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  • In A Monster in Paris, Raoul's coat isn't made of straw; it's made of a very expensive material! Although eventually Raoul gives in and admits that, yes, it's made of straw.
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire: This line by Rourke: "Mercenary? I prefer the term 'adventure capitalist'."
  • The Adelita Twins from The Book of Life didn't "fight" in the revolution, they "Won".
  • Brave: She's not a witch; she's a woodcarver. A witch. Woodcarver! Witch! WOODCARVER!
  • The Emperor's New Groove
    • "We've been through this... It's a HARP. and you know it."
    • "That's a harp... and that's a dress." "ROBE."
  • Frozen: That's Queen Elsa for you, by the way. She's not a "princess".
  • In The Great Mouse Detective, Ratigan is not a rat, he's a big mouse. You will be fed to Felicia if you say this.
  • In Kubo and the Two Strings, in her form as "Mr. Monkey," Monkey was most definitely not a "toy." She was a charm.
  • In Lilo & Stitch, Jumba does not appreciate being called an "idiot scientist".
    I prefer to be called evil genius!
  • Never call the titular heroine of Disney's Moana a "princess" — she is the "chief's daughter," and, no, they are not the same.
  • Mulan: "Dragon, dragon, not lizard! I don't do that tongue thing." (Then he does it.)
  • The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature: The briefcases full of money the Mayor receives aren't bribes. They're "campaign contributions".
  • Over the Hedge:
    • Verne is a reptile. Not an amphibian. He'll be quick to tell you that.
    • Gets a Call-Back when Dwayne sniffs, initially saying, "Amphibian" - Verne mutters, "Reptile", but to his surprise, Dwayne says, "No... reptile!" It's an Establishing Character Moment for Dwayne, indicating he knows his stuff when it comes to extermination.
  • In Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Doof-1 described Monogram-2 as a slave. Monogram-2 said he was an 'indentured executive assistant', which is how Doof-2 later called him.
    • Also, Monogram-1 said he was sweating through his eyes instead of crying. Buford had previously used that terminology in the series.
  • The Princess and the Frog: "It's not slime, it's mucus!"
  • A classic example from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: King Neptune is not bald; he is thinning.
  • Storks: Tulip would prefer not be called Orphan Tulip for obvious reasons.
  • Strange Magic: The Bog King feels the need to correct every instance of 'Boggy Woggy' by Dawn until the end when she actually uses his correct name causes him to miscorrect it by habit.
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  • Toy Story: "This isn't flying, this is falling with style!"
  • When Ralph sees King Candy's palace in Wreck-It Ralph, he quips that the king is a fan of the color pink. King Candy insists that it's salmon, not pink.


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