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

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 humans in the setting, except 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.

May result in Furry Confusion.


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  • Disney's Robin Hood plays it straight with most of the characters except Sir Hiss. Then again, when you have a character with no limbs, you can't ignore the fact that he's a snake. It also managed to avoid having regular animals coexist with the anthropomorphic animals, particularly at the end of the film, where they actually don't even show who or what was pulling the carriage during the finale!
    • Sir Hiss is still differentiated from a non-anthro animal. Anthropomorphic snakes are frequently depicted as slithering on their bottom half, while their head and some of their neck is constantly elevated. It's the closest to walking on two legs you can really pull off with a snake, so almost any anthropomorphized snake will move this way, while real snakes usually keep their head low to the ground while moving and put it up only briefly to analyze the surroundings or make a threat gesture.
  • Chicken Little (Disney)
  • Kung Fu Panda takes place in a version of ancient China where the animal styles of kung fu are all performed by actual animals.
  • Partially Civilized Animal example: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole may be an example of this trope because there's talk that suggests that humans used to exist, but are gone. In the book and movie, owls do metalwork in forges, drink tea, and write and read books, but they basically look like normal owls and don't even have Feather Fingers.
  • Rare non-animal example: Cars, where all of the inhabitants are talking vehicles.
  • The storybook world from Rock-A-Doodle.
  • All of the Ice Age films.
  • Arashino Yoru Ni
  • Surf's Up
  • Rango is between this and Mouse World.

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  • Tasakeru
  • 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.

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