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- In Sonic X's 5th Episode, Chris Thorndyke, Tails, and Amy have a picnic, searching for a supposedly sighted Chaos Emerald. It's interrupted when Eggman snatches them and a duel between Sonic and Knuckles ensues, with Knuckles having been convinced by Eggman that Sonic intentionally trapped him and everyone else in the real world for his own selfish intentions.
Film - Animated
- In Snoopy, Come Home, Peppermint Patty mentions to Snoopy that they will have a picnic on the beach. However, the picnic does not come to fruition the next day, because Snoopy got thrown off the beach, due to a rule about there being no dogs allowed.
- During the opening montage of Shrek 2, Shrek and Fiona have a picnic on the beach with a basket left behind their gingerbread house by a frightened Little Red Riding Hood. Shrek and Fiona begin making out when the tide takes Fiona in and leaves a mermaid in her place. Fiona reappears and has the mermaid violently tossed back into the ocean.
- Lotso's backstory in Toy Story 3 has him being accidentally left behind at a picnic by his owner, Daisy, with her other toys. The search concludes with Lotso discovering Daisy had replaced him. He begins his Start of Darkness almost at the same time that his heart breaks, and selfishly drags his toy companions with him, regardless of the fact that Daisy only replaced him.
Film - Live Action
- Help! - while "Ticket to Ride" plays, the Beatles are briefly seen having a picnic in the snow.
- Look, Listen, Live, a driver's education film produced by Union Pacific in the mid-1940s with an emphasis on safety around railroads, sets one of the stories to a family picnic outing. It does not end well � all five members of the family, due to the driver foolishly insisting that there are no trains expected at the crossing, are killed when their car is struck by an oncoming train. The narrator grimly reminds the viewers that there was no picnic that day, nor will there ever be for anyone in that family.
- A weeklong story arc of Garfield strips had Jon and Garfield go on a picnic, that was immediately spoiled by strong winds, ants that ate Jon's cherry pie, and to top it off in the end, a rainstorm.
- Similarly, a 2007 strip had Jon and Liz about to have a picnic, which immediately became non-existent when they realized that Garfield stowed away and ate all of the food in the basket before Jon even left the driveway. Needless to say, both Jon and Liz were not very happy when they were forced to go to a dorky drive-thru restaurant instead.
- The classic children's book Picnic was Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- In Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Pott family flies to the Godwin Sands in the English Channel for a picnic. Unfortunately they fall asleep and the tide comes in. It's a good thing the title car can change into a hoverdraft.
- In The Berenstain Bears book The Bears' Picnic, the bears set out to find "the perfect picnic spot". Place after place proves unsatisfactory, and then a thunderstorm comes up. They finally just eat their picnic at the kitchen table.
- The Wind in the Willows: When Mole first meets Rat, they get acquainted over a picnic on the river bank.
- Jane Austen's Emma has two picnic chapters.
- First, characters go to an al fresco party at Donwell to pick strawberries and they eat some of them, but Mr Knightley, who is the host, insists on eating indoors.
- In the following chapter, the party spends the day exploring Box Hill, and this one is a true picnic. However, the weather is too hot and the day is not very joyous.
- The final chapter of the book, Literature/Superfudge, has Farley going on a picnic with a friend of his after Peter Parker takes Mary Jane out in an Spider-Man television episode. It doesn't go smoothly, as they go missing and worry their families sick.
Live Action TV
- Little House on the Prairie: Several episodes had picnic stories in them. The most famous one was Season 6's "May We Make Them Proud," which is how that episode began; it peaks with a massive house fire and the deaths of Alice Garvey and baby Adam Kendall Jr.
- The As Time Goes By episode "The Picnic".
- Diff'rent Strokes: The episode "The Hitchhikers," included a picnic element, with the episode's villain, Bill, trying to get hostage Kimberly to cooperate and go along with him on his picnic at his apartment. He even spreads a picnic blanket and has a basket ready for his vision of an intimate atmosphere.
- In Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, the characters often enjoyed their meals outdoors, for example after Sunday masses in the meadow near the church.
- Mr. Bean tried to go on a picnic in the park, only for a fly to take an interest in his cupcake. Not being the one to hurt a fly, he has to come up with a different way to deal with it.
- In the The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss episode, "The Cat in the Hat's Indoor Picnic", rain spoils plans for an outdoor picnic, much to the dismay of Terrence McBird, who was looking forward to playing in the sandbox. The Cat in the Hat and the Little Cats improvise by spending their picnic in the Cat's Playhouse, and making a sandbox for Terrence with his birdbath and dried corn. In the Wubbulous World, Princess Tizz imagines where the most special picnic spot could be.
- Shrek Treasure Hunt has the premise of Shrek and Fiona going on a picnic when the Three Blind Mice misplace all their supplies, so Shrek must go through several stages searching for said supplies.
- Elite Beat Agents has a mission where you must help a newscaster blow away storm clouds with a fan to the song "September", so that she and her son can go on a picnic that weekend, in which reports read to be storming all over the country, eventually getting help from her fellow news team, the Air Force, and even exotic wildlife. Upon completing the goal, she and her son embark on the picnic, having the double cheeseburgers she made that her son absolutely loves.
- In Our Little Adventure, a celestial family finds theirs interrupted by a planeshift spell. Confirming Died Happily Ever After.
- In Cestla Vie, Mona Montrois, an expatriot Frenchwoman in Los Angeles runs into a different hazard. She is affronted to the depths of her French soul to be very nearly arrested on her picnic in a park in LA (possibly the most atmospherically polluted city in the USA, as she points out) by park wardens who caution her that Californian law permits neither drinking wine nor smoking in public outdoor areas. As she is French, this, in her opinion, takes 90% of the pelasure out of the experience. With a glass of wine in one hand and a cigarette in the other, she is a swig and a smoke away from arrest for misdemeanour.
- There was a game on CartoonNetwork.com that had a bunch of the characters at a picnic, and the player, as an ant, had to collect as many crumbs as possible while avoiding obstacles.
- The Simpsons "S 20 E 17: The Good, The Sad and the Drugly" has Bart taking a Retirement Castle volunteer out on a picnic, where they eat Bart's PB&J sandwiches (his secret recipe: "No PB, Double J"). During said picnic, they attempt to ignore Homer being supposedly mugged by his own reflection.
- Yogi Bear: Virtually every one of the classic Hanna-Barbera shorts involving Yogi and his pal, Boo Boo, has the buddy bears stealing pic-a-nic baskets and disrupting pic-a-nics at Jellystone Park.
- A few Classic Disney Shorts involved Mickey and friends having a picnic.
- The Taz-Mania episode "It's No Picnic" has Taz and his family go on a picnic, unaware that Bull Gator and Axl are trying to capture them.
- Garfield and Friends:
- "Rip Van Catnap", which involved Garfield taking a nap and having a Dream Sequence while he, Jon, Odie, and Nermal are having a picnic.
- The episode "Crime And Nourishment" involved Garfield trying to take back the picnic basket full of lasagna from a group of green Smurf-like creatures.
- "The Multiple Choice Cartoon" had Garfield, Jon, and Odie on a picnic all the while that Garfield gives out a multiple choice test throughout the episode.
- The episode "The Picnic Panic" combined this with Musical Episode. Jon and Garfield sang about the misfortune that befell them during the picnic, due to a colony of ants that kept stealing their food. The ants even got their own Ear Worm chorus during the song.
- The Looney Tunes short, Porky's Picnic. Porky Pig, his girlfriend Petunia and baby nephew Pinky go on a picnic. They don't actually get to eat anything because Pinky wanders off to the zoo and gets in trouble.
- Tom and Jerry episode "Pup on a Picnic". Spike and Tyke go on a picnic with Tom and Jerry as uninvited guests.
- In Tom and Jerry Kids, Spike and Tyke try to have a picnic but get attacked by army ants that are trying to steal their food.
- One Oggy and the Cockroaches episode has Oggy, Olivia and Jack go on a picnic, and when the cockroaches become aware of it, Hilarity Ensues.
- The Pink Panther episode "Sprinkle Me Pink". The panther goes on a picnic, but a cloud pours rain on him every time he opens his picnic basket.
- The Ant and the Aardvark. In the first episode, Charlie Ant tries to get food from the Aardvark's picnic.
- In the Pac-Man episode "Picnic in Pacland", the Ghost Monsters try to disrupt the Pac-Family's picnic.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Lesson Zero", Twilight and company go out for a picnic halfway through the episode. Twilight ends up panicking and being more unhinged about not sending a letter to Princess Celestia, albeit every one else has a fine time.
- Wander over Yonder has "The Picnic".
- The first act of the Mr. Bogus episode "Bogus In Wilderland" had the Anybody family and Bogus and Brattus on a picnic, only for their picnic to come to a halt due to trouble involving ants, birds, bees, and a bear.
- In the 3-2-1 Penguins! episode "Lazy Daze", the Rockhopper crew, save for Fidgel and Michelle, goes on a picnic on Rigel 13. And then giant ants come and ruin it.
- SpongeBob SquarePants has the episode "Company Picnic" where Mr. Krabs takes his employees on a nice—if not very cheap—picnic.
- In the Rugrats episode, "Grandpa's Teeth", a veteran's picnic is held. When Grandpa Lou's false teeth go missing after he takes them out to eat some potato salad, Tommy and Chuckie go on an adventure to find them in time for the brass band Lou is participating in, as he can't play his trumpet without his false teeth.