/FootrotFlats'' has also once said this. [[ADogNamedDog As his name implies - he is a dog.]]



* The Dog from ''ComicStrip/FootrotFlats'' has also once said this. [[ADogNamedDog As his name implies - he is a dog.]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' once forgot he was a cat and shaved off his facial hair.
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' comic strip from 1991, Snoopy was about to drink from a water fountain at Charlie Brown's school when a girl saw him and said, "Hey! There's a dog in the hall!" Snoopy looked around and replied, [[WhereWhere "Where?"]]
** In an earlier story, Sally is doing a report on animals. Snoopy is initially reluctant to help her because he claims that "I don't know any animals" (this means that he doesn't consider birds to be animals, either).



* In ''VideoGame/DustAnElysianTail'' at the end of the "Out To Dry" quest, Fidget states she would like to "maul [Gianni's] face off" to which Dust replies "Manners Fidget, it's what separates us from the animals." This is perhaps intended to be doubly funny as Dust and Fidget occupy different positions in the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism.



* In ''VideoGame/DustAnElysianTail'' at the end of the "Out To Dry" quest, Fidget states she would like to "maul [Gianni's] face off" to which Dust replies "Manners Fidget, it's what separates us from the animals." This is perhaps intended to be doubly funny as Dust and Fidget occupy different positions in the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism.

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* In ''VideoGame/DustAnElysianTail'' at the end of the "Out To Dry" quest, Fidget states she would like to "maul [Gianni's] face off" to which Dust replies "Manners Fidget, it's what separates us from the animals." This is perhaps intended to be doubly funny as Dust and Fidget occupy different positions in the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism.



* Very prevalent in ''Webcomic/NatureOfNaturesArt'', as seen above. In fact, it's explicitly stated that animals took the name "man" for themselves.



* Very prevalent in ''Webcomic/NatureOfNaturesArt'', as seen above. In fact, it's explicitly stated that animals took the name "man" for themselves.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' frequently [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on instances of this]], like Gumball pointing out that it's pointless for Tina (a T. rex) to get piano lessons because she only has 4 fingers, or Gumball trying to throttle Darwin but failing because Darwin doesn't have a neck. One instance that is never commented on is Teri's obsession with washing hands despite being made of paper.
** "The Mustache" featured Miss Simian talking about the human body...even though none of the students are human.



* ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' has the Count run afoul of a couple of Egyptian cultists, who believe that as soon as the god Ra has had his fill of HumanSacrifice, he will raise their pharaoh from the dead. Duckula lives in a world of anthropomorphic birds.
-->'''Count Duckula:''' Ah, ''[[ExactWords human]]'' sacrifice.
-->'''Yubi:''' Well, more or less human, give or take a feather.
* In the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck short "Early to Bed", he quips "Maybe I'm just a duck, but I'm human."



* In one WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon, Sylvester (a TalkingAnimal) is trying to catch and eat a bluebird, much to the dismay of his son (a FunnyAnimal). The following exchange occurs:
-->'''Sylvester Jr.:''' Oh, father. You're just ''not human''.\\
'''Sylvester Sr.:''' Of course I'm not human - I'm a ''cat''!
** One of Elmer Fudd's few solo cartoons had him watching his boss's dog, Rover, for a few days. His boss informed him that Rover believed himself to be human and expected Elmer to treat him that way. Throughout the cartoon, Elmer would slip up (feeding Rover dog food, or have him watch a Series/{{Lassie}} expy, etc), causing Rover to be offended.

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* Brian the dog from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zags]] with this.
-->'''Peter:''' Holy crap! You can talk!
**
In one WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon, Sylvester (a TalkingAnimal) is trying to catch and eat a bluebird, much to episode, Brian campaigned for equal rights for dogs, only for all the dismay of his son (a FunnyAnimal). The following exchange occurs:
-->'''Sylvester Jr.:''' Oh, father. You're just ''not human''.\\
'''Sylvester Sr.:''' Of course I'm not human - I'm a ''cat''!
** One of Elmer Fudd's few solo cartoons had him watching his boss's dog, Rover, for a few days. His boss informed him that Rover believed himself to be human and expected Elmer
humans around to treat him like an idiot. This was presumably because, other than Brian and rare, one-off characters like his gay cousin Jasper, every other dog in the show's universe is an ordinary animal. Most of the time, though, the characters treat Brian as human (including the women he sleeps with), but then occasionally jarring the viewer with some reminder that way. Throughout the cartoon, Elmer would slip up (feeding Rover dog food, or have him watch a Series/{{Lassie}} expy, etc), causing Rover to be offended. he has at least some canine qualities.



* MickeyMouse, besides the ears and tail, is barely a mouse himself. Walt Disney wouldn't let him be shown [[StockAnimalDiet eating cheese]]. However, cartoons such as ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'', created long after Walt's death, actually ''do'' show him having an affinity to cheese.
* In one WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon, Sylvester (a TalkingAnimal) is trying to catch and eat a bluebird, much to the dismay of his son (a FunnyAnimal). The following exchange occurs:
-->'''Sylvester Jr.:''' Oh, father. You're just ''not human''.\\
'''Sylvester Sr.:''' Of course I'm not human - I'm a ''cat''!
** One of Elmer Fudd's few solo cartoons had him watching his boss's dog, Rover, for a few days. His boss informed him that Rover believed himself to be human and expected Elmer to treat him that way. Throughout the cartoon, Elmer would slip up (feeding Rover dog food, or have him watch a Series/{{Lassie}} expy, etc), causing Rover to be offended.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' episode "That's My Baby" Tina Russo's sister's baby, Zachary, is never referred to as a duckling even though he is one. He is instead always referred to as a baby as if he were a human baby. Also, he's drinking milk, which human and other mammal babies drink, not ducklings or any other baby bird for that matter.
** In "Daffy - The Commando," WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck wears a shirt labeled "Human Cannon Ball" when he flies into Berlin, Germany.
*** Though knowing Daffy it isn't too off to think he'd wear one even if he is a duck.
* ''WesternAnimation/MutantLeague'': When primary hero Bones Justice (a living skeleton-like mutant) suffers a loss of confidence in his abilities and becomes a dick about it, his scaly friend Razor Kid works to bring him out of it. After recovering by the episode's end, a now confident Bones quotes Razor's own words back at him. "Hey, I'm only human. Sort of."



* ''WesternAnimation/MutantLeague'': When primary hero Bones Justice (a living skeleton-like mutant) suffers a loss of confidence in his abilities and becomes a dick about it, his scaly friend Razor Kid works to bring him out of it. After recovering by the episode's end, a now confident Bones quotes Razor's own words back at him. "Hey, I'm only human. Sort of."
* Brian the dog from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zags]] with this.
-->'''Peter:''' Holy crap! You can talk!
** In one episode, Brian campaigned for equal rights for dogs, only for all the humans around to treat him like an idiot. This was presumably because, other than Brian and rare, one-off characters like his gay cousin Jasper, every other dog in the show's universe is an ordinary animal. Most of the time, though, the characters treat Brian as human (including the women he sleeps with), but then occasionally jarring the viewer with some reminder that he has at least some canine qualities.
* In the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck short "Early to Bed", he quips "Maybe I'm just a duck, but I'm human."



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' episode "That's My Baby" Tina Russo's sister's baby, Zachary, is never referred to as a duckling even though he is one. He is instead always referred to as a baby as if he were a human baby. Also, he's drinking milk, which human and other mammal babies drink, not ducklings or any other baby bird for that matter.
** In "Daffy - The Commando," WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck wears a shirt labeled "Human Cannon Ball" when he flies into Berlin, Germany.
*** Though knowing Daffy it isn't too off to think he'd wear one even if he is a duck.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has several times talked about "getting some fresh air", despite being a water-breathing animal. It's also lampshaded in an episode "That's My Baby" Tina Russo's sister's baby, Zachary, is never referred where Krabs offers him a glass of water, then goes to as a duckling even though he is one. He is instead always referred to as a baby as if he were a human baby. Also, he's drinking milk, which human water cooler turns the nozzle and other mammal babies drink, not ducklings or any other baby bird for that matter.
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nothing comes out, he then hands it to spongebob... who apparently drinks it...
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In "Daffy - The Commando," WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck wears a shirt labeled "Human Cannon Ball" when he flies into Berlin, Germany.
*** Though knowing Daffy it isn't too off
''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Brainiac attributes (the Kryptonian) Jor-El's doomsday predictions to think he'd wear one even if he is a duck."human error".



* MickeyMouse, besides the ears and tail, is barely a mouse himself. Walt Disney wouldn't let him be shown [[StockAnimalDiet eating cheese]]. However, cartoons such as ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'', created long after Walt's death, actually ''do'' show him having an affinity to cheese.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' frequently [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on instances of this]], like Gumball pointing out that it's pointless for Tina (a T. rex) to get piano lessons because she only has 4 fingers, or Gumball trying to throttle Darwin but failing because Darwin doesn't have a neck. One instance that is never commented on is Teri's obsession with washing hands despite being made of paper.
** "The Mustache" featured Miss Simian talking about the human body...even though none of the students are human.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has several times talked about "getting some fresh air", despite being a water-breathing animal. It's also lampshaded in an episode where Krabs offers him a glass of water, then goes to a water cooler turns the nozzle and nothing comes out, he then hands it to spongebob... who apparently drinks it...
* ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' has the Count run afoul of a couple of Egyptian cultists, who believe that as soon as the god Ra has had his fill of HumanSacrifice, he will raise their pharaoh from the dead. Duckula lives in a world of anthropomorphic birds.
-->'''Count Duckula:''' Ah, ''[[ExactWords human]]'' sacrifice.
-->'''Yubi:''' Well, more or less human, give or take a feather.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Brainiac attributes (the Kryptonian) Jor-El's doomsday predictions to "human error".
20th Jan '17 8:41:23 AM ElSquibbonator
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* The cast of WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} (and the book series it's based on) are basically a bunch of average kids, their families and teachers....who just happen to be different anthropomorphic critters.

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* The cast of WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} (and the book series it's based on) are basically a bunch of average kids, their families and teachers....who just happen to be different anthropomorphic critters. This is rarely, if ever, mentioned.
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* One ad for Charmin toilet paper features some of their signature bear characters talking about how strong their toilet paper is, so strong in fact, that "it keeps your underwear cleaner!" and "you could wear them a second day". It seems odd that these statements would be gathered from a conversation being had by a bunch of FunnyAnimal bears that aren't even wearing anything except [[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal hats and glasses]], if that.
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6th Sep '16 7:31:47 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' Brainiac attributes (the Kryptonian) Jor-El's doomsday predictions to "human error".

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Brainiac attributes (the Kryptonian) Jor-El's doomsday predictions to "human error".
1st Sep '16 8:22:59 PM JHM
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[[FridgeLogic Weird, ain't it?]] This may indicate that a FunnyAnimal is unaware that he is an animal. This may also apply to actions, such as a dog eating ice cream or chocolate without getting sick, or a [[IMWeasel weasel]] [[InterspeciesRomance having a romantic relationship with a human]] with no comment whatsoever. Most likely, it implies that the creator views the character's appearance as simply cosmetic; as far as the setting is concerned, they're just as human as you, no matter what they might look like. Ever wonder why WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse was never shown with cheese in the theatrical cartoons? Creator/WaltDisney himself forbade it!

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[[FridgeLogic Weird, ain't it?]] This may indicate that a FunnyAnimal is unaware that he is an animal. This may also apply to actions, such as a dog eating ice cream or chocolate without getting sick, or a [[IMWeasel [[IAmWeasel weasel]] [[InterspeciesRomance having a romantic relationship with a human]] with no comment whatsoever. Most likely, it implies that the creator views the character's appearance as simply cosmetic; as far as the setting is concerned, they're just as human as you, no matter what they might look like. Ever wonder why WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse was never shown with cheese in the theatrical cartoons? Creator/WaltDisney himself forbade it!
15th Aug '16 4:47:09 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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--> '''Huey:''' You can't lock Unca' Donald in your old zoo!\\

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--> ---> '''Huey:''' You can't lock Unca' Donald in your old zoo!\\
25th Jun '16 1:48:53 AM Morgenthaler
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*** Both Creator/DonRosa and Carl Barks famously claimed that Donald is rather a man that happens to look like duck.

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*** ** Both Creator/DonRosa and Carl Barks famously claimed that Donald is rather a man that happens to look like a duck.
25th Jun '16 1:47:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in the SpecialEdition of ''Franchise/StarWars'': "Jabba, you're a wonderful human being." When the scene was originally shot, Jabba ''was'' a human being. Lucas decided not to use the scene until the SpecialEdition where he could replace the human actor with a CGI Jabba. It wound up being somewhat serendipitous since the line comes off as slightly sarcastic and quite fitting for Han Solo's character.

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* Played with In ''WesternAnimation/MickeysChristmasCarol'', Scrooge [=McDuck=], who's playing Ebenezer Scrooge from ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' is referred to as an "Englishman", despite being a ''duck'', let alone a Scottish one.
--> '''Willie The Giant (as The Ghost of Christmas Present):''' Fe! Fi! Fo! Fum!\\
I smell. I mean, I smell.\\
A stingy little Englishman!\\
I think I do.
* Creator/RalphBakshi's reasoning for why the anthropomorphic characters in ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Coonskin}}'' never act like animals is that it would ruin what he was trying to create, which was a more realistic and mature form of animation. This is specifically the reason why a scene in ''Fritz the Cat'' where Duke the Crow saves Fritz was changed from [[ComicBook/FritzTheCat R. Crumb's comic]]; Crumb had Duke flying Fritz away from a car crash, whereas he grabs a railing
in the SpecialEdition of ''Franchise/StarWars'': "Jabba, you're a wonderful human being." When the scene was originally shot, Jabba ''was'' a human being. Lucas decided not to use the scene until the SpecialEdition where film. Bakshi admits that he could replace the human actor wasn't entirely satisfied with a CGI Jabba. It wound up being somewhat serendipitous since the line comes off as slightly sarcastic and quite fitting for Han Solo's character.solution, but it kept him from using any "animal" behavior to further the plot.



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* Played with in the SpecialEdition of ''Franchise/StarWars'': "Jabba, you're a wonderful human being." When the scene was originally shot, Jabba ''was'' a human being. Lucas decided not to use the scene until the SpecialEdition where he could replace the human actor with a CGI Jabba. It wound up being somewhat serendipitous since the line comes off as slightly sarcastic and quite fitting for Han Solo's character.
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** In ''MickeysChristmasCarol'', Scrooge [=McDuck=], who's playing Ebenezer Scrooge from ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' is referred to as an "Englishman", despite being a ''duck'', let alone a Scottish one.
--> '''Willie The Giant (as The Ghost of Christmas Present):''' Fe! Fi! Fo! Fum!\\
I smell. I mean, I smell.\\
A stingy little Englishman!\\
I think I do.
* Creator/RalphBakshi's reasoning for why the anthropomorphic characters in ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Coonskin}}'' never act like animals is that it would ruin what he was trying to create, which was a more realistic and mature form of animation. This is specifically the reason why a scene in ''Fritz the Cat'' where Duke the Crow saves Fritz was changed from [[ComicBook/FritzTheCat R. Crumb's comic]]; Crumb had Duke flying Fritz away from a car crash, whereas he grabs a railing in the film. Bakshi admits that he wasn't entirely satisfied with the solution, but it kept him from using any "animal" behavior to further the plot.
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