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
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.
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.
- 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.
- Petting Zoo Person example: Arthur. In fact, it is lampshaded when Arthur and his friends are watching a self-parody of the cartoon.
- Many of the Classic Disney Shorts featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.
- Several The Disney Afternoon series:
- Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
- Spongebob Squarepants
- The Backyardigans
- T.U.F.F. Puppy
- Max and Ruby
- Turbo Dogs
- 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
- 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.
- Babar The Adventures Of Badou
- Babar The Elephant is a curious example, as it begins with normal animals who then learn to walk and talk like humans.
- The Bremen Avenue Experience
- Almost Naked Animals
- The main setting of Spliced, Keep Away Island, is this, but humans are presumed to exist in the rest of the world, as most of the characters were created by one.
- Rare plant example: Veggie Tales, where all of the characters are either talking fruit or vegetables.
- Rocko's Modern Life, and from the same creator, Camp Lazlo.
- Word World, where all of the inhabitants are animals shaped like their names.
- Super Secret Secret Squirrel
- SWAT Kats
- Played for Drama with Petting Zoo People in Thundercats 2011 In the words of the Cats' King Claudus, Third Earth is "...a world of warring animals" and his empire of Thundera is both the great civilizer and the only species strong enough to keep the peace, through Animal Jingoism crossed with Fantastic Racism. (His rivals the Lizards have different ideas.) Apart from a small enclave of Lilliputian Plant People, Third Earth is presented matter-of-factly as being this, until protagonist Lion-O's arrival in the series' first real Adventure Town introduces us to droves and droves of, not humans but aliens...oh my!
- Scaredy Squirrel
- Homestar Runner's Cheat Commandos Adventures, where all of the inhabitants are talking The Cheats.
- Sitting Ducks
- Every incarnation of My Little Pony from My Little Pony Tales on.
- Lenny & Sid.
- Aside from the humans who are only seen from shoulder down, the HBO kids show El Perro Y El Gato counts as an example.
- Out There takes place in a world of Cartoon Creatures.
- Sheriff Callie's Wild West
- 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?