From: The Lion King
Who said it?: King Mufasa
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the Disney classic, The Lion King. The film focuses on Simba, a young lion who, after being tricked by his uncle into believing he is the cause of his father’s death, exiles himself. He then realizes the deception and returns to reclaim his kingdom. The movie has become one of Disney’s most beloved movies and has been re-released in theaters and has become the basis of several sequels, cartoon series, a Broadway musical and even a CGI “live-action” remake.
The quote comes near the middle of the film. A young Simba (voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is in trouble as he was nearly killed visiting the elephant’s graveyard, a place he was told he shouldn’t go to. King Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones) begins to scold his son and Simba tries to explain that he was just trying to show he had courage like his father. This is when King Mufasa delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Being brave doesn’t mean you should be looking for trouble. Being brave is doing the right thing at the right time.
From: Pokemon: The First Movie
Genre: Movies, Cartoons
Who said it?: Meowth
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the aptly titled Pokemon: The First Movie… which just so happens to be the first theatrical film of the hugely popular Pokemon franchise.
The quote comes from Meowth from Team Rocket (voiced by the late Maddie Blaustein) during the second segment of the film, Mewtwo Strikes Back. He initially thinks of battling his clone but the two decide against it. Meowth then realizes the similarities between him and his clone and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: We are more similar and alike that we realize. The issue is we focus on the differences instead of concentrating on the common ground we all have between everyone who lives on the planet. Maybe if we do reflect on our commonalities, we might just start understanding each other.
Who said it?: Megamind
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2010 animated film by Dreamworks, Megamind. The film has the titular character (voiced by Will Ferrell) as a supervillain who managed to finally defeat his archenemy, Metro Man. However, realizing he is nothing without someone to challenge him, he attempts to create a new hero so he can continue fighting someone.
The quote comes near the end of the film. Megamind battles the hero he created, Titan (voiced by Jonah Hill) as the latter has become a supervillain himself. Titan manages to trounce Megamind, calling him a loser for not being able to win his battles against Metro Man in the past. This is when Megamind delivers the quote in rebuttal.
Geek wisdom: We can look at our failures as mistakes. However, the better way to look at them is to think of them as ways to realize our mistakes and actually be better from them.
Genre: Cartoons, Television
Who said it?: A dark wizard
The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the sci-fi comedy, Futurama. The show was created by the same mind behind The Simpsons, Matt Groening. While not as popular as his other show featuring yellow skinned people, Futurama is still a good and vastly underappreciated show.
This week’s quote comes from the episode, Crimes of the Hot. With global warming running rampant and the Earth usual solution (dropping a large ice cube in the ocean) not working, the head of Al Gore delivers a speech stating, in order to stop this global disaster, the world has to stop pollution… and dark wizards. This is when the sole dark wizard in the audience delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Rather than trying to solve a problem, some people will be willing to find a scapegoat instead. However, this does not resolve the issue because assigning blame doesn’t fix anything. We do have to put in the work in order to solve them. It can be difficult but definitely more productive in the long run.
From: Justice League Unlimited
Genre: Cartoons, Television
Who said it?: Superman
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the DC Comics animated series, Justice League Unlimited. This was the last series to be produced for Bruce Timm’s shared DC Animated Universe (DCAU for short).
The quote comes from the final episode of the show. Darkseid had just been resurrected by Lex Luthor and is now attempting to invade Earth. All seems lost as the Justice League seems to be no match for the might of Darkseid. However, it turns out Superman, because of his incredible strength, has been restraining himself and, as this is Darkseid, has no fear of actually killing him. This is why he delivers the quote before dishing out a super strong punch to the despot.
Geek wisdom: To quote another superhero, with great power comes great responsibility. Knowing how and when to wield power shows the true mettle of a great person.
Genre: Cartoons, Television
Who said it?: Femputer
The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the sci-fi animted comedy, Futurama. The show has a 20th century male named Philip J. Fry accidentally put into suspended animation and reawakened in the future. He now works for an intergalactic delivery service and flies around the galaxy, getting into a whole mess of adventures along the way.
The quote comes from the 1st episode of the 3rd season, Amazon Women in the Mood. The trio of Fry, Zapp Brannigan and Kif are imprisoned for insulting females. The Amazonians cannot figure out what use are the males but Amy whispers into the ear of one of the Amazonians about sexual intercourse. The Amazonians realize what Amy is describing is “snu snu,” something they haven’t experience but only read about. Femputer, the ruler of the planet, then sentences the trio to a seemingly pleasurable death by the aforementioned snu snu.
Geek wisdom: Too much of a good thing is still too much. While it may seem all fun at the start, after a while, even the most pleasurable activities can become painful and even harmful. Recognize when to stop before you hurt yourself.
Genre: Cartoons, Television, Anime
Who said it?: Naruto Uzumaki
The story behind the quote: This week’s quotes come from the manga/anime series Naruto. The story focuses on a young ninja named Naruto who has the spirit of the Nine-Tailed Fox sealed in him, making him an outcast. The manga/anime follows his and his friends’ adventures.
The quotes comes during the last part of the Chunin Exams. Naruto battles another ninja in training, Neji, who is supposed to be a natural and gifted student. During the climax, it appears that Neji has defeated Naruto after a long bout. However, it turns out Neji only downed one of Naruto’s Shadow Clones. Naruto uses this to his advantage and manages to perform a sneak attack, winning the bout.
Neji expresses that he should have expected this as the Shadow Clone technique is supposed to be Naruto’s specialty. Naruto then replies that he failed the exams several times because he could not execute the Shadow Clone technique properly before. However, he only became an expert at it through a lot of practice. After this reveal, he delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: You are only a failure if you give up. You cannot better yourself if you just quit early on. Even masters have to have failed in the past. But they soldiered on and tried to improve; that’s the only reason why they became masters in their craft.
From: Disney’s Recess
Genre: Television, Cartoons
Who said it?: Spinelli
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Disney original series, Recess. The show focuses on a group of friends who, well, enjoy the recess period from school as it represents a time when they can be themselves. However, it is during this recess period wherein they also have to contend with the other groups of the school.
The quote comes from the episode “The Beauty Pageant.” The Ashleys, a group of stuck up girls, decide to enter Spinelli, the tomboyish girl who hates girly things, into a beauty pageant as an act of revenge for a prank. However, as she gets deeper into the contest, she and the gang and even the Ashleys start getting serious about winning. During the final question and answer portion, Spinelli is supposed to give a rehearsed spiel about what she will do if she wins. However, she relents as this really isn’t her. This is when Spinelli delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Sometimes, we force kids to grow up too fast and take on responsibilities. While that’s fine and good to teach them about those topics, we should also allow them to enjoy being young and carefree as well. Allow them to discover who they are and not force them into the image you think they should follow.
From: The Simpsons
Genre: Cartoons, Television
Who said it?: Mr. Blank
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the long running animated sitcom, The Simpsons. Specifically, the first episode of the fourth season, Kamp Krusty. The episode has Bart and Lisa Simpson going to summer camp, which is supposedly run by Krusty the Clown himself. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case as Mr. Blank, a corrupt businessman, has just licensed the name and, to ensure that his profits are high, equips the camp with rickety amenities. This is all while Mr. Blank and the “camp counselors” he hired, who happen to be Jimbo Jones and his gang of bullies enjoy a luxurious lifestyle.
The quote comes from the middle of the episode wherein we do see Mr. Blank, Jimbo Jones and the rest of the bullies enjoying a banquet while the camp kids have to eat gruel. Jimbo asks for another brandy and this is when Mr. Blank delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: While we would like to see the good in people but there are always going to be people who will do corrupt and immoral things for various reasons. Maybe it’s because they want to enrich themselves off the backs of other. Maybe they want to show they’re “better” than everyone else. Or maybe they just enjoy it. Whatever the reason, we all have to recognize that there will be bad people in the world.
From: Rick and Morty
Genre: Television, Cartoons
Who said it?: Rick Sanchez
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Cartoon Network’s Rick and Morty, which is aired during their late night programming schedule called Adult Swim. The show was created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland and follows the sci-fi misadventures of the nihilistic and cynical drunkard Rick Sanchez and his rather paranoid and nervous grandson Morty Smith (both voiced by Justin Roiland). The show has become a huge hit due to its dark humor and creativity.
The quote comes from the episode “Morty’s Mind Blowers,” the 8th episode of the 3rd season. The episode deals with both Rick and Morty (voiced by Justin Roiland) trying to recover their memories. The duo are locked in a vault that has stored most of their memories they wished to forget (or, in some instances, were forced to forget). One of the “memories” has Morty trying to put up a shelf but Rick disparages Morty because he was using an ordinary level. Rick then creates a platform that is “true level” and Morty, as he steps into it, is so enraptured by the feeling. This is when Rick delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Science and our current knowledge of what is fact is constantly evolving. What you currently know may not be the truth or, at the very least, not the whole truth. You might have to keep an open mind to new thoughts and ideas.