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Films -- Animation

  • In Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Genie at one points transforms into Forrest Gump and says "Mama always said, magic is as magic does".
  • In Toy Story 2, Slinky says "I may not be a smart dog, but I know what roadkill is." Bonus points for having Tom Hanks as the lead in both movies.

Films — Live-Action



  • In Dogs Don't Talk, the mother of one of the boys in Johnny's autism class says, "They are like a box of chocolates," referring to how incredibly different they are even though they share a diagnosis. Johnny's mother replies, "You never know what you're going to get."
  • In Dumb Bunnies, one of the posters at the movie theater is for a film called Forrest Grump.
  • Marcelo in the Real World: After Marcelo beats Wendell at tennis, Stephen starts calling him Gump, despite Arturo warning him not to call Marcelo names.

Live-Action TV

  • Documentary Now!: In "Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid", producer Jerry Wallach, after losing an Oscar to this movie, has this to say about it: "What the fuck was that even about?"


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Western Animation

  • Animaniacs:
    • The short "Boo Happens" is a parody of this film with Chicken Boo in the Forrest role. Of course, he's outed as a giant chicken at the hippie rally.
    • In the short "Gimme a Break", Forrest offers Slappy Squirrel some of his chocolates, but he ends up biting into an explosive piece of chocolate.
  • The Boondocks: In "Ballin'", Riley calls autistic boy Billy Matthews "Forrest Gump" and "Rain Man".
  • Family Guy:
    • In the first episode "Death Has a Shadow", Stewie paraphrases to Lois the "Life is like a box of chocolates" quote.
    "Your life, however, is like a box of ACTIVE GRENADES!"
  • Phineas and Ferb: In "The Remains of the Platypus", Forrest Gump is seen sitting at his trademark bus stop bench. The scene where Perry's hat gets blown around by the wind is a parody of the opening scene of that movie, with the white feather.
  • Robot Chicken: In a sketch from "May Cause Season 11 to End", the Nerd and the Ghost of Nelson Mandela travel back in time to make sure that Forrest says "Life is like a box of chocolates." instead of "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates." When they travel back to the present, it results in Forrest saying "Life is a box." Tom Hanks' brother, Jim Hanks, provided the voice of Forrest, and the Nerd thanks him for it in the episode's closing credits.
  • The Simpsons: At the beginning of "Gump Roast", Homer stands on a bench with a box of chocolates dressed as Forrest while the end of a feather jabs him in both his eyes. He then tells Chief Wiggum key moments in his life.
  • VeggieTales: The Silly Song "Larry's High Silk Hat" (from Lyle the Kindly Viking) opens with a shot of a feather falling on Larry, who is sitting on a bench with a box of chocolate.


  • North Carolina politician Dan Forest used "Run Forest Run" as a campaign slogan during his unsuccessful run for governor.