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
- 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.
- Not Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, who were original characters, but the comic-within-a-comic Justa Lotta Animals, a Justice League of America pastiche featuring Supersquirrel, Wonder Wabbit, Batmouse etc.
- Before there was Spider-Ham, Marvel had Webster Weaver, the Amazing Man-Spider, who appeared in a back-up strip in What If? called ''What If the Spider Had Been Bitten By a Radioactive Human?"
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, and some characters (notably Fagin and Bill Sykes) remain humans.
- 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 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.
- Basil of Baker Street (which was adapted into The Great Mouse Detective) is not a straightforward adaptation, as Basil lives in a mousehole near Sherlock Holmes, and considers the detective his mentor in-universe, but it fits.
- The Sherlock Hound novels by Brenda Sivers (unrelated to the anime of the same name, beyond the obvious).
- In the Welkin Weasels books, Sylver is very loosely Robin Hood, and his descendant Montegu Sylver is slightly less loosely Sherlock Holmes.
Live Action TV
- Inverted with Ida Makes A Movie, the pilot of The Kids of Degrassi Street, which was adapted from a book about anthropomorphic cats.
- The Muppets films, since the characters are a Universal-Adaptor Cast:
- In The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, Toto is a prawn, 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.
- The Adventures of Superpup, a pilot filmed on the old The Adventures of Superman sets. Superman et al. as dogs!
- Tales of the Rodent Sherlock Holmes was a CBBC Sherlock Holmes pastiche starring Roland Rat as Holmes and Kevin the Gerbil as Watson.
- 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.
- 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.
- M-U-S-H, a parody 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.
- In a similar way, Disney did an animated OAV based on The Three Musketeers starring the studio's characters, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy as the leads.
- 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 Fog is a lion, Rigadon (Passepartout in the novel) and Romy (Aouda) are cats, and Inspector Fix is a dog. There are also many original characters. Protagonists and sympathetic characters tend to be cats and Panthera Awesome, while antagonists are likely to be dogs, foxes or wolves.
The sequel, Willy Fog 2, adapts Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, with Professor Lidenbrock as a mole, Professor Aronnax as an owl, and Captain Nemo as a cat.
- 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.