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.

[edit] Explanation

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) does not like it, but since there is not 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 mentions an "adorable golden retriever", a direct reference to the most famous animal athlete film Air Bud.

This concept was revisited in 1552: Rulebook.

[edit] Transcript

[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 ~~~~)

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