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* Zig-zagged on Literature/{{Discworld}}, especially in books involving Gaspode. In his first appearance in ''Discworld/MovingPictures'', Gaspode (who's a TalkingAnimal) is clear that without his magically enhanced intelligence he wouldn't have the ability to process complex language; he can translate for another dog, but all it says is "[[DogsAreDumb Laddie good boy! Good boy, Laddie!]]" But his next appearance in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' introduces the Dog Guild, and apparently the canine language is capable of producing [[ANaziByAnyOtherName terrifying political speeches]], and the the average Ankh-Morpork stray has enough reasoning power to understand them. ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' reveals he can also talk to wolves, although few wolves are interested in talking to him.

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* Zig-zagged on Literature/{{Discworld}}, especially in books involving Gaspode. In his first appearance in ''Discworld/MovingPictures'', ''Literature/MovingPictures'', Gaspode (who's a TalkingAnimal) is clear that without his magically enhanced intelligence he wouldn't have the ability to process complex language; he can translate for another dog, but all it says is "[[DogsAreDumb Laddie good boy! Good boy, Laddie!]]" But his next appearance in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' ''Literature/MenAtArms'' introduces the Dog Guild, and apparently the canine language is capable of producing [[ANaziByAnyOtherName terrifying political speeches]], and the the average Ankh-Morpork stray has enough reasoning power to understand them. ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' ''Literature/TheFifthElephant'' reveals he can also talk to wolves, although few wolves are interested in talking to him.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' had Timmy pulling a FreakyFridayFlip with Vicky's dog. He finds himself unable to communicate with Cosmo and Wanda afterward, but can talk to Vicky's other pets.


* ''WesternAnimation/SpiesInDisguise'': Being turned into a pigeon allows Lance to understand what other pigeons are saying. All we hear onscreen is cooing, though.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpiesInDisguise'': Being turned into a pigeon allows Lance to understand what other pigeons are saying. All we hear onscreen is cooing, though. Lance can also talk to Walter and understand him fluently.


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* In all the ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' comics, movies, specials, and series, the animals can understand human language, but not vice versa. In the comic this has been going the other way as far as Garfield and Jon are concerned, since Jon actually reacts to things that only appear in Garfield's thought bubbles (such as the comic's trademark AsideGlance).
** Odie is an odd exception, he is incapable of any form of communication other than barks and such in all media he appears in, and with the exception of a couple isolated incidents is unable to do animal thoughtspeak, though he is the only animal in the comics who isn't able to do so, including other dogs. Given his intelligence level, he may have just not learned how to. There was one comic, however where he tried to meow to Garfield, only for Garfield to claim he couldn't understand him due to his thick dog accent.
** This seems to apply not only to animals, but ''everything'': flowers, doughnuts, old meatloaf, laser pointers, and weight machines have all been shown to be capable of communicating with Garfield through thoughts.
* Snoopy is capable of AnimalTalk in the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' comics, but not so much in the movies and specials.
* Seems to apply in ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'', but rarely comes up. When Otto (Sgt. Snorkel's dog) and Bella (Sgt. Lugg's cat) first meet, they seem to be able to communicate through their thought bubbles, which humans can't "hear". Another time in a much newer strip, Otto communicates with some cats with normal speech bubbles.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{The Far Side}}'', being that it's a MindScrew comic strip, this trope is subverted, inverted, played straight, and so on in every possible way from strip to strip.
* In ''ComicStrip/PoochCafe'', while dogs and their owners can communicate, cats speak to nobody but other cats.
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* In all the ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' comics, movies, specials, and series, the animals can understand human language, but not vice versa. In the comic this has been going the other way as far as Garfield and Jon are concerned, since Jon actually reacts to things that only appear in Garfield's thought bubbles (such as the comic's trademark AsideGlance).
** Odie is an odd exception, he is incapable of any form of communication other than barks and such in all media he appears in, and with the exception of a couple isolated incidents is unable to do animal thoughtspeak, though he is the only animal in the comics who isn't able to do so, including other dogs. Given his intelligence level, he may have just not learned how to. There was one comic, however where he tried to meow to Garfield, only for Garfield to claim he couldn't understand him due to his thick dog accent.
** This seems to apply not only to animals, but ''everything'': flowers, doughnuts, old meatloaf, laser pointers, and weight machines have all been shown to be capable of communicating with Garfield through thoughts.
* Snoopy is capable of AnimalTalk in the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' comics, but not so much in the movies and specials.
* Seems to apply in ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'', but rarely comes up. When Otto (Sgt. Snorkel's dog) and Bella (Sgt. Lugg's cat) first meet, they seem to be able to communicate through their thought bubbles, which humans can't "hear". Another time in a much newer strip, Otto communicates with some cats with normal speech bubbles.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{The Far Side}}'', being that it's a MindScrew comic strip, this trope is subverted, inverted, played straight, and so on in every possible way from strip to strip.
* In ''ComicStrip/PoochCafe'', while dogs and their owners can communicate, cats speak to nobody but other cats.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Bolt}}'', animals can talk with one another, but not to humans.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Bolt}}'', animals can talk with one another, but not to humans.the humans can't understand them.



* ''WesternAnimation/OpenSeason'', the animals can talk to each other but the humans can't understand them as shown when boog is trying to stop elliot from ruining his show the humans hear them behind the curtain and since they only hear roaring mistake him for trying to kill Elliot and then all of them.

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* ''WesternAnimation/OpenSeason'', the animals can talk to each other but it's most likely that the humans can't understand them as shown when boog is trying to stop elliot from ruining his show the humans hear them behind the curtain and since they only hear roaring mistake him for trying to kill Elliot and then all of them.them, though it is unclear if Shaw can understand the animals or not, but did see Eliot walk like a man. But in "Open Season: Scared Silly", Shaw understood the animals, when Boog said "Aooooo" when his hand was bitten by Mr Weenie, he heard it clearly and though it was a werewolf.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Barnyard}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' take this even further: Not only do the animals have the ability to talk to each other but not to humans, whenever they're left alone they all start walking on two legs, but if they're all spotted by humans, they all revert back to walking on all fours!!

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Barnyard}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' take this even further: Not only do the animals have the ability to talk to each other but not to humans, do pretend that they can't talk when humans are around, (Except for one scene) whenever they're left alone they all start walking on two legs, but if they're all spotted by humans, they all revert back to walking on all fours!!



* The ''Film/{{Garfield}}'' movie has the animals sounding like normal animals to humans rather than being totally silent to them like in the comics.

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* The ''Film/{{Garfield}}'' movie has the animals sounding like normal animals talking to humans rather than being totally silent to them like in the comics.


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** All the different species of Pokemon (usually) talk only using parts of their own names, but they can still understand every other species. Team Rocket's Meowth, who is one of the few Pokemon which speak human language (he taught himself to impress a female), sometimes acts as a translator. Interestingly, the Pokemon appear to understand humans easily, so much so that Meowth is never shown to speak Pokemon talk even when he isn't in the company of humans.

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** All the different species of Pokemon Pokémon (usually) talk only using parts of their own names, but they can still understand every other species. Team Rocket's Meowth, who is one of the few Pokemon Pokémon which speak human language (he taught himself to impress a female), sometimes acts as a translator. Interestingly, the Pokemon Pokémon appear to understand humans easily, so much so that Meowth is never shown to speak Pokemon Pokémon talk even when he isn't in the company of humans.



** ''Island of the Giant Pokemon'' is the only known Pokemon episode to actually provide subtitles, due to having a sub-plot that didn't involve any humans. [[{{Woolseyism}} Subtitles weren't provided in the original Japanese version of the episode.]]

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** ''Island of the Giant Pokemon'' Pokémon'' is the only known Pokemon ''Pokémon'' episode to actually provide subtitles, due to having a sub-plot that didn't involve any humans. [[{{Woolseyism}} Subtitles weren't provided in the original Japanese version of the episode.]]


* In ''Fanfic/WarriorsRedux'' there are two tongues: Felidae (also known as "Cat's Tongue", "Double-Talk", and "Moorland") and "Fang" (also know as "Language of the Meat-eaters", "Blood-Speak", "Hunter's Tongue", and "Basic"). Felidae is both verbal and physical. The words are verbal while the intonation and emotion come from body language. Cats who don't use body language are considered [[TheStoic monotone]], while moving only certain parts of your body is similar to an accent. Fang, in contrast, is the CommonTongue of predators. It's a limited language mainly consisting of nouns. Few Clan cats are fluent in it, while tame domestic animals have more trouble speaking Fang than feral animals.

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* In ''Fanfic/WarriorsRedux'' there are two tongues: Felidae (also known as "Cat's Tongue", "Double-Talk", and "Moorland") and "Fang" (also know as "Language of the Meat-eaters", "Blood-Speak", "Hunter's Tongue", and "Basic"). Felidae is both verbal and physical. The words are verbal verbal, while the intonation and emotion come from body language. Cats who don't use body language are considered [[TheStoic monotone]], while moving only certain parts of your body is similar to an accent. Fang, in contrast, is the CommonTongue of predators. It's a limited language mainly consisting of nouns. Few Clan cats are fluent in it, while tame domestic animals have more trouble speaking Fang than feral domestic animals.



* In ''The Summer King Chronicles'', birds and gryfons speak one language, and mammals speak "earth speech." Only [[TheChosenOne the Summer King]] can understand all animals.

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* In ''The Summer King Chronicles'', ''Literature/TheSummerKingChronicles'', birds and gryfons speak one language, and mammals speak "earth speech." Only [[TheChosenOne the Summer King]] can understand all animals.


->''"In English comic books, 'Woof woof!'; in French comic books, 'Ouaf ouaf!'"''
-->-- '''Creator/EddieIzzard''' on language, ''Glorious''



* The book ''Literature/WatershipDown'', never content to leave an animal trope as it finds it, has its rabbits speak Lapine amongst themselves. Local creatures share a crude woodland vernacular (referred as "hedgerow ''lingua franca''"), but other ones have to be taught; these are represented by broken language, strong accents and unintelligibility of simple concepts such as Lapine's "''silflay''" or Keehar's 'Gullish' "sea" to other species. Different rabbit populations have words and concepts for things others do not: for example, the Watership crowd has no comprehension of the "great messenger of Frith" that scattered their pursuers, but the Efrafans know it was a train.

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* The book ''Literature/WatershipDown'', never content to leave an animal trope as it finds it, has its rabbits speak Lapine amongst themselves. Local creatures share a crude woodland vernacular (referred as "hedgerow ''lingua franca''"), talk"), but other ones have to be taught; these are represented by broken language, strong accents and unintelligibility of simple concepts such as Lapine's "''silflay''" or Keehar's Keehaar's 'Gullish' "sea" to other species. Different rabbit populations have words and concepts for things others do not: for example, the Watership crowd has no comprehension of the "great messenger of Frith" that scattered their pursuers, but the Efrafans know it was a train.

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* In ''The Summer King Chronicles'', birds and gryfons speak one language, and mammals speak "earth speech." Only [[TheChosenOne the Summer King]] can understand all animals.


* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' exhibits this trope, as does the original novel on which it's based.
* ''Disney/TheAristocats'' also exhibits this trope, all the animals are able to talk with each other. But when humans are around, them make normal animal noises. Most notable when Marie,Toulouse,and Berlioz return home and meow to their owner when they return home.
* For the most part, ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' seems to follow this trope, as animals of all species can communicate, as well as understand what the humans are saying but not vice-versa. However, at one point Timothy Mouse is able to whisper intelligibly into the ringmaster's ear as he sleeps. Either Timothy is special, animals just pretend they can't speak when humans are around (which you'd think would be an even bigger claim to fame than a flying elephant if one ever spoke up), or the fact that the man was asleep meant he only heard the mouse subconsciously.

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* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' exhibits this trope, as does the original novel on which it's based.
* ''Disney/TheAristocats'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAristocats'' also exhibits this trope, all the animals are able to talk with each other. But when humans are around, them make normal animal noises. Most notable when Marie,Toulouse,and Berlioz return home and meow to their owner when they return home.
* For the most part, ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Dumbo}}'' seems to follow this trope, as animals of all species can communicate, as well as understand what the humans are saying but not vice-versa. However, at one point Timothy Mouse is able to whisper intelligibly into the ringmaster's ear as he sleeps. Either Timothy is special, animals just pretend they can't speak when humans are around (which you'd think would be an even bigger claim to fame than a flying elephant if one ever spoke up), or the fact that the man was asleep meant he only heard the mouse subconsciously.



* In ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', animals can talk with one another, but not to humans.

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* In ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Bolt}}'', animals can talk with one another, but not to humans.



* ''Disney/BrotherBear'': When Kenai is turned into a bear, he suddenly gains the ability to speak to all animals, but loses his ability to speak with other humans. However, there is a siberian bear that only speaks what is translated into Russian, to the confusion of every other bear.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': All animals can speak with each other but not with humans. However, when Naveen and Tiana are transformed into frogs they gain the abilities to talk to the animals yet do not lose the ability to communicate with other humans. Mama Odie appears to be able to understand AnimalTalk in her human form.

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* ''Disney/BrotherBear'': ''WesternAnimation/BrotherBear'': When Kenai is turned into a bear, he suddenly gains the ability to speak to all animals, but loses his ability to speak with other humans. However, there is a siberian bear that only speaks what is translated into Russian, to the confusion of every other bear.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': All animals can speak with each other but not with humans. However, when Naveen and Tiana are transformed into frogs they gain the abilities to talk to the animals yet do not lose the ability to communicate with other humans. Mama Odie appears to be able to understand AnimalTalk in her human form.



* In ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'', the animals (except the dogs) can talk to each other, but they are never shown talking to humans. Even though humans don't actually show up, they are mentioned to exist in this movie.
* In ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'', all the herbivorous dinosaurs and the lemurs, can talk to each other, but [[CarnivoreConfusion the carnivorous dinosaurs]], including the film's [[BigBad Big Bads]], a pair of Carnotaurus, cannot talk! (They instead communicate using roars and screams.)

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* In ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Bambi}}'', the animals (except the dogs) can talk to each other, but they are never shown talking to humans. Even though humans don't actually show up, they are mentioned to exist in this movie.
* In ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaur}}'', all the herbivorous dinosaurs and the lemurs, can talk to each other, but [[CarnivoreConfusion the carnivorous dinosaurs]], including the film's [[BigBad Big Bads]], a pair of Carnotaurus, cannot talk! (They instead communicate using roars and screams.)



* Unlike with [[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime previous]] [[Disney/{{Dinosaur}} examples]], ''Anime/YouAreUmasou'' has carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs both being able to speak and communicate with each other.

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* Unlike with [[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime previous]] [[Disney/{{Dinosaur}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaur}} examples]], ''Anime/YouAreUmasou'' has carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs both being able to speak and communicate with each other.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' adds a new level to the animal talk used in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' franchise. Animals apparently all have their own species-specific languages (which corresponds to the sound they usually make when they communicate) alongside the generalized language they all speak. In one episode Simba and Nala go on a trip to go to an elephants funeral. Simba isn't fluent in elephant and butchers "He had good on him" as "He had poop on him". Luckily the other elephants don't take it badly as [[ToiletHumor the elephant was often poop covered]] and that used to make them laugh.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' adds a new level to the animal talk used in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' ''Franchise/TheLionKing'' franchise. Animals apparently all have their own species-specific languages (which corresponds to the sound they usually make when they communicate) alongside the generalized language they all speak. In one episode Simba and Nala go on a trip to go to an elephants funeral. Simba isn't fluent in elephant and butchers "He had good on him" as "He had poop on him". Luckily the other elephants don't take it badly as [[ToiletHumor the elephant was often poop covered]] and that used to make them laugh.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpiesInDisguise'': Being turned into a pigeon allows Lance to understand what other pigeons are saying. All we hear onscreen is cooing, though.


* Subverted in ''{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', in the very first episode. Cheetor tries to talk to the cheetahs, and even though he transforms into one, they still don't seem to understand what he's saying, instead panicking at the sight of Waspinator and running off.

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* Subverted in ''{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', in the very first episode. Cheetor tries to talk to the cheetahs, and even though he transforms into one, they still don't seem to understand what he's saying, instead panicking at the sight of Waspinator and running off.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Green Eggs and Ham|2019}}'': Only the viewer can hear the mouse, who Sam names Squeaky, talking, while other characters can hear him squeaking.


* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog'' relies on this trope (in the books, the dogs never spoke at all). It can be jarring sometimes to see the three dogs having an intelligent conversation in English (via TranslationConvention), only for the show to stop translating those barks when a human character steps into the picture.

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* The 2000 AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog'' relies on this trope (in the books, the dogs never spoke at all). It can be jarring sometimes to see the three dogs having an intelligent conversation in English (via TranslationConvention), only for the show to stop translating those barks when a human character steps into the picture. However, in the version that premiered in 2019, the dogs and human characters talk directly with each other.

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* In ''Literature/TheGoldenHamsterSaga'', all mammals can speak a telepathic language called Interanimal.

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