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  • Awesome Music:
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: While The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall are generally considered Pink Floyd's greatest albums, there's a huge contingency of fans willing to argue more in favor of Animals, to the point where calling Animals "underrated" has become something of a fan in-joke.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The line "just another sad old man, all alone and dying of cancer" in "Dogs" becomes even more uncomfortable to listen to in light of both Syd Barret and Richard Wright's respective deaths from the disease in 2006 and 2008.
    • Later in the same song, the line "who was trained not to spit in the fan" can induce wincing from those who recall Roger Waters' later spitting on a fan during the In the Flesh tour and his shock in the wake of it, which directly inspired the even bleaker direction of The Wall.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The Battersea Power Station shown on the cover.
    • The phrase "Animals is underrated tbh" is used by Floyd fans to mock others who say Animals is an underrated album in the band's catalog when it's actually considered one of their most popular albums up with The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall. Although an argument could be mean that it can be overshadowed by its equally successful siblings, given that Dark Side and The Wall are widely considered among the greatest albums ever made and Wish You Were Here is generally listed as the Ensemble Dark Horse in the band's back-catalog.
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    • The repeated line "Stone" in "Dogs".
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • "Dogs", the 17-minute epic that comprises virtually the entire first half of Animals, is a thoroughly chilling composition in every conceivable sense of the word. From the twistedly psychedelic keyboard effects to the raw, brittle acoustic guitar, the prevailing mood of the entire track is utterly dour. The lyrics are a stark and unflinchingly accurate portrayal of the aggressive, egomaniacal businessmen who exploit the people around them to get ahead. One line in particular stands out, describing the eventual fate of those types:
    Just another sad old man,
    All alone, and dying of cancer.
    • "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" opens with a pig snort and a creepy keyboard solo.
    • "Sheep" may also qualify as this. Halfway into the song, there is very eerie Hammond organ, followed by a corrupted version of Psalm 23 which could give you nightmares (though it can come off as more Black Comedy to some, particularly with the line about karate):
    The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
    He makes me down to lie
    Through pastures green he leadeth me the silent waters by
    With bright knives he releaseth my soul
    He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places
    He converteth me to lamb cutlets
    For lo, he hath great power and great hunger
    When cometh the day we lowly ones
    Through quiet reflection and great dedication
    Master the art of karate
    Lo, we shall rise up
    And then we'll make the bugger's eyes water.
    • But it becomes way more creepy again when the sheeps brutally murder the dogs. It becomes even MORE frightening when the sheeps take the role of higher-ups, only they become much more worse than the previous leaders.
    Have ya heard the news?
    The dogs are dead!
    You better stay home, and do what you're told!
    Get out of the road, if you wanna grow old!

Animated Series

  • Ugly Cute: Wallet, a fat pigeon that appears on season 3 which is considered cute by many characters in-universe.
  • Uncanny Valley: The art style in general is weird looking, which combined with the stiff animation can cause this effect.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: At first, it looks like a cute show about what animals do when their owners aren't home. But it actually contains such elements as alcoholic parents, characters who are implied to be gay, a Nazi dog and an episode in which a virus wipes out most of New York City's population. Making matters worse is that this show premiered at the same time as The Secret Life of Pets, a movie with a very similar premise that actually was for children.


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