Wry pattern – “we’re going to need…”

I wonder where this started, or what other examples there are – it’s the oft-used film/TV cliche based on an understated need for more of something to address the current situation the characters face.

Jaws – “You’re going to need a bigger boat.” (to get that big-ass shark – probably the originator of this line?)
Ally McBeal – “I might need a touch more clay” (to appropriate sculpt the large penis of the artist’s model)
Calendar Girls – “Lawrence, we’re going to need considerably bigger buns” (I think this was to conceal the breasts of a woman posing for a fund-raising calendar)
Split Second – “We’re going to need bigger guns”
Godzilla 98 – “We’re going to need bigger guns” (these last two from this discussion here
Batman film with Clooney – Alfred: “We’re going to need a bigger cave…”
Dinosaurs (that weird animated ABC TV show) – “We’re gonna need another Timmy!”


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