Let's All Go To The Lobby...
Basically any situation where food, usually very recognizably human-made food like pizza or cake, comes to life and moves around. Walking hot dogs, singing vegetables, cakes that beg to be eaten, that sort of thing. This may lead to a Let's Meet the Meat
situation if people decide something running around talking isn't a good reason not to eat it. Similar to Funny Animal
, and sometimes found with them, but for common foodstuffs. Usually a cartoon trope, for obvious reasons. This often uses the most stereotypical possible foods. Hotdogs will be bright red, in a bun, and with a perfect line of mustard, for example.
This trope is ubiquitous in advertising, and just about any snack food will have a smiling, or sometimes skateboarding
, version of whatever it's selling on the packaging. Almost every company that makes food has pulled this at some point.
This Trope is very often found in a Level Ate
Different from It Came from the Fridge
in that this isn't caused by poor housekeeping and isn't necessarily rotten food, though there is overlap. Different from Let's Meet the Meat
in that this is food that talks to you after it's been fully prepared, and whether or not it will be eaten may never be brought up. A walking steak would be an example, a cow wouldn't. Live animals that can be eaten are not this trope!
A subtrope of Animate Inanimate Object
Warning: Examples of this trope may become Talking Poo
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- Singing food from the 1950s "Let's all go to the lobby" movie adverts.
- Much later, there was a USDA-sponsored "Let's go out to the kitchen." ad, obviously intended to get kids to eat more.
- And then AT&T parodied it to show off remote use of their U-verse TV service.
- Mr. Peanut, the mascot of Planter's.
- The M&M's mascots.
- The California Raisins both in ads, and in the tv show based on the ads.
- Wonka Nerds and Runts had anthropomorphic mascots.
- Captain Cupcake, Fruit Pie the Magician, and Twinkie the Kid, long running mascots of Hostess products.
- The Kool-Aid Man, an anthropomorphic pitcher filled with red liquid.
- The Chips Ahoy! cookie commercials feature anthropomorphic stop-motion cookies.
- The Pop Tarts commericals feature sketchy anthropomorphic umm, guess.
- The more recent Cinnamon Toast Crunch commercials feature anthropomorphic cereal pieces that constantly ate each other.
- Mayor McCheese. Later, Micky D's would have transforming food toys.
- CinnaMon and the Apple from the Apple Jacks commercials.
- Jewel Foods' (grocery chain) current "We're Fresh" ad campaign with singing fruits and veggies.
Anime and Manga
- Toriko is full of this. Especially in regards to his house of sweets.
- Fighting Foodons, originally Bistro Recipe, is a Mons series with chefs summoning fighting food creatures.
- Mameshiba. Puppy like beans appear in peoples food and tell them random off-putting trivia.
- Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo has Jelly Jiggler, who's made of gelatin, as well as several random villains which are various kinds of walking food. In the anime, Softon was censored to his head being ice cream — in the manga, he was anthropomorphic poop.
- In Strawberry Marshmallow, the show Ana is watching when Miu and a blackmailed Chika are spying on her features two bottles of condiments and a vague vegetable — or perhaps fruit — all of whom live in a refrigerator. Upon learning of their common dwelling, they go home.
- In one episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, Jeagar, Jack, Aki, and Yusei had to solve a Duel Puzzle video game in order to get access to some classified infomation. The opponent in the game was Cup Ramen Man, a living, Duel Runner riding, cup of Ramen with sunglasses. He also used monster cards based on Cup Ramen. (And he was a serious Deadpan Snarker to boot. After being beaten, he fell off his bike and exclaimed, "This should've ended in China!")
- In the manga version of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, there was Captain Corn, who was pretty much what his name implied: a humanoid ear of corn dressed like a pirate (who always smoked a cigar). A Numbers Hunter, his origin was kind of weird. When Dr. Faker found a compass that belonged to an 18th Century pirate named Captain Roberts, there was a kernel of corn inside that had fallen into it when Roberts was eating an ear of corn. The kernel fell into some machine that Faker had invented, turned it into Captain Corn, and gave it a soul. While this sounds humorous, Captain Corn's motivation for being a Numbers Hunter were very serious: he only got to keep the soul that Faker gave him if he succeeded his mission, the same offer Faker gave two similar Numbers Hunters. (And sadly, he did not.)
- A number of Digimon are this: Burgermon, for example.
- A series of promotional videos for Kid Icarus: Uprising released via the Nintendo Video service on the 3DS featured Palutena dealing with various living vegetables.
- Multiple characters in Anpanman, including the superhero himself. They range from prepared foods to single ingredients, and even a few characters look human (like Tekkanomaki-chan or Katsuobushiman), yet are actually food (rolled tuna sushi and dried and fermented bonito, in the case of the latter two).
- Kogepan features a depressed burnt bun and a cast of other bakery products.
- In Spirited Away, there was the Radish Spirit, who was, uh, a big, walking radish. (He seemed friendly, actually.)
- Cheong Fun Boy, whose characters are mostly based on Hong Kong cuisine.
- Southern Fried Fugitives, which used to run in Nickelodeon Magazine, was about four pieces of fried chicken on the run.
- This comic finds the whole idea somewhat disturbing in an advertising context.
- The Smurfs had a comic book story about the Smurfs turning into anthropomorphic vegetables.
- Garfield often has hallucinations of food when he is on his diet, or of cake when his birthday comes around.
- In Through the Looking Glass, while at a dinner, The Red Queen introduces Alice to the leg of mutton, which stands up and bows. And it can no longer be eaten, since it's impolite to cut into anyone you've met. Alice attempts not to be introduced to the plum pudding, but the queen introduces them regardless. The pudding also bows, and is quite offended when Alice cuts off a slice of it anyway.
- "The Gingerbread Man" is one of the more classic examples of this trope.
- The titular bird of The Ice-Cream Cone Coot and Other Rare Birds is made entirely from ice cream cones.
- The Stinky Cheese Man
- How Are You Peeling?
- Invoked in Only You Can Save Mankind, in which one character expresses his distrust of an ice cream that tries to get you to eat ice cream..
- The monster mash noir City of Devils mentions several forms of killer vegetable, including a carnivorous carrot that's apparently working as a teamster. Sam Haine the pumpkinhead also qualifies, as at least his head is presumably edible.
Live Action TV
- The Refrigerator Food in Pee-Wee's Playhouse. It was quite the party inside that refrigerator...the freezer, too.
- In the Lost in Space episode "The Great Vegetable Rebellion", the heroes dealt with a giant, walking, talking carrot, and other giant vegetables.
Mythology and Folklore
- The Portuguese myth "The Cock of Barcelos" is about an innocent man who was sentenced to death by a corrupt official. Pleading for his life, the man prayed to God to show he was innocent — God answered by making the roasted cockerel which the official was eating to spring up and crow.
- The Flying Spaghetti Monster
- Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes has gotten into FIGHTS with his food.
- One meal even began reciting the famous soliloquy from Hamlet before suddenly stopping and loudly singing the song "Feelings." Calvin then ate the dish just to make it shut up.
- Used on a wide variety of occasions with Garfield. Garfield tends to hallucinate talking food a lot when he diets.
- In a classic Sesame Street sketch, Cookie Monster has an Acid Reflux Nightmare in which singing cookies taunt him.
- In one of the "Here Is Your Life" sketches, Guy Smiley's guest was a loaf of bread.
- An animated insert has a newswoman interviewing Original Jay, whose pizzas talk, sing opera and do handstands.
- Another skit involved a bizarre stop-motion orange creating a face using random objects on the kitchen counter, then singing "Habanera" from the George Bizet opera Carmen until her face flies off.
- Also, the Singing Food characters.
- The "Sam Spud: Par-boiled Potato Detective" skits from Between the Lions.
Girl: (in front of TV) Mom! There's a talking potato on a stick with no mouth that's wearing a hat and using a typewriter!
- In "The Muppet Show" episode featuring Gilda Radner, the guest star performs selections from The Carrots of Penzance accompanied by a seven-foot-tall talking carrot. Singing food also makes regular appearances on the show.
- The Bananas in Pyjamas were this.
- Dungeons & Dragons adventure WG7 Castle Greyhawk, level 3 "Too Many Cooks": The presence of the cooks' magical kitchen utensils causes the Random Monster Generator to create monsters based on food products. These include Poppinfarsh the Dough Golem, licorice snakes, flapjacks, doughplegangers, bread pudding and gummy werebears.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! has the Hungry Burger card, a hamburger with impressive dentition. However, it's a ritual summon with less attack power than most basic monsters and no special effect.
- Half of the Naturia is made up of really cute fruit with huge, cutesy faces.
- The Food Fighters toy line. Two factions of food products with burly human arms and angry sneers wearing army camo and helmets.
- Many Final Fantasy games have at least one version of the Flan enemies that mimics the color and pattern of actual flan.
- Bundt, the cake boss from Super Mario RPG.
- Earthworm Jim 2's trope-naming Level Ate has a fire-breathing steak called Flamin' Yawn as a boss.
- In BurgerTime, the enemies are the anthropomorphic Mr. Hot Dog, Mr. Pickle and Mr. Egg.
- There was also a little-known sequel called Diner which also had Mr. Hot Dog, along with Cheap Cherry, Bad Apple, and Mugsey the Mug 'o Root Beer.
- Majority of the enemies in Panic Restaurant.
- The titular Ninjabread Man.
- The Pokémon Vanillish, Vanillite, and Vanilluxe are all Ice-type Pokemon that resemble both icicles and ice cream cones.
- There was also Cherubi in the fourth generation.
- Generation 6 ups the ante with Swirlix, a Fairy type cotton candy mon.
- EarthBound has, among its many strange examples of Animate Inanimate Object enemies, walking cups of scalding coffee that spill themselves on you.
- MOTHER 3 also has the Fish Roe Man. Its final "attack" consists of it leaping into a character's mouth, causing said mouth to burn.
- Jungle Bombs, walking pineapple enemies, in Kirby Super Star (and, to a lesser extent, the cupcake enemies in Kirby's Dream Land's extra game, though those are implied to be entirely different creatures wearing cupcake disguises).
- Pajama Sam has a lot of this, but it's most common in the You Are What You Eat From Your Head to Your Feet.
- Monster Party contains one boss that consists of several Japanese foods jumping around the player, starting with a tempura shrimp.
Look out baby.
- Housemaster, the hero of Arfenhouse, has a piece of white bread for a face. His father is a toaster.
- The Kid Icarus series has the Eggplant and Tempura wizards. And Pit himself, if he's unlucky enough to run into one of the two.
- Parappa The Rapper has Chop Chop Master Onion, along with several background characters.
- In Quest For Glory III if the prince of Shapeir doesn't carry enough food with him when he's walking around Fricana, he'll encounter the Waffle Walker, which is a gigantic waffle on legs, roughly the size of a beach ball. He'll keep following the hero until he decides to eat him, in which case the game resumes.
- Any time Ectoplasm is involved in cooking on Danny Phantom. Once the food is alive it will attack Danny.
- The main characters of Aqua Teen Hunger Force are an anthropomorphic meatball, milkshake, and box of french fries.
- VeggieTales revolves around tongue-in-cheek retellings of Bible stories as performed by talking vegetables.
- A Garfield and Friends episode involved a supernatural meteor (dubbed as a "fruitcake" by other characters) that caused every inanimate object around it to come to life. At Garfield's house, the fruitcake caused all of the food in the refrigerator to come to life and form a rebellion against Garfield, until Garfield scared the food away with two slices of bread.
- Adventure Time includes the Candy Kingdom, the Duke of Nuts's realm, the Hotdog Princess, and a family of non-anthropomorphic fruit that is treated as if it were sentient.
- In general, people only eat the non-anthropomorphic bits of the Candy Kingdomnote , etc., but there is a notable exception where Princess Bubblegum (a candy person herself) drinks a smoothie with a face.
- Homer Simpson is fond of imagining this, then eating them whether or not they'd OK with it. His vision of the Land of Chocolate filled with chocolate animals even made it into The Simpsons Game.
- The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack contains either this or a Companion Cube in Candy Wife...
- Regular Show does this rather disturbingly with evil hotdogs who devour each other when doused with mustard. Tim Curry is the leader of the evil hotdogs.
- Numerous dishes cooked on Chowder are livelier when finished than they were as ingredients. One non-anthorpomorphic dish manages to reproduce.
- The heavyweight wrestler Potato-Patato Jr. in ˇMucha Lucha! is human, but when he uses his Signature Move, he chants the "1 Potato, 2 Potato, 3 Potato, 4" rhyme, and turns into a man-sized box of french fries.
- Rocko's Modern Life had "The Enchanted Upchucks", Retch, Earl, and Spew, animate half-eaten food that "helped" Rocko when he was sick in the episode "Flu-in-you-enza". They appear out of the toilet after Rocko throws up.
- The talking salt and pepper shakers from Blue's Clues and their children, Paprika and Cinnamon.
- In one episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Grim tried to bake a birthday cake for Billy; unfortunately, he accidentally used a recipe for devil's food cake (the cookbook was probably a book of spells) and it turned into a monster. (The cake was still pretty good after they subdued it, however.)
- Codename: Kids Next Door has Grandmother Stuffem, who creates walking gross food that forces itself into childrens' mouths.
- Also, in "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.T.W.O.", the Delightful Children's trap involved a living, carnivorous birthday cake. (They tell the heroes that it's a "pound cake".)
- There's also Heinrich Von Marzipan, Numbuh Five's nemesis, who eventually gets turned into living chocolate.
- Also, an episode parodying Pirates of the Caribbean had men who turned into skeletons made of black licorice.
- Food-based imaginary friends appear from time to time on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. One was a drumstick who was imagined by a very hungry boy at fat camp who acts like a Shell-Shocked Veteran, and whom Bloo mistakes for Mac when he's really hungry. Another time, Terrance wants a pizza and inadvertently creates a pizza friend, who greets him enthusiastically with "Howdy-do! I love you!"... and then Terrance devours him.
- In one episode of Code Lyoko, XANA's scheme involved creating a monster out of all the food in Kadic's pantry and using the piecemeal creature to attack the heroes. (Well, truthfully, it was a distraction to keep them occupied while he enacted a more serious scheme, raising the level of the Digital Sea to block their access to Sector V.)
- Camp Lazlo had an episode where canned mystery meat became an angry Blob Monster when they called it smelly. The episode ends with a horror-equse cliffhanger and an implied Kill 'em All.
- Some of the characters from The Amazing World of Gumball. Lampshaded when Anton, a talking piece of toast, is attacked by a murder of crows.
- The 1935 Silly Symphony Cookie Carnival.
- JoJo's Circus had the Spudinskis, who were sentient potatoes.
- Small Potatoes, a preschool-targeted series of musical shorts airing on CBeebies and Disney Junior also features sentient potatoes.
- The Gingerbread Smurfs that were magically baked by Brainy in The Smurfs episode of the same name.
- The Oh Yeah! Cartoons short "A Cop and His Donut" had a rookie cop teaming up with a talking donut to fight crime.
- In the cartoon version of Beetlejuice, the two heroes encountered a whole city of living fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, after the two of them saved the day, Beetlejuice offended them by asking if they had anything to eat... And they had to make a run for it.
- The aptly named Pizza Steve from Uncle Grandpa.