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Animal Crossing introduces ‘vacation juice’—which is definitely not booze
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer has introduced a new, PG term for alcohol, and people can’t get enough.
The 2015 game introduced players to ‘vacation juice’ recently, and the clear nod to alcohol got people talking about the playful censorship of adult beverages in media. From “frothy milk” in Dragon Ball Z and The Legend of Zelda to Animal Crossing‘s vacation juice, boozy beverages are all over media available—and in some cases intended—for children.
The conversation started after Twitter user @luulubuu shared a video of Isabelle, a polite Shih Tzu featured in several Animal Crossing titles, dancing after enjoying some vacation juice. From there, responses split down the middle. Half of the respondents found ripe meme material in the goofy clip, while the other half delved into a conversation about concealing booze in kid-friendly games.
The memers were quick to seize upon the charming little video. “Animal Crossing: Isabelle needs an Intervention. Coming to Nintendo Switch 2021,” one user joked.
Nintendo announces Animal Crossing: Escape from Rehab, featuring Isabelle— SideGrass (@SideGrass) July 4, 2019
From now on im gonna call any alcohol drink vacation juice https://t.co/UkyA7WBvsz— Martin Hardiantø (@Martin_Skywalk) July 5, 2019
“Vacation juice” is something a mom would call her margarita infront of her little kids on holiday when they ask her what are u drinking— H (@hninibi) July 5, 2019
Kids: what’s that mama
Mom: Timmy leave mama’s vacation juice alone! https://t.co/TyfvtrzMxt
never calling anything I drink anything other than VACATION JUICE from now on https://t.co/ZSTgp7hu7y— Sean Doherty (@theruraljuror_) July 5, 2019
The clip inspired dozens of memes and is even the inspiration for a song. Look forward to “Vacation Juice” in 2021, from Twitter users Shawn and Colin.
honestly would be a really good country song concept— colin louis dieden (@ColinDieden) July 3, 2019
Juice loose goose truce deuce mongoose induce papoose abuse— Benjamin Ragasa (@BenjaminRagasa) July 3, 2019
While the memers were hard at work immortalizing vacation juice through funny screenshots and videos, a more serious conversation unfolded among other users. “Time to add Vacation Juice to the list of ‘ways E-Rated media has gotten away with putting alcohol in them,'” one user wrote.
Makes me think of “grape juice” from ace attorney 😂— Katie Nelson (@KatieBlueprint) July 5, 2019
The discussion about how games and other media with young audiences attempt to conceal booze is still going strong. People are bringing up decades-old titles and comparing them to recent releases, revealing how long this trend has been going. From Ace Attorney to One Piece and even Adventure Time, there is hidden alcohol nearly everywhere.
Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.