Did You Catch the Life Of Brian Reference in Charlotte's Web (2006)?

Yesterday we sat down for an evening movie with the family, and the arguing began. Eve wanted anything Studio Ghibli, but we have seen a lot of them. Alice wanted Captain America, but my wife finds those films dull. She wanted The Breakfast Club, but I have a fundamental objection to the message of that film and didn't want my daughters to be exposed to such moral depravity. Instead, I suggested Monty Python's The Life Of Brian. Both the kids have done enough Religious Studies at their Church Of England high school to get the references and jokes, and they both like various bits of TV Python. But in the end, my wife couldn't deal with the anticipated comments from her own parents if one of the kids mentioned what they saw in passing. So we went the opposite direction for the semi-live action 2006 movie Charlotte's Web.

L_R: The official posters for Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) and Charlotte's Web (2006).
L_R: The official posters for Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) and Charlotte's Web (2006).

I might have had my way in some unforeseen fashion because The Life Of Brian is in Charlotte's Web. Specifically, a scene with John Cleese voicing one of the sheep on the farm where Charlotte the spider, the pig, and the rest of the farmyard animals live.

PIG: Hey come on. You wanna join me? Come on let's go.

ALL SHEEP (in unison): Let's go let's go

JOHN SHEEP: Let's not. How many times must I tell you? Just because we're sheep, it doesn't mean we have to follow. Think for yourselves.

ALL: Yourselves. Quite right.

As compared to The Life Of Brian:

Brian: Look, you've got it all wrong! You don't need to follow me. You don't need to follow anybody! You've got to think for yourselves! You're all individuals

Crowd: [in unison] Yes! We're all individuals!

Brian: You're all different!

Crowd: [in unison] Yes, we are all different!

Man in crowd: I'm not…

Crowd: Shhh!

If they hadn't cast John Cleese, it might have been just a coincidence. But now it's a total homage and, according to Google, at least, no one online has ever made this observation until now.

Did You Catch The Life Of Brian in Charlotte's Web?
Did You Catch The Life Of Brian in Charlotte's Web?

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