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The cast of Animal Crackers (2017). Be prepared for spoilers!


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    Owen's family 

In general

  • Nice Guy: They're all good people in general.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. In the original graphic novel, Owen and Zoe are brother and sister. Here, they meet at the circus, fall in love, and get married.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Owen's hair is blue, like his uncle Bob. Zoe's is purple. Mackenzie's is dark bluish-purple.

Owen Huntington

Voiced by: John Krasinski
The main protagonist, a guy who grew up loving his uncle Bob's circus, and eventually inherited it.
  • Character Development: Owen starts out as a nervous Extreme Doormat, but gains more self-confidence and becomes a (mentally) stronger person throughout the movie.
  • Extreme Doormat: Initially played straight, and later averted. Owen starts out as a very insecure father. He allows Mr. Woodley to bully him into leaving his beloved circus behind and taking a job he doesn't want. However, Owen goes through Character Development throughout the movie and learns to stand up for himself, which he proves by refusing Horatio's Deal with the Devil attempt.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Owen looks like his voice actor due to the similar hairstyle, body type, and nose shape.
  • Parental Abandonment: We know Bob and Horatio are Owen's uncles whereas Mr. Woodley would become his father-in-law...so what about his birth parents? They're never brought up period and in the context of the movie, it would appear that Bob is the closest analog to Owen having one.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Owen looks very similar to his uncle Bob, with the skinny physique, similar facial features, and blue hair.

Zoe Huntington

Voiced by: Emily Blunt
Owen's wife, who also loves the circus.
  • Mama Bear: Zoe mainly stays out of the fighting in the climax and doesn't eat a single Animal Cracker throughout most of the film, taking a more managerial role. When Horatio has her husband and daughter at his mercy, however, she becomes an Asian Elephant and sends the chimera packing:
    Elephant Zoe: Keep your paws off of my family!

Mackenzie Huntington

Voiced by: Lydia Rose Taylor
Owen and Zoe's energetic young daughter.
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    Buffalo Bob's Animal Circus 
The circus that the movie revolves around. Formerly co-owned by brothers Bob and Horatio Huntington, but later owned by Bob, with help from his wife Talia.

Robert "Buffalo Bob" Huntington

Owen's uncle, and the co-founder of the circus. Even though "Buffalo Bob" was his stage name, most people just call him Bob.

Talia

Voiced by: Tara Strong
A gypsy woman who joined the circus when Bob and Horatio were performing together. She got caught in a Love Triangle with the two brothers, but always loved Bob more for his pure heart and kindness, and eventually married him.
  • Big Good: Shares this role with Bob after marrying him. They both want the best for the circus.
  • Heart Symbol: Her face is subtly shaped like one.

Chesterfield

Voiced by: Danny DeVito
The leader of the clowns, who supports Owen's family in reviving the circus.

  • Big Fun: Chesterfield is overweight, and also a funny and kind-hearted Non-Ironic Clown. It's shown that he used to be skinny, but gradually gained a lot of weight from eating too much circus food.
  • Cool Old Guy: Chesterfield hasn't lost his sense of humor even into Owen's adult years.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Chesterfield strongly resembles Danny DeVito, though Word of God said that this is completely coincidental, as the role was actually intended for Robin Williams.
  • Non-Action Guy: Chesterfield doesn't do much fighting against Horatio and his goons in the climax. To be fair, he attempts to take on a transformed El Diablo by himself, but he has to be saved by the acrobats in the forms of elephants.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: While all the clowns at the circus are funny and good-natured, Chesterfield stands out for his kindness to the Huntingtons, especially Owen.
  • Mentor Archetype: Chesterfield teaches Owen's family how the magical animal crackers work, and also provides advice to Owen when he's feeling down.

Bullet-Man

The human cannonball. Can only say "Bullet-Man"... usually.

    Woodley Dog Biscuits 
A dog biscuit factory owned by Zoe's father, Mr. Woodley. Owen works there as a taste tester for many years, while secretly working with his coworker Binkley to invent new biscuits that will boost sales and impress Mr. Woodley.

Mr. Woodley

Voiced by: Wallace Shawn
Zoe's father, who owns a dog biscuit factory. He is not happy that his daughter married Owen, who grew up in a circus, and manipulates Owen into working for him after convincing Owen that he can't support a family at the circus.
  • Mean Boss: Mr. Woodley towards Owen and, well anyone else who isn't Zoe. Even his most loyal sycophant, Brock, isn't free from his disdain.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Mr. Woodley towards Owen, as he was against Zoe's marriage to him from the start. He settles down after the climax.

Brock

Owen and Binkley's obnoxious coworker who sabotages their attempts to impress Mr. Woodley.

Binkley

Voiced by: Raven-Symoné
A shy employee who is working with Owen to invent better dog biscuits.

    Horatio's circus 
Horatio P. Huntington, the brother of Bob, used to co-run Bob's circus with him, but after they had a bad falling out, Horatio left and started his own circus with four sideshow performers.

In general

  • 0% Approval Rating: None of the citizens are interested in watching Horatio's circus perform. Horatio's circus also has a bad reputation with the performers at Bob's circus, as they react with fear and uncertainty whenever Horatio and his goons (but especially Horatio) arrive at the circus.
  • Crappy Carnival: Downplayed. Horatio's circus isn't necessarily terrible, it's just small, and when they perform, nobody cares.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: They all become hybrid animals as a result of eating broken animal crackers.
  • One-Winged Angel: In the climax, the henchmen turn into monstrous Mix-and-Match Critters as a result of eating broken crackers. Horatio eats more broken crackers a few minutes later and gets a very dramatic transformation into a chimera.

Horatio P. Huntington

Voiced by: Ian McKellen
The main antagonist, Bob Huntington's jealous brother who wants the power of the animal crackers for himself.
  • A God Am I: Horatio says this after becoming a chimera in the climax.
  • Actor Allusion: At one point, Horatio tells his henchman Mario to "fly you fool".
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist, who drives the plot with his goal of stealing the magic animal crackers.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Horatio was blonde back in the day, though he wasn't full-on evil back then but still quite unpleasant.
  • Cain and Abel: Horatio's Cain to Bob's Abel, though it's mainly one-sided on the former's part, due to his envy of his younger brother.
  • Classic Villain: Horatio is big on Envy, but also displays Wrath, Pride, Greed, and Lust. Horatio looks vastly different from the protagonists, even though he's supposedly related to them. He serves as a foil to Owen's insecure nature, and attempts to manipulate Owen into making a deal with him. He gets a dramatic One-Winged Angel transformation in the climax before facing a comical and humiliating defeat.
  • Classical Chimera: Horatio turns himself into a chimera during the climax, after eating some broken cookies. He is eventually defeated and turned into a hamster after a climactic battle.
  • Evil Brit: Played with. Horatio is the brother (supposedly by blood) of Bob Huntington, who is very clearly American, yet Horatio is voiced by a British man using a posh accent.
  • Evil Old Folks: He held onto his grudge against Bob well into old age, and enacts his evil plans as an old man.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He's the main antagonist, and he has a very deep voice, courtesy of Ian McKellen.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: It's implied that a big part of why Horatio grew to hate Bob was due to him being good with people (the clowns, audience members, winning Talia's heart, etc.) whereas the former always acted like a haughty diva even on his good days, though everyone else was too polite to tell him otherwise. He makes it clear during his Villain Song that even after Bob's supposed death that he considers being kind to others a sucker's game and won't be having any of it should he take over the circus. When the permanently transformed Bob and Talia confront him with the possibility of being stuck as a chimera forever, Horatio has a moment of horror when he realizes what his jealousy has cost his family, but is quick to forgo this upon realizing that now that he has a form superior to his brother, it gives him the perfect excuse to lord it over him and take over the world. Thankfully, the combined efforts of the Huntingtons manages to stop him.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In his song "Could've Been Mine," Horatio calls out Bob for his "stupid hat" even though Horatio wears a very gaudy top hat himself.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Just when it looks as if Horatio realizes what his actions have cost his brother and sister-in-law, he rationalizes that if remaining a withered old man is the alternative, he'll gladly stay a monster. This ends up costing him.
  • It's All About Me: Horatio was always quite the attention-seeking narcissist. Unfortunately, he want from disregarding the other circus performers to outright trying to get people to worship him.
  • Jerkass: Even before his descent into full-on villainy, Horatio was obnoxious and mean at best and a jealous and conniving S.O.B. at worst.
  • Kick the Dog: He has a habit of shoving people out of his way, which helps show his arrogance even before he becomes a full-blown villain.
  • Never My Fault: Horatio blames Bob for his own lack of success, even though it was Horatio's own jealousy that left him to leave Bob's circus. If he hadn't spent his whole life seething over Bob's success, he might have become successful in his own right.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Bob's Blue Oni. Horatio is a boisterous performer who demands the respect and admiration of others. This contrasts Bob's more laidback nature.
  • Redemption Rejection: When he understands that he trapped his brother and said brother's wife in animal shapes forever, Horatio has a brief moment of My God, What Have I Done?... but it doesn't stick.
  • Repulsive Ringmaster: Horatio P. Huntington, the Big Bad. Horatio used to run a circus with his brother Bob, but was always more interested in gaining fame than in the art of performing. Bob was a very kind and generous ringmaster (you could say he's a Reputable Ringmaster), and as a result, Bob was more successful, which drove Horatio mad. Horatio left Bob's circus and started his own with a few sideshow acts, but it wasn't very successful, so Horatio became bent on retaking Bob's circus.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Bob's Sensitive Guy. Horatio acts very assertive and dominant towards others, and he also has a muscular build. This contrasts Bob's gentle nature and skinny build.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Inverted. Despite supposedly being the brother of Bob and the uncle of Owen (who both look similar to each other), Horatio has a completely different body type, facial structure, and hair color. He even has a very different accent.
  • Take Over the World: Almost said word for word by Horatio in the climax, telling Owen and the other circus performers that using the crackers for mere entertainment is a waste. He proceeds to go One Wing Angel as a chimera and proclaims himself a god.

Mario Zucchini

A vertically-challenged motorcycle stuntman, and Horatio's top enforcer (though Zucchini thinks Horatio is his henchman.) He calls himself "The Zucchini."

El Diablo

Voiced by: Anthony Sava
A firebreather who wears a red devil costume.

Samson the Strongman

Voiced by: Kevin Grevioux
A strongman who provides the muscle for Horatio's circus.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's a circus strongman, and he's bald.
  • Bald of Evil: He's one of the villain's henchmen, and he's bald.
  • Badass Beard: He's the most physically capable of Horatio's henchmen, and he has a bushy beard.
  • Beard of Evil: He's one of the villain's henchmen, and he has a full beard.
  • The Quiet One: He's not very talkative or arrogant compared to the other antagonists.
  • Scary Black Man: Downplayed. Samson, a black circus strongman, is one of the main villain's henchmen. While Samson does obey his boss' orders to fight the heroes or steal the animal crackers, he doesn't seem too malicious on his own. He seems quiet and passive when he's not being ordered to fight.
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed. While Samson is willing to work for an evil man and follow his commands, he seems less overtly evil than Horatio's other henchmen, quietly putting up with Horatio's constant abuse. This is best shown when the henchmen do a barbershop quartet imitation in Horatio's song. When Horatio tells them to stop, most of the henchmen seem angry and indignant as they walk away, but Samson just lowers his head and walks away sadly.
  • World's Strongest Man: As a circus strongman, he fits this trope.

Stabby

Voiced by: Tony Bancroft
A knife thrower.
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