115: Meerkat

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Gorilla, yes.  Adorable golden retriever, yes.  But it says nothing about meerkats.
Title text: Gorilla, yes. Adorable golden retriever, yes. But it says nothing about meerkats.


The situation is a reference to the Animal Athlete Loophole trope, where an animal joins a failing sports team and saves the day. The other team (i.e. the bad guys) doesn't like it, but since there isn't a specific rule against it, it has to be allowed.

In this particular situation, Randall uses both an animal (meerkat) and sport (rugby) that haven't been used in an Animal Sports Movie before. The title text references "Funky Monkey" and "Air Bud", as now the rules have been changed to explicitly stop gorillas and golden retrievers from playing.


[A meerkat wearing a helmet and jersey, and two guys in the background supposedly on a rugby field]
You have to admit--there's no rule on the books saying a meerkat can't play rugby.

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"Quuuuiiiiet!! ... Theres NOTHing IN the RULEbook that SAYS an ELephant CAN'T. PLAY! Plllay ball!!!" - Umpire regarding Bobo playing baseball, "Gone Batty" (1954) Looney Tunes 16:40, 18 September 2013 (UTC)

But - rugby players don't wear helmets! Unlike a certain country's so-called "football" players ;) (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Some wear protective padding on their heads. Try a google image search for "rugby headgear". —CsBlastoise (talk) 18:38, 15 December 2016 (UTC)

I came to this page not really for the explanation, but in search of an answer to this question: Is there any particular reason why the title-text mentions a gorilla? I was thinking it might be a reference to something, either a story involving a gorilla playing a sport (possibly rugby), or a real-life rule against gorillas playing rugby (crazy, but plausible; there are U.S. state laws that are arguably weirder). —CsBlastoise (talk) 18:50, 15 December 2016 (UTC)