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''Fierce Creatures'' (1997) is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', starring the four main players from the earlier film: Creator/JohnCleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Creator/MichaelPalin. The movie was written by John Cleese and directed by Fred Schepisi and Robert Young.

The story concerns a British zoo recently acquired by New Zealand businessman Rod [=McCain=] (Kline) and put under the management of Rollo Lee (Cleese). In order to boost profits, Lee decides to institute a "fierce creatures" policy that means that only potentially deadly animals will be featured in the zoo.
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!! This movie contains examples of:
* AccidentalPervert / NotWhatItLooksLike: Rollo Lee is constantly being being caught by Willa in embarrassing and seemingly lurid situations (such as being caught with half-dressed and nubile young lady zookeepers, and a sheep in his bedroom). They all have perfectly innocent but very convoluted and unlikely explanations.
--> '''Zoo Patron''': I can see why they keep him in a cage.
* ActingForTwo: Kline as both the [=McCains=].
* ActorAllusion: Rollo briefly calls Willa "Wanda" by accident. Wanda was Curtis' previous role in ''AFishCalledWanda''.
** "It's just a flesh wound"
* AllThereInTheManual: The novelisation reveals that Rollo is the brother of Archie from ''AFishCalledWanda''.
* AscendedToCarnivorism: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]], as it's what the zookeepers ''want'' Rollo to think so he'll keep their animals.
* ArtisticLicense Zoology: DO NOT LOOK A GORILLA IN THE EYES!
** There are several in-universe examples too:
--> '''Rollo:''' It says here they eat grass.
--> '''Lotterby:''' That's for hors d'oeuvres, sir. When their blood's up--
--> '''Rollo:''' Lotterby, you are trying to deceive me into thinking some of your animals are fierce...
* AssholeVictim: Rod [=McCain=]
* BadBoss : Rod [=McCain=].
* BaitAndSwitchTyrant: Rollo only pretends to shoot the cute, fuzzy animals. He is instead keeping them hidden in his room.
* BestialityIsDepraved: What Rollo is presumed to be doing.
* BetterThanItSoundsFilm
* BigShutUp: When this fails to get Bugsy to shut up, Vince breaks out the gun. That doesn't work either.
* BlatantLies: This exchange.
--> '''Rod:''' I'm all out of money.
--> '''Vince:''' You've got six billion dollars!
--> '''Rod:''' Seven, but times are tough.
* ChekhovsSkill: Vince's ability to mimic his father's Kiwi accent.
* CurseCutShort
* DodgyToupee: Neville (Rod's assistant) has some issues with his.
* DoubleEntendre: Willa bends forward displaying an immense amount of cleavage to the camera and starts asking how you can resist the urge to reach out and fondle them. She is of course bending forward to look at some very cute animals in the zoo.
* EpicFail: Bugsy accidentally killing Rod. Not so much the fact he shot him, but the fact that by shooting him, he doomed his comrades to very swift life imprisonment. Not to mention, Rod has decided to keep the zoo open, mere seconds beforehand.
** Rollo points out how thoroughly they're all screwed in a tirade dripping with sarcasm.
-->'''Rollo:''' Oh, great. Terrific. He decides to keep the zoo open, so you kill him. Brilliant. Well done. Thank you so much, especially for shooting him right between the eyes so that it doesn't look like an accident. Because the people at Octopus will know he was coming here to close us down. So there's our motive for murdering him. Stunning. Well, Mr. Brain of Britain, what are we going to tell the police who are, of course, already on their way here? Another example of the thoroughness of your plan. Go on. I'm all ears. What do you suggest we do with the dead body of the ''incredibly'' famous man who you have just '''''ASSASSINATED'''''?
* ExecutiveMeddling: The studio disliked the cut of the film that Robert Young turned in, which led to Fred Schepisi being hired to reshoot anything between just the ending or nearly half of the film, depending on who you believe.
** It could be half, since Fierce Creatures seems a bit more watered down with the language when comparing it to A Fish Called Wanda.
* FanService: One of Vince's new marketing schemes is to have the zookeepers dress in animal costumes like at Disneyland. One female keeper is dressed rather seductively as a [[CatGirl leopard]].
* FreudianSlipperySlope: John Cleese has a brilliant monologue about lemurs wherein he is unable to go five words without mentioning Jamie Lee Curtis' breasts.
** He even describes it as a "Freudian slit...-slut!...-slot!"
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The animatronic panda is later seen with an "Out of Order" sign hanging around its neck.
* {{Gasshole}}: Rod [=McCain=]. He farts as he ''dies''.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Vince.
-->'''Vince:''' What about a small advance on my inheritance?\\
'''Rod:''' What inheritance?\\
'''Vince:''' I'm your son, you have to leave me something.\\
'''Rod:''' Why?\\
'''Vince:''' 'Cause you screwed up my whole childhood!\\
'''Rod:''' How could I have? Wasn't even there.
* HilarityInZoos: The movie takes place mainly at the zoo
* HypocriticalHumor: After overhearing Rollo on the phone and thinking he's in the midst of a four-way with three hot young zookeepers, Vince says it's disgusting how people abuse positions of power for personal gratification. As he's saying this, he's stripping down to his underwear in order to seduce Willa.
* IControlMyMinionsThrough
-->'''Di:''' You mean Octopus is ruled by fear?
-->'''Rollo:''' No, no. Terror.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace
* InadequateInheritor: See HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood above--Rod is going to cut Vince out of the will.
** By not actually dying; he's going to [[HumanPopsicle freeze himself]] and live forever, with his property going into a trust in the interim.
* JerkAss: Rod [=McCain=]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rollo puts on the appearance of a tough, no-nonsense type with a sharp tongue, but it's mostly bluster and he's pretty nice underneath it all.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Rod [=McCain=] claims "Sheep are exactly like people, you know. Give 'em a couple of meals a day, they just stand there quietly... till you eat 'em."
* MotorMouth: Oh God, Bugsy. Even Vince threatening to shoot him if he doesn't shut up doesn't work. It makes his eventual [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone stunned silence]] all the more effective.
-->'''Vince:''' You would rather talk than ''live'', wouldn't you?!
* MsFanservice: Jamie Lee Curtis. As RogerEbert puts it, she dresses as businesswomen would dress if careerwear was designed by Maidenform. (Or maybe more like a stripper in character as a businesswoman.)
* NetworkDecay : What a nice [[CyberPunk cyberpunked]] [[CardCarryingVillain rejoicing]]!
-->'''Ned:''' Beijing called. We've got [[GoneHorriblyWrong the television rights to their public executions]].\\
'''Rod:''' Worldwide?\\
'''Ned:''' Five guys a week, guaranteed!\\
'''Rod:''' Beauty! This is what [[TechnologyMarchesOn satellite television]] was invented for. Totally cross-cultural.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: "No animals were harmed in the making of this film, only humans."
* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont: Played with, first successfully to disarm a gunman then, while explaining that the safety was on all the time it ventures into IJustShotMarvinInTheFace.
* OfCorpseHesAlive: When the father is shot in the head, a plan is quickly concocted to have his son play the father and then pretend to commit suicide. This works well since both characters are played by Kevin Kline.
* PandaingToTheAudience: A robot panda is imported to the zoo and presented as the real thing.
* PeopleZoo: Rollo and his office are an exhibit in a cage at the zoo.
* ProductionPosse: ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'' and ''Fierce Creatures'' both share the same four actors: John Cleese, Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Michael Palin.
** The same woman who played Wendy (Archie's wife) in ''Wanda'' also returns, this time playing Rollo's secretary. And John Cleese's daughter Cynthia, who played his daughter in ''Wanda'', here plays the blonde zookeeper.
* RightInFrontOfMe: Rollo Lee mouthing off to the people he doesn't know are his bosses:
-->'''Rollo:''' God, you're always so pushy, you Americans! I mean, who the hell do you think you are?!
-->'''Willa:''' Willa Weston.
-->'''Vince:''' Vince [=McCain=].
-->'''Rollo:''' Oh...Well...
* ShoutOut: "[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Beautiful plumage]]", "[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Flesh wound]]", and, of course, calling Willa "Wanda".
** Bugsy can't stop talking until the moment where he kills someone, at which point he shuts up. In AFishCalledWanda, Ken (played by the same actor) cannot ''talk'' because of his stutter, until he kills someone, at which point he suddenly talks normally and won't shut up.
** Furthermore, the character of Bugsy has the same accent and manner of rambling on, despite whether or not anybody is listening, of the character Mr. Pither from MPFC.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Vince. Willa described him as "pronoid"; the opposite of paranoid. Despite all evidence to the contrary, he thinks he is admired, respected, and popular. Needless to say, not a single other character can stand him.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''AFishCalledWanda''. In Poland the movie is even called ''[[CompletelyDifferentTitle A Lemur Called Rollo]]''
* [[ThoseTwoActors Those Four Actors]]: Note: This is ''not'' a sequel to ''Wanda''.
* ThrowItIn: After Rollo has called Willa Wanda by mistake, he is seen suppressing his laughter.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Rod and Vince [=McCain=], both played by Creator/KevinKline.
* UrbanLegendLoveLife: This movie demonstrates from the inside how this can happen unintentionally. It turns out the process is similar to that which makes an AccidentalPervert, but with more of a tendency towards AccidentalInnuendo.
* VerbalBackspace: Rollo loses it and gives his zoo's employees a scathing critique of their new corporate owner:
-->'''Rollo:''' I think the whole Octopus philosophy is poison. The only aim of any and every [=McCain=] business is to downsize and halve the quality, to make enough money to acquire another business to downsize and halve the quality, to make enough money to acquire ''another'' business to downsize, etc., etc., without ever running a single one of them really well. And if anyone ever raises the question of quality, they're immediately attacked as an elitist, because at Octopus it's considered morally offensive to talk about anything but money. All so that Mr. Rod [=McCain=] can feel a little more powerful every day. That's why, instead of running this ''wonderful'' zoo properly, we've got to spoil it in order to finance his next ''mindless'' acquisition.
-->''(notices one of [=McCain=]'s representatives standing behind him)''
-->'''Rollo:''' ''(without flinching)'' On the other hand, he is a remarkable man--.
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: A meta-example. Kevin Cline plays both Rod and Vince [=McCain=] in the film, and Vince [=McCain=] ''also'' plays his own father, albeit with such unprofessional makeup techniques as turning his hair grey with flea powder and stuffing his cheeks with cotton balls and his jacket with toilet paper. Neville has this reaction to Vince as Rod.
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