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A non-[[TalkingAnimal talking]] 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, [[TheVoiceless 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 [[NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals working with real live animals]]. Children or dwarfs, on the other hand, may be needed to play smaller creatures.

See also PeopleInRubberSuits. A human version of this would be TotemPoleTrench; some ''in''human versions include TheWormThatWalks and CombiningMecha.

!!!In-universe examples:

* A ''[[ComicStrip/TheFarSide 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.

[[AC:Film - Animated]]
* Pain and Panic briefly dressed up as a female {{Pegasus}} near the end of ''Disney/{{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.
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': One of the costumes worn at the Feast of Fools is [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} a horse with two rear ends.]]
* Shows up at the Mardi Gras party in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SherlockGnomes'', Sherlock and Juliet disguise themselves as a squirrel so they can move about a park in daylight.

[[AC:Film - Live Action]]
* Played with in ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman''. At one point when the dwarves are sneaking into the castle they walk on the other side of a horse that's [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy between them and the guards]].
* The two rebels disguised as a cow in ''Film/TopSecret'', probably the funniest gag in the movie.
* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' actually did this with an ice cream truck.

[[AC:Live Action TV]]
* The Wolf mascot from ''Series/ANTFarm''.
* ''Series/DadsArmy'': 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 [[BlackComedyRape when a bull takes an interest]].
* In a ''Creator/DaveAllen 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?!?''''' [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Secretariat]] on ''Series/TheLateLateShow with Creator/CraigFerguson''.
* Parodied with the pantomime horses in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. To say nothing of the pantomime Princess Margaret.
* Buttercup the ''Series/{{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 ''Series/{{Rentaghost}}'', supposedly an empty costume animated by a misfiring magic spell.

[[AC:Music Videos]]
* The music video for ''Sorry for Party Rocking'' by ''Music/{{LMFAO}}'' features a pantomime zebra performing the Running Man.

* Caroline, the cow in ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}''. Its front legs belong to Louise.
* ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha'' has a pair of pantomime horses for Don Quixote and Sancho to ride in the ShowWithinAShow.

* In [[http://www.paradoxspace.com/pones/2 the second page]] of the ''Webcomic/ParadoxSpace'' story "Pones", Hella Jeff tries to get Sweet Bro to be the rear of his horse costume after [[PeripheryDemographic seeing him play]] with a MyLittlePhony toy.

[[AC:Web Original]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1545 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:

[[AC:Film - Live Action]]
* Certain scenes in the extended edition of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Fellowship of the Ring'' had a pantomime Bill the Pony used in long shots, as it would have been too difficult to travel there with a real animal.
* The Rodent of Unusual Size from ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
* ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' took this UpToEleven with the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabba_the_Hutt#Production_and_design incredibly]]'' intricate multi-person puppet used for [[StarfishAliens Jabba the Hutt]].

* ''Series/SesameStreet'' has Barkley the dog.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E1WarriorsOfTheDeep Warriors of the Deep]]", the Myrka, a genetically engineered sea monster, is played by two guys[[note]]in fact, the same two guys who played the horse in ''Rentaghost''. When this came out it put the last nail in the coffin of taking the monster seriously[[/note]] in a costume approximating to a green pantomime horse. It... doesn't really work.

* Common in {{Pantomime}}.
* The lion in ''Theatre/AndroclesAndTheLion''.
* Traditionally, Nana the dog in ''Literature/PeterPan''.
* Imogene the Spotted Calf, who replaced Toto in the [[Theatre/TheWizardOfOz1902 original 1902]] stage version of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. No, really.
* The elephant and rhinoceros costumes used in the Broadway musical version of ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* The theatre adaptation of ''Literature/{{Warhorse}}''.

[[AC:Theme Parks]]
* The Creator/{{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.
* Creator/PattyMaloney and Pat Cooper once performed at state fairs costumed as WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle, respectively.