You've got a big balloon. The balloon is so big that you're actually floating up into the air
. But what's this? A bird is approaching your balloon and you suddenly realize how sharp the beak is...POP!!!
If you have a party balloon or some other inflatable
(inner tube, hot air balloon, weather balloon, etc), it always seems that there's a bird around to break it
. Usually Played for Laughs
, especially in cartoons - yet if you're floating high up in the air...
Could overlap with Bubble Gum Popping
, if bubble gum is involved.
- Pokémon: Team Rocket's hot air balloon is prone to bursting, and if an avian Pokemon is involved, you can bet that's how it's going to pop. Especially if the Pokemon in question belongs to Ash Ketchum.
- Aoi the dragon serves as this to Hana's first balloon in Hana the Fox Girl. Hana loses her grip on her balloon, Aoi goes up to get it, and it pops in his face.
- Gaston Lagaffe's pet laughing gull hates balloons with a passion. At one point it crosses paths with a hot-air balloon, and the next panel has the now grounded occupant saying "I don't know, there was a kind of sadistic laughter and the next thing I knew, pffffft!"
- A Smurf-sized bird does this to a soap bubble that a Smurf is riding around inside of in The Smurfs comic book story "The Flying Smurf".
- The 1963 horror film The Birds involves said avians attacking a little girl's birthday party. During the assault, the birds pop a number of balloons.
- The 1995 Australian movie Napoleon opens with the title character, a Golden retriever puppy, floating away in a basket with helium balloons. A bird gets him down by popping all the balloons; the puppy lands unharmed.
- In Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure, Queasy the Pirate Parrot pops King Koo Koo, who has blown himself up to gigantic proportions. The explosion is so powerful it sends everyone back home.
- One entry from Disney's Wonderful World of Knowledge, a series of children's encyclopedias from The '70s, featured a history and overview of aircraft hosted by Pete. As balloons were covered, one humorous illustration shows an anxious Pete begging a bird not to pop his hot-air balloon.
- Five Weeks in a Balloon: The protagonists are unlucky enough to come upon a flock of condors which pierce their balloon. Thankfully, it has a secondary, spare shell on the inside, but they still need to frantically toss stuff overboard to avoid a catastrophic fall.
- One Sesame Street book was about Oscar the Grouch trying to get away from the readers. At one point, he outfits his trashcan with a hot-air balloon and takes to the skies. At first, everything is fine...until Oscar notices a single bird flying a little too close for his tastes...
- A variant in an early episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Monster of the Week, a giant crow named The Peckster in the US version, is tricked by the Black Ranger into pecking a bunch of helium balloons, the last of which turns out to be a playground ball that traps the monster's beak long enough to take him down. Unusually for this trope, the balloons were normal sized while the bird was human sized.
- On Batman, the Death Trap of the week had Batman and Robin tied up and sent up in a hot-air balloon. When the balloon reaches 20,000 feet, the basket they were in would disconnect. The Dynamic Duo escape by 1) plugging the altimeter on the balloon with a piece of used gum a mook dropped, and 2) Robin attracting a bird via bird calls to puncture the balloon so they'd be able to get back down.
- The tie-in magazine for 3-2-1 Contact would publish computer games written in BASIC to run on your computer during The '80s. One of the games, called "Pop!", carried an illustration of a computer blowing bubble gum and spotting a bird ready to pop the bubble.
- One comic of The Far Side had a pair of aerial balloonists staring up in horror at a woodpecker about to burst their hot-air balloon.
- Subverted in one tabletop electronic game version of Donkey Kong Jr. The port added a few things not in the original arcade game such as umbrellas to float down on and balloons to float up on. Birds are your enemies - but they're not the ones who can pop the balloons; that's done by a sharp tree branch at the top of the game screen.
- Birds could pop Alice's balloons in the 1990 Game Boy game Balloon Kid.
- In Point Blank, one of the shooting mini-games involved protecting Dr. Dan or Dr. Don from birds, since they were floating on balloons over shark-infested waters.
- In the second Simon the Sorcerer game, after you use three balloons to get to the castle treasure room through a window, a bird bursts all three balloons when you leave the room.
- You can aim a bird toward balloons in Angry Birds in many levels. Popping lets the stuff the balloon was holding up crash on what's below it.
- An early Macintosh game named Hot Air Balloon has you controlling the altitude of the titular balloon as it drifts past various obstacles, including flying birds.
- Banjo-Tooie has a Balloon Burst Challenge, though this uses Airborne Egg Aiming rather than Kazooie's beak attack.
- In Blue's Journey for the Neo Geo, a bird pierces the balloon carrying Blue across the title screen, landing him in literally the same boat as his green companion.