Funny Background Event: Animated Films

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is rife with them. Animator David Gibson mentions on his blog that he got in a little trouble "because I thought it would be funny to make one of [the background characters] mouth (in slow motion) "What The F#* K?." Haha right? The producer didn't think it was funny." (It's still there, though).
  • The Incredibles:
    • During the climactic fight against the Omnidroid, the family gets a hold of Syndrome's remote. After the Omnidroid uses a Rocket Punch to grab Mr. Incredible...
    Dash: *pushes button*
    Mr. Incredible: *gets tossed into the air by the claw opening* "Huuwaaugh!"
    • After Lucius comes and gets Mr. Incredible, Jack-Jack can be seen in the back trying to eat the spit that Lucius froze.
    • The argument between Lucius and Honey as the former tries to find his supersuit, with the chaos the Omnidroid is inflicting in the background.
  • The Lion King has Timon and Pumbaa changing poses every time they swing by during young Simba's solo in the Hakuna Matata song. The animators lamented that they spent all this effort on the background gag and no one noticed.
    • And then it's given a great deal of lampshading in The Lion King 1 1/2.
    • In the last part of Be Prepared while Scar is being a Large Ham and bragging about how he'll be king the hyenas are singing about how much food they'll get working for him.
  • In The Swan Princess, during the song "This Is My Idea" you see several of these; the most notable of which is when - as children - Odette trips Derek on the stairs, takes a flying leap on him, and they start beating the crap out of each other.
  • Despicable Me has become somewhat notorious for the Kissing Minions in the backgrounds of two scenes.
  • Rango: Some of the many tombstones in Dirt's graveyard have amusing epitaphs, including one that reads "Hold my beer and watch this".
  • Robin Hood: "God forgive Prince John."
  • Surf's Up has characters doing funny stuff behind the interview scenes, like the penguins peeking in the window of Cody's mom, or the little penguin who keeps pretending to drown to get Lani's attention. Also, there are flying saucers hidden on some shots.
  • At the end of Brother Bear, we see Koda telling the viewers that "no fish were harmed in the making of this movie." We then see a bear start chasing a fish in the background, with the fish constantly screaming for help.
  • The Adventures of Tintin has Snowy, where in the desert scene, he appears out of nowhere carrying a bone. Which is actually very important, seeing that it's a CAMEL's leg bone, which tells Tintin and the captain that they are somewhere in the Sahara instead of Spain as they'd planned.
    • After Thomson and Thompson pull the pickpocket out from the Circling Birdies moment, the old lady who the pickpocket crashed into strikes a man with her cane, thinking he was groping her.
  • In Aladdin, his monkey Abu harasses the owner of a melon stand. The scene is so distracting, many viewers fail to notice Aladdin's hands in the foreground taking a melon for himself.
    • Which goes to show how effective Abu is if even the audience is distracted by the event that Aladdin uses to make the grab.
  • Quick example in A Goofy Movie. At Lester's Swamp kiddie park, Max loses his temper with an annoying employee dressed in a Lester Possum suit and punches the guy in the face, turning the fake head backwards. As Max trudges gloomily towards the camera (away from the tourist trap), we see "Lester" fumbling in the background... until a group of small children knock him over and drag him offscreen.
  • At one point in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, there is a scene where Tifa is chiding Cloud about letting people in more often while on the other side of the room Reno and Rude are arguing over whether to leave or keep watching.
    • Before that, Reno attacks Cloud at Shinra's house. Cloud responds by locking him outside, and for the rest of the scene, you can hear Reno asking for someone to let him back in.
    • Towards the end, Rude and Reno are attempting to climb a tarp to rescue Shinra. Reno climbs nimbly up (as seen in an earlier fight scene) while Rude loses his grip and falls to the ground, lying on his back and waving his limbs like a turtle.
  • During the dinner scene in The Emperor's New Groove, when Yzma sees Kuzco turning into a llama, at one point you can see the cactus into which she had earlier dumped her potion-tainted drink has become llama-shaped.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks:
    • When Rainbow Dash talks about her role in the Rainbooms in the band room, Pinkie Pie can be seen wearing a cymbal on her head like a hat.
    • During the "Let's Have a Battle (of the Bands)" song, most of the students are entranced by the Dazzlings... except DJ Pon-3 who's listening to her headphones and is oblivious to this. Becomes an important detail later, however...
    • At the party in the gym, when Twilight and the Rainbooms hold hands to defeat the Dazzlings, Pinkie can be seen with a cookie in her mouth and her fist in the air. As the others wonder why their standing together in unity isn't unleashing magic, Pinkie is still seen with her fist in the air, the whole cookie stuffed in her mouth, and crumbs on her chin.
  • In The Book of Life, as Joaquin digs himself deeper and deeper agreeing to Maria's "Women should be at their husbands beck and call" trap the shortest Nun can be seen gripping her knife and glaring at Joaquin.
  • The LEGO Movie:
    • When the group are traveling through Middle Zealand, you can see a group of minifigs gathered around a dragon who is barbecuing a chicken on a spit roast.
    • After Lord Business threatens Bad Cop with the Band-Aid, he hands it off to two of his mooks and continues talking. They...have a bit of trouble handling it from there.
    • While Wyldstyle is talking to Vitruvius in the saloon, Emmet is seen interacting with things in the background. He even takes a sip of alcohol and gags.
    • When the team is driving up the rainbow to Cloud Cuckooland, two knights can be seen jousting, with one completely skewering the other.
    • Inverted with a Funny Foreground Event; during Wyldstyle's big speech to rally the people against Lord Business, everyone turns to the big TV screens... except one guy who's listening to his headphones and keeps walking until he's shot by a TAKOS.
    • When Batman tells Wyldstyle "He's the hero you deserve", gesturing to Emmet, Emmet looks around to see if Batman is gesturing to someone behind him, whilst in the background, Benny also looks around to see if he's referring to someone else.
    • During Bad Cop's interrogation of Emmet, one of the robots who's supposed to be watching the interrogation is instead playing Solitaire on his computer.
    • While on the run from Lord Business's forces in the Wild, Wild West, Emmet, Wlydstyle, and Vitruvius crash their getaway car into a crossing train and go flying through the air before landing on said train. If you look closely, the one pig that hadn't run away by that point (the vehicle was being pulled by pigs at one point) also flies through the air, misses the train and explodes into sausages upon contact with the ground.
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water:
    • Squidasaurus Rex struggling to eat a Krabby Patty.
    • A small fish chasing two muscular fish with a pitchfork during the news report.