Why is it that some of my favorite films are animated? Because so many times, their writers throw in lines with the most brilliant adult humor (and by that I don’t mean, inappropriate – I mean humor that adults will get and appreciate) that I can’t help but want to see the movie and hear those lines over and over and over again.
Mike: “You’re in kindergarten, right? I used to love kindergarten. Best three years of my life.”
Mr. Potato Head: “Oh, really? I’m from Playskool.”
Rex: “And I’m from Mattel. Well, I’m not really from Mattel, I’m actually from a smaller company that was purchased by Mattel in a leveraged buyout.”
Buzz: “I’m setting my laser from stun to kill”
Woody: “Oh great, great. Now if anyone attacks us, we can blink ‘em to death”
Mr. Potato Head: “Oh my little sweet potato”
Mrs. Potato Head: “….. oh it’s so nice to have a big strong spud around the house.”
Toy Story 3
Hamm: “Let’s go see how much we’re going for on Ebay!”
Helen: “I can’t believe you don’t want to go to your own son’s graduation.”
Bob: “It’s not a graduation. He is moving from the 4th grade to the 5th grade.”
Helen: “It’s a ceremony!”
Bob: “It’s psychotic! They keep creating new ways to celebrate mediocrity.”
I found myself saying “It’s not a graduation” when our kids “graduated from kindergarten.”
Some of these funny, adults-will-appreciate lines exist in picture books too. Here are a few:
In The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz
The Wolf looked quite shaken,
But hollered, “Yo, Bacon. I’m not at all scared of your tricks.”
The “Yo, bacon” part of this line is so funny and clever that I just want to read it over and over and over again.
In Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zeitlow Miller,
Sophie says, “I’ll call her Bernice.” In response, Sophie’s mother says, “I’ll call for pizza.”
Ha! When dinner plans go awry, doesn’t someone always call for pizza?
Sophie’s mother tells Sophie’s father, “Well, we did hope she’d love vegetables.”
So, be careful what you ask for when you wish for your kids to love vegetables…
Chicks Run Wild by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Mama shows them how to prance.
And how to do the chicken dance.
Which makes any mom that ever did the chicken dance smile and of course relive those moments with the song then engrained her mind. (pointing at self)
One last kiss for each dear child.
She leaves the room…
and Mama runs wild!
Which means of course, doing her nails, reading a book and watching TV – exactly how a mom of 5 would go wild.
Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer
“The stuff on that poster isn’t true,” said Nugget. “My best friend is a shark!”
HAVE YOU LOST YOUR GILLS?
SHARKS AND MINNOWS CAN’T BE FRIENDS!
HELLO – SHARKS EAT MINNOWS!
Nugget was shocked . (And apparently delicious.)
Ok, maybe finding that last line funny is a bit sick, but I do. It’s funny!
On Wednesday, Fang tried a different approach.
“Holy mackerel!” said Nugget.
So how funny is it that a fish is saying Holy mackerel?
When my kids were PB age (way back when) I recall reading the same book over and over and over again and I appreciated it when it was a book I enjoyed, one that was clever, and made me chuckle. When writing see if you can throw a brilliantly funny line in for your adult reader and gain a fan for life!