We’ve actually eaten many cartoon characters, sometimes doused in teriyaki sauce, sometimes deep fried in golden batter. But we never realise it because sea creatures in animated films always make us gush and coo because they’re such cute and cuddly representations of real marine life. Those big doe eyes and exaggerated pouts win our hearts over each time when in actual fact, their real life versions are never as cute as what we see on film.

So here are six cartoon characters that you might not realise you’ve beaten before! You just might go vegan after reading this article.

1. Crush from Finding Nemo

Crush the sea turtle in Finding Nemo. Credit: Showbiz Geek

Crush the sea turtle in Finding Nemo. Credit: Showbiz Geek

Crush is such an adorable old geezer from Finding Nemo, a chill surfer who aids Marlin and Dory on their quest to find Nemo. But if you’ve ever had guilingao, then it’s possible that you might just have ingested Crush. Traditional guilingao is made from powdered turtle shells although the cheaper, more commercially available ones don’t use that ingredient.

Crush’s cousins would be crushed to find out that you’ve eaten guilingao before.

2, 3. Flotsam & Jetsam from The Little Mermaid

Flotsam and Jetsam, moray eels in The Little Mermaid. Credit: The Disney Wiki

Flotsam and Jetsam, moray eels in The Little Mermaid. Credit: The Disney Wiki

Do you like Japanese food? Salmon sushi might be the obvious culprit here, but if you’ve had teriyaki-doused unagi before, then you might just have eaten Flotsam and Jetsam. While they might have been Ursula’s henchman, the thought that you might have gulped them down with soft fluffy Japanese rice makes you stop and wonder if, perhaps, Eric might have had them for dinner too?

That would be a lot of eel to eat though.

4. Don Edward Lino from Shark Tale

Don Edward Lino is a great white shark in Shark Tale. Credit: Villains Wikia

Don Edward Lino is a great white shark in Shark Tale. Credit: Villains Wikia

Don Edward Lino starts off as the villain of Shark Tale, but by the end he makes peace with the other marine life and learns to co-exist with them. But we didn’t see him make peace with human beings, meaning that his fin could very well have ended up at someone’s wedding banquet! Thank goodness more restaurants are now removing shark’s fin from the menu, since it’s harvested in incredibly inhumane ways.

Loan shark’s fin, on the other hand…

5. Mr Krabs from The Spongebob Movie

Mr Krabs is crab in The Spongebob Movie. Credit: New York Post

Mr Krabs is crab in The Spongebob Movie. Credit: New York Post

There are so many crab characters in animated films, and so many different ways to cook crabs, that we could conceivably create a crab buffet from all of the cartoon crabs that we know! The most ironic character to be turned into a dish would be Mr Krabs, since he owns an eatery in The Spongebob Movie. It’s a fast food restaurant, and not a seafood restaurant (that would be cannabalism!), which makes you wonder – how do they make French fires underwater?

Would a chilli crab version of Mr Krabs be Mr Khilli Krab?

6. Hank from Finding Dory

Hank the septopus talks to Dory the Pacific regal blue tang in Finding Dory. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Hank the septopus talks to Dory the Pacific regal blue tang in Finding Dory. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Hands up if you like octopus sashimi! Or its relative, sambal stingray. It’s often ordered when sambal stingray is out of stock, which is a similar situation in Finding Dory with Hank and Mr. Ray. Perhaps that’s the real reason why Hank is a septopus (a seven-armed octopus) – his missing arm became a dish of tako pachi. We may never know.

Hank also cameos in every other Pixar film, making him one of the oldest Pixar characters around!

Poster for Finding Dory. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Poster for Finding Dory. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Maybe you can solve the mystery of Hank’s missing arm by watching Finding Dory! The film sees Marlin, Nemo, and Dory going on a quest to look for Dory’s parents. It’s not just fun and games though – there are tearjerking scenes in Finding Dory that will surprise you.

Check out Finding Dory today and see if you swear off seafood after that!

 

Credits: Showbiz Geek, The Disney Wiki, Villains Wikia, New York Post, Golden Village Cinemas