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"Spider-Ham: Caught in a Ham" is a short animated film directed by Miguel Jiron and created by Phil Lord & Chris Miller. It was released in the DVD and Blu-ray of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and tells what wacky adventures Spider-Ham was having just before he gets transported to that movie's timeline.

Watch the short film here.

"Spider-Ham: Caught in a Ham" provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Doctor Crawdaddy is surprisingly amicable when he's not trying to kill Spider-Ham.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Spider-Ham tells the audience about his desire to eat a hot dog.
  • Brick Joke: Spider-Ham's hot dog pops out of the portal in the end.
  • Canon Foreigner: Doctor Crawdaddy and every single supervillain described by Spider-Ham was created for the short. (Sony would only have the rights to Doctor Octopussy Cat, the Buzzard, Black Catfish, and other animal versions of Spider-Man affiliated villains.)
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  • Character Focus: Spider-Ham is the star of this cartoon.
  • Circling Birdies: Spider-Ham sees stars when Doctor Crawdaddy throws him against the door, and Spider-Ham grabs one of his stars and throws it at Doctor Crawdaddy.
  • Conveyor Belt o' Doom: Doctor Crawdaddy straps Spider-Ham onto a table with a laser.
  • Duck Season, Rabbit Season: Spider-Ham and Doctor Crawdaddy get into an argument about whether or not the villain will get away with it. Also, they both switch places when the argument shifts.
  • The End... Or Is It?: It ends with a Looney Tunes-style circle with text appears reading "The End...?" It then flickers with the colors of the multiverse portal before cutting to the copyright screen.
  • Gainax Ending: The alternate universe shenanigans come out of pretty much nowhere in an otherwise character-focused short.
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  • Homage: The whole short is presented in the style of a Looney Tunes short.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Lots of puns, especially pig-related ones.
  • Impact Silhouette: Spider-Ham defeats Doctor Crawdaddy by using his mallet to knock him through a dozen of walls, leaving his silhouette in every one.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
  • Let's Meet the Meat: Spider-Ham insists that his hot dog isn't pork. He then whispers that he is lying.
  • Limited Animation: Spider-Ham runs into a room that looks exactly like the previous room.
    Spider-Ham: Hold it! Am I crazy or is this just the same room I was in?
    Doctor Crawdaddy: Yeah, we ran out of money so I figured we just have every room look the same.
  • Medium Awareness: Spider-Ham is created with a computer program, and he demands full-screen treatment when we see the desktop.
  • Medium-Shift Gag: During a part of the Scooby-Dooby Doors sequence, Spider-Ham and Doctor Crawdaddy turn into a pork leg and a real-life crayfish.
  • Neon Sign Hideout: Doctor Crawdaddy's evil villain lair is signaled by large neon letters saying "Evil Villain Lair".
  • Ninja Prop:
    • Spider-Ham gets circling stars around his head and throws one of them like a shuriken at Doctor Crawdaddy.
    • The animator from another dimension uses the timeline feature on the program to repeatedly smash Spider-Ham into the screen's corner.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: The music is nothing but classical music excerpts.
  • Punny Name: Discussed by Spider-Ham when he explains the concept to Doctor Crawdaddy.
    Spider-Ham: I tango with guys like Annihilape, Goose Cannon, The Magestic Cariboom, Cyber Billygoat, Renigator, Big Clamurai, Tortoise Bombshell, Telecanary, W-M-Bees, Nuclear Boarhead. Guys like them. You wanna run with the big hogs, you gotta nail that pun or we're done.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Doctor Crawdaddy pursues Spider-Ham, and they run through these, with many wacky variations along the way.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Doctor Crawdaddy straps Spider-Ham onto a table with a laser like the one in Goldfinger.
    • Spider-Ham is created on an in-universe desktop environment and gets into an argument with the animator, like "Duck Amuck" meets Animator vs. Animation.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Spider-Ham gets Doctor Crawdaddy in his own trap and gives him a big smooch.
  • Tempting Fate: "Nothing's going to get in the way of me eating this hot dog."


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Doctor Crawdaddy pursues Spider-Ham

Doctor Crawdaddy tries to catch Spider-Ham as they run through a hall of doors.

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