Unusual Animal Alliance
Yup. These guys do not intend to eat each other.
Sometimes Woodland Creatures
or other animals are in deep trouble. Their home has been destroyed and/or they want to build a stronger and better one. Sometimes they have to because Humans Are the Real Monsters
, but it can also be because Mother Nature screws them. Such an alliance can lead to Carnivore Confusion
because they are herbivores and carnivores working together, which can lead to problems within the group.
Sometimes an group of animals just belong to a group because it's normal, like a wolf pack or a deer herd. That is not
A piece of media fits this trope if it has the following:
- Animals from different species (often otherwise enemies) working together, promising each other to accomplish goals (in order to survive).
- They try to build a home, sometimes far away.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters (sometimes)
- A lot of problems lie in their path, which could lead to the death of (several) characters.
Anime and Manga
- Ice Age: The main trio consists of a mammoth, a ground sloth and a sabre-toothed cat, who get together to return a human baby to his parents, but become True Companions along the way. They are joined by other mammoths, sloths, opossums and a weasel in the sequels.
- In The Land Before Time, the team consists of a baby apatosaurus, triceratops, stegosaurus, hadrosaur and pterosaur, who team up to find their lost families. The narrator points out that the world 'has never seen a herd like this before'.
- Madagascar: A lion, a zebra, a giraffe and a hippo, occasionally assisted by penguins, chimpanzees and lemurs.
- Initially subverted for Marty and Alex: they were raised together in a zoo and don't know any better. At the end of the movie, this trope is in full force for them.
- In Dinosaur, Aladar, an Iguanodon, is raised by lemurs, who stay with him even when he meets his species. Aladar and his adopted family then join a herd (led by Iguanodon Kron) consisting of other Iguanodon, Parasaurolophus, Pachyrhinosaurus, Styracosaurus, Microceratus, Stygimiloch, and Struthiomimus. Aladar then falls in with the herd's elders, a Brachiosaurus, a Styracosaurus and an Ankylosaurus. This large multi-species herd predates Aladar's birth, showing that the species are not together just because they're all going to the same place, but suggesting that the dinosaurs of this film always formed a multi-species herd.
- In Finding Nemo:
- Zootopia plays with this. The makers of the film said that they wanted the main characters to be natural enemies. So yes a friendship between a rabbit and a fox is unusual. Thing is, it should not be unusual because the animals are civilised and anthropomorphic and for predators eating their fellow citizens is out of the question. It is unusual because of negative stereotypes which the film studies, that have more to do with what their primitive ancestors (real animals) did.
- In Watership Down, the rabbits enlist the aid of field mice and — more significantly — the seagull Kehaar to protect their warren.
- Animal Farm: At least, at first, various farm animals team up to defeat humans. Then they are usurped by a pig with dictatorical tendencies, assisted by dogs.
- The Wise and Royal Beasts in the Firekeeper series have done this on occasion. But when not necessary they follow Survival of the Fittest like any other creatures.
- Lampshaded in Wyrd Sisters when the kingdom is suffering from the mismanagement of Duke Felmet and some Woodland Creatures (including rabbits, deer, foxes and wolves) show up on Granny Weatherwax's doorstep. She says this:
All I know is, whenever this...whatever it is
wears off, some of you little buggers are going to want to run really quickly.