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Jul 29th 2012 at 7:23:58 AM •••

I just noticed that many, MANY, examples that used to be on this page were removed, to the point that around 9/10ths of the examples that used to be on there were gone. Apparently they were all listed as "bad examples"/natter. I can understand natter, but I would like some more clarification on how those examples were "bad."

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Jul 29th 2012 at 9:18:37 AM •••

See this thread. They were non-examples because either it wasn't intentional on the part of the writers, making it take some real digging to get a dirty meaning out of an innocent line, or there wasn't any attempt to hide it for the censors, making it take absolutely nothing to see the double meaning.

Jul 29th 2012 at 11:45:57 AM •••

I'll point out a few bad examples here for the sake of transparency:

  • Most people don't, but if you pay attention to Ferb, he is quite clearly checking out Vanessa's rear end in some shots of that song (you can see it in the image above). On other shots, he appears to be looking at his guitar, which might have duped the execs...

He appears to be looking at his guitar because he's looking at his guitar. There's just no other reasonable way to interpret it unless you've got a crush on Vanessa and want to take everything in that song to its dirtiest conclusion possible. I'm not trying to be a hater, here, but it's just not feasible.

As far as other stuff, like Vanessa's line about showing a girl a good time or the scene where Ferb is straddling Vanessa while she's prone, there's just no way those were "sneaked by" the censors. They couldn't possibly have missed them in any script or storyboard, and there's no other way to interpret them. Clearly, the censors were fine with them.

  • Then there was "The Ballad of Badbeard," where Candace spent most of the episode out of her mind on hallucinogenic moss. Actually, it was the placebo effect.

Clearly not an example because it was explained away in the context of the episode, and it also wasn't a realistic depiction of hallucinogen use.

  • Doofenshmirtz's discussion of the De-Evolution-Inator in "Phineas and Ferb's Hawaiian Vacation, Part 2", complete with stoner-like voice:
Doofenshmirtz: I had to disable it. It was doing weird things to my head, man.

This, like many ostensible examples, actually belongs in Parental Bonus if anywhere. The tots are just going to think that Doof is being silly, mom and dad are going to chuckle at the 60s connotations of the line. But what absolutely did not happen the day after this episode aired was that one of the censors facepalmed and said, "Oh God, how did we let Doof say that? It clearly violates our guidelines about not having characters talk about their head." Or something similar.

  • In her song in that episode, "I'm Me" Vanessa describes herself as "a hot apple pie/With a cherry on top". Now apple pie usually comes with ice cream, not cherries so just what kind of "cherry" are you talking about Vanessa? Especially since a previous line has her calling herself a "cherry bomb" which, among other things, is a slang term for jailbait. Plus the major hip action she's got going.

This is reaaaaaally reaching, yet again. People are inclined to take everything Vanessa says in any context to its dirtiest possible conclusion. Although in retrospect, I probably should have kept in that part about the "cherry bomb," that's the sort of thing that reasonably could have been a line sneaked by censors who just thought it meant "I'm a firework." But I'm not really convinced they meant "jailbait," either.

  • In "Toy to the World" we get this exchange:
    Toy Store Owner: Candace, come on out.
    Candace: You're kidding, right? (wearing giant platypus costume)
    Toy Store Owner: Fantastic. You look like number one.
    Candace: I feel like number two.
    • Also, at the beginning of the episode, during the commercial advertising "Shimmy Jimmy", the monkey, the lyrics go:
    "You better watch what he's throwin'!" [Shimmy Jimmy on a baseball mound, with a ball; he throws it]
    "He ain't wearin' no pants!" [something brown splatters all over the monkey at bat and the catcher.]

I don't know why people think you can't make poop jokes in children's media. You've been able to do that for about three decades now. It's not some kind of subversive, edgy thing. Okay, I'm sure there's extents you can't take it to in censorship guidelines, but just referring to the term "number two" in its scatological context doesn't come near crossing them.

This is exactly the sort of example that left me in such a terrible mood by the end of this exercise.

Everything in the oft-quoted time travel episode that treats the Perry-Doof relationship like a strained marriage with a torrid affair is Parental Bonus.

  • In the episode Greece Lightning, one of Candace's first lines is: "At least there's hunky guys in skirts".

THINK OF THE CHILDREN! I think it was socially acceptable to use more lascivious language than this when the first season of Growing Pains was running.

  • "There's something in my trousers, you know it ain't ants."
  • "It ain't about love, it ain't about romance, I've got squirrels in my pants!"
  • The "How can I qualify for government grants?" line- and several others- have a rather disturbing meaning in this context.

For the record, Squirrels In My Pants is all sorts of legitimately Getting Crap Past the Radar, especially the extended video, but this stuff really beats the joke to death and reaches way too hard for the joke when it's right in front of them.

So, anyway, I think I've explained my reasoning pretty well and you can sort of imply the rest. If there are particular examples you want to contest my reasoning on or that I didn't cover here that you'd like explained/contested, feel free to bring it up here or on the forum thread.

Edited by Shrikesnest
Aug 11th 2012 at 7:13:55 AM •••

Alright, I understand. Thanks for clarifying, sorry I took long to reply.

Jun 24th 2011 at 6:34:38 PM •••

I think whoever added this should explain how it's an innuendo, because I have no clue what they're getting at here.

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Oct 20th 2011 at 9:34:31 PM •••

The use of bananas as female masturbatory aides. Rewatch that conversation with this knowledge, and let it enrich your life.

Oct 21st 2011 at 11:29:04 AM •••

It's just a non sequitur. There's no way the writer(s) intended that meaning.

Edited by FloydPinkerton
Mar 15th 2014 at 4:28:12 PM •••

Removed. It's not even a non sequitur to the viewer; there's a scene earlier in that episode where Candace accidentally tries to use a banana as a phone. Exactly nothing getting past the radar here.

Feb 15th 2011 at 3:06:08 PM •••

If we are going to add a picture, there's one on P n' F Wiki that's on the "I'm Me" page. The caption should be: "It was to save money on animation! It was to save money on animation!" or something of the like. I would add the picture myself, but I'm new here and don't know how.

Edited by FossilsDaDaDa
Jan 7th 2011 at 7:05:24 PM •••

I removed the "Backyard Beach" example, because it is not this trope. It's just a mondegreen. They're singing about a Backyard Beach because they're on a beach in the backyard. There's never any allusions to it sounding like Bitch.

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