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10 Jokes in Disney Movies Dads Will Appreciate

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This Father’s Day, we’re not just honoring fathers… we’re honoring the “dad joke,” that perfect slice of silliness that can take us by surprise and leave us smiling. From goofy references to delightful puns, we’ve collected a few of our favorites to share with your pops (or anyone!) to inspire some laughs. For even more ways to brighten your dad’s day, check out awesome gifts at, and shop with your Disney® Visa® Credit Card to receive 10% off select merchandise.1

  1. 1. “If it’s not baroque, don’t fix it.”

    Leave it to a talking clock to have great comic timing. In Beauty and the Beast, Cogsworth proudly shows off the castle’s artwork to Belle, leading to a pun that’s a work of art in itself.

  2. Cogsworth
  3. 2. “Somebody call IX-I-I!”

    Some jokes are “thinkers” that ask you to put two and two together—or in this fun moment from Hercules, convert Roman numerals to the modern “9-1-1.”

  4. Hercules
  5. 3. “First, we need to acknowledge the elephant in the room… Francine, happy birthday!”

    When people mention the “elephant in the room,” it usually refers to a big topic everyone is thinking about… unless you’re literally in a room with an elephant, like Chief Bogo in Zootopia.

  6. Chief Bogo
  7. 4. “When you use a bird to write, it’s called tweeting.”

    Maui may have been a few centuries ahead of social media in Moana (as the movie was set about 2,000 years ago), but when he used Hei-Hei the chicken to sign an autograph, he gave a nod to us modern watchers.

  8. Hei Hei
  9. 5. “Why do I fix everything I touch?!”

    Sometimes we all feel like we break everything we touch, but heroic Fix-It Felix bemoans the exact opposite problem as he struggles to break free of his jail in Wreck-it Ralph.

  10. Fix It Felix
  11. 6. “Teenagers… You give them an inch, they swim all over you.”

    Okay, maybe not every parent can relate to having fins and living “Under the Sea.” But many parents can relate to Sebastian’s struggles with raising teens!

  12. The Little Mermaid
  13. 7. “Cheetahs never prosper!”

    Zazu’s got some of the best animal puns we’ve ever “herd” in The Lion King, and as far as we’re concerned, this is one of his greatest lines.

  14. Zazu
  15. 8. “It’s Bring an Obscure Relative to Work Day.”

    As Mike Wazowski tries to lie his way through hiding Boo from his boss at Monsters, Inc., he stumbles upon this made-up office holiday. Somehow, we don’t think this one is going to catch on.

  16. Monsters Inc
  17. 9. “Remember: Bee yourself.”

    With his nonstop silliness, impressions and references, Aladdin’s Genie is basically the father of all Disney dad jokes. And we’re buzzing over this pun that doubles as some bee-autiful fatherly advice.

  18. Genie
  19. 10. “…And the sea cucumber turns to the mollusk and says, ‘With fronds like these, who needs anemones?’”

    What better way to end this list than a joke told by one of Disney’s most famous dads, Marlin from Finding Nemo? This clownfish finally gets a chance to be funny, and the punchline goes swimmingly.

  20. Finding Nemo

We hope these jokes bring up some laughs and fun memories to share this Father’s Day! If you’re celebrating your dad at Disney Parks, today or any time of year, stop by the private Cardmember locations to take a complimentary photo, so you can remember the good times for a long time.23 Bonus points if you strike a funny pose!

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