Created By: CaveCat on July 4, 2013 Last Edited By: CaveCat on August 1, 2013
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Anthropomorphic Animal Adaptation

The entirely human cast is changed to animals when a literary work is animated.

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A lot of books that were written by famous authors have an entirely human cast. However, when the story is adapted (mostly as an Animated Adaptation), the best way to really jazz up the story is to replace the humans with Funny Animals and Petting Zoo People. This is known as an Anthropomorphic Animal Adaptation.

Compare Adaptation Species Change


Examples:

[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
  • Miyazaki's Sherlock Hound is Sherlock Holmes with an entirely canine cast.
  • Animal Treasure Island is a partial example. There are a few human children (notably Jim, the main character), but all the pirates are portrayed as animals.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • The Spectacular Spider-Ham is Spider-Man as a pig. Also features various other animal-hero adaptations such as Deerdevil and Goose Rider.
  • Marvel Apes which is the Marvel universe...but everyone's an Ape or otherwise some kind of non-human primate (Spider-Man for example, is a Spider Monkey). Don't question it beyond Everything's Better with Monkeys.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
  • Disney's Robin Hood would be the Trope Codifier. For example, Robin Hood and Maid Marian are foxes, Little John is a bear, Prince John is a lion, the Sheriff of Nottingham is a wolf, etc.
  • In Oliver & Company, being that it's an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, Oliver is a kitten and Fagin's gang are dogs. However, in a rare case, the animals are non-anthropomorphic.
  • There was a very loose animated adaptation of David Copperfield in which the Copperfield family and Murstone were cats, Uriah Heep was a rat, Peggoty was a hedgehog, Steerforth was a dog and Mr Micawber was a monkey.
  • The 2000 animated Tom Sawyer, in which Tom and Becky are cats, Huck is a fox, etc.
  • Treasure Planet is Treasure Island Recycled In Space. Some of the key characters (like the main character Jim and Long John Silver) are still human, but the rest of the cast are different kind of aliens, many of whom look considerably animal-like. For example Captain Amelia is a cat-lady, Dr. Delbert Doppler has distinctly canine features, and Scroop, the pirate who attacks Jim, looks like something between a Giant Spider and a lobster.
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[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
  • The Muppets films, since the characters are a Universal-Adaptor Cast:
    • In The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, the witches are pigs, Scarecrow is a frog, the Tin Man is a ... whatever ..., the Munchkins are rats and the Soldier with Green Whiskers is an eagle.
    • In A Muppet Christmas Carol Bob Cratchett and the Cratchett sons are frogs, Mrs Cratchett and the daughters are pigs, Fezziwig is a bear, and Scrooge's schoolmaster is an eagle.
    • In Muppet Treasure Island Captain Smollett is a frog, Squire Trelawney is a bear, Mister Arrow is an eagle, Ben Gunn is a Gender Flipped pig and Morgan is a goat.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • M-U-S-H, an in name only adaptaion of M*A*S*H with animal characters during wartime. "MUSH" stands for Mangy, Unwanted, Shabby Heroes.
  • In the original Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid shorts Bosko and Honey were stereotypical African-American characters. In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Fields of Honey" they get changed into amorphous animal characters a la the Warner Brothers and their sister Dot.
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol took many characters from previous Disney animated features and shorts and placed them as the characters in Charles Dickens' original story. For example, Scrooge McDuck is Ebenezer Scrooge, Mickey Mouse is Bob Cratchett, Donald Duck is Fred, Goofy is Jacob Marley, etc.
  • Around the World with Willy Fog: A Spanish cartoon (La vuelta al mundo de Willy Fog) is an adaptation of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days. Mr Fogg is a lion, Rigadon (Passepartout in the novel) and Romy (Aouda) are cats, and Inspector Fix is a dog. There is also a bunch of original characters. Protagonists and sympathetic characters tend to be cats and Panthera Awesome, while antagonists are likely to be dogs, foxes or wolves.
  • Saban's Adventures of Oliver Twist is a mid-1990s animated television series. The main cast is anthropomorphic animals, although humans also appear in the series.
  • The Legends of Treasure Island, while admittedly an In-Name-Only adaptation in most other areas as well, converts the novel's cast into Petting Zoo People.
  • Animaniacs had one episode called Les Miseranimals which was an adaptation of the musical of Les MisÚrables starring Rita (cat) and Runt (dog).
  • The Devil And Daniel Mouse, an animated television movie adaptation of The Devil and Daniel Webster
  • Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds; an adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas Novel 'The Three Musketeers', produced by Spanish and Japanese studios BRB Internacional & Nippon Animation, who also created the Willy Fog series. The general story is pretty close to the original text, with the minor difference that most of the characters are dogs. Remembered for the crazy barking theme tune.
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Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • July 4, 2013
    Psi001

    You may want to make special note that the Oliver And Company example is a non anthropomorphic example, and the roles were translated to work with non anthropomorphic pets.
  • July 4, 2013
    PapercutChainsaw
    • The Lion King is a loose adaptation of Hamlet starring African animals, but the animals are less anthropomorphic than most examples of this trope.
    • Miyazaki's Sherlock Hound is Sherlock Holmes with an entirely canine cast.
  • July 4, 2013
    zarpaulus
    Would Basil of Baker Street (The Great Mouse Detective) count since he's kind of a mouse Captian Ersatz of Sherlock Holmes
  • July 4, 2013
    perfectionism7
    • The 2000 animated Tom Sawyer, in which Tom and Becky are cats, Huck is a fox, etc.
  • July 5, 2013
    XFllo
    Western Animation
    • Around The World With Willy Fog: A Spanish cartoon (La vuelta al mundo de Willy Fog) is an adaptation of Jules Verne's Around The World In Eighty Days. Mr Fogg is a lion, Rigadon (Passepartout in the novel) and Romy (Aouda) are cats, and Inspector Fix is a dog. There is also a bunch of original characters. Protagonists and sympathetic characters tend to be cats and Panthera Awesome, while antagonists are likely to be dogs, foxes or wolves.
  • July 5, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    Western Animation
    • Saban's Adventures of Oliver Twist is a mid-1990s animated television series. The main cast is anthropomorphic animals, although humans also appear in the series.
  • July 5, 2013
    CaveCat
    zarpaulus: I don't think so.
  • July 5, 2013
    xanderiskander
    The disney's robin hood example needs to explain the reason why it's this trope. Not just link to another part of the wiki. That's a Zero Context Example.

    And the example for Oliver And Company needs to say it's an anthropomorphized adaptation inspired from the book Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
  • July 6, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Disney's Robin Hood is not the Ur Example. To be Ur there needs to have never been an example before, at least not that we know of.
  • July 6, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ It might be the Trope Codifier, though.
  • July 7, 2013
    DAN004
    Does it have to be animated?
  • July 8, 2013
    Stratadrake
    I would not call The Lion King an adaptation of Hamlet, even loosely. It has some thematic allusions to it, but that is not the same.

    How about Krypto The Superdog?
  • July 8, 2013
    Duncan
    We might want to link all the Muppet entries together, noting that they're a bit of a Universal Adaptor Cast.
  • July 8, 2013
    Duncan
    • Animaniacs had one episode called Les Miseranimals which was an adaptation of the musical of Les Miserables starring Rita (cat) and Runt (dog).
  • July 9, 2013
    Duncan
  • July 17, 2013
    Duncan
  • July 26, 2013
    Craig
    "Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds"; an adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas Novel 'The Three Musketeers', produced by Spanish and Japanese studios BRB Internacional & Nippon Animation, who also created the Willy Fog series. The general story is pretty close to the original text, with the minor difference that most of the characters are dogs. Remembered for the crazy barking theme tune.
  • July 30, 2013
    jayoungr
    (Anime)
    • Animal Treasure Island is a partial example. There are a few human children (notably Jim, the main character), but all the pirates are portrayed as animals.
  • July 30, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    [[folder:Film - Animated]]
    • Treasure Planet is Treasure Island Recycled In Space. Some of the key characters (like the main character Jim and Long John Silver) are still human, but the rest of the cast are different kind of aliens, many of whom look considerably animal-like. For example Captain Amelia is a cat-lady, Dr. Delbert Doppler has distinctly canine features, and Scroop, the pirate who attacks Jim, looks like something between a Giant Spider and a lobster.
  • July 30, 2013
    jayoungr
    Random comment: it's interesting how some of the same source works, such as Oliver Twist and Treasure Island, show up multiple times.
  • July 30, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ I was thinking the same :D
  • July 31, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    Comic Book examples:

    The Spectacular Spider-Ham is Spider Man as a pig. Also features various other animal-hero adaptations such as Deerdevil and Goose Rider.

    Marvel Apes which is the Marvel universe...but everyone's an Ape or otherwise some kind of non-human primate (Spider-Man for example, is a Spider Monkey). Don't question it beyond Everythings Better With Monkeys.

    EDIT: The Oliver and Company example is worded awkwardly. What does Fagan being a human have to with it being an adaption of Oliver Twist? Try moving ", being that it is an adaptation of Oliver Twist" to after Oliver and Company.
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