I Thought They Smelled Bad on the Outside: 8 Times Characters Hid Inside Animals
- •Hugh Glass snuggles up inside a dead horse, The Revenant (2015)Leonardo DiCaprio’s Hugh Glass takes a nasty fall off a cliff on his horse, only to find his trusty steed has perished after taking the plunge. Rather than let a good warm dead body go to waste, Glass gets to work cutting open the horse, then thumps each of its vital organs out on the snowy ground in a set of visuals that make viewers keenly aware of just how big a horse’s liver can be. Once the whole thing’s empty enough for his liking, Glass strips down and hops in before the scene fades out.
- •Luke Skywalker survives via tauntaun, Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back (1980)When Han Solo takes advantage of that last quality in The Empire Strikes Back, it’s not the first instance of someone slicing open the belly of his pack animal to prevent another man from freezing to death, but it’s certainly the most famous. In one of the only times a non-Jedi gets to brandish a lightsaber, Han uses Luke Skywalker’s weapon to spill out the dead tauntaun’s guts on the snow, making plenty of room for his dying friend to stay toasty until someone can rescue them.
- •Utch hides inside a cow, The 158-Pound Marriage (1974)The unnamed protagonist of John Irving’s third novel, about two couples who switch partners, extols the patience and forbearance of his Austrian-born wife, Anna. Both her patience and her nickname, Utch (taken from the Georgian slang for “cow”), are traced back to the day in WWII when her mother, rightfully fearing her fate at the hands of the occupying Russians, sewed the 7-year-old child inside one of their remaining milk cows.
- •Mick gets the jump on Wally by hiding inside a skinned croc, Crocodile Dundee II (1988)In the second act of Croc II, Mick whisks his love Sue to Australia to protect her from South American drug lords, and the baddies don’t stand a chance as Mick uses his outback know-how to disarm them with bat guano and crocodile carcasses. Mick uses the latter as a clever ruse to steal the affable Wally away from the cartel, hiding inside the perfectly skinned pelt for an underwater attack/rescue.
- •Bart and Homer Simpson take refuge in kangaroos, The Simpsons (1995)In the season six classic “Bart Vs. Australia,” the Simpsons travel to Australia because Bart has fun afoul of the nation’s government after pulling a prank on some of the unsuspecting hill folk who live there. Thinking they’ll make a fast getaway by hopping into the pouches of kangaroos, Bart and Homer learn a slimy lesson: Those gooey pouches are made for kangaroo babies, not oafish Americans.
- •Rob Roy gets intimately familiar with a dead cow’s insides, Rob Roy (1995)If someone’s forced to hide inside an animal carcass, chances are they’re at a pretty low point in their life. In the case of Scottish highlander Rob Roy MacGregor (Liam Neeson), his cattle, land, and wife have all been defiled by English aristocrat Archibald Cunningham (Tim Roth), whose troops pursue MacGregor after he’s managed to escape. Luckily (or unluckily), he finds a suitable hiding spot inside a dead highland cow, its corpse lying bloated in a stream.
- •Hyenas skulk from inside an elephant skull, The Lion King (1994)At first, an elephant graveyard seems like the ideal place for lion cubs Simba and Nala to go exploring, a playground where the slides are swooping tusks and the tunnels are enormous ribcages. But what begins as thrilling quickly becomes horrific as hungry laughter echoes from inside one of the dead animal’s skulls. Three hyenas emerge from its various sockets, sending the cubs dashing across the graveyard and into the hollowed stomach cavity of another skeleton.
- •A mariner is intentionally swallowed by a whale, “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” (2005)The title character in one of The Decemberists’ most beloved tracks doesn’t exactly plan to get swallowed by a whale, but, unlike Geppetto and Jonah, he embraces it once it happens. That’s because he’s in pursuit of the rake who took his mother’s money, then abandoned her when she got sick; a rake who’s left as the only other survivor of the whaling disaster.