Anthropomorphic Animal Adaptation

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), some creators decide 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.


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    Anime And Manga 
  • 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.
  • The animated film of Night on the Galactic Railroad makes the main characters anthropomorphic cats, although there are some human secondary characters.
  • The obscure direct-to-video anime series Mother Goose Songs & Rhyme adapts Mother Goose nursery rhymes and songs with cute anthropomorphic animals.

    Comic Books 

    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.
    • Interestingly, the film began its life as an adaptation of the medieval tale of Reynard the Fox, which does feature anthropomorphic animals. However, the levels of Family-Unfriendly Violence, raunchy jokes, and Toilet Humor in the original stories made the material rather unsuitable for Disney's brand. The idea of medieval adventure featuring animals was eventually enlisted for the more family-friendly story of Robin Hood.
  • Oliver & Company is an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist where Oliver is a kitten and Fagin's gang are dogs. However, in a rare case, the animals are non-anthropomorphic, and some characters (notably Fagin and Bill Sykes) remain humans.
  • David Copperfield (1993) was a very loose animated adaptation of the original novel 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 his mother) are still human, but the rest of the cast are different kind of aliens, many of whom look considerably animal-like. For example, Long John Silver looks like a large anthropomorphic bear/dog, Billy Bones is reptilian, Captain Amelia (a Gender Flipped version of Captain Smollett) is a cat-lady, Dr. Delbert Doppler (a Composite Character based on Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney) has distinctly canine features, and Scroop, the pirate who attacks Jim (based on various pirate characters), looks like something between a Giant Spider and a lobster.
  • The Secret of Mulan is an adaptation of the ballad of Mulan, where all the characters are insects or other small animals.
  • The Lion King is loosely based on Hamlet, starring various African animals (most prominently, lions).
  • Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss is Romeo and Juliet starring sea lions and other aquatic mammals.


    Live Action TV 

    Puppet Shows 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Critter-TEK, a licenced(!) funny animal parody of BattleTech. The Federated Suns become the Amphibian Suns, the Lyran Commonwealth becomes the Feline Commonwealth, and so on.

    Video Games 
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is an inversion - Monkey and Pigsy have changed from a monkey and a pig to humans, as is often the case with adaptations of Journey to the West.


    Western Animation