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In a show that has {{Talking Animal}}s or {{Funny Animal}}s, with the animal characters mainly being [[NiceMice mice]], birds, lizards, insects, etc., sometimes you can expect there to be a body of water like rivers, lakes or ponds as the setting. The best way for these animals to have transportation is to use a leaf as a boat in order to travel from place to place.

Put bluntly, this is a trope in which an animal character will use a leaf as a boat. It can also be used in fairy tales as well as being a common motif in any tale or art to do with little people like the fey/fairies.

Often seen in MouseWorld settings.

Closely related to LilyPadPlatform. See also TreeVessel.



[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'': Peter's mode of traveling.


[[folder: Animated Films ]]

* ''Disney/TheRescuers'': Bernard and Bianca use a large leaf propelled by [[MeaningfulName Evinrude]] the dragonfly in order to find and rescue Penny.
* This was used once in ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}''.
* In ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'', Mickey, Donald and Goofy cross the giant's moat on a giant leaf. Jiminy Cricket also uses one in the introduction.
* Woodstock had one in ''WesternAnimation/RaceForYourLifeCharlieBrown''.
* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Ray goes out on the bayou in one of these during [[spoiler: his funeral.]]
* In ''Animation/CatCity'', Lazy Dick makes one for himself to ride a river in TheAmazon.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''ComicBook/MouseGuard'', Sadie uses one to travel to Calogero.


[[folder: Fairy Tales ]]

* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's ''Thumbelina'' is probably the UrExample.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* The elven boats in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', while not literally made of leaves, use this as a visual motif.
* In Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' series, the heroes' boat turns into a leaf when they travel into a simulation in which they're smaller than the local insects.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'', while Link is tiny, he can go on top of a leaf and use his [[BlowYouAway Gust Jar]] to propel himself across the body of water.
* Used in the LostWoods dungeon of ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' to go to a hidden bonus dungeon.
* One puzzle in ''VideoGame/SimonTheSorcerer'' requires the protagonist to improvise one of these after being shrunk.
* ''VideoGame/LegendsAndMyths'': One shows up towards the end of the City of Eyes level. If you click on it, it grows swan-like wings and sails away, only for another to replace it. It doesn't serve any purpose, but it's pretty.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Clumsy uses a leaf boat in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' cartoon special [[Recap/TheSmurfsSpecial5SmurfilyEverAfter "Smurfily Ever After"]] to deliver invitations for Woody and Laconia's wedding, with his first stop being the Pussywillow Pixies.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Some types of Ants use leaves to cross streams.
* Water striders are predatory insects that "walk" on the surface-tension of still ponds. When they find a dead or drowning bug, they'll drag it to a floating leaf, so they can eat in peace without the risk of being swallowed by a fish from below. Occasionally the leaf then gets washed into a stream and carried off, which is one way water striders colonize new ponds.