“Oh come on! Doug, why do you always put bodily function humor in your work?”
I get that from time to time, often from even me. We all have bodies, so we can all relate to bodily function jokes. It’s not the high art, but I like using it in my alien characters because it so grounds them in humanity.
It’s not easy making people care about Nnewts, just like it’s not easy to get them to care about a clay man or a worm in a cybernetic suit. I imagine it’s even harder to get people to care about fish, but when we see a little octopus say, “You made me ink!” we all get it. When we see Mr. Potato Head in the first Toy Story blow all of his plastic parts out of his backside, he is so much more than just a kid’s plastic toy… he’s one of us.