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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."
23rd Dec '16 6:51:11 AM Arivne
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* ''Film/{{Airplane}}''. When Dr. Rumack is removing eggs from the woman's mouth and cracks one open to release a bird, the bird nearly hits a passenger in the face as it flies off.
29th Nov '16 11:27:32 AM Sakubara
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** Also, Liam Aiken (Klaus) started filming the film shorter than Emily Browning (Violet), but hit a growth spurt, finishing the film ''taller'' than her. They had to keep filming with Browning standing on boxes.

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** Also, Liam Aiken (Klaus) started filming the film shorter than Emily Browning (Violet), but hit a growth spurt, finishing the film ''taller'' than her. They had to keep filming with Browning standing on boxes.
[[ScullyBox boxes]].
4th Nov '16 5:55:39 AM Gimere
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* Wrestling/WWE has tried to work with animals on a few occasions. It has never worked out.

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* Wrestling/WWE Wrestling/{{WWE}} has tried to work with animals on a few occasions. It has never worked out.



** {{Vince McMahon}} once had to chase a chicken in a training scene for a match with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. Problem was it was cold and snowy out. The chicken wasn't having any of it, and refused to do anything at all. Vince actually belly-flopped into the snow and flailed around trying to make the chicken run from him, to no avail. Eventually he and Shane just picked the poor chicken up and laughed about the whole thing not working.

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** {{Vince McMahon}} Wrestling/VinceMcMahon once had to chase a chicken in a training scene for a match with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. Problem was it was cold and snowy out. The chicken wasn't having any of it, and refused to do anything at all. Vince actually belly-flopped into the snow and flailed around trying to make the chicken run from him, to no avail. Eventually he and Shane just picked the poor chicken up and laughed about the whole thing not working.




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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.






* 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.



** To their surprise, real actual bulls busted that bulls in a China shop would prove disastrous for the shopowner: they were all smart enough to recognize that it was probably not a good idea to approach displays the Mythbusters built in their pen ''and'' agile enough to ''trot'' around them. (The most destructive creature during the episode? Tory, whose bumbling both accidental and deliberate broke several items.)

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** To their surprise, real actual bulls busted that bulls in a China shop would prove disastrous for the shopowner: they were all smart enough to recognize that it was probably not a good idea to approach displays the Mythbusters built in their pen ''and'' agile enough to ''trot'' around them. (The most destructive creature during the episode? Tory, whose bumbling bumbling, both accidental and deliberate deliberate, broke several items.)
3rd Oct '16 3:59:59 PM Antigone3
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* Creator/StephenColbert interviewing the oil industry on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' - it agreed to speak only if it could be represented by an eight-year-old girl. The girl was Madeleine Colbert, [[RealLifeRelative his daughter]], and [[http://www.dailymotion.com/zorse42/video/14238441 the outtakes are adorable.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* RealLife example with the 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.
* Creator/MamoruOshii's crew just couldn't get the performance they wanted out of the actress in ''Avalon''. They ended up faking it by morphing several of her performances together.



* During filming of ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', filming was often delayed by having to calm down the twin babies who played Sunny, as they often burst out crying at inopportune times. One funny outtake also has one of the babies fall asleep during a take, much to the amusement of the rest of the cast, who try to gently wake her up.
** Also, Liam Aiken (Klaus) started filming the film shorter than Emily Browning (Violet), but hit a growth spurt, finishing the film ''taller'' than her. They had to keep filming with Browning standing on boxes.

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* Creator/StephenColbert interviewing the oil industry on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' - it agreed to speak only if it could be represented by an eight-year-old girl. The girl was Madeleine Colbert, [[RealLifeRelative his daughter]], and [[http://www.dailymotion.com/zorse42/video/14238441 the outtakes are adorable.]]
* 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.



* Then there was the magician doing card tricks, who triumphantly showed his audience that a card had changed value before their very eyes. The little boy sitting next to him was unimpressed and pointed out that there were actually two cards stuck together...



* During filming of ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', filming was often delayed by having to calm down the twin babies who played Sunny, as they often burst out crying at inopportune times. One funny outtake also has one of the babies fall asleep during a take, much to the amusement of the rest of the cast, who try to gently wake her up.
** Also, Liam Aiken (Klaus) started filming the film shorter than Emily Browning (Violet), but hit a growth spurt, finishing the film ''taller'' than her. They had to keep filming with Browning standing on boxes.




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* 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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* 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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* Creator/MamoruOshii's crew just couldn't get the performance they wanted out of the actress in ''Avalon''. They ended up faking it by morphing several of her performances together.
* Then there was the magician doing card tricks, who triumphantly showed his audience that a card had changed value before their very eyes. The little boy sitting next to him was unimpressed and pointed out that there were actually two cards stuck together...



* ''Series/BluePeter'': An elephant defecating on camera and walking out of the studio, stepping on John Noakes' foot in the process.
* One of the most memorable bloopers from ''The Creator/EllenDeGeneres Show'' was an anaconda wrapping its tail around a rather intimate part of Ellen's anatomy.
* The Kennel from Hell match from ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} Unforgiven'' 1999. Advertised as a match where the ring would be surrounded by two cages with vicious attack dogs in between, but once the match got underway, it became clear that the dogs weren't so much "vicious beasts" as "happy little puppies". The greatest danger posed? That one of the wrestlers would slip and fall in a puddle of dog wee or dog crap. And when they weren't making a mess on the floor, they were mating. It was really the match from Hell.
* Similarly years earlier The British Bulldogs' mascot Matilda peed in the middle of the ring, getting WWE banned from Boston for a long time. Bulldogs are usually a fairly safe breed to work with due to their docile nature, but someone had given Matilda a big drink of water before she was due to go out to the ring.

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* ''Series/BluePeter'': An elephant defecating on camera and walking out of the studio, stepping on John Noakes' foot in the process.
* One of the most memorable bloopers from ''The Creator/EllenDeGeneres Show'' was an anaconda wrapping its tail around a rather intimate part of Ellen's anatomy.
* The Kennel from Hell match from ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} Unforgiven'' 1999. Advertised as a match where the ring would be surrounded by two cages with vicious attack dogs in between, but once the match got underway, it became clear that the dogs weren't so much "vicious beasts" as "happy little puppies". The greatest danger posed? That one of the wrestlers would slip and fall in a puddle of dog wee or dog crap. And when they weren't making a mess on the floor, they were mating. It was really the match from Hell.
* Similarly years earlier The British Bulldogs' mascot Matilda peed in the middle of the ring, getting WWE banned from Boston for a long time. Bulldogs are usually a fairly safe breed to work with due to their docile nature, but someone had given Matilda a big drink of water before she was due to go out to the ring.

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* ''Late Night With Conan O'Brien'' once did a sketch that briefly involved a duck. The duck did several unexpected things, most notably pooping on the studio floor and then eating it. Conan reacted with genuine shock, including an unusual instance of swearing that had to be bleeped (even though the show isn't aired live, he usually avoids certain words). "We've got a sh**-eating duck out here!" They capitalized on this incident in several follow-up sketches, in which the duck became known as "Quackers, The Sh**-Eating Duck."
* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' Smeg-Ups had two instances of animal trouble:
** Lister's cat in series 1, which slipped out twice before Craig could catch her.
** The series 6 Smeg-Ups devoted an entire bunch of clips to "moving the chicken."




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* ''Series/BluePeter'': An elephant defecating on camera and walking out of the studio, stepping on John Noakes' foot in the process.
* One of the most memorable bloopers from ''The Creator/EllenDeGeneres Show'' was an anaconda wrapping its tail around a rather intimate part of Ellen's anatomy.
* ''Late Night With Conan O'Brien'' once did a sketch that briefly involved a duck. The duck did several unexpected things, most notably pooping on the studio floor and then eating it. Conan reacted with genuine shock, including an unusual instance of swearing that had to be bleeped (even though the show isn't aired live, he usually avoids certain words). "We've got a sh**-eating duck out here!" They capitalized on this incident in several follow-up sketches, in which the duck became known as "Quackers, The Sh**-Eating Duck."
* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' Smeg-Ups had two instances of animal trouble:
** Lister's cat in series 1, which slipped out twice before Craig could catch her.
** The series 6 Smeg-Ups devoted an entire bunch of clips to "moving the chicken."



* Gerald Durrell had no ''choice'' but to work with animals for a few TV shows. There are probably retired TV station employees still walking a little funny after Delilah the porcupine.
* The DVD of ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'' includes a set of HilariousOuttakes, 90% of which are the [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter puppies]] ruining the shot by dancing. The ''{{Franchise/Barbie}} In A [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Christmas Carol]]'' DVD supposedly had a deleted scene from ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'', but it was just another outtake of the puppies and a pegasus painting the titular castle.
* ''DirtyJobs'': Mike Rowe [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjOsFsMbiio demonstrates]] why this is true with a pig in a series of outtakes from a TV spot. In the show itself this happens a lot as well, such as in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiVndB8bFlw this montage]] of the most memorable animal moments.

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* Gerald Durrell had no ''choice'' but to work with animals for a few TV shows. There are probably retired TV station employees still walking a little funny after Delilah the porcupine.
* The DVD of ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'' includes a set of HilariousOuttakes, 90% of which are the [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter puppies]] ruining the shot by dancing. The ''{{Franchise/Barbie}} In A [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Christmas Carol]]'' DVD supposedly had a deleted scene from ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'', but it was just another outtake of the puppies and a pegasus painting the titular castle.
* ''DirtyJobs'':
''Series/DirtyJobs'': Mike Rowe [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjOsFsMbiio demonstrates]] why this is true with a pig in a series of outtakes from a TV spot. In the show itself this happens a lot as well, such as in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiVndB8bFlw this montage]] of the most memorable animal moments.moments.

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** In the excreable Kennel in a Cell match, the gimmick was that in between the two cages that make up Hell in a Cell, there would be two ferocious guard dogs. The problem was that the dogs (two rottweilers) weren't remotely ferocious. They defecated at ringside, mated, tried to get petted by the fans, and generally acted like overgrown puppies.

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** In the excreable execrable Kennel in a Cell match, from Hell match (from the 1999 ''Unforgiven'' pay-per-view), the gimmick was that in between the two cages that make up Hell in a Cell, there would be two ferocious guard dogs. The problem was that the dogs (two rottweilers) weren't remotely ferocious. They defecated at ringside, mated, tried to get petted by the fans, and generally acted like overgrown puppies.puppies.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* The DVD of ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'' includes a set of HilariousOuttakes, 90% of which are the [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter puppies]] ruining the shot by dancing. The ''{{Franchise/Barbie}} In A [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Christmas Carol]]'' DVD supposedly had a deleted scene from ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'', but it was just another outtake of the puppies and a pegasus painting the titular castle.

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* Gerald Durrell had no ''choice'' but to work with animals for a few TV shows. There are probably retired TV station employees still walking a little funny after Delilah the porcupine.


19th Jul '16 3:18:44 PM Awesomesauce210
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^An InUniverse example occurs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' Ms Carol always comes up with a new fun phrase for a child to repeat as part of her popular children's show. Angelica sneaks backstage and overhears Carol exclaim that she thinks all children are little (Cue DiscretionShot). Angelica gleefully concludes that it's some sort of secret fun phrase and that she'll definitely be rewarded when Ms Carol asks her the question because she's the only one that knows the answer. Needless to say, HilarityEnsues and MsCarol is ruined.

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^An * An InUniverse example occurs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' Ms ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. Ms. Carol always comes up with a new fun phrase for a child to repeat as part of her popular children's show. Angelica sneaks backstage and overhears Carol exclaim that she thinks all children are little (Cue DiscretionShot). Angelica gleefully concludes that it's some sort of secret fun phrase and that she'll definitely be rewarded when Ms Carol asks her the question because she's the only one that knows the answer. Needless to say, HilarityEnsues and MsCarol Ms. Carol is ruined.
9th Jul '16 10:28:14 AM McJeff
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* Wrestling/{{Vince McMahon}} once had to chase a chicken in a training scene for a match with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. Problem was it was cold and snowy out. The chicken wasn't having any of it, and refused to do anything at all. Vince actually belly-flopped into the snow and flailed around trying to make the chicken run from him, to no avail. Eventually he and Shane just picked the poor chicken up and laughed about the whole thing not working.

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* Wrestling/{{Vince Wrestling/WWE has tried to work with animals on a few occasions. It has never worked out.
**During the early 90s, the British Bulldogs were given a mascot in an actual bulldog named Matilda. Bulldogs are normally very placid and safe for using even on live television, but Afa the Wild Samoan had gotten her a big drink just before the British Bulldogs match. Matilda took a gigantic pee in the ring, infuriating the wrestlers who had to work on the urine-soaked mat, and getting WWF banned from Boston for several years.
**{{Vince
McMahon}} once had to chase a chicken in a training scene for a match with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. Problem was it was cold and snowy out. The chicken wasn't having any of it, and refused to do anything at all. Vince actually belly-flopped into the snow and flailed around trying to make the chicken run from him, to no avail. Eventually he and Shane just picked the poor chicken up and laughed about the whole thing not working.working.
**In the excreable Kennel in a Cell match, the gimmick was that in between the two cages that make up Hell in a Cell, there would be two ferocious guard dogs. The problem was that the dogs (two rottweilers) weren't remotely ferocious. They defecated at ringside, mated, tried to get petted by the fans, and generally acted like overgrown puppies.
30th Jun '16 9:55:10 PM Benthelame
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^An InUniverse example occurs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' Ms Carol always comes up with a new fun phrase for a child to repeat as part of her popular children's show. Angelica sneaks backstage and overhears Carol exclaim that she thinks all children are little (Cue DiscretionShot). Angelica gleefully concludes that it's some sort of secret fun phrase and that she'll definitely be rewarded when Ms Carol asks her the question because she's the only one that knows the answer. Needless to say, HilarityEnsues and MsCarol is ruined.
13th Jun '16 10:17:22 PM JMQwilleran
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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'' 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."
30th May '16 9:37:35 AM Luigifan
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-->''"My biggest pride is seeing the pictures now, and watching the three of them from a distance, and seeing them do an entire scene in one shot. Seriously, I know that sounds funny, but in the old days -- and, you know, the old days meaning eight years ago -- and in that first picture in particular, it's filled with cuts because they couldn't really get beyond the first line without either looking into the camera, laughing or looking at the lights."''

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-->''"My biggest pride is seeing the pictures now, and watching the three of them from a distance, and seeing them do an entire scene in one shot. Seriously, I know that sounds funny, but in the old days -- and, you know, the old days meaning eight years ago -- and in that first picture in particular, it's filled with cuts because they couldn't really get beyond the first line without either looking into the camera, laughing [[{{Corpsing}} laughing]], or looking at the lights."''



* ''Series/DickAndDomInDaBungalow'' ran on getting a bunch of kids to play silly games and throw [[CoveredInGunge gunge]] over each other, live. It's not surprising they sometimes got a bit [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM6J_P3APXk&t=0m25s overexcited.]] One boy, Raja, almost broke the hosts- he wouldn't stop running round and hitting them. Dom stopped being an ExcitedKidsShowHost and started just telling him off and asking the producers what to do next; they even got him on the ClipShow DaDickAndDomDiaries, four years later, to explain himself. ("I'm a really nice guy when you get to know me".)
* The little girl of perhaps ten or eleven, on a Saturday morning zoo show, who was innocent of the subtleties of French pronunciation. Given a link to do concerning the afternoon's sporting attractions, she read off the autocue

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* ''Series/DickAndDomInDaBungalow'' ran on getting a bunch of kids to play silly games and throw [[CoveredInGunge gunge]] over each other, live. It's not surprising they sometimes got a bit [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM6J_P3APXk&t=0m25s overexcited.]] One boy, Raja, almost broke the hosts- hosts -- he wouldn't stop running round and hitting them. Dom stopped being an ExcitedKidsShowHost and started just telling him off and asking the producers what to do next; they even got him on the ClipShow DaDickAndDomDiaries, four years later, to explain himself. ("I'm a really nice guy when you get to know me".)
* The little girl of perhaps ten or eleven, on a Saturday morning zoo show, who was innocent of the subtleties of French pronunciation. Given a link to do concerning the afternoon's sporting attractions, she read off the autocueautocue:



--> ''(Producer)'' I think you'll find it's pronounced "Grond Pree"...
--> ''(Little Girl, after a second's consideration)'' Well, it says "Grand Pricks" here!

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--> ''(Producer)'' ''(Producer):'' I think you'll find it's pronounced "Grond Pree"...
--> ''(Little Girl, after a second's consideration)'' consideration):'' Well, it says "Grand Pricks" here!



* ''Series/BluePeter''- An elephant defecating on camera and walking out of the studio, stepping on John Noakes' foot in the process.

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* ''Series/BluePeter''- ''Series/BluePeter'': An elephant defecating on camera and walking out of the studio, stepping on John Noakes' foot in the process.



** Also shown in a documentary reel about the making of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' were Creator/GeorgeLucas' problems with the snakes. During one scene, Lucas had set up a ring of torches to keep the snakes away, but being cold-blooded reptiles they are naturally drawn to sources of heat and kept slithering nearer. At one point, he just grabs one by the 'neck' and stares it in the eyes, yelling:

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** Also shown in a documentary reel about the making of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' were Creator/GeorgeLucas' problems with the snakes. During one scene, Lucas had set up a ring of torches to keep the snakes away, but being cold-blooded reptiles reptiles, they are naturally drawn to sources of heat and kept slithering nearer. At one point, he just grabs one by the 'neck' and stares it in the eyes, yelling:



* Lampshaded by Creator/StephenColbert after [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/225629/april-23-2009/elizabeth-bintliff introducing a calf named Daisy]] on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' - the calf spooked at the cameras, interrupted him by mooing and generally misbehaved.

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* Lampshaded by Creator/StephenColbert after [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/225629/april-23-2009/elizabeth-bintliff introducing a calf named Daisy]] on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' - the calf spooked at the cameras, interrupted him by mooing mooing, and generally misbehaved.



** They also once attempted to test the theory that running in a zig-zag will help you dodge a crocodile... but couldn't get the crocodiles to actually chase them or the rig they built carrying a chicken carcass as bait. At one point the crocodile (regularly fed by the sanctuary where the episode was being filmed, mind you) looked at the chicken as if to consider it for a moment, and then seemed to go "nah, not worth it" and ignored it. Incidentally this helped bust the myth since crocodiles are ambush predators and don't tend to chase their prey much beyond the water, and the myth was busted not because it didn't work, but because it wasn't ''necessary''. (Of course, if the croc/gator hasn't eaten awhile or it's mating season, when the males get territorial...there's a reason the show's motto is DoNotTryThisAtHome.)

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** They also once attempted to test the theory that running in a zig-zag will help you dodge a crocodile... but couldn't get the crocodiles to actually chase them or the rig they built carrying a chicken carcass as bait. At one point the crocodile (regularly fed by the sanctuary where the episode was being filmed, mind you) looked at the chicken as if to consider it for a moment, and then seemed to go "nah, not worth it" and ignored it. Incidentally Incidentally, this helped bust the myth since crocodiles are ambush predators and don't tend to chase their prey much beyond the water, and the myth was busted not because it didn't work, but because it wasn't ''necessary''. (Of course, if the croc/gator hasn't eaten awhile or it's mating season, when the males get territorial...there's a reason the show's motto is DoNotTryThisAtHome.)
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