Stealth Pun / Animated Film

  • In Shrek 2 the potion given to the King to make Fiona fall in love with the first man she kisses is labeled "IX". It is not mentioned then that it must be Love Potion Number 9.
    • In the scene where Shrek and Donkey (in human and horse forms) are in a bar after their plan fails, the barmaid says to Shrek "Why the long face?", while Donkey is standing right next to him.
  • In Coraline, the seats of the theater are filled with small dogs — Scotties. Later, when the world shows its dark side, the dogs become skeletons... Night Terriers?
    • The toy tank in the Otherworld bedroom resembles the British Mark 1, which nickname is... Mother.
  • In Up, there is a scene in which several dogs pilot fighter planes, making them... dogfighters.
    • Also, Dug's name. No, that isn't misspelled.
    • The dogs are introduced in order of the Greek alphabet; Alpha, Beta, Gamma... Epsilon. There is never a Delta shown, there is however Dug. Furthermore, he is the fourth dog named.
  • The "dogfighters" pun was also done in Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, with Gromit and the villain's dog fighting in planes.
    • Not really a stealth pun in this case, however, since the phrase is made visible when Phillip spots the "Dogfight" attraction.
  • In Cars, Sally Carrera, the female lawyer car, is a Porsche. The term Portia is a slang term for a female lawyer; it was lifted from the female lead from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, who impersonated a lawyer to defend Antonio against Shylock.
    • In a later scene, Lightning notices Sally (who used to be from Los Angeles) has a decal just above her bumper, the car equivalent of a tattoo on the small of the back, which is sometimes known as a "California license plate".
    • In another scene, Lightning claims Doc Hudson is a famous racing car, the Hudson Hornet, who "won three Piston Cups!", causing Mater to Spit Take and say "He did what in his cup?"
  • The Incredibles:
    • The name of Syndrome's island is only mentioned once: a passing reference to "current temperature on Nomanisan" during Mr. Incredible's second visit. "No-man-is-an Island". This could also serve as a Meaningful Name, if you consider the way Syndrome became who he is now.
    • This is also the reason for Violet's Meaningful Name (she's painfully shy, i.e., a "Shrinking Violet"). Or it could refer to ultraviolet, referencing her powers (energy shields and invisibility). Same with her brother Dash who is extremely fast.
    • Jack-Jack, as his powers are a "jack of all trades" thing.
    • Their ironic pun of a last name: Parr. As in average.
    • A meta-example, the "Incredits" track of The Incredibles soundtrack. A portmanteau of the movie's title, The Incredibles, and the word "End Credits", where the track is heard in the movie.
    • Also from the soundtrack, "Lithe or Death" when Helen has to use her powers to sneak into Syndrome's headquarters.
    • Think about this visual stealth pun. Mr. Incredible gets through a wall of lava to get to Syndrome's private computer. What's it called when a program on a computer is used to keep malicious outside forces, well, outside? Is it or is it not called a firewall?
  • Wall E: When EVE comes back with a plant, activating the centuries old recolonization protocol, a manual pops out, which the captain orders to relay its information. AUTO shows him that the pages must be turned by himself; i.e., it is Manual.
    • WALL-E's name. It's actually A113 (a common running gag featured in many Pixar films, such as "Directive A113", also from this movie), but written in Leetspeak and with a "W" added to the front.
    • WALL-E (with the E standing for Earth-class) eventually runs into an Axiom-class version of himself named WALL-A. Actually, he runs into two of them. Which of course means that they're... WALL-A WALL-A. *rimshot*
    • WALL-E's only companion on the deserted Earth is a cockroach named Hal. Get it?
  • In Toy Story 2, Woody has a nightmare about Andy throwing him away. In Toy Story 3, Woody tells the other toys he needs to get to Andy's house, which is on Elm Street. Woody had a nightmare on Elm street.
    • Woody is the leader of Andy's room — in the first movie, we see that Slinky is (or used to be) the second-in-command. A cowboy... and a "long little doggy"...
    • In 3, one of the toys at Sunnyside Daycare is a blue stuffed kitten. Who gets played with by a little girl that tells it "Boo!"
  • At the very beginning of Finding Nemo, just right before the divers take him away, causing his father to go after them, Nemo can be seen attending school with several other young fish. A group of fish is actually called a school.
    • Almost every name in the movie is a reference to fish or something water-related. Gil, Marlin, [Captain] Nemo, Anchor, Chum... Even Deb (Flo and Deb, or, if you prefer, Ebb and Flow).
  • Ratatouille has a few to boast of as well, including Alfredo Linguini, whose name is so dreadfully punny it's almost painful to utter aloud, and Anton Ego. Along with the title of the movie, of course, although that's lampshaded.
  • In Disney's Robin Hood, Maid Marian (a vixen) has a hen as a nursemaid, but nobody references the aphorism about "setting a fox to watch the henhouse".
    • Probably because a hen is watching the foxhouse, which isn't a thing.
    • There is, however, the saying about someone who is constantly anxious and worried being a "mother hen".
    • It could also mean that Maid Marian is "henpecked" by her nursemaid.
    • A scene specifically depicts Friar Tuck, who is portrayed as a badger, cheering during a fight scene, while the music playing in the background is the fight song of the University of Wisconsin Badgers.
  • In Corpse Bride, the bar where Victor first arrives is called the "Ball and Socket", making it the Ball and Socket joint. And the bar is a popular place, or a "hip joint."
    • The head waiter is a head who happens to a waiter.
    • While looking for Victor, Emily passes by a second-hand store that sells hands for people that lost the first one.
  • The first VeggieTales movie contained — without comment — a bunch of city guards whose weapons were long poles with fish on the ends of them.
  • The writers behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs claim they had to turn one of the opening lines into a version of Stealth Pun #2. To wit:
    Flint: (narrating) But when all seemed lost, I stared at da feet and found hope.
  • In The Great Mouse Detective, Basil and Dr. Dawson walk into a bar to find information on Ratigan, who lures them into his lair and into a gigantic trap. The name of the bar they enter? The Rat Trap.
  • In The Iron Giant, Dean, the artist, directs the Giant to make a mobile, a hanging children's toy, out of cars. Automobile
  • In Legend Of The Guardians The Owls Of Ga Hoole, there is a Training Montage/Good-Times Montage which involves various shots of Ga'hoole—a vast city full of owls. (Well, vast if you're an owl, anyway.) Over said montage, there's a cheerful song called "To the Sky." The song itself is not a pun on the action happening... until you realize what band is performing it.
  • The Princess and the Frog: At the end of the movie the firefly, Ray, dies, and a funeral is held for him. After his funeral, he is reincarnated as a star in the night sky.
  • Toward the end of the "Pomp and Circumstance" sequence from Fantasia 2000, a female dove actually bursts into tears after Donald Duck throws her mate over the railing of Noah's Ark so that he can find the olive branch.
  • One of the lyrics from the song "Topsy Turvy" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame is "...every clown's a king and every king's a clown...". The song is question is actually sung by Clopin, a colorful and enigmatic character who constantly refers himself as the king of the Gypsies, and dresses up in a clown suit.
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire featured giant insects that for some reason caught fire and exploded if they made contact with anything on the ground.
    • At the end of the film, Kida is last seen climbing up a large rock structure wearing a long, flowing dress and a tiara with pink and blue feathers coming out of the back, making her a High Queen.
  • In Antz, the two main characters come across two insects by the name of "Chip" and "Muffy" who talk with Thurston Howell III type accents and act in other ways consistent with the stereotype of a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. While never specifically named, its obvious from their character models that they are in the order hymenoptera, specifically wasps.
  • Brave: At the end, Elinor says that she's like a "wee baby" after transforming back into a human. The pun is that she is bear naked.
  • The Rugrats Movie had Charlotte say towards the beginning of the movie, when referring to the soon-to-be-born Dil, "You know what they say - born under Venus, look for a—" which is then interrupted by her cellphone ringing.
  • Pitch's Nightmares in Rise of the Guardians take the form of horses, making them night mares.
  • In the first Despicable Me, the elderly Mad Scientist Dr. Nefario is apparently a bit hard of hearing: one of his inventions is a gun that, when fired, produces a flatulent noise and a cloud of foul-smelling gas that knocks out a Minion, to which Gru angrily tells Nefario "No, no, no, I said dart gun! Dart gun!"
  • In Yellow Submarine, Ringo pulls two stealth puns in the same discussion, as he and Old Fred come across Frankenstein's monster lying strapped to a laboratory platform:
    Old Fred: Frankenstein?
    Ringo: Oh, yeah. I used to go out with his sister.
    Old Fred: His sister?
    Ringo: Yeah, Phyllis. (the pun: "Phillistine".) Hey. I wonder what'd happen if I pulled this lever.
    Old Fred: You musn't do that.
    Ringo: Can't help it, I'm a born lever puller. (for "Liverpooler")
  • In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Sheila is an crazy Moral Guardian whose actions end up causing Satan to rise and about bring Hell on Earth. So, I guess you could call her a hell-raiser.
  • In The Book of Life, Pancho Rodriguez says he and his brothers ran into four bars... right before running into a bar. Ouch!
  • Inside Out has quite a few:
    • Anger's head erupts whenever he loses his cool. In other words, he's a hothead. Also, he's the shortest of the emotions; Riley has a short temper. And he wears a stereotypical manager outfit. Might be "anger management."
    • Riley's Train of Thought is represented by an actual train. It derails at one point in the movie, so Riley loses her train of thought and can't think straight.
    • When Riley is on the bus going back to Minnesota, the mission console turns grey and locks out all the emotions. Riley has emotionally shut down.
    • Puberty is symbolized as a button. There will be a time when she is going to "hit puberty".
    • In the short, Riley's First Date?, a brief look at Jordan's Headquarters reveals his emotions are mostly goofing off, to the extent that nobody seems to actually be at the console. In other words, Jordan is absent-minded.
  • Sausage Party:
    • The movie concludes with a massive orgy between all types of food. In other words: Food Porn.
    • The film has a character named Firewater who's an anthropomorphic bottle of alcohol who acts like a Magical Native American; the latter are known for their deep connection with "spirits", and Firewater is no exception, in fact, he's also literally one (a drink).
    • The Nuts in the movie have a stong hatred of the Fruits. Homophobes are nuts!
  • In Zootopia:
    • There's a scene where a trio of officers are given an undercover mission. The hippo wears a mustache, the polar bear wears a hat, and the timber wolf...puts on a sheep costume. Yep, he's a wolf in sheep's clothing.
    • Similarly, the villain of the movie, Bellwether, is a female sheep. In other words: A Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • In Moana the tattoos that show Maui's Backstory appear on his back.