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Giant Food
This must be what heaven is like.
A staple of kids' media. A fantasy of either becoming small or being in a land of giants, and coming across a table full of food. Appeals to the greedy kid in us all.

The archetype would be "Jack and the Beanstalk".

Not to be confused with the US mid-Atlantic regional supermarket chain or the other US mid-Atlantic regional supermarket chain note 

Compare Level Ate which is likely constructed out of Giant Food.

Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • A few chapters in Kochikame has giant themed game shows and sporting activities. One example is when one game show hosts a team race having to race through giant bowls of instant ramen, and a sushi maze. The food is real and can be eaten. The main character, Ryotsu takes this advantage when he eats his way through the giant sushi maze to reach the finish.
  • In Nagasarete Airantou, both the manga and the anime, the inhabitants of the island grow large produce...at least, larger than Ikuto and the viewer are accustomed to. Most notable are the eggplants, one of which is used as a dummy to keep the girls away from Ikuto, the only male on the island. There is even recurring humor in Ikuto's failed attempts at helping with the harvest.
  • A Running Gag in Code Geass is Milly's efforts to create a giant pizza as part of Ashford Academy's various student festivals (Which inevitably fail, to C.C.'s dismay).
  • Toriko is essentially Giant Food: the Manga.

    Comic Books 
  • The Smurfs comic book story "Salad Smurfs" had Farmer grow really big vegetables from his garden when Chef Smurf forced him to use more of Papa Smurf's fungicide and fertilizer than was necessary. Unfortunately, it had the side effect of turning the Smurfs who ate the vegetables into Anthropomorphic Food.
  • Briefly shown in Give Me Liberty in a television commercial for Behemoth supermarkets.

    Fairy Tales 

    Film 
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as the book it was based on.
  • The protagonist of Ella Enchanted encounters this when she travels to the land of giants.
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Sleeper. Woody Allen's fugitive character comes across a futuristic farm where giant vegetables are grown. He ends up stealing a giant banana and stalk of celery for dinner.
  • The Oatmeal Cream Pie scene from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids comes to mind. (It shows up just when the kids are starving. "I think I've died and gone to heaven..." says Amy.)
  • Seen in Half Baked when the protagonists (as kids, in a Flash Back) try weed for the first time and wander around their local grocer.
  • In a throwaway gag in Real Genius, another student offers Mitch a cherry the size of a baseball. "I grow them myself."
  • In Antz, Z and Bala think they've found Insectopia when they see a bunch of this (it's actually a human picnic).
  • In The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, there is the Land of Milk and Cookies in the Planet Drool.
  • In The Incredible Shrinking Man, Scott has a huge coffee cup when he's three feet tall and later tries to get a huge speck of cheese from a mousetrap and get to a huge slice of leftover cake.

    Literature 
  • James and the Giant Peach.
  • In the Mr. Men book Mr. Greedy, the title character finds a giant's breakfast, where all the food is as big as he is.
  • In The Indian in the Cupboard the title character, transported through time and shrunk to the size of a plastic toy, is initially skeptical that the normal-sized food is even real.
  • Deconstructed in Gullivers Travels, where Gulliver finds that Brobdingnagian insects leave slimy trails, feces and spawn on his giant food that make eating difficult.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its adaptations have a whole chocolate river (for, as the owner will tell you, waterfall-mixed chocolate tastes better than any other kind). There's also a giant chocolate bar, though it's that size specifically because it's being sent by television and the process will shrink it down to an ordinary size.
  • In Adventures of Dunno, the Mites are tiny people who don't suffer from hunger due to this trope. All animals are in proportion to the Mites, and humans don't appear to be present anywhere. In the third story, Dunno on the Moon, the titular character ends up inside the Moon, which turns out to be hollow and on a habitable planetoid inside it, which is also populated by Mites. However, all plants are in proportion to the Mites on this world, and many people go hungry due to lack of food. Dunno and his Lunar friends start a company selling shares to finance a rocket to get to the Lunar surface and retrieve the seeds for giant plants.

    Live Action TV 
  • In Community episode Pascal's Triangle Revisited Troy finds a giant cookie that turns out to be a metaphor for his and Abed's relationship.
    Jeff: Whatís wrong with you?
    Troy: Iím sick. I donít know why. [takes another bite of cookie]
    Jeff: Have you considered the sixty-inch-diameter cookie youíre eating?
    Troy: How can something thatís delicious make me sick?
  • One of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse once dropped a giant sandwich on The Young Ones' house, where it was pressed into service as a sofa.
  • Used extensively on Double Dare. Some of the obstacles on the Obstacle Course included a giant slice of pizza, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, sushi roll, hamburger, stack of waffles, and birthday cake, just to name a few. Later in the show's run, a common physical challenge would be to create a giant replica of some food, such as a burrito or bowl of cereal, with one of the contestants naturally replacing one of the ingredients.
  • The Power Rangers Turbo were baked into a giant pizza once, and they will Never Live It Down.

    Newspaper Comics 

    Video Games 
  • Battle Bugs involves insects mostly fighting for human food, so yes, make your ant soldier climb that cheese wedge.
  • Giant food is present in Panic Restaurant.
  • One world in Mystic Ark consists of towns carved into giant squash, gourds, pumpkins, etc., and most of the enemies here are basically giant hungry bugs.

    Western Animation 
  • The Mickey Mouse version of "Jack and the Beanstalk".
  • On The Simpsons, Homer tried to grow giant (and possibly super-intelligent) vegetables with plutonium rods from the power plant.
  • In at least three Looney Tunes shorts ("Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk", "Beanstalk Bunny" and "Lumber Jack Rabbit"), Bugs Bunny finds himself in a giant's carrot patch.
  • Appears occasionally on Chowder. One example is a loaf of bread big enough to be used as a circus tent.
  • It's also done on Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, in the Magnificent Muttley short "What's New, Old Bean?", in which Muttley imagines himself as Jack and Dick Dastardly as the giant.
  • The Trademark Favorite Food for Ed, Edd n Eddy are jawbreakers the size of bowling balls.
  • On Total Drama World Tour, when they visited Japan, they landed on a giant bowl of ramen.
  • In the Pinky and the Brain episode "Brain Acres", Brain grows giant vegetables as part of his plot to take over the world.
  • When Mr Turner decides to become a farmer on Fairly OddParents, his inability to keep crops alive (he will kill them by just a single touch, so powerful it even generates a gravestone for the victim afterwards - and it's not only living objects, it goes for inanimate objects too) Timmy wishes for super seeds. Of course the super seeds grows giant crops, which only he can pick, else they too will die in his Dads hands.
  • An episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force involved a contest to win a cheeseburger roughly the size of a small house— by remaining in physical contact with it longer than any of the other contestants. It turns out to have been recurring villain Mr. Wongburger all along.
    • In a different episode, Meatwad used Frylock's size changing ray to make a giant hot dog. It went bad long before he managed to eat even a twelfth of it, though.
  • In George Shrinks' episode "Ants in the Pantry", tiny George is on a picnic spread and goes by huge food such as salad, and runs up a stack of cupcakes.

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • Pimp That Snack specializes in this. One of their crowning achievements is a Cadbury Creme Egg that weighed a nearly 5lbs and was an estimated 10,000 calories.

    Real Life 
  • There were protoshopped postcards produced in the United States in the 1910s showing farmers collecting super-sized crops... apples as big as barrels and so on.
  • Australia's Big Things often include Giant Foods.... The Big Banana, for example.
  • Alaskan farmers can legitimately boast of their giant fruits and vegetables, as their high-latitude fields can receive twenty or more hours of sunlight on summer days, giving crops' photosynthesis a boost.
    • Conversely, some tropical fruits actually grow to two or three times the size of those sold to Europe or the United States, but such full-grown crops are eaten locally: only under-ripe specimens, picked early so they can finish ripening in transit, are exported in quantity.
  • There are world records for baking the largest pizza, cookie, etc.
  • Pretty much any fruit or vegetable grown commercially these days is likely to qualify as this, by the standards of centuries past, as the "green revolution" in agriculture has greatly increased the size of many crop plants.


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