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14th Apr '14 12:54:32 PM StFan
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''The Island of Doctor Moreau'' may refer to:

* ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'', 1896 novel by H. G. Wells
* ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'', 1977 and 1996 film adaptations

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''The '''''The Island of Doctor Moreau'' may Moreau''''' can refer to:

to the following works:

* ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'', 1896 novel by H. G. Wells
Wells.
* ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'', 1977 and 1996 film adaptationsadaptations of the above.

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14th Jan '13 11:15:42 PM PaulA
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->"Not to go on all-fours; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
->"Not to suck up Drink; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
->"Not to eat Fish or Flesh; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
->"Not to claw the Bark of Trees; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
->"Not to chase other Men; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
-->'''The Law'''

An 1896 novel by Creator/HGWells, ''The Island of Doctor Moreau'' has since become one of the classics of sci-fi literature. Its story centers on Edward Prendick, the narrator, who is shipwrecked at sea and rescued by Dr. Montgomery. The good doctor takes Edward to the island where he works, a land so ominous that they quickly abandon him. Edward is soon introduced to the island's ruler, the mad Doctor Moreau, and discovers Moreau's society of surgically-altered beasts that walk, speak, and struggle to live like men. The more he's around these beastmen, the more uncomfortable he becomes in his own society.

[[Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau It was adapted several times for the screen]]; the earliest was in 1932 as ''Island of Lost Souls,'' starring Charles Laughton as the eponymous doctor. The most recent was released in 1996, with MarlonBrando as Moreau.
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!!This work features examples of:

* TheAlcoholic: Montgomery.
* AxCrazy: Hyena-Swine.
* BeastMan
* BodyHorror: In the original book, the creatures aren't mutated, simply mutilated-anesthetic-free surgery has forced them into humanoid forms. (Interestingly, while the original story portrays the creatures as abominations that should not exist, updated versions that use [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic engineering]] tend to paint them as innocent victims of scientific cruelty.)
** Prendick from the book does eventually come to pity the creatures, he's just so Squicked out on first meeting them that it takes him a while to empathize.
* CuteMute: The sloth creature.
* TheCommandments: The Law.
* DesertedIsland: The titular Island.
* EvilRedhead: Wells repeatedly mentions the fact that Captain Davis, the drunken, abusive schooner captain, has red hair. Admittedly Davis isn't so much "evil" as he is just a bully, but the repeated mentions of his hair color brings him close to this trope.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Moreau first experimented on a gorilla to produce his first Beast Man. Later on, Prendick meets an Ape Man.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Moreau seeks to improve animals by making them more and more human, hoping to eventually make one fully human.
** Actually averted in the novel, where Moreau is more concerned with perfecting his surgical techniques than their products. He even remarks that he could just as well have turned sheep into llamas as animals into humans; the latter was simply more artistically-satisfying to him.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Prendick narrates the story.
* FourFingeredHands: The novel's ape-man is exceedingly proud that he averts this trope, unlike most of the other beastfolk.
* AGodAmI: Moreau never outright says it, but the Beastmen certainly view him this way.
* HumanityEnsues: Subverted with the Beast Men; although they are transformed into anthropomorphic forms they gradually regress back into animalistic forms, despite Moreau's best efforts.
* MadScientist: Moreau.
* MotorMouth: The Ape Man.
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: Subverted in the opening chapter, when Prendick's fellow castaways fight over who's to be eaten and they both fall out of the lifeboat to drown.
* PigMan
* {{Robinsonade}}
* ScienceMarchesOn: Wells states that the changes to the animals are the result of various surgical techniques. Later adaptations of the work state that genetic engineering is responsible for altering the animals.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Moreau has hints of this.
* UnfazedEveryman: Prendick.
* UpliftedAnimal: [[UrExample One of the earliest uses]], in the most horrible way possible.
* {{Veganopia}}: Forbidding the consumption of meat is one of the ways Moreau keeps his creations' more predatory instincts suppressed. It doesn't work.

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->"Not to go on all-fours; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
->"Not to suck up Drink; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
->"Not to eat Fish or Flesh; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
->"Not to claw the Bark of Trees; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
->"Not to chase other Men; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
-->'''The Law'''

An 1896 novel by Creator/HGWells,
''The Island of Doctor Moreau'' has since become one of the classics of sci-fi literature. Its story centers on Edward Prendick, the narrator, who is shipwrecked at sea may refer to:

* ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'', 1896 novel by H. G. Wells
* ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'', 1977
and rescued by Dr. Montgomery. The good doctor takes Edward to the island where he works, a land so ominous that they quickly abandon him. Edward is soon introduced to the island's ruler, the mad Doctor Moreau, and discovers Moreau's society of surgically-altered beasts that walk, speak, and struggle to live like men. The more he's around these beastmen, the more uncomfortable he becomes in his own society.

[[Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau It was adapted several times for the screen]]; the earliest was in 1932 as ''Island of Lost Souls,'' starring Charles Laughton as the eponymous doctor. The most recent was released in 1996, with MarlonBrando as Moreau.
----
!!This work features examples of:

* TheAlcoholic: Montgomery.
* AxCrazy: Hyena-Swine.
* BeastMan
* BodyHorror: In the original book, the creatures aren't mutated, simply mutilated-anesthetic-free surgery has forced them into humanoid forms. (Interestingly, while the original story portrays the creatures as abominations that should not exist, updated versions that use [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic engineering]] tend to paint them as innocent victims of scientific cruelty.)
** Prendick from the book does eventually come to pity the creatures, he's just so Squicked out on first meeting them that it takes him a while to empathize.
* CuteMute: The sloth creature.
* TheCommandments: The Law.
* DesertedIsland: The titular Island.
* EvilRedhead: Wells repeatedly mentions the fact that Captain Davis, the drunken, abusive schooner captain, has red hair. Admittedly Davis isn't so much "evil" as he is just a bully, but the repeated mentions of his hair color brings him close to this trope.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Moreau first experimented on a gorilla to produce his first Beast Man. Later on, Prendick meets an Ape Man.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Moreau seeks to improve animals by making them more and more human, hoping to eventually make one fully human.
** Actually averted in the novel, where Moreau is more concerned with perfecting his surgical techniques than their products. He even remarks that he could just as well have turned sheep into llamas as animals into humans; the latter was simply more artistically-satisfying to him.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Prendick narrates the story.
* FourFingeredHands: The novel's ape-man is exceedingly proud that he averts this trope, unlike most of the other beastfolk.
* AGodAmI: Moreau never outright says it, but the Beastmen certainly view him this way.
* HumanityEnsues: Subverted with the Beast Men; although they are transformed into anthropomorphic forms they gradually regress back into animalistic forms, despite Moreau's best efforts.
* MadScientist: Moreau.
* MotorMouth: The Ape Man.
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: Subverted in the opening chapter, when Prendick's fellow castaways fight over who's to be eaten and they both fall out of the lifeboat to drown.
* PigMan
* {{Robinsonade}}
* ScienceMarchesOn: Wells states that the changes to the animals are the result of various surgical techniques. Later adaptations of the work state that genetic engineering is responsible for altering the animals.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Moreau has hints of this.
* UnfazedEveryman: Prendick.
* UpliftedAnimal: [[UrExample One of the earliest uses]], in the most horrible way possible.
* {{Veganopia}}: Forbidding the consumption of meat is one of the ways Moreau keeps his creations' more predatory instincts suppressed. It doesn't work.
1996 film adaptations
14th Jan '13 11:05:02 PM PaulA
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* CatGirl: Doesn't technically exist in the novel (Moreau is working on transitioning a female puma into this, but [[spoiler: it escapes and kills him]]) but the films each had one -- Lota in the 1932 version, [[spoiler:Maria]] in the '77 version, and Aissa in the '96 one.



* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Only in the movies.
14th Jan '13 10:33:05 PM PaulA
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An 1896 novel by HGWells, TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau has since become one of the classics of sci-fi literature. Its story centers on Edward Prendick, the narrator, who is shipwrecked at sea and rescued by Dr. Montgomery. The good doctor takes Edward to the island where he works, a land so ominous that they quickly abandon him. Edward is soon introduced to the island's ruler, the mad Doctor Moreau, and discovers Moreau's society of surgically-altered beasts that walk, speak, and struggle to live like men. The more he's around these beastmen, the more uncomfortable he becomes in his own society.

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An 1896 novel by HGWells, TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau Creator/HGWells, ''The Island of Doctor Moreau'' has since become one of the classics of sci-fi literature. Its story centers on Edward Prendick, the narrator, who is shipwrecked at sea and rescued by Dr. Montgomery. The good doctor takes Edward to the island where he works, a land so ominous that they quickly abandon him. Edward is soon introduced to the island's ruler, the mad Doctor Moreau, and discovers Moreau's society of surgically-altered beasts that walk, speak, and struggle to live like men. The more he's around these beastmen, the more uncomfortable he becomes in his own society.
14th Jan '13 9:39:24 AM SharleeD
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** Actually averted in the novel, where Moreau is more concerned with perfecting his surgical techniques than their products. He even remarks that he could just as happily have turned sheep into llamas as animals into humans; the latter was simply more of a technical challenge.

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** Actually averted in the novel, where Moreau is more concerned with perfecting his surgical techniques than their products. He even remarks that he could just as happily well have turned sheep into llamas as animals into humans; the latter was simply more of a technical challenge.artistically-satisfying to him.
14th Jan '13 9:37:07 AM SharleeD
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** Actually averted in the novel, where Moreau is more concerned with perfecting his surgical techniques than in their products. He even remarks that he could just as happily have turned sheep into llamas as animals into humans; the latter was simply more of a technical challenge.

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** Actually averted in the novel, where Moreau is more concerned with perfecting his surgical techniques than in their products. He even remarks that he could just as happily have turned sheep into llamas as animals into humans; the latter was simply more of a technical challenge.
14th Jan '13 9:36:45 AM SharleeD
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** Actually averted in the novel, where Moreau is more concerned with perfecting his surgical techniques than in their products. He even remarks that he could just as happily have turned sheep into llamas as animals into humans; the latter was simply more of a technical challenge.
18th Oct '12 3:37:22 PM ArcadesSabboth
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* UpliftedAnimal: [[UrExample one of the earliest uses]], In the most horrible way possible.

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* UpliftedAnimal: [[UrExample one One of the earliest uses]], In in the most horrible way possible.
21st Aug '12 10:37:02 PM igordebraga
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It was adapted several times for the screen; the earliest was in 1932 as ''Island of Lost Souls,'' starring Charles Laughton as the eponymous doctor. The most recent was released in 1996, with MarlonBrando as Moreau.

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[[Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau It was adapted several times for the screen; screen]]; the earliest was in 1932 as ''Island of Lost Souls,'' starring Charles Laughton as the eponymous doctor. The most recent was released in 1996, with MarlonBrando as Moreau.



* AdaptationNameChange: Edward Prendick has had a different name in each and every adaptation of the novel:
** In ''Island of Lost Souls'' (1932) he is named "Edward Parker."
** In ''The Island of Dr. Moreau'' (1977) he is renamed "Andrew Braddock."
** In ''The Island of Dr. Moreau'' (1996) he is "Edward Douglas."
** Similarly, the schooner captain, named Davis in the novel, is (slightly) renamed as "Davies" in ''Island of Lost Souls''.



* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Not in the novel, only the 1932 film. [[spoiler: Lota]] dies in Edward's arms.



** Played straight in Island of Lost Souls: "Mr. Parker, do you know what it's like to feel like God?"



* ShockCollar: In the 1996 film, all Moreau's creations have an implant that induces pain by remote control.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Montgomery in ''Island of Lost Souls''.
14th Jun '12 6:18:36 PM hello86
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* DesertedIslaFirstPersonPeripheralNarratornd: The titular Island.

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* DesertedIslaFirstPersonPeripheralNarratornd: DesertedIsland: The titular Island.
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