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 dwarfs, on the other hand, may be needed to play smaller creatures.
See also People in Rubber Suits
. A human version of this would be Totem Pole Trench
; some in
human versions include The Worm That Walks
and Combining Mecha
Film - Animated
- A Far Side comic has two pantomime actors arguing. One (whose ass is a good three or four times wider than him) demands to know why he's always the rear end of the horse.
Film - Live Action
Live Action TV
- Pain and Panic briefly dressed up as a female Pegasus near the end of Hercules, with the two forming the individual halves of the Pegasus.
- Those two do this sort of trick quite often. One time they attempted to do a huge lion, and ended up getting confused on who was doing which half.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame: One of the costumes worn at the Feast of Fools is a horse with two rear ends.
- Shows up at the Mardi Gras party in The Princess and the Frog.
- In Sherlock Gnomes, Sherlock and Juliet disguise themselves as a squirrel so they can move about a park in daylight.
- The Wolf mascot from A.N.T. Farm.
- Dad's Army: In "Operation Kilt", the platoon attempts to use a pantomime cow to sneak up on a highland regiment during a training exercise. Things do not according to plan when a bull takes an interest.
- In a Dave Allen at Large sketch, a German POW camp guard searches the cargo and even the straw in an outgoing wagon thoroughly, to make sure there are no prisoners hiding inside. Not finding anyone, the guard waves the wagon through the gate, failing to notice that it's being pulled by a pantomime horse.
- (ding-dong) WHO'S THAT AT THE DOOR?!? Secretariat on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
- Parodied with the pantomime horses in Monty Python's Flying Circus. To say nothing of the pantomime Princess Margaret.
- Buttercup the QI cow made an appearance at the beginning of the "Groovy" episode to help demonstrate the first question.
Stephen: Never, ever in the history of show business has the phrase "Don't milk it, Luv," been more appropriate.
- Dobbin the Pantomime Horse in 1980s BBC kids' show Rentaghost, supposedly an empty costume animated by a misfiring magic spell.
- The music video for Sorry for Party Rocking by LMFAO features a pantomime zebra performing the Running Man.
- SCP Foundation: 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.
Examples of a real-in-universe creature being portrayed using this method:
Film - Live Action
- Sesame Street has Barkley the dog.
- In the Doctor Who serial "Warriors of the Deep", the Myrka, a genetically engineered sea monster, is played by two guysnote in a costume approximating to a green pantomime horse. It... doesn't really work.
- 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.