- "In the year 2000, scientists at a top-secret laboratory carried out the most ambitious experiment ever attempted - the creation of talking animals. It was to go unbelievably tits up."
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- Cloudcuckoolander: Hugh often seems to have little idea of what is going on around him, far less, even, than the rest of the characters. Finding a large pile of bank notes, he became aroused, believing them to be "naked lady pictures - they're quite soft, they've only got her head". He was, of course, referring to the queen of England, Elizabeth II. Given 300 pounds to buy meat, he returns with a bag of charcoal and a tin of dog food, which he dips the charcoal in and eats.
- What makes this even worse is that Hugh, as the monkey, is the only one with hands (and therefore the one everyone depends on to do stuff).
- Jerkass: Mark. He reminds Winona and Phillip that dog food is made from horse meat, convinces Hugh to try and drown himself ("Hold. Your head. Under.") and insults a Ken doll.
- Animal Talk: Averted. Being the result of Talking Animal experiments, they can talk to humans and understand them.
- Animal Wrongs Group: taken to parodic extremes. The leader of the group will happily kill anyone suspected of experimenting on animals, nearly shoots himself when he accidentally runs over some otters, and is only stopped when a colleague convinces him that he is an animal too...
- Bland-Name Product: Uh! Magazine.
- Carnivore Confusion:Winona: You can't eat another person!Mark: We do it all the time! Where do you think meat comes from?
- Deadpan Snarker: Mark.
How do we get the money? Is it in the tap, like the meat? Swirl it round, try to have a bath...
- Ear Worm: Mark's song is an in-universe example, as he says it "drills into your brain." It features such lyrics as "Why do you reject me/you know I'm full of diseases/Quatro formaggio/Is a pizza with four kinds of cheeses"
- Earth All Along: When trying to work out why none of the animals they encounter outside the lab speak, Phillip comes to the conclusion that they have travelled through some sort of wormhole into the future and are now on a kind of Planet of the Men and Women, where humans are in control and animals are their mute, dumb slaves.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Vivi-Sec UK.
- Funny Animal: All the main characters are this.
- Gone Horribly Right: they were only meant to be animals who could talk, not be sentient. The scientists just got carried away.
- Insistent Terminology: Mark Andrews, stage name Glen Belt.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Kieron. "You stitched the head of a cat onto the body of an ape? Why?"
- Secret Project Refugee Family
- Stylistic Suck: Phillip's novel, 'Some Fog', including the phrase "It had a yellow smell."