History Main / NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals

27th Aug '17 11:46:10 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* Wrestling/{{WCW}} booked a match between Wrestling/{{Sting}} and [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]] where the finish was for Jake to sic a (real, but devenomed) cobra on Sting, only to have it turn on him. But Jake couldn't get the snake to bite him, so he ended up holding it to his face while it flailed stupidly.

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* Wrestling/{{WCW}} booked a match between Wrestling/{{Sting}} and [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]] where the finish was for Jake to sic a (real, but devenomed) devenomised) cobra on Sting, only to have it turn on him. But Jake couldn't get the snake to bite him, so he ended up holding it to his face while it flailed stupidly.
** You'd think they'd have learned what a bad idea this was from Jake's run in the WWF, specifically the time where he'd sicced his cobra on Wrestling/RandySavage while the Macho Man was tied up in the ring ropes. That time it had worked ''[[GoneHorriblyRight too]]'' well, as the (devenomised) snake sank its fangs into Savage's arm and wouldn't let go, forcing Jake to desperately try and dislodge the annoyed reptile from Savage while doing his best to preserve {{Kayfabe}}.
13th Aug '17 6:16:20 AM tyrekecorrea
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* Belle's cart horse Philippe and Aladdin's monkey friend Abu were left out of the Broadway adaptations of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' and ''Disney/Aladdin'', respectively, both for logistical reasons.
10th Aug '17 11:54:59 AM jccw227
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** Another InUniverse example occurs in a season one episode where Phil and Lil recall how they appeared in a diaper commercial. Problems first arise when Phil doesn't do what the director wants, then [[AdultFear Lil wanders off onto the scaffolding chasing after her toy car when the Best Boy was supposed to be watching her.]] The set ends up getting wrecked by the both of them. Oddly enough, the camera was recording everything, and the producers loved the footage that they saw. Even so, Betty, understandably, refused to let her kids do another commercial despite the director's plea.
9th Aug '17 8:25:35 PM rjd1922
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balloon_boy_hoax Balloon Boy]]. When asked by his father why he didn't come out of his hiding place when everyone was looking for him, he replied: "You said we were doing it for a show." On national television.

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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balloon_boy_hoax Balloon Boy]]. When asked by his father why he didn't come out of his hiding place when everyone was looking for him, he replied: [[SayingTooMuch "You guys said that, um, we were doing it did this for a the show." "]] On national television.
22nd Jul '17 8:32:37 PM PaulA
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* Some scenes in ''[[Film/RoadTo Road To Morocco]]'' feature a live camel, the presence of which led to an [[ThrowItIn unplanned gag]] when the animal [[SuperSpit spit]] in Creator/BobHope's face.

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* Some scenes in ''[[Film/RoadTo Road To Morocco]]'' ''Film/RoadToMorocco'' feature a live camel, the presence of which led to an [[ThrowItIn unplanned gag]] when the animal [[SuperSpit spit]] in Creator/BobHope's face.
9th Jun '17 10:10:54 PM KoopaKid17
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* On an episode of the kids' game show ''Series/FamilyChallenge'', host Ray Combs learned the hard way something that [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Bob Barker]] once told him: "never let the contestant hold the microphone." He handed the mic to a five-year-old contestant who socked him in the head with it hard enough to make him bleed. He spent the rest of the episode with a band-aid on his head.

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* On an episode of the kids' game show ''Series/FamilyChallenge'', host Ray Combs learned the hard way something that [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Bob Barker]] once told him: "never let the contestant hold the microphone." He handed the mic to a five-year-old contestant who socked him in the head with it hard enough to make him bleed. He had to get stitches during the next break and spent the rest of the episode with a band-aid on his head.
23rd May '17 3:03:06 AM jormis29
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* On an episode of the kids' game show ''Family Challenge'', host Ray Combs learned the hard way something that [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Bob Barker]] once told him: "never let the contestant hold the microphone." He handed the mic to a five-year-old contestant who socked him in the head with it hard enough to make him bleed. He spent the rest of the episode with a band-aid on his head.

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* On an episode of the kids' game show ''Family Challenge'', ''Series/FamilyChallenge'', host Ray Combs learned the hard way something that [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Bob Barker]] once told him: "never let the contestant hold the microphone." He handed the mic to a five-year-old contestant who socked him in the head with it hard enough to make him bleed. He spent the rest of the episode with a band-aid on his head.
20th May '17 6:52:18 AM ironballs16
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* An InUniverse example in ''{{Film/Willow}}'', as Willow's disappearing pig trick goes awry when the piglet he'd made vanish runs out from beneath the table he was using to display it.
24th Apr '17 6:49:43 PM Seanette
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* Creator/JasonIsaac (Hook/Mr.Darling) says "Never work with children or animals [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs or animal like children]]" on a behind the scenes of ''Film/PeterPan'' when the kids are mucking around, seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGGD6AlJiRU here.]]

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* Creator/JasonIsaac Creator/JasonIsaacs (Hook/Mr.Darling) says "Never work with children or animals [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs or animal like children]]" on a behind the scenes of ''Film/PeterPan'' when the kids are mucking around, seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGGD6AlJiRU here.]]
3rd Feb '17 4:27:27 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* In a scene from ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', Thornhill (Cary Grant) is shot in the Mount Rushmore visitor center. After the scene was filmed, one could see that a little boy had put his hands on his ears ''before'' the gunfire. Creator/AlfredHitchcock proclaimed that after this, he'd just work with people who were either adult or deaf.
* The aliens in ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' were played by young girls, who were hyperactive and incredibly difficult to control. In Bob Balaban's production diary, he said that Spielberg often began takes by yelling "Girls, stop disco-dancing!".

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* In a scene from ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', Thornhill (Cary Grant) (Creator/CaryGrant) is shot in the Mount Rushmore visitor center. After the scene was filmed, one could see that a little boy had put his hands on his ears ''before'' the gunfire. Creator/AlfredHitchcock proclaimed that after this, he'd just work with people who were either adult or deaf.
* The aliens in ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' were played by young girls, who were hyperactive and incredibly difficult to control. In Bob Balaban's production diary, he said that Spielberg Creator/StevenSpielberg often began takes by yelling "Girls, stop disco-dancing!".



* In an example [[ThrowItIn that made it into the show proper]], infants Winnie and Nelson on ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' would frequently look at the studio lights, boom mike, or other overhead machinery. Bill Cosby (as Cliff Huxtable) would look in the same direction and ask what was so interesting about the ceiling.

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* In an example [[ThrowItIn that made it into the show proper]], infants Winnie and Nelson on ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' would frequently look at the studio lights, boom mike, or other overhead machinery. Bill Cosby Creator/BillCosby (as Cliff Huxtable) would look in the same direction and ask what was so interesting about the ceiling.



* It's not always a bad thing. While filming one scene of ''Series/BreakingBad'', the baby who was playing Walt's daughter Holly started crying for her mother (who was standing just off-camera). In context -- [[spoiler:Walt had gone on the run after a vicious fight with Skyler and had kidnapped the baby as he left, and the script called for him to spend a few moments with her before deciding to give her back]] -- it worked ''[[TearJerker brilliantly]]'', and a bit of reactive improvisation from Bryan Cranston allowed them to ThrowItIn.

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* It's not always a bad thing. While filming one scene of ''Series/BreakingBad'', the baby who was playing Walt's daughter Holly started crying for her mother (who was standing just off-camera). In context -- [[spoiler:Walt had gone on the run after a vicious fight with Skyler and had kidnapped the baby as he left, and the script called for him to spend a few moments with her before deciding to give her back]] -- it worked ''[[TearJerker brilliantly]]'', and a bit of reactive improvisation from Bryan Cranston Creator/BryanCranston allowed them to ThrowItIn.



* For the episode ''If Wishes Were Horse'' on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Hana Hatae, playing Molly O'Brien, had to run in the room and exclaim to her parents that Rumpelstiltskin was in the room (ItMakesSenseInContext). On the day that was supposed to be shot, Hana had a cold and was being uncooperative. The director begged her and eventually promised her one of her character's toys if she performed (disregarding whether they could be given away). Hana ended up performing the scene well, which impressed the camera man so much he screwed up the take. To paraphrase the book Deep Space Nine Companion, "the shot was completed in 6-7 takes... and 6-7 toys."
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had a problem in ''Q Who'': the baby playing the baby Borg kept chewing on its cable. While some crew thought it was cute, the director kept at it until he got a take where the baby left it alone.
*** Other than the previous examples, ''Star Trek'' usually averts this trend despite children making several appearances across the franchise (although Rick Berman once joked to Adam Nimoy, director of the kid centric ''Rascals'', that the TNG producers owe him an episode with just adults). In short, the only problems are following child labor laws when using them. (In TNG's ''Disaster'', the baby playing newborn Molly O'Brien was specifically not allowed to be covered in strawberry jelly because of allergies she MAY'VE had. The filmmakers had to use cherry.)

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* For the episode ''If "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS01E16IfWishesWereHorses}} If Wishes Were Horse'' Horses]]" on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Hana Hatae, playing Molly O'Brien, had to run in the room and exclaim to her parents that Rumpelstiltskin was in the room (ItMakesSenseInContext). On the day that was supposed to be shot, Hana had a cold and was being uncooperative. The director begged her and eventually promised her one of her character's toys if she performed (disregarding whether they could be given away). Hana ended up performing the scene well, which impressed the camera man so much he screwed up the take. To paraphrase the book Deep ''Deep Space Nine Companion, Companion'', "the shot was completed in 6-7 takes... and 6-7 toys."
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had a problem in ''Q Who'': "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E16QWho}} Q Who]]": the baby playing the baby Borg kept chewing on its cable. While some crew thought it was cute, the director kept at it until he got a take where the baby left it alone.
*** Other than the previous examples, ''Star Trek'' usually averts this trend despite children making several appearances across the franchise (although Rick Berman once joked to Adam Nimoy, director of the kid centric ''Rascals'', "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E7Rascals}} Rascals]]", that the TNG producers owe him an episode with just adults). In short, the only problems are following child labor laws when using them. (In TNG's ''Disaster'', ''TNG'''s "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E5Disaster}} Disaster]]", the baby playing newborn Molly O'Brien was specifically not allowed to be covered in strawberry jelly because of allergies she MAY'VE had. The filmmakers had to use cherry.)



* In-universe example: In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart intentionally sings [[PlaygroundSong the wrong lyrics to "Jingle Bells"]] at the school Christmas show and is promptly (and literally) yanked from the stage.
** Taken to the extreme in "Bart Gets Famous", in which he has to perform in a ''Krusty the Clown'' show skit. He trips and brings down much of the set, and when he innocently declares "I didn't do it", the audience loves it. For a few weeks, the "'I Didn't Do It' Boy" is a regular on the show and a national phenomenon.

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* In-universe example: In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' first episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E1SimpsonsRoastingOnAnOpenFire Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire]]", Bart intentionally sings [[PlaygroundSong the wrong lyrics to "Jingle Bells"]] at the school Christmas show and is promptly (and literally) yanked from the stage.
** Taken to the extreme in "Bart "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E12BartGetsFamous Bart Gets Famous", Famous]]", in which he has to perform in a ''Krusty the Clown'' show skit. He trips and brings down much of the set, and when he innocently declares "I didn't do it", the audience loves it. For a few weeks, the "'I Didn't Do It' Boy" is a regular on the show and a national phenomenon.



** Lister's cat in series 1, which slipped out twice before Craig could catch her.

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** Lister's cat in series 1, which slipped out twice before Craig Creator/CraigCharles could catch her.



* Creator/EmmaThompson's diary during the filming of ''Film/SenseAndSensibility'' relates difficulties with both sheep and babies. The period sheep gave such trouble that Ang Lee at one point declared, "No more sheeps. Never again sheeps." (Except ten years later he did ''Film/BrokebackMountain'', where apparently the sheep were even more of a headache). The babies presented an unusual problem: the scene called for a crying baby, and none of them would cry.

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* Creator/EmmaThompson's diary during the filming of ''Film/SenseAndSensibility'' relates difficulties with both sheep and babies. The period sheep gave such trouble that Ang Lee Creator/AngLee at one point declared, "No more sheeps. Never again sheeps." (Except ten years later he did ''Film/BrokebackMountain'', where apparently the sheep were even more of a headache). The babies presented an unusual problem: the scene called for a crying baby, and none of them would cry.



* Jason Isaac (Hook/Mr.Darling) says "Never work with children or animals [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs or animal like children]]" on a behind the scenes of ''Film/PeterPan'' when the kids are mucking around, seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGGD6AlJiRU here.]]

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* Jason Isaac Creator/JasonIsaac (Hook/Mr.Darling) says "Never work with children or animals [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs or animal like children]]" on a behind the scenes of ''Film/PeterPan'' when the kids are mucking around, seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGGD6AlJiRU here.]]



* This is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] in Creator/WilliamShatner's book ''Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man''. He was talking with Steve Guttenberg about the play ''Three Men and a Baby'' and asked him if the adage among actors that the hardest thing to do was to work with animals and babies was true. Guttenberg smiled, shook his head, and told him "That's not true at all. The hardest thing is not working."

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* This is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] in Creator/WilliamShatner's book ''Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man''. He was talking with Steve Guttenberg about the play ''Three Men and a Baby'' ''Film/ThreeMenAndABaby'' and asked him if the adage among actors that the hardest thing to do was to work with animals and babies was true. Guttenberg smiled, shook his head, and told him "That's not true at all. The hardest thing is not working."
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