Dentists are awesome. So awesome, in fact, that they show up as characters in pop culture quite often. Here’s our pick for the Top 4 most memorable dentists in pop culture:
#4 – Finding Nemo
“Now he’s doing the Schilder technique,” say’s one. “Ooh, he’s using a Hedstrom file,” replies another. “That’s not a Hedstrom file, it’s a K-FLEX.” “It has a tear-dropped cross section. Clearly, a Hedstrom.”
This wonderful banter can be heard among the aquarium residents in the dentist office in the movie Finding Nemo. Not only is the Dr. P Sherman a character referenced throughout the film, but his fishy friends and feisty niece are main characters, too.
#3 – The Man Who Knew Too Much
This one is a classic that inspired later movie scenes and famous quotes like Marathon Man’s “Is it safe?” line. In this movie, inside a dingy dentist office, a man is confronted with a malevolent dentist. His gut reaction is to fight for his life. A battle ensues and the tides turn as the patient struggles to put a gas mask on the doctor knocking him out cold and putting him to sleep. Creepy!
#2 – SNL
Hey…who’s the barber here?! Back in York, England in 1303 AD Theodoric of York, Medieval Barbar was the man to go to when seeking a cure for what ails you. Granted, his profession was rather all encompassing, he was known to pull a tooth or two in his time (and then do something comical with leeches).
#1 – Little Shop of Horrors
The hit musical Little Shop of Horrors gave us a wonderfully sadistic character in the leather-clad rebel without a cause dentist, Dr. Orin Scrivello. Interestingly enough this character was also played by Steve Martin in the 1986 movie musical. We’re sensing a pattern here… At least this time the dentist got what was coming to him – death by laughing gas. Best line of his solo song:
You be a dentist – you have a talent for causing things pain
You be a dentist – and people will pay you to be inhumane
Your temperament’s wrong for the priesthood – and teaching would suit you still less
Son be a dentist – you’ll be a success!