Are you referring to the film made by Tim Burton with Ewan McGregor and Jessica Lange?
I absolutely loved this movie. I even cried a little in the end, which was strange because I was in the theater. I don't like to cry in public...it has happened only a few times when I have found my feral cats in the road however...always back to the animals, aren't I?
Back to the subject:
Now I cannot remember the joke you are referring to since it has been a while. I would love to have this movie.
What a great story and so well told in each and every way!