animal played by a human actor wearing an animal suit. Larger quadrupeds such as horses may require two actors. Though pantomime animals don't talk (at least, they're not supposed to talk
), they may make appropriate animal noises on cue and often can dance as well. Avoids all the hassle of working with real live animals
. Children or dwarf adults, on the other hand, may be needed to play smaller creatures.
See also People in Rubber Suits
. A human form of this would be Totem Pole Trench
- The music video for Sorry for Party Rocking by LMFAO features a pantomime zebra performing the Running Man.
- Common in Pantomime.
- The lion in Androcles and the Lion.
- Caroline, the cow in Gypsy. Its front legs belong to Louise.
- Nana the Dog in the original stage version of Peter Pan.
- Imogene the Spotted Calf, who replaced Toto in the original 1902 stage version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. No, really.
- Man of La Mancha has a pair of pantomime horses for Don Quixote and Sancho to ride.
- The elephant and rhinoceros costumes used in the Broadway musical version of The Lion King.
- The Theatre adaptation of Literature/Warhorse.
- The Disney cast members in character costumes who roam the park aren't supposed to speak, so they pantomime everything they want to communicate. Note that this doesn't include "face characters", like Alice or Snow White, who aren't wearing anything over their heads. Or the newest model of Mickey, who has some elaborate mechanisms that allow him to speak.
- Patty Maloney and Pat Cooper once performed at state fairs costumed as Rocky and Bullwinkle, respectively.
- SCP-1545, Larry the Loving Llama. Once people get inside the costume, they adopt the personality of Larry, and the person in the back starts dancing with the intention of entertaining people, never stopping until the people inside die or are forcefully removed.