World of Funny Animals

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A world of Petting Zoo People without humans to pet them.

"In the world of Zootopia, humans never happened. Which makes Zootopia a modern civilized world that is entirely animal."
Zootopia teaser trailer

A whole animal universe is man-made, with shops, houses, technology etc. except that animals take the place of people. In some works, all kinds of animals take the place of people; all animals are human surrogates and considered equals to each other. In other works, some animals or types of animals take the place of people while others are considered normal animals. Sometimes, only one species of animal is a human surrogate. There are no people in the setting, except maybe a Token Human or two.

In some works where some animals or types of animals take the place of people and others are considered normal animals, there are both normal forms and human surrogate forms of one or more animal species.

Can involve Partially Civilized Animals, Civilized Animals, Funny Animals, and/or Petting Zoo People. Compare Sliding Scale of Animal Cast. Compare and contrast Alternate Tooniverse, where animals (or other cartoons) and humans each have a separate world which people can cross between, as well as Cast of Personifications, where the cast are the personifications of nonhuman things or beings given human form. Also compare and contrast Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!, where these types of characters co-exist with people. If mammals are the only Funny Animals in the setting, then you've got yourself World of Mammals. Also contrast with Furry Lens, in which the cast are really humans but are symbolically depicted as talking animals.

May result in Furry Confusion and/or Carnivore Confusion.

Examples:

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     Anime And Manga 
  • Little Bit Beastly example: Dog Days
  • The 1980s anime series Maple Town is filled with cute anthropomorphic animals
  • The Kemono manga Mekko Rarekko, which features a cast of anthropomorphic canines.
  • Unlike the games (where Sonic naturally lives on a planet alongside humans), it's shown in Sonic X that Sonic comes from a planet that lacks humans. Token Human Dr. Eggman was born on Earth Sonic and his friends, however, are stuck on Earth for almost all of the anime.
  • All the characters in Aggressive Retsuko are Funny Animals, they mostly at like humans except for a few Furry Reminders.

    Asian Animation 

     Comic Books 
  • I Killed Adolf Hitler is set in a world of Petting Zoo People. This includes Hitler.
  • Petting Zoo Person example: Maus, though it's implied to be more of the author's imagination at work using different animals to represent different groups of people (the Jews are mice, the Germans are cats, the Polish are pigs, the French are frogs, the Americans are dogs, etc.).
    • Less implied and more outright stated; the Author Avatar briefly how he should be depicting his girlfriend, since she's not Jewish (by birth) and is in fact French. She initially suggests a rabbit, and then says that since she's converted to Judaism, she should be a mouse also.
  • The Mickey Mouse Comic Universe and many of the comics in the Disney Ducks Comic Universe don't feature humans, unlike the Disney cartoons they're based on. They're rodent and duck centric.
  • The world of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, officially named "Earth-C" in the DC Comics multiverse system (post-Infinite Crisis, Earth-C was renamed "Earth-26"). Earth-C is designated as the world where most of DC's Golden and Silver Age funny-animal comics ("The Dodo and the Frog," "Peter Porkchops," etc.) take place.
  • Duckworld, where Howard the Duck comes from, is populated solely by anthropomorphic ducks.
  • Fritz the Cat and its film adaptations.
  • Horndog.
  • Blacksad is one of the currently most famous examples in the European comic book world, starring mostly animals of all kinds with very human-like bodies.
  • Grandville, is a about a badger police detective in a world which is mostly Petting Zoo People with a minor (servant) population of humans. The latter become more significant in the sequels, starting out as largely a background gag.
  • Usagi Yojimbo, which takes place in Japan where every single animal except horses and lizards are anthropomorphized. Lord Hikiji on the other hand...
  • Sonic the Comic takes place on a planet populated by anthropomorphic animals. Unlike Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, there are no humans naturally on Mobius and it is a separate planet from Earth. Humans do pop up as alien invaders in one arc, however for the most part Robotnik is the sole human on Mobius.
  • The cartoon world of Peter Porker, the Amazing Spider-Ham, is filled with a wide variety of cartoon animal superheroes and villains. Initially appearing in his own book and What The? in the 80s, we see further glimpses of it the the Web Warriors comic series.
  • Subverted in Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog. Originally, the comics seemed to take place in one of these. However, once the games started explicitly humans in-series in Sonic Adventure, the comic couldn't ignore them for long. Eventually it was shown that Mobius was a futuristic Earth where animals became the dominant species after being mutated long ago. Humans live in a secluded area and have since evolved into four-fingered "Overlanders".

     Film - Animation 

    Literature 
  • The Busytown series created by Richard Scarry is filled with nothing but friendly humanized animals going through their daily lives. The series mostly stars a cat and a worm.
  • The Berenstain Bears books and TV show, but with bears specifically.
  • All of Kyell Gold's novels are primarily set in universes void of humans. Strangely though, anthropomorphism only applies to land-based mammals, and Lee from Out of Position mentioned that he once had a pet lizard.
  • The Geronimo Stilton books and their Animated Adaptation do this with mice specifically.
  • Ysengrimus is pretty much the book that spawned a whole genre by itself, including many other tales of Reynard the Fox. Not surprising, since the book uses anthropomorphic fable characters to make a satire about medieval times.
  • The Redwall and both its Animated Adaptation and graphic novel one. A world of humanized animals living in a permanent medieval time period, it's half Sugarbowl, half world of war. Redwall mainly contains small woodland animals such as mice, hares, rats, and badgers however non-anthropomorphic looking (though still as sapient as the other characters) birds appear.
  • Pick any book made by Rosemary Wells. Most of her children's books star an anthropomorphic animal character such as a raccoon, rabbit, or cat.
  • Babar is a curious example, as it begins with normal animals (primarily elephants and rhinos) who then learn to walk and talk like humans.
  • The Builders setting is composed of anthropormorphic animals in a Western time period.
  • In Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama books and the Animated Adaptation, Llama Llama's world is populated by animals such as llamas, gnus, goats and in the television series sheep and giraffes, among others. Humans are nowhere to be seen.

    Pinball 

    Tabletop RPGs 
  • Ironclaw and Jadeclaw are Low Fantasy RPGs in a world where seemingly all mammals and birds are anthropomorphic. Calabria, the setting of Ironclaw, is divided between four major houses ruled by foxes, horses, boars, and wolves, but their vassals and subjects comprise dozens of other species.
  • Hc Svnt Dracones is a Post-human Cyberpunk RPG where a Mega Corp. repopulated the solar system with genetically engineered human-animal hybrids called "Vectors" following a nuclear war. The few remaining humans either modified themselves into Vectors or died off.

    Toys 
  • Every incarnation of My Little Pony after the original generation of toys lacks humans and its composed entirely of animals, mainly the titular ponies. Although with Equestria Girls there are now plenty of toys of the pony characters as humans (albeit with with very unnatural skintones).
  • Sylvanian Families stars a group of anthropomorphic animals mostly on animals families like bunnies and cats.

    Video Games 
  • Splatoon and Splatoon 2 have a cast composed mostly by a large variety of aquatic animals, most of them anthropomorphized and with the shapeshifting squid-based Inklings as the main focus. One notable detail is that there's a grand total of two true mammals in the cast (Judd and Li'l Judd, who are cats); everyone else is, at best, a vertebrate fish, with the rest being non-vertebrates. This is a little unusual for this trope, especially since Splatoon doesn't take place underwater.
  • Carrie's Order Up! is populated entirely by anthropomorphic sea creatures, from a crab waitress to an eel businessman.
  • The characters of Aviary Attorney are all Petting Zoo People with animal heads, though in background art and such that involves crowds the crowds usually have human faces.
  • The setting of Shadow of the Wool Ball and its sequel. The main characters are hedgehogs inhabiting a planet that gets attacked by evil cats from outer space. The sequel also includes sapient sheep and polar bears.
  • Played with in Sonic the Hedgehog. In the first several games, it seemed like this trope was being used. Besides the oddman out, Dr. Robotnik, there were only Funny Animal characters. Thus most western works portrayed the characters living on a planet named "Mobius" where only anthropomorphic animals existed. However, according to Japanese canon humans did exist. They were just offscreen, bar a few characters such as Robotnik and a witch in Tails Skypatrol. Sonic Adventure was the first game with a major in-game plot, cutscenes, and voice acting. It introduced human NPCs and has the characters living amongst humans (though Sonic Jam earlier featured a short that showed the same idea). Since then, the games have made it clear that the characters live on a version of Earth alongside humans.

    Web Animation 

    Webcomics 
  • Ozy and Millie plays with this trope. The main characters are two fox children and their single parents, one of whom is a dragon. However, figures from actual history (such as several American presidents and John Lennon) are mentioned, although they're never shown.
  • The titular characters in Kevin & Kell are a rabbit and a wolf who are Happily Married, which is a big deal on their world since predator species are allowed to eat prey species. It was eventually revealed that the characters live on a futuristic Earth where humans have gone extinct.
  • Wurr: No humans at all. All talking animals seem to fall within one of three species (or subspecies) of civilized—albeit still quadrupedal—dog.
  • Downplayed in Precocious, in which only cats and dogs are civilized.

    Web Original 
  • Tasakeru, much like the Zootopia example, takes place in a world where humans never happened... though it's a much darker and edgier take on the concept.
  • The Pirates Covered in Fur is a story filled with anthropomorphic animals and no humans in sight. The only exception is the giant robot dragon, which doesn't speak and acts feral.
  • Neopets was made into one of these a few years after its founding, with the title pets serving as the stand-in for humans, so the Petpets serve as stand-ins for animals.
  • The music video for Lone Digger by Caravan Palace is about a bar fight between a bunch of anthropomorphic animals.
  • Also, the music video for Kangaroo Court by Capital Cities is about a zebra is sentenced to prison.

    Western Animation 
  • Angelina Ballerina, both the Civilized Animal/Funny Animal world in books and the original version of the show, and the newer Petting Zoo Person world in the CGI version.
  • Civilized Animal example: Franklin. The protagonist is an anthropomorphic turtle and two of his best friends are a bear cub and fox kit.
  • Justified in the Saturday Night Live "Bear City" segments. A meteor crashed to earth, and the inhabitants of the town went underground in order to escape its effect. One of the unrealized effects was to make bears start acting like people (but they couldn't talk), taking the places of people in that society.
  • Every incarnation of My Little Pony from My Little Pony Tales on takes place in a world without humans. The fourth generation continuity is particularly rigorous about this, going to the point of editing the appearances of partly human creatures to remove the "partly human" bit (for instance, manticores have fully leonine heads, while a sphinx appeared with a pony's head instead of a human's). The only exception are the Equestria Girls films, which are explicitly set in a separate universe from the one the rest of G4 takes place in.
  • Sheriff Callie's Wild West is a Western Series for pre-schoolers. Most of its characters are animals, but one of Sheriff Callie's deputies is an anthropomorphic cactus.
  • Skunk Fu! takes place in a version of ancient China where the animal styles of kung fu are all performed by actual animals. Sound familiar?
  • Toot & Puddle is definitely a more unusual example. The entire cast is animals, however, they fall at various stages along the map. Toot, Puddle and the other talking pig characters are pretty much Funny Animals and many of the other characters are too. However, Toot & Puddle live with a bird named Tulip who is generally shaped like a bird and can fly, but can still talk and is completely sentient. Certain animals, such as elephants or cows, tend to be drawn more animal-like and may sometimes perform their animal functions, such an elephant who gives rides around India. However, the elephant still gets paid for doing this job and has her own life off-duty.
  • Fantomcat lived in a world like this. He was a cat; his True Companions, his enemies, and the civilians they protected were all various species of animal.
  • Tonko House's animated short The Dam Keeper is set in a world populated by Funny Animals containing no dialogue from the characters.
  • The Russian series Nu, Pogodi! has an entire cast of anthropomorphic animals.
  • The main characters of Kipper are anthropomorphic dogs and pigs. There never any humans seen and nothing to indicate any exist within that world.
  • Count Duckula is about a world of anthropomorphic birds.
  • Zigzagged in The Raccoons: At first the episodes started and finished with a human ranger and his children having a parallel Aesop and living near the characters and all the sentient animals were supposed to coexist secretly with humans (showing even normal non-anthropomorphic animals as the rule). After the initial season the writers dropped completely the human characters and the world become a planet of Civilized Animals.
  • The Remake of Danger Mouse. The original series rarely showed any humans, but was intended to be a Mouse World beneath regular London. In the new version, the Queen is a corgi, there's a hippo selling meat pies, and the rodents and other small animals have been scaled up to the point where DM's pillar box HQ is now a skyscraper shaped like a pillar box.
  • All western cartoons for Sonic the Hedgehog thus far play this trope straight, despite the games taking place in a Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My! environment. Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic SatAM, and Sonic Underground all came out prior to Sonic Adventure and use the outdated "Mobius" concept. Sonic Boom takes place in an Alternate Universe from the games where the characterizations are different and no humans exist.

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