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Consider the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism. If a character is a realistic animal, NearlyNormalAnimal, or TalkingAnimal, then it is easy to justify its animal state; you don't want a human to play a perfectly normal dog any more than ''vice versa.'' But if a character is a FunnyAnimal or a [[PettingZooPeople Humanoid Animal]], then you may need to throw in some deliberate references or allusions to help justify it.

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Consider the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism. If a character is a realistic animal, NearlyNormalAnimal, or TalkingAnimal, then it is easy to justify its animal state; you don't want a human to play a perfectly normal dog any more than ''vice versa.'' But if a character is a FunnyAnimal or a [[PettingZooPeople Humanoid Animal]], FunnyAnimal, then you may need to throw in some deliberate references or allusions to help justify it.
it. If the character is a BeastMan, on the other hand, you'll probably not have to worry about breaking this trope too much since they Beast Men tend to be found in sci-fi and fantasy settings, which often feature other non-human species (along with humans).



* So far averted with Sajin Komamura from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' who is an [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic fox humanoid]] for some unexplained reason. Also done to a lesser extent with Yoruichi Shihōin who [[VoluntaryShapeshifting turns into a cat]] [[BellisariosMaxim but nobody ever really questions this]].
** Komamura has now been revealed to be part of a clan that was banished to the Animal Realm, and thus gained werewolf-like traits.

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* So far averted with * Sajin Komamura from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' who is an [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic fox humanoid]] for some unexplained reason.humanoid that was later revealed to be part of a clan that was banished to the Animal Realm, and thus gained [[WolfMan werewolf-like traits]]. Also done to a lesser extent with Yoruichi Shihōin who [[VoluntaryShapeshifting turns into a cat]] [[BellisariosMaxim but nobody ever really questions this]].
** Komamura has now been revealed to be part of a clan that was banished to the Animal Realm, and thus gained werewolf-like traits.


* A problem many viewers have with ''{{WesternAnimation/Sing}}'' is the fact that there is no reason for it to be set in a WorldOfFunnyAnimals. The characters act almost completely human, despite their different species, and the plot (a bunch of characters auditioning for a musical talent show) does not rely on the characters being animals to make it work.

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* A problem many viewers have with ''{{WesternAnimation/Sing}}'' is the fact that there is no reason for it to be set in a WorldOfFunnyAnimals. The characters act almost completely human, despite their being different species, and the plot (a bunch of characters auditioning for a musical talent show) does not rely on the characters being animals to make it work.


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* Creator/{{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' series is generally considered their weakest work probably because of the fact they're the only films where the story doesn't ''exactly'' require the characters be cars, and the fact that there are no humans in it, whereas ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' is about problems toys would have to face if they were sentient, ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' with rats, ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' with robots, etc.

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* Creator/{{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' series is generally considered their weakest work probably because of the fact they're the only films where the story doesn't ''exactly'' require the characters be cars, and the fact that there are no humans in it, whereas ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' is about problems toys would have to face if they were sentient, ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' with rats, ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' with robots, etc.



* Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'' deliberately chose to use animals -- it's right in the opening narration. This is partly for the RuleOfSymbolism: Robin is a fox because he's clever, Maid Marian is a fox because Robin is, Friar Tuck is a stubborn and tough badger, Prince John and King Richard are royal lions, Alan A Dale is a chanticleer -- um, a rooster... Another reason: this was made directly after the Creator/{{Disney}} version of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', which meant that half the character designs could be [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh84g8rC2oA copy-pasted]] from ''there''. Little John is related to Baloo, and Sir Hiss is related to Kaa... The characters do sometimes slip into animalistic traits. Most bird characters do fly, a young turtle hides his head in his shell, and it's amazing how much mileage one can get out of compressing snakes into small spaces...

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* Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'' deliberately chose to use animals -- it's right in the opening narration. This is partly for the RuleOfSymbolism: Robin is a fox because he's clever, Maid Marian is a fox because Robin is, Friar Tuck is a stubborn and tough badger, Prince John and King Richard are royal lions, Alan A Dale is a chanticleer -- um, a rooster... Another reason: this was made directly after the Creator/{{Disney}} version of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', which meant that half the character designs could be [[https://www.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh84g8rC2oA copy-pasted]] from ''there''. Little John is related to Baloo, and Sir Hiss is related to Kaa... The characters do sometimes slip into animalistic traits. Most bird characters do fly, a young turtle hides his head in his shell, and it's amazing how much mileage one can get out of compressing snakes into small spaces...



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* MickeyMouse. Yeah, he's a mouse and [[SpeciesSurname his name's Mickey Mouse]], but other than that, there's not much mouse-like about him; almost everything he does seems like something we would do. His biggest enemy ''is'' an anthropomorphic cat, but Pete's feline nature isn't always self-evident. But there is a reason for his being a mouse: FurriesAreEasierToDraw, especially in cheap black and white animation (how he started), and the species-less shape was being used by someone else. (Back in the late 1920s, ''many'' cartoon characters were [[InkblotCartoonStyle similar-looking]] except for the ears and TertiarySexualCharacteristics.)

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* MickeyMouse.''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse''. Yeah, he's a mouse and [[SpeciesSurname his name's Mickey Mouse]], but other than that, there's not much mouse-like about him; almost everything he does seems like something we would do. His biggest enemy ''is'' an anthropomorphic cat, but Pete's feline nature isn't always self-evident. But there is a reason for his being a mouse: FurriesAreEasierToDraw, especially in cheap black and white animation (how he started), and the species-less shape was being used by someone else. (Back in the late 1920s, ''many'' cartoon characters were [[InkblotCartoonStyle similar-looking]] except for the ears and TertiarySexualCharacteristics.)


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* Creator/{{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' series is generally considered their weakest work probably because of the fact they're the only films where the story doesn't ''exactly'' require the characters be cars, and the fact that there are no humans in it, whereas ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' is about problems toys would have to face if they were sentient, ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' with rats, ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' with robots, etc.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' uses an all animal-cast for the RuleOfSymbolism. All the members of the Furious Five use martial arts moves based on their animal namesake. Then there's Po, who, like a panda, is big, lazy, and [[WildMassGuessing probably naive about sex]].
* Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'' deliberately chose to use animals -- it's right in the opening narration. This is partly for the RuleOfSymbolism: Robin is a fox because he's clever, Maid Marian is a fox because Robin is, Friar Tuck is a stubborn and tough badger, Prince John and King Richard are royal lions, Alan A Dale is a chanticleer -- um, a rooster... Another reason: this was made directly after the Creator/{{Disney}} version of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', which meant that half the character designs could be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh84g8rC2oA copy-pasted]] from ''there''. Little John is related to Baloo, and Sir Hiss is related to Kaa... The characters do sometimes slip into animalistic traits. Most bird characters do fly, a young turtle hides his head in his shell, and it's amazing how much mileage one can get out of compressing snakes into small spaces...
* The main cast of ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'' consists of talking cats. They mostly [[AnimalTalk just talk to one another]], but [[spoiler:Claudandus admits he spoke to Pretorious (a human) before killing him.]]). They read, they have their own religion (that is, The Claudandus Sect), and one of them [[spoiler:Pascal/Claudandus]] is able to use a computer... but they still do normal cat things like hiss, have random sex, and, in the case of Bluebeard, urinate on things to mark their territory.
* Inversion: in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'', the crew are mostly alien, but act fairly human. The scientist is the only one who acts weird, but so have plenty of {{Absent Minded Professor}}s.
* A problem many viewers have with ''{{WesternAnimation/Sing}}'' is the fact that there is no reason for it to be set in a WorldOfFunnyAnimals. The characters act almost completely human, despite their different species, and the plot (a bunch of characters auditioning for a musical talent show) does not rely on the characters being animals to make it work.
* ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' also suffers from this problem, with the plot being about a car-washer who gets praised as a hero for supposedly killing a member of the mafia and having little to do with the characters being fish in an underwater city.



* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny uses this rule. Most of the things he does are strictly human traits, but the guy lives in a rabbit hole, digs long tunnels (occasionally making the WrongTurnAtAlbuquerque), munches on carrots all the time, and constantly has to worry about rabbit and wabbit hunters.
** Note that the idea that rabbits like the orange part of carrots is a myth that was popularized by Bugs, making the above somewhat recursive.

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* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny uses this rule. Most of the things he does are strictly human traits, but the guy lives in a rabbit hole, digs long tunnels (occasionally making the WrongTurnAtAlbuquerque), munches on carrots all the time, and constantly has to worry about rabbit and wabbit hunters.
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time[[note]]the idea that rabbits like the orange part of carrots is a myth that was popularized by Bugs, making the above this somewhat recursive.recursive[[/note]], and constantly has to worry about rabbit and wabbit hunters.



* Creator/{{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' series is generally considered their weakest work probably because of the fact they're the only films where the story doesn't ''exactly'' require the characters be cars, and the fact that there are no humans in it, whereas ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' is about problems toys would have to face if they were sentient, ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' with rats, ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' with robots, etc.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' uses an all animal-cast for the RuleOfSymbolism. All the members of the Furious Five use martial arts moves based on their animal namesake. Then there's Po, who, like a panda, is big, lazy, and [[WildMassGuessing probably naive about sex]].



* Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'' deliberately chose to use animals -- it's right in the opening narration. This is partly for the RuleOfSymbolism: Robin is a fox because he's clever, Maid Marian is a fox because Robin is, Friar Tuck is a stubborn and tough badger, Prince John and King Richard are royal lions, Alan A Dale is a chanticleer -- um, a rooster... Another reason: this was made directly after the Creator/{{Disney}} version of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', which meant that half the character designs could be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh84g8rC2oA copy-pasted]] from ''there''. Little John is related to Baloo, and Sir Hiss is related to Kaa... The characters do sometimes slip into animalistic traits. Most bird characters do fly, a young turtle hides his head in his shell, and it's amazing how much mileage one can get out of compressing snakes into small spaces...
* The main cast of ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'' consists of talking cats. They mostly [[AnimalTalk just talk to one another]], but [[spoiler:Claudandus admits he spoke to Pretorious (a human) before killing him.]]). They read, they have their own religion (that is, The Claudandus Sect), and one of them [[spoiler:Pascal/Claudandus]] is able to use a computer... but they still do normal cat things like hiss, have random sex, and, in the case of Bluebeard, urinate on things to mark their territory.



* Inversion: in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'', the crew are mostly alien, but act fairly human. The scientist is the only one who acts weird, but so have plenty of {{Absent Minded Professor}}s.


* Inversion : in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'', the crew are mostly alien, but act fairly human. The scientist is the only one who acts weird, but so have plenty of {{Absent Minded Professor}}s.

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* Inversion : Inversion: in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'', the crew are mostly alien, but act fairly human. The scientist is the only one who acts weird, but so have plenty of {{Absent Minded Professor}}s.


Also consider the RuleOfAnimationConservation, another good reason for a filmmaker to use an animal cast- namely, to justify the use of animation. This is circular, natch -- each justifies the other.

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Also consider the RuleOfAnimationConservation, another good reason for a filmmaker to use an animal cast- namely, cast--namely, to justify the use of animation. This is circular, natch -- each natch--each justifies the other.


* In general, Creator/{{Pixar}}'s the king of this trope. The fact that the ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' series is generally considered their weakest work probably has a lot to do with the fact they're the only films where the story doesn't ''exactly'' require the characters be cars, and the fact that there are no humans in it, whereas ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' is about problems toys would have to face if they were sentient, ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' with rats, ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' with robots, etc.

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* In general, Creator/{{Pixar}}'s the king of this trope. The fact that the ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' series is generally considered their weakest work probably has a lot to do with because of the fact they're the only films where the story doesn't ''exactly'' require the characters be cars, and the fact that there are no humans in it, whereas ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' is about problems toys would have to face if they were sentient, ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' with rats, ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' with robots, etc.


* Heck, any fandom of a work that includes nonhumans will fall into this trope. Whether it be anthropomorphized animals, aliens, fantasy creatures, or [[HumansByAnyOtherName simply humans by a different ]] name, fans will take the time to [[WildMassGuessing speculate on their biological and social structures,]] [[FanficFuel spawning hundreds of fanfics]] just on the world behind the scenes.

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* Heck, any fandom of a work that includes nonhumans will fall into this trope. Whether it be anthropomorphized animals, aliens, fantasy creatures, or [[HumansByAnyOtherName simply humans by a different ]] name, fans will take the time to [[WildMassGuessing speculate on their biological and social structures,]] [[FanficFuel spawning hundreds of fanfics]] just on the world behind the scenes.



* Gary Larson's ''TheFarSide'' is a perfect example of this trope in action. Many times, his one-panel strips would employ a cast of non-human anthropomorphic characters doing human things (for example, a family of dogs or even a boomerang husband and wife). When this happened, you could guess from the start that the punchline would have to do with them being non-human creatures (for example, the joke for the boomerang couple was based on the idea that boomerangs come back to you when you throw them).

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* Gary Larson's ''TheFarSide'' ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' is a perfect example of this trope in action. Many times, his one-panel strips would employ a cast of non-human anthropomorphic characters doing human things (for example, a family of dogs or even a boomerang husband and wife). When this happened, you could guess from the start that the punchline would have to do with them being non-human creatures (for example, the joke for the boomerang couple was based on the idea that boomerangs come back to you when you throw them).


* Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'' deliberately chose to use animals -- it's right in the opening narration. This is partly for the RuleOfSymbolism: Robin is a fox because he's clever, Maid Marian is a fox because Robin is, Friar Tuck is a stubborn and tough badger, Prince John and King Richard are royal lions, Alan A Dale is a chanticleer -- um, a rooster... Another reason: this was made directly after the {{Disney}} version of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', which meant that half the character designs could be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh84g8rC2oA copy-pasted]] from ''there''. Little John is related to Baloo, and Sir Hiss is related to Kaa... The characters do sometimes slip into animalistic traits. Most bird characters do fly, a young turtle hides his head in his shell, and it's amazing how much mileage one can get out of compressing snakes into small spaces...

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* Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'' deliberately chose to use animals -- it's right in the opening narration. This is partly for the RuleOfSymbolism: Robin is a fox because he's clever, Maid Marian is a fox because Robin is, Friar Tuck is a stubborn and tough badger, Prince John and King Richard are royal lions, Alan A Dale is a chanticleer -- um, a rooster... Another reason: this was made directly after the {{Disney}} Creator/{{Disney}} version of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', which meant that half the character designs could be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh84g8rC2oA copy-pasted]] from ''there''. Little John is related to Baloo, and Sir Hiss is related to Kaa... The characters do sometimes slip into animalistic traits. Most bird characters do fly, a young turtle hides his head in his shell, and it's amazing how much mileage one can get out of compressing snakes into small spaces...


* VeggieTales originally used vegetables instead of humans because when they started, their CG computers were so basic that complex characters were difficult, but a pea (sphere), cucumber (elongated sphere) or asparagus (cylinder with spheres on top) was doable. They were also easy to ''render'' realistically, since tomatoes, cucumbers, and kitchen tiles do have that generic glossiness that was easy to create with the shading methods available at the time.

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* VeggieTales ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' originally used vegetables instead of humans because when they started, their CG computers were so basic that complex characters were difficult, but a pea (sphere), cucumber (elongated sphere) or asparagus (cylinder with spheres on top) was doable. They were also easy to ''render'' realistically, since tomatoes, cucumbers, and kitchen tiles do have that generic glossiness that was easy to create with the shading methods available at the time.


* The [[AuthorAppeal creator, scriptwriter, or artist]] is secretly in the FurryFandom. (Or, in some cases, openly.)

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* The [[AuthorAppeal creator, scriptwriter, or artist]] is secretly in the FurryFandom.UsefulNotes/FurryFandom. (Or, in some cases, openly.)


* Gary Larson's ''TheFarSide'' is a perfect example of this trope in action. Many times, his one-panel strips would employ a cast of non-human anthropomorphic characters doing human things (For example, a family of dogs or even a boomerang husband and wife). When this happened, you could guess from the start that the punchline would have to do with them being non-human creatures (for example, the joke for the boomerang couple was based on the idea that boomerangs come back to you when you throw them).

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* Gary Larson's ''TheFarSide'' is a perfect example of this trope in action. Many times, his one-panel strips would employ a cast of non-human anthropomorphic characters doing human things (For (for example, a family of dogs or even a boomerang husband and wife). When this happened, you could guess from the start that the punchline would have to do with them being non-human creatures (for example, the joke for the boomerang couple was based on the idea that boomerangs come back to you when you throw them).


* VeggieTales originally used vegetables instead of humans because when they started, their CG computers were so basic that complex characters were difficult, but a pea (sphere), cucumber (elongated sphere) or asparagus (cylinder with spheres on top) was doable.

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* VeggieTales originally used vegetables instead of humans because when they started, their CG computers were so basic that complex characters were difficult, but a pea (sphere), cucumber (elongated sphere) or asparagus (cylinder with spheres on top) was doable. They were also easy to ''render'' realistically, since tomatoes, cucumbers, and kitchen tiles do have that generic glossiness that was easy to create with the shading methods available at the time.

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** Note that the idea that rabbits like the orange part of carrots is a myth that was popularized by Bugs, making the above somewhat recursive.

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