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Disney, due to its extensive and often mixed use of Funny Animals, Civilized Animals and Intellectual Animals and the many, many series and mediums its various characters have appeared in, has no shortage of examples.

  • The most obvious Disney example, cited in the quote on the main page: Mickey Mouse is an anthropomorphic mouse. His best friend Goofy is an anthropomorphic dog-man who walks on two legs. Mickey's pet Pluto is a (relatively) normal dog that mostly behaves like a real dog.
    • This is parodied on Drawn Together, during a montage of hostage situations. One of those situations is Pluto holding a gun to Goofy's head screaming, "He's the only fucking dog who good enough to wear fucking pants? Well, I want to wear the fucking pants for once!" (before casually shooting Goofy and then himself).
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    • A comic strip also made fun of this: A cartoonist makes a strip in which the main hero is a "mouse", his best friend is a "dog" and his pet is also a dog. Said strip is rejected for lacking consistent internal logic.
    • A segment of The Simpsons that spoofed Lady and the Tramp featured most of the cast as talking, but non-anthropomorphic animals. At one point, we see a transparent Goofy parody being led to the gas room in a dog pound, despite insisting that he's "half human."
    • In some theatrical cartoons, Goofy owns a pet dog. He is also, for some reason, identified as George G. Geef in these cartoons, and his floppy dog-ears are not visible. A short film, "The Goofy Success Story", played with the Animated Actors trope by showing Geef as a role that Goofy played as an actor.
    • Goof Troop:
      • A notable Lampshade Hanging occurs during an episode in which Goofy, when confronted by a pair of vicious non-anthro canines, says something to the effect of: "I'm great with dogs. It's like I'm one of the family".
      • Goofy has a pet cat, and Pete has a pet dog. While Pete was originally a cat, his later appearances suggest he's a dog or maybe a wolf. And then there are a number of similar but separate characters existing in a number of mutually exclusive universes and a whole bunch of cartoon shorts that have Negative Continuity anyway. There are even multiple Petes running around the DuckTales (1987) universe.
      • In another episode, Goofy hears a crash in his garage and assumes it was made by a giant mouse. Aside from a quick cameo in A Goofy Movie, Mickey never appeared on Goof Troop, but...
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    • A 1930s cartoon, Mickey's Good Deed, has Mickey playing Santa Claus to a family of poor cats — smaller than him. Pete is apparently the absentee father, as there's a picture of him, in prison stripes, on the wall. You can tell they're poor as their empty cupboard is overrun with tiny, non-anthro mice. And why the cats just don't eat them is never addressed.
    • In the cartoon Society Dog Show, Mickey is the only non-dog Funny Animal to take his dog to the dog show. Everyone in that cartoon is a dog anthro... judging non-anthro dogs.
    • In the 1945 short "The Eyes Have It", Donald hypnotizes Pluto to make him think he's a mouse, and we also see a real mouse scurrying about the house. Remember that Pluto's owner is none other than Mickey Mouse.
      • Similarly, a Disney comic that's the page image for Eek, a Mouse!! shows Minnie Mouse shrieking at a non-anthropomorphic mouse.
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    • The Mickey Mouse (2013) short "Dog Show" finally hung a lampshade on it, with Pluto getting injured before the titular show and Mickey having to substitute Goofy in his place, which goes as well as you'd expect. And apparently, Mickey makes for a better non-anthro dog than Goofy does.
    • Another 2013 Mickey short, "Easy Street", has Goofy notice that Pluto lives an easy life as a pet, and decide to imitate a pet dog so he won't have to work for a living. To Pluto's consternation and jealousy, Goofy hogs all of Mickey's treats and attention, and Mickey himself doesn't question this even once. Pluto finally gets Goofy to leave by tricking him into accompanying him on a trip to a "doggie spa" — which entails getting washed, something Goofy can't stand; the spa manager there seems to treat Goofy like a pet dog as well.
  • "The Worm Turns": Mickey is working on a courage potion and goes around testing it on a variety of non-anthropomorphic animals — including a normal mouse that was being chased around by a cat. Things also get pretty awkward whenever Chip and Dale appear in the same cartoon as Mickey.
  • Most "people" in Disney comics are depicted as very anthropomorphic dogs. They have a black nose and (sometimes) floppy ears, but are otherwise human. Even real historical people (similar to Arthur). Which makes Goofy even more confusing as he looks nothing like the other "dogs".
    • Disney animators have given them the nickname "Dog-Noses", a term usually applied to the extras walking around. The creator of Goof Troop and Quack Pack introduced this term in an interview where he talked about both shows. Originally, he intended to have humans — just ordinary humans — inhabit both shows. However he was overruled with Goof Troop, and forced to people his universe with dog-noses. He was successful later on with Quack Pack though. Had he been allowed to use humans in both as he intended, Goof Troop and Quack Pack would have shared the same universe, much the same way Duck Tales and Darkwing Duck did.
    • In the original Goofy-specific cartoons, EVERY extra was a Goof, extremely similar to Goofy himself but each being slightly different. This was carried over into more modern material as well; if Goofy was the main driving force of the feature, everyone in it would be a Goof. Remnants of this persist in the form of Goofy's immense extended family, but otherwise his modern stories feature the same background cast of dog-noses as everyone else's.
  • Donald Duck: Regular ducks have been shown to exist alongside the anthropomorphic kind. Adding to the weirdness parade, in a theatrical cartoon, Donald once encountered a recipe for roast duck in a cookbook, which he angrily ripped up. In a different cartoon he heard another recipe for it on a radio cooking show. His only comment was "Over my dead body".
    • And the Carl Barks comic "The Gilded Man" shows Donald and the nephews being quite shaken and disturbed by the sight of stuffed normal ducks sitting on a shelf. This is quite unusual as most Barks stories treat the Ducks as stand-ins for humans, and this is, in fact, one of the only times they seem to recognize their relation to non-anthropomorphic ducks, other than the times Barks has them refer to "us Ducks and humans"...
    • Fantasia 2000, pictured on the main page, gives us the best Lampshade Hanging of this trope: Donald appears as a deckhand on Noah's Ark, responsible for a group of animals that includes, to Donald's visible puzzlement, a couple of normal ducks.
    • One particularly Nightmare Fuelerrific Donald Duck comic strip has his cousin Fethry Duck going duck hunting — and Donald, of course, initially assumes that Fethry is coming after him. Adding to the confusion, Donald's panicked rationale for why Fethry shouldn't hunt him is that he's domesticated — which raises the question of what exactly that's supposed to mean in this context. Later, the non-anthro ducks are also able to speak, and seem to notice him in passing as well.
      Fethry: Hi Don! I'm goin' duck hunting!
      Donald: Waak! But why me? I'm domesticated!
      Fethry: Not you! I mean real ducks!
      Donald: What a slap in the face! What am I, a fake?
    • In the classic short "Truant Officer Donald", Huey, Dewey and Louie prank Donald into thinking he'd accidentally burned them alive. They did this by fleeing their fort and placing their caps on the chickens they were roasting right before — suggesting they're not only fully aware that corpses of fellow fowl are sold as food, they're perfectly comfortable buying them at the store.
    • One comic had Scrooge hypnotized into buying all the items in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" (don't ask), giving us some awkward scenes with French hens (Clara Cluck?) and geese (Gus Goose?).
    • Lampshaded and twisted in an episode of Darkwing Duck. Steelbeak (a Bond villain-ish anthropomorphic chicken) turns downright Hannibal Lecter with the line, "I'll offer you my recipe for roast chicken."
    • Spoofed further in the 2010 Darkwing Duck comic book. Goslyn is at a pet store when she notices an area full of baby ducklings. "Okay," she says, "this is just creeping me out."
    • In an early MAD parody of Disney by Harvey Kurtzman, "Mickey Rodent" traps his rival "Darnold Duck" naked in a zoo. The story ends with the zoo staff (human, of course) marveling over the "mutation freak" that "almost sounds" as if "it's" screaming "Get me back my clothes!" The last panel shows poor Darnold, his modesty covered with leaves, surrounded by non-anthropomorphic ducks, and facing a possible taxidermal fate because "it is, after all, only a duck."
    • The Gran Festival starring The Three Caballeros ride at Epcot has a moment like this. Like its source material, the videos combine animation with live action. Looking for Donald, José and Panchito ask a live action chef if he's seen a duck. They quickly realize that they don't want to know the answer to that question, and run off. Another version of the scene has the chef showing them a plate of roast duck, which gets a similar reaction from the duo.
    • Lampshaded at last in The Mighty Ducks animated series, where two of the eponymous anthro ducks (from another universe) spend the end of an episode discussing the differences between themselves and Earth ducks.
    • There is also an old story somewhere where Donald, his nephews and Scrooge meets some native Indians where one of them is asked by another to describe what a duck is. Cue the Indian mimicking that ducks can fly and float on water, to which our gang are left with dumbfounded reactions and asking if he's joking.
    • Donald's nephews are members of the Junior Woodchucks, who are Boy Scout parodies. The girl scout parodies are the Junior Chickadees. So, are they named after the animals, or a species of anthropomorphic people? And what happens when an anthro woodchuck joins the Junior Woodchucks, or a chickadee the Chickadees?
    • One Italian story has Donald and Scrooge fall off of a carnival ride, plunge headlong into a pond and drag themselves back out soaking wet, which two entirely normal mallards who happened to be nearby watch disapprovingly while commenting on how they bring shame on all anatids.
    • There's a bizarre inversion style case in one story where anthropomorphic animals are acting so much as stand-ins for humans that they treat an anthropomorphic animal — a rat man people have encountered in some sewers — as an anomaly. Everyone treats this much like a werewolf (or -rat) would be among humans, not believing in it before they see it and then thinking it a monster. In the end, it turns out to be a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax cooked up by some cat criminals. So the terrifying anthropomorphic rat monster turns out to be... a run-of-the-mill anthropomorphic cat person in a costume.
    • Don Rosa chimed in on this in a recent edition of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck where he defended the removal of a early Duck-pun by saying that as far as he is concerned, the Duck characters are in fact human beings who are "caricatured" as looking like ducks in the comics, much like his Theodore Roosevelt in the same issue is drawn with a dog nose and four fingers.
  • With all of this in mind, The Lion King level in Kingdom Hearts II is just a carnival of Furry Confusion. Donald is temporarily a non-anthro bird who can fly, Pete is a non-anthro cat (more specifically, a lion), while Goofy is, out of all animals, a tortoise. What makes it worse is the fact that Donald comments on Sora's transformation (into a lion) while avoiding any mention of Goofy's or his own. It should be mentioned that Donald's non-anthro form is identified in the Kingdom Hearts literature as "Bird Donald".
  • Speaking of Disney ducks, DuckTales (1987) gave us at least two episodes with some good examples of Furry Confusion:
    • In an episode inspired by The Odyssey, the Odysseus stand-in, his girlfriend, and most of the supporting cast are Dog-Noses. Circe, of course, turns several of them into non-anthro pigs. Later, Circe herself is turned into a pig as punishment. Here's the thing: Circe was depicted not as a dog-nose, but as an anthropomorphic pig.
    • Even funnier is "The Golden Fleecing", where Launchpad finds himself the unwilling object of affection for a harpy. And the harpies were birds with human heads. And so we got to see a bird with some human features fawning over a human with some bird features.
    • DuckTales also introduces a new sidekick for Scrooge's nemesis Magica De Spell; her brother Poe who was turned into a raven. While he can still talk, he still wears clothes (a hat at least), still has functional Feather Fingers, and is for all intents and purposes the same character, just a different species, he views his fate as awful and wants to turn back into a duck, despite the fact that he merely seems to have gotten a bit shorter and can now fly (heck, ask an ornithologist and they will make a good argument that duck-to-corvid is an upgrade). He's just barely less anthro than the other characters.
    • The opening scene of DuckTales (2017) involves a non-anthropomorphic seagull getting chased off by various bird-like people, including one who looks like a seagull.
      The Nostalgia Critic: They're all birds! How does this work? When is Pluto gonna walk Goofy?! It's never explained!!
  • Winnie-the-Pooh:
    • One episode had Piglet (a pig) eating ham at a picnic. No one seems to notice the grotesque implied cannibalism there, even if Piglet is supposed to be a stuffed pig. Of course, that brings up the issue of how Living Toys digest real food — but that's probably a different trope.
    • Pooh's Heffalump Movie depicts several non-anthro rabbits, and in the skits shown during the closing credits, they are shown playing alongside the other Pooh characters, including Rabbit. It should be noted that, unlike the above Piglet example, Rabbit doesn't have the "he's actually a toy" excuse—he's meant to be a living rabbit.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers: In one episode, Dale wants to get a pet. His desired pets, a frog and a kitten, are fairly standard for a human. But considering his other best friends are mice and a fly, the wisdom of bringing them home is... questionable (not to mention the sight of Funny Animals having pets and the logistics of getting them up into a tree all by himself).
  • Gargoyles: Bronx and the other "gargoyle beasts" like him are kind of an odd, borderline case. At first glance, Bronx is a wingless Gargoyle, and isn't really any physically different from the talking Gargoyles aside from lacking wings. But he acts like, and is treated as, a non-talking, non-loincloth-wearing animal. A few episodes (such as the one that introduced Puck) explicitly pointed out that he was the other Gargoyles' "dog", while the show's creator described him as their equivalent of a non-human ape. And yet, when Puck swaps everyone's species in the city turning every human into gargoyle and every gargoyle into human Bronx is turn into a dog.
  • In their early cartoon appearances, Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar were sometimes shown as regular four-legged non-clothed barnyard animals, and other times as fully anthropomorphic creatures on par with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy. Horace's first appearance was as a horse that Mickey was riding. At other times, he has been depicted himself riding non-anthropomorphic horses.
  • This Zé Carioca cover gag has Zé, an anthropomorphic parrot dressed up as a Pirate, with a non-anthropomorphic pirate on his shoulder instead of a parrot. a couple others also play with the idea. There's even a story where he sees a contest for whoever can get a Parrot to say "Rio De Janeiro". He decides he's going to enter this contest. He then goes out and buys himself a Non-anthropomorphic parrot.
  • In TaleSpin, all the characters are anthropomorphic animals. There are also non-anthro, non-sapient animals including normal-looking sea life and a few "cryptids". Where it gets really weird, though, is the episode that features a talking parrot who clearly has full human-level intelligence — but is not anthropomorphic and is treated like a pet by all the other characters. Some episodes involve the main characters transporting other non-anthropomorphic animals including birds and kangaroos, and one episode even has them buy a pig (and the pig vendor is another porcine, a Hippo).
  • In the Disney story Panchito, Panchito only realizes he's left behind Clara Cluck when he's served a plate of Roast Chicken. He immediately goes out to find her, and no one questions that a Rooster was just served a Roast Chicken.
  • A running thing in the comics was that Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear were after various animals (Chip, Dale, Bambi, etc) sometimes to eat them and sometimes to sell them to a pet store. This slightly works since the Br'ers are more humanlike and actually live in houses and wear clothes. However, one comic has Br'er Bear getting so mad at Br'er Fox that he ties the fox up and takes him off wanting to sell Br'er Fox to a zoo, despite the fact that both Br'ers are closer to people than they are animals. So are humans still the elite in the Disneyverse? Can animals willingly sell each other? Who would want Br'er Fox, anyway? Many, many, many questions are raised.
  • In a similar vein, Handy Manny has his "team" of sentient, talking tools (who are just barely anthropomorphic, in that they resemble regular tools with eyes and mouths but no limbs — how they move or grab things is a mystery), yet their universe also includes regular, non-living tools. In the opening title sequence, two of the tools paint a sign using non-living paintbrushes.
  • Minnie Mouse has Figaro from Pinocchio as a pet in various cartoons, such as some shorts of House of Mouse. A joke from the writers, maybe?
    • House of Mouse is definitely one of the worst offenders ever. At one point, we actually get to see Baloo (a talking, bipedal bear that is completely naked) sitting next to Little John (a talking, bipedal bear that wears a hat, a tunic, and shoes, but no pants), and at another, we actually see Jiminy Cricket (a talking, bipedal cricket that wears clothing) sitting next to Cri-Kee (a nontalking, quadrupedal cricket that is completely naked).
    • One episode of House of Mouse was actually about Donald Duck attempting to fly like other Disney characters that somehow possess flight (Dumbo, the Magic Carpet, Buzzy, Dizzy, Ziggy, and Flaps, and Victor, Hugo, and Laverne), and when he gives up, he actually had to be helped by Peter Pan of all characters (that episode actually marked the first time we ever get to hear Peter Pan sing). His desire to fly seems to stem from the fact that internally he knows that, as a duck, he should be able to fly, and the reason he can't is because he doesn't have wings. Donald temporarily dubs himself "Donald Donkey" since "Donkeys can't fly" (cue Burrito from The Three Caballeros).
    • The "what is Goofy" question is lampshaded in House of Mouse. Hades calls Goofy over to complain about the menu using his name without authorization, then gets derailed by asking what Goofy is supposed to be.
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse:
    • In one episode, Donald is shown with normal ducks. To add insult to injury, he is flying an airplane rather than flying like a normal duck alongside the other ducks. The only time Donald is actually shown flying like a normal bird is in one later scene in The Three Caballeros, but he is flying like a hummingbird.
    • Ludwig Von Drake is shown flying using an inflatable jumpsuit rather than like a normal duck.
    • In another episode, Donald is shown swimming like a dog or human as opposed to like a duck.
  • The Brave Little Toaster: Although all electronic devices are sapient (though the humans don't realize this), and the junkyard cars are all sapient as well, but at the beginning the appliances plan to use an old refrigerator mounted on a rolling chair as a mode of transportation to help find the Master. Taken in context, this would be like a group of people climbing inside a corpse. Furthermore, a sentient refrigerator is one of the appliances seen in the "It's A B-Movie Show" song.
    • It gets even more ridiculous in the sequels. Animal Talk is possible with the appliances all of a sudden starting with the second movie (there were animals in the first movie too, and none of them were able to talk to the appliances), and they really begin pushing the envelope by having sapient sinks and balloons in the third movie.
    • There were talking animals in the first film. When they visited that meadow in the middle of their trip, Toaster was harassed by a group of talking squirrels. Also there was a fish who could sing albeit just going "la-la-la-la-la".
  • In the 1940 short Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip, Pete mentions that he used to have a cat.
  • Disney Animated Canon:
    • Beauty and the Beast actually did this with furniture. Considering the fact that all of the Beast's servants were turned into furniture due to a magic spell, it's actually never explained what happened to the actual furniture inside the Beast's castle. The west wing of the castle has been more or less destroyed over the years by the Beast's various rampages. Now, was he simply vandalizing his own furniture, or outright attacking and even killing servants?
    • Chicken Little: What humor there is derives from lampshading this trope. For example, a father and son play Frisbee in the backyard, and the son catches the toy in his mouth — they are both Funny Animal dogs. Then there is the rug in Chicken Little's bedroom which is designed after a fried egg, yolk and all (classic "fried egg"-style eggs are non-fertilized so it's not quite the same thing. Still pretty squicky though...).
    • Dinosaur: All the protagonist dinos are treated as sapient and we can understand their speech. Background dinos of the same species tend to use grunts and roars like animals would, but it's assumed they're just not feeling talkative at the moment. None of the carnivore dinos speak, because they're the villains. Where it gets really complicated is with Url, an ankylosaur who doesn't speak, pants like a dog, barks like a dog, carries a rock to be thrown and chased after like a stick, and is the pet of another dinosaur. So either ankylosaurs are not sapient, or Url is the equivalent of a mentally disabled person being kept as a pet.
    • The Lion King:
      • During "I Just Can't Wait To Be King", crocodiles are shown singing, showing sapience equal to the other animals. Crocodiles are also shown sapient in The Lion Guard. In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride however, there is a scene where Kovu and Kiara are attacked by non-sapient crocodiles.
      • The Lion Guard features animals who talk but otherwise mostly act like wild animals. Animals hunting others is discussed frequently and the Lion Guard frequently has to stop hyenas from hunting animals (supposedly because they kill too many and are thus disrupting the 'Circle of Life').
      • Lampshaded in the "Timon & Pumbaa Virtual Safari 2.0" feature of the Lion King 2 DVD, where they spend the entire adventure riding a seemingly non sapient elephant named Gerdie. At the end, she reveals she can talk, much to their surprise, and comments "What? A meerkat and a warthog can talk but I can't?"
    • In The Little Mermaid Max the dog and Glut the Shark act like a normal dog and shark respectively, whereas the other animal characters (like Flounder, Scuttle, and Sebastian) can talk, sing, and dance, and Ariel can understand them. Even Flotsam and Jetsam, Ursula's moray eels, can talk. What's more, during the "Les Poissons" song, realistically-drawn crabs are seen in Chef Louis's kitchen, contrasted with the much more anthropomorphic Sebastian.
      • This leads to some Carnivore Confusion too; if all fish can talk, what the hell do mermaids eat? They can't eat sentient fish, because they consider that evil and a reason to hate humans but apparently non-sentient fish don't exist. Do all these merpeople subsist on seaweed? In the series, a frequently mentioned merfolk dish is "plankton pate". So does that mean merfolk eat like whales?
      • The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea: Undertow the tiger shark can speak, which is confusing when you consider how Glut from the first film didn't.
    • Pinocchio evidently takes place in a universe with fully anthropomorphic cats, foxes, and crickets; ordinary cats and fish with human-like awareness; and fully non-anthropomorphic animals. The closest this comes to furry confusion (imagine if Figaro met Gideon) is how Cleo doesn't seem to have a problem with the fact that all Geppetto and Figaro seem to eat is fish.
    • The Rescuers (and its sequel) and The Great Mouse Detective are odd examples. There are talking anthropomorphic mice and other small animals in both films, but there are also some animals that are non-sapient, in addition to non-talking creatures that display some degree of sapience. The former has the crocodiles (or alligators, it's unclear) Brutus and Nero, Evinrude the dragonfly, some non-sapient bats and a zoo lion; and its sequel has Marahute the eagle and Joanna the Goanna (a type of lizard). The latter has the loyal Big Friendly Dog Toby, Ratigan's Right-Hand Cat Felicia, and some wagons drawn by horses. What's more, humans are also present in all three of these films.
    • Robin Hood: The cast is made up entirely of anthropomorphic animals. It actually manages to avoid some of these issues (they pointedly do not show who or what is pulling the carriage at the end), while bringing up entirely new ones (just what kind of Church do these animals have anyway?). How King Richard (a lion) could be the uncle of Maid Marian (a fox) remains unaddressed, with some nasty implications.
  • Pixar:
    • A Bug's Life:
      • Aphie the aphid is treated like a pet dog to the ants. This is justified though, as ants have actually "domesticated" aphids in real life.
      • A straighter example from that film, however, would be Thumper. Depending on how you view him, he's either the grasshoppers' insane thug, or their pet. He acts much more animalistic — specifically doglike — than fellow grasshoppers Hopper and Molt, and it's unclear how intelligent he's supposed to be or what his relationship to them is. We do, however, get a scene in the outtakes where he's shown as an "actor" who can talk normally, so make of that what you will.
      • In one of the in-universe bloopers, the scene where the circus performers are flying towards the anthill in interrupted... because Slim's actor swallowed a bug.
    • Cars:
      • Cars features Bessie, a non-anthro paving machine. There's also still a dinosaur on the logo for Dinoco, and one RV seen near the end of the film appears to be surrounded by plastic flamingos, while another has a jackalope tattoo on his rear end — all this despite flesh-and-blood animals never appearing anywhere in the films.
      • There are also insects that resemble VW Beetles, as well as farm vehicles that behave like cattle — tractors act like cows, while threshing combines serve as bulls. In one of the spinoff shorts starring Mater as a bullfighter, there are bulldozers that also act like bulls similar to the farm equipment in the movie.
      • Cars 2: There are tiny airplanes that act like birds, and one of the racers' crew chiefs is a VW Beetle; in the first film, VW Beetles are all supposed to be the car equivalent of insects.
      • A trailer for Disney Infinity has Mater trying to strike a conversation with a non-anthropomorphic vehicle.
    • The Good Dinosaur features talking non-avian dinosaurs, but also birds (including chickens with theropod hands) that are non-sentient and kept as pets or even livestock. Seeing as birds are classified as living dinosaurs, it seems odd that the birds in the movie wouldn't be alongside their non-avian relatives as sentient lifeforms. Even weirder, a group of pterosaurs—which, contrary to popular belief, are not dinosaurs—are also shown to be sentient and capable of speech (and insane).
    • Toy Story: Applying Fridge Logic to the films generates a certain amount of Toy Confusion. Just what constitutes a "toy", anyway? The Etch-A-Sketch is animated and sentient, but Molly's iPod doesn't seem to be. Toy vehicles are self-propelling, but toy versions of other objects (xylophones, tracks for toy trains) have to be put in place by the humanoid toys. The L.G.M.s who worship "the Claw" are sentient, but "the Claw" itself (basically a big toy with little toys inside) is not. Duke Caboom is sapient, but his motorcycle and launcher aren't.
      • However, at the end of the first movie, Woody drives RC Racer against his will with his remote control to rescue Buzz. Off of that, RC is considered a sentient toy. In the sequel another toy car (possibly a Barbie car) can be driven by the toys, but gives no indication of being sentient, and Bo Peep's Skunkmobile in Toy Story 4 is similarly inanimate.
      • Not to mention Bullseye, a toy horse who acts like a horse (and dog), despite the presence of other animal toys who speak and act normally.
      • Believe it or not, Toy Story 4 actually addresses this. The movie introduces a new character in the form of "Forky" — a random plastic spork who was turned into a toy by a kid who glued google eyes and pipe cleaners to him. As a result, he's conflicted about being a toy when he was previously not one. Having only recently been given consciousness, he insists that he is still "just trash" and tries to throw himself away, which ends up setting off the movie's main conflict..


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