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The Anchovy in Film & TV
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It pleases us to report that references to the Anchovy found in Unanchovy film and television seem evenly distributed between the pro-Anchovy and the anti-Anchovy positions. We have placed the pro-Anchovy items first.
—Alice, The Anchovy Schoolmarm

From Finding Nemo:
Of course, our most prominent media presence to date is our cameo appearance in the mega-hit animated feature film, Finding Nemo (Disney-Pixar, 2003).
The scene showing "fish charades," where Marlin and Dory must guess the shapes that a school of anchovies make, proves itself a highlight of the film—and, because The Schoolmarm served as consultant to the director (check the credits), reflects very accurately one of the Anchovy's favorite recreational activities.

Anchovies for Fry:
Anchovies for Fry (AFF) is a "movement to protest the cancellation of Futurama," apparently a cartoon feature on the Fox channel, by sending to executives at that channel thousands of cans of the Anchovy bearing the label illustrated below right. Apparently we were selected for this role because this cartoon character, Fry, values the Anchovy highly enough to bid "a jillion dollars" at auction for the world's last can of us. Click here to read script excerpts and download soundbites from one of many episodes in which Fry repeatedly praises the Anchovy. (Fry's unstinting support makes him (according to our records) the highest-profile pro-Anchovy media star in history. Based on this, we consider AFF definitely a good cause, and we're happy to help. —The Anchovy Schoolmarm)

Loverboy (1989):
In this comedy directed by Joan Micklin Silver, "Randy Bodek works as a pizza delivery boy at Señor Pizza to make a few extra bucks. Some customers are special, though: When the order is for a pizza with extra anchovies, it means the female customers are looking for some loving. 'Loverboy's' reputation soon makes him very popular, but when Mom Bodek suddenly feels like some extra anchovies, things are looking grim for young Randy." (Emphasis added.)

From UHF:
The 1989 comedy cult classic UHF, directed by Jay Levey and starring "Weird Al" Yankovic, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, includes the following dialogue:
Stanley: I like peppers. But I LOOOVE anchovies. 'Cause they're real fishy. Y'know, sometimes I like to get a pizza with nothin' on it but anchovies. No peppers, olives or onions, just anchovies. 'Cause they're good.
Thug #1: So, uh . . . are we gonna kill him?
Thug #2: No, the boss just wants us to keep him on ice for a while. Easy! Easy!
Stanley: Hey, wait a minute! You guys aren't from the pizza place!

From Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
Cleric: (reading) And Saint Attila raised the hand grenade up on high, saying, "O Lord, bless this thy hand grenade, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the Lord did grin. And the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths, and carp and anchovies, and orangutans and breakfast cereals, and fruit-bats and large chu . . .
Brother Maynard: Skip a bit, Brother . . .

From Monty Python's Flying Circus:
In Episode 10 of the recurrent TV sketch "Vocational Guidance Counsellor" (recorded on November 30, 1969; first transmitted on December 21, 1969), a chartered accountant named (unaccountably) Mr. Anchovy unsuccessfully asks the counselor to help him switch his occupation to that of lion tamer, then changes his mind. (We are bemused to find one of the Unanchovy named after us, but do not understand the activities called "chartered accountancy" and "lion taming," which seem to have no parallels in our world. — The Schoolmarm)

The Dangerous Lives of Teenage Boys (2002):
In this comedy starring Kieran Culkin, a group of Catholic high school boys experience the fun, turmoil and pangs of adolescence as they grow up in the 1970s. In one scene, they eat anchovies to cover the smell of alcohol on their breath. Later, after one of the boys and a girl have been kissing, she tells him next time to bring some of whatever he's been drinking.

Sesame Street:
Oscar, one of the Muppets and a main character on this PBS show for children, loves anchovy milkshakes.

From Batman Forever (1995):
Two-Face: One man is born a hero, his brother a coward. Babies starve, politicians grow fat. Holy men are martyred, anchovies grow legion. Why? Why why why why why? Luck! Blind stupid simple doo-dah clueless luck! (Emphasis added.)

From An Unexpected Life (1998) (TV):
Sam : Who is the idiot who ordered anchovies?
Megan Whitney : Aunt Barbara!

From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
In TMNT cartoon Episode 44, the villain Shredder realizes that an order from the shop Weird Pizza is from the Turtles, and slips a tracking device into an anchovy and places it on the pizza in hopes that it will lead him to the Turtles' lair. The Turtles are famous for their craving for blue-cheese-and-anchovy pizza. In their series of books the fifth, published in 1991, is titled "The Great Anchovy Mystery."

From The Cosby Show:
In "Clair's Case" (episode 19, first aired February 21, 1985), when Clair finds out what the meal Cliff prepared was, she says she's going upstairs to get some of Theo's sandwich. Theo's sandwich has anchovies in it, and we later find out that Clair really hates anchovies.

From Friends:
Ross: Hey, can I, can I get in on that? Because I'm kinda hungry myself.

Rachel: Fine. Hi! Yes, I'd like to order a large pizza.
Ross: No anchovies.
Rachel: With ah, extra anchovies.
Ross: That's okay, I'll just pick 'em off.
Rachel: Yeah, and could you please chop some up and just put it right there in the sauce? (In "The One With The Morning After," episode 316, written by Marta Kauffman & David Crane.

From SpongeBob SquarePants:
In the episode "No Free Rides / I'm Your Biggest Fanatic," Rodger Bumpass appears as the character Anchovies.

From Friday Night:
This 2003 romantic comedy by French film director Claire Denis includes "a few playful frames of animation, like an anchovy on a pizza suddenly wriggling to life

From Buffy the Fearless Vampire Slayer:
In "Conversations with Dead People" (episode 129) the following dialogue occurs:
Dawn: "Anchovies, anchovies, you're so delicious. I love you more than all the other fishes."
(According to an informed source, "Dawn's comment on her love of anchovies was added by writer Jane Espenson due to her displeasure at Domino's Pizza removing anchovies from their menu." We couldn't agree more. Ms. Esperson — you go, UnAnchovy! — The Anchovy Schoolmarm)

(W)Rath of the Anchovies:
We are featured in a four-part (so far) animated film by Toa Onewa the 1st titled (W)Rath of the Anchovies, wherein an evil genius from another planet utilizes us in a plot to take control of the Earth's pizzerias. No record of this exists in the annals of Anchovy history, so we assume this represents what you of the Unanchovy call "science fantasy." (We consider its anti-Anchovy undertone unfortunate. — The Anchovy Schoolmarm)

Quentin Tarantino's first noted screenplay was titled "Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit," written in 1985.

Hotel Anchovy:
In 1934 the Ritz Brothers comedy team (Harry, Al, and Jimmy) issued an 18-minute b&w short film, Hotel Anchovy, in which they wreak havoc in a bankrupt hotel.

Did You See the Anchovy?
In 199596 Danish director Per Fly made ten episodes of Did You See the Anchovy? a satirical TV series produced by Danmarks Radio (DR).

From The Vicar of Dibley:
The Vicar of Dibley, a British television comedy from the BBC featured as one of its characters Letitia Cropley (Liz Smith), the acknowledged "Queen of Cordon Bleugh." She was famous throughout Oxfordshire for her "unusual" approach to cooking. Chocolate pudding with tuna, anchovies and peanut butter . . . When she was young, Letitia had a reputation of a very different kind. Then she was "Luscious" Letitia, the proverbial "good time that was had by all." Letitia died in the 1996 episode "The Easter Bunny."

From Mystery Science Theater 3000:
In episode 101 of this serial, the line "'Anchovies' . . . he said 'anchovies . . . '" is spoken.

Lee Marvin says:
Malibu, 1970 -- "Have another anchovy, sweetheart," Marvin said, rousing himself at last. He drained the Heineken. "I love them," Michelle [Triola] said.
"She's been eating nothing but anchovies for the past day and a half," Marvin said. "You know why you like anchovies so much all of a sudden? You're knocked up. You're gonna have a little Lee Marvin."
"Lee!" Michelle said. "You can't say that." . . . "She's not really knocked up," Marvin said. (From "'Who's gonna get me a beer?'An interview with Lee Marvin," by Roger Ebert, October 10, 1970.)

Peter Cook says:
In his role as the aging rock star Eric Daley, Peter Cook speaks candidly with talk-show host Clive Anderson about ranching anchovies as hobby.
ED: . . . you won't find an anchovy going into the rain forest and saying "Let's tear it all down and put up a hotel." . . .
CA: Yes. No. You have your own anchovy farm, don't you?
ED: Yeah, it's just a small contribution to the environment. It's an unnatural salt lake, which I've built in Hertfordshire.
CA: Yes.
ED: Where I've got anchovies. Millions of them, swimming round and breeding and it takes a bit of money to keep them going, but it's lovely to see them happy. And the swans, the black swans fly over, and swoop. And I say "Don't you dare. Don't you dare. I'm saving these little creatures and just 'cause you're peckish mate, doesn't mean I'm not going to blast you out of the sky if you touch my anchovies. (For the full interview, including the download of an audio file, click here.)

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