Animals can't talk, but they can think, so lines that look like dialog appear in thought bubbles. Sometimes animals can communicate with each other and reply to each other's thought balloons
. This means that either the thought balloons are effectively translations of Animal Talk
, or all animals are telepathic.
Related to Speech-Impaired Animal
, Nearly Normal Animal
and Animal Talk
This is a comic trope - the film equivalent would be to sub-title an animal.
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- Scooby-Doo does this throughout his comic book career from the earliest period (Dec. 1969) up to around the time Marvel assumed the Hanna-Barbera line. At that point he was given regular word balloons with the speech impediment prevalent on his TV series.