"[Disney] wanted us to go away from that for fear of [upsetting] people who don't believe in evolution," Vaupen said. "We're going to shoot that line but have an alternate just in case down the road we can't go that way."
Something the show did not turn away from during a recent shoot was physical comedy -- specifically, projectile vomit. Baby Charlie splatters Teddy's jacket as her big sister leans in to coo over her. And then there was a suggestion to up the stakes. "Can we take this a little bit further and have the baby spit up on her face?" Bonnett asked. "I would love to just see it right in her face."
Dan Staley, a veteran television writer and one of the show's executive producers, wondered whether that would be excessive. "Not for our audience," Bonnett replied. "You've got to give them that punch."
The show also didn't flinch when it came to an airborne baby. One scene called for the baby-toting father to trip down the stairs, momentarily launching the little one (who is safely caught moments later). Like anything else in the carefully controlled world of Disney, the comic idea was focus-tested to assure that it drew the desired response: laughter.