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Animals can't talk, but they can think, so lines that look like dialog appear in thought bubbles. Sometimes animals can communicate with each other and reply to each other's thought balloons. This means that either the thought balloons are effectively translations of Animal Talk, or all animals are telepathic.

Related to Speech-Impaired Animal, Nearly-Normal Animal and Animal Talk.

This is a comic trope - the film equivalent would be to sub-title an animal.


Examples:

Newspaper Comics


Literature

  • Played with in Stanley Bagshaw and the Short-Sighted Football Trainer:

 Grandma (thinks): "He's a boy of simple pleasures."

Cat (thinks): "Yes, that's just what I thought.

Cat (thinks): "Stone me: I'm a mind-reading cat!


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