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"In the world of Zootopia, humans never happened. Which makes Zootopia a modern civilized world that is entirely animal."
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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 people in the setting, except maybe a Token Hairless Ape or two.

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, or Funny Animals. Beast Men might also fall under this trope, though it's rarer as Beast Men tend to be considered a separate species to their animal look-alike. 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, as well as Cast of Personifications, where the cast are the personifications of nonhuman things or beings given human form. Also compare and contrast Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!, where these types of characters co-exist with people. If mammals are the only Funny Animals in the setting, then you've got yourself World of Mammals. Also contrast with Furry Lens, in which the cast are really humans but are symbolically depicted as talking animals.

May result in Furry Confusion and/or Carnivore Confusion. These worlds may contain semiaquatic animals working in nautical professions.


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  • Commercials for Charmin toilet paper today are set in a world inhabited by blue and red bears.
  • Sexual Violence with the Birds and the Bees is a couple of animated PSAs meant to teach teens about sexual harassment, and features anthropomorphic birds and bees depicted as high schoolers, as well as a lot of puns and visual gags revolving around the fact that they are such.
  • A handful of adverts for MiO starred animal people. For example.

    Anime & Manga 
  • The cast of the 1986 series Maple Town is mostly cute anthropomorphic animals. The exception is the main antagonist, "Wilde Wolf", who threatens to kidnap and eat the young animals. Patty is brave enough to confront him at times and even rescues some of her friends from him occasionally.
  • The Kemono manga Mekko Rarekko, which features a cast of anthropomorphic canines.
  • Unlike the games (where Sonic naturally lives on Earth alongside humans), it's shown in Sonic X that Sonic comes from a planet that lacks humans. Dr. Eggman was revealed to have been born on Earth. Sonic and his friends, however, are stuck on Earth for almost the entirety of the first series (first two seasons outside of Japan).
  • All the characters in Aggretsuko are Funny Animals, they mostly act like humans except for a few Furry Reminders.
  • Africa Salaryman is similar to Aggretsuko, with humanoid animals that act human except for a Furry Reminder now and then.
  • The obscure direct-to-video series Mother Goose Songs & Rhyme (known as "Mother Goose Video Wordbook" in Japan) features cute anthropomorphic animals as various Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme characters. The series was made by Triangle Staff (the studio's first work) and was released in Japan, United Kingdom, and American between 1988 and 1991 on home video (OVAs in Japan) with a total of 12 volumes in the series. Outside Japan, only the first three were released to the western market.
  • Doraemon movies:
    • The inhabitants of the animal planet from Doraemon: Nobita and the Animal Planet are all sapient animals capable of speech, having their own society and celebrates events like New Year and Independence Day. Meanwhile, the series' main cast, consisting of Nobita and friends, are all humans (sans Doraemon the robot cat). It turns out the animal denizens were originally from a neighboring world facing destruction millions of years ago, where a human scientist, deciding there's no longer any hope for the population, decides to mass-teleport the animal population into a green planet. The teleportation process gives most of the animals intelligence, allowing them to evolve over the years into their current state.
    • Doraemon: Nobita and the Winged Braves is set in Birdopia, a World of Funny Birds where every resident is an andromorphic avian-human. Turns out it was created several millenia ago by a human ornithologist from the future who gave up on humanity, and travels to an alternate dimension with hundreds of his pets, where he evolves them before aallowing the bird-people to repopulate the dimension.
    • The gang visits another similar world in Doraemon: Nobita in the Wan-Nyan Spacetime Odyssey, the Wan-Nyan Town populated entirely by andromorphic dogs and cats. And once more, it has a scientific explanation; Nobita and friends comes across an entire pack of stray cats and dogs and decides to bring them to the past before existence of humans, 300 million years ago, with Nobita using Doraemon's Evolution Light to make the animals rapidly evolve. They return to the present with intentions of visiting the animals the following day, only for their Time Machine to hit a time warp and jettison them 299,999,000 years ago - a millennium away from their intended timestamp, where the andromorphic cats and dogs have developed their own society after a thousand years.
  • Japanese preschool series Shima Shima Tora no Shimajirō, takes place in a world of cute anthropomorphic animals. The franchise is mainly focused on Shimajiro and his family of tigers, but also spotlights Mimirin/Mimi-Lynn a Japanese snow rabbit and Nikki/Nyakkii the cat.
  • Kaiketsu Zorori features a world of Funny Animals with the human creator of the show coming in to break the fourth wall ever now and then.
  • The various continuities of Kemono Friends are populated exclusively by the titular Friends, animals transformed into Little Bit Beastly girls by Sandstar, with the exception of the protagonists.
  • Beastars takes place in a society made up entirely of anthropomorphic animals, with a lot of tension between carnivores and herbivores. While it's easy to draw comparisons between this series and Zootopia for its similar themes, Beastars is notable for taking a darker route, with carnivores struggling to maintain control of their instincts to kill and devour, while herbivores try to stay confident despite their fears of said instincts. It also focuses a lot more on biological exploitation, such as cows being forced to produce more milk than is healthy for them, mammals being skinned for their fur, and both carnivores and herbivores being trafficked for their body parts.
  • The Wize Wize Beasts of the Wizarding Wizdoms takes place in a Wizarding School in a setting mostly populated by anthropomorphic animals (as well as regular, non-sentient animals, which are referred to as "Lessers"). More fantastical creatures such as dragons, unicorns and griffons are also anthropomorphized. However, it turns out that humans do exist in this world, though they live in a different kingdom very far away.
  • Brand New Animal is all about a world in which "beastmen" live on Earth alongside humans and the tensions that arise between the two. Unlike most funny animals, beastmen can actually shift into fully "human" forms.
  • Odd Taxi is set in a modern-day Tokyo where all the characters are humanoid animals that otherwise dress and act completely like humans: Were it not for main character Odokawa (a walrus) occasionally lampshading it and one of the Manzai duos in the show being named "Homosapien" you'd think everyone were human. It's increasingly hinted, and finally revealed in the final episode, that this is because Odokawa has brain damage and sees people as humanoid animals and we've seen the entire show through his eyes. "Homosapien" turns out to be a Red Herring, and given some of the names Manzai duos take in Real Life it's not even a particularly unrealistic one.
  • Nezumi Monogatari is a 2007 kids anime film created by Sanrio Company which focuses on 2 mice George and Gerald who live in the abandoned house with the other mice friends and their elder mouse who sends them on a journey to find the dragon in the waterfall.

  • Beast Fables takes place in the world of Urvara. Instead of humans, it's inhabited by werebeasts and merfolk, who can look like any terrestrial or aquatic animals respectively.

    Asian Animation 
  • Dreamkix is filled with animals and no humans are seen at all.
  • Gaju Bhai's main characters and background extras are all anthropomorphic animals. Not all the episode-specific monsters are animals, technically, but they aren't human either.
  • Hayop Ka!: The Nimfa Dimaano Story is set in the Philippines, but in a human-free but otherwise all-animal analogue of modern Metro Manila.
  • The only known human who ever appears in Our Friend Xiong Xiao Mi is Santa Claus, with a fairy being a close second due to at least being humanoid; other than that, the characters in that show are all anthropomorphic animals.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf's main cast entirely comprises anthropomorphic goats and wolves.
  • Rimba Racer has Funny Animals spanning the world.
  • Pororo the Little Penguin is a CGI Korean TV series which focuses on the animals living in the artic Pororo the Penguin, Crong a crocodile, Poby the Polar Bear, Petty the Penguin, Eddy the fox, Loopy a beaver, Harry the Hummingbird who have misadventures in their hometown, there are a few episodes which actually show human characters.
  • Baby Bus is a Chinese CGI TV series musical which focuses on 2 Panda bear kids Kiki, Miumiu and other cartoon animals Rudolph the Penguin, Hank the Hippo, Momo the rabbit, Whiskers the mouse and the misadventures they have.

    Comic Books 
  • I Killed Adolf Hitler is set in a world of Funny Animals. This includes Hitler the dog.
  • Maus, though it's more of the author's imagination at work using different animals to represent different groups of people (the Jews are mice, the Germans are cats, the Polish are pigs, the French are frogs, the Americans are dogs, etc.). The Author Avatar wonders briefly how he should be depicting his girlfriend, since she's not Jewish (by birth) and is in fact French. She initially suggests a rabbit, and then says that since she's converted to Judaism, she should be a mouse also.
  • The Mickey Mouse Comic Universe and many of the comics in the Disney Ducks Comic Universe don't feature humans, unlike the Disney cartoons they're based on. They're rodent and duck centric.
  • The world of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, officially named "Earth-C" in the DC Comics multiverse system (post-Infinite Crisis, Earth-C was renamed "Earth-26"). Earth-C is designated as the world where most of DC's Golden and Silver Age funny-animal comics ("The Dodo and the Frog," "Peter Porkchops," etc.) take place.
  • Duckworld, where Howard the Duck comes from, is populated solely by anthropomorphic ducks.
  • Fritz the Cat and its film adaptations.
  • Horndog.
  • Blacksad is one of the currently most famous examples in the European comic book world, starring mostly animals of all kinds with very human-like bodies.
  • Grandville, is a about a badger police detective in a world which is mostly Funny Animals with a minor (servant) population of humans. The latter become more significant in the sequels, starting out as largely a background gag.
  • Samurai Squirrel is set in a world populated by animals both anthropomorphic and not.
  • Usagi Yojimbo, which takes place in Japan where every single animal except horses and lizards are anthropomorphized. Lord Hikiji on the other hand is a human.
  • The cartoon world of Peter Porker, the Amazing Spider-Ham, is filled with a wide variety of cartoon animal superheroes and villains. Initially appearing in his own book and What The? in the 80s, we see further glimpses of it in the Web Warriors comic series.
  • Subverted in Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics). Originally, the comics seemed to take place in one of these. However, once the games started explicitly humans in-series in Sonic Adventure, the comic couldn't ignore them for long. Eventually it was shown that Mobius was a futuristic Earth where animals became the dominant species after being mutated long ago. Humans live in a secluded area and have since devolved into aggressive, four-fingered "Overlanders" (though a few normal humans still exist).

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: Counter-Earth was built as one of these, modeled after Earth and containing nearly identical technology, architecture, and culture- save for the fact that its population consists almost entirely of Uplifted Animals.

  • The Busytown series created by Richard Scarry is filled with nothing but friendly humanized animals going through their daily lives. The series mostly stars a cat and a worm.
  • The Berenstain Bears books and TV show, but with bears specifically.
  • All of Kyell Gold's novels are primarily set in universes void of humans. Strangely though, anthropomorphism only applies to land-based mammals, and Lee from Out of Position mentioned that he once had a pet lizard.
  • The Geronimo Stilton books and their Animated Adaptation do this with mice specifically.
  • Ysengrimus is pretty much the book that spawned a whole genre by itself, including many other tales of Reynard the Fox. Not surprising, since the book uses anthropomorphic fable characters to make a satire about medieval times.
  • The Redwall and both its Animated Adaptation and graphic novel one. A world of humanized animals living in a permanent medieval time period, it's half Sugarbowl, half world of war. Redwall mainly contains small woodland animals such as mice, hares, rats, and badgers however non-anthropomorphic (though still as sapient as the other characters) birds appear.
  • Pick any book made by Rosemary Wells. Most of her children's books star an anthropomorphic animal character such as a raccoon, rabbit, or cat.
  • Babar and its Animated Adaptations are a curious example, as the characters begin as Talking Animals but eventually become Funny Animals after Babar introduces civilization to the jungle. Most of the characters are elephants, but many stock African/tropical wild animals appear regularly, like rhinos and monkeys. Humans are also present in most versions, but other than the old lady who mentored Babar and the hunter who killed his mother, they don't interact with the Funny Animals and more or less exist entirely separated from them.
  • The Green Ember world is comprised almost entirely of anthropomorphic rabbits, wolves, and giant birds of prey in a setting similar to The Middle Ages.
  • The Builders setting is composed of anthropormorphic animals in a Western time period.
  • In Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama books and the Animated Adaptation, Llama Llama's world is populated by animals such as llamas, gnus, goats and in the television series sheep and giraffes, among others. Humans are nowhere to be seen.
  • The Armadillo with No Heart takes place in such a world, which is also a World of Mammals, with all character to appear in the story being anthropomorphic armadillos or hedgehogs. While they mostly behave like humans (including living in humanlike houses and using typewriters), there is the occasional Furry Reminder such as the armadillo protagonist curling into a ball to protect himself from wolves.
  • Pondovadia is one of these. Every character in the series is an anthropomorphic animal, ranging from beavers to dogs to even chimeras.
  • The Bad Guys book series takes place in a world of anthropomorphic animals. Despite this, dog kennels are treated as both prisons and standard dog kennels and chickens still live in caged farms (and also risk being eaten by Mr. Snake). The series' spin-off series, Cat on the Run, would continue this theming.
  • Sundered Lands takes place in a setting similar to The Middle Ages where everyone is some kind of anthropomorphic animal, and no humans are so much as even referenced.
  • Little Critter and his family are Cartoon Creature critters, all other characters in the series are anthropomorphic animals of some sort.
  • The soft science fiction novel Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard is set in a galaxy of anthropomorphic mammals, although the focus is on the titular elephants. All can trace their ancestry back to "raised mammals" genetically engineered by humans.
  • Narnia mostly resembled this trope prior to the Telmarine invasion, with the added presence of fantasy races like wood nymphs, dwarfs, and centaurs.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.

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  • In We're Animals in a Post-Apocalyptic Town, all characters are fully anthropomorphic animals, with some of the ones debuting on the first page including an armadillo, a fox, a hyena, and a rabbit. This even includes animals that are extinct or don't exist in the real world (Wanda being a purple dinosaur, for example). They all walk on two legs, are able to speak, live in humanlike houses and have regular jobs and some forms of technology and machinery, but they may still display traits characteristic of their species, such as Krista speaking in Sssssnaketalk.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Burrows & Badgers is a minatures wargame set in a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Britain (the Kingdom of Northymbria) in which various woodland creatures are fighting for the crown.
  • Crimestrikers is set on Creaturia, a multi-species world populated not only by humanoid mammals, birds and reptiles, but a race of Fish People called Hydrerans. Dragons existed (in the form of Draconic Humanoids) until they were hunted to extinction long ago, but the species is revived due to genetic engineering.
  • The Delver's Guide to Beast World is a third-party campaign setting for Dungeons & Dragons inhabited by various species of mammals uplifted by a pantheon of gods from another universe. Later on dragons and kobolds arrived from another world that was stagnant and became more anthropomorphic in the process, and fifteen years before the game start humans came from yet another world where the laws of physics were breaking down.
  • Hc Svnt Dracones is a Post-human Cyberpunk RPG where a Mega-Corp repopulated the solar system with genetically engineered human-animal hybrids called "Vectors" following a nuclear war. The few remaining humans either modified themselves into Vectors or died off.
  • Ironclaw and Jadeclaw are Low Fantasy RPGs in a world where seemingly all mammals and birds are anthropomorphic. Calabria, the setting of Ironclaw, is divided between four major houses ruled by foxes, horses, boars, and wolves, but their vassals and subjects comprise dozens of other species.
  • Magic: The Gathering's Bloomburrow set takes place in a world without humans, where all of the denizens are anthropomorphic Woodland Creatures.
  • Pugmire and its sister game Monarchies of Mau are a setting in which humanity is, at this point, long gone, and uplifted animals have filled the void left behind. Interestingly, non-uplifted animals still exist, and are viewed by the uplifted much as a chimpanzee would be viewed by a human.
  • Toon normally lets you roleplay as anything: human, animal, plant or inexplicably sentient toaster, but in the Dungeons and Toons setting, the civilised peoples are all funny animals. Specifically, they're all dogs, squirrels, badgers or mice, as a pastiche of Standard Fantasy Races.
  • Urban Jungle is a Film Noir-inspired RPG from the same makers as Ironclaw that takes place in a world similar to our own early 20th century, but with animals as people.
  • Wanderhome takes place in Hæth, a fantasy world of animal-folk who serve as the setting's people, while bugs stand in as the livestock and non-sapient animals.
  • Wild Skies: Europa Tempest is set in a world of anthropomorphic animals, but centered on a Diesel Punk Europe that is struggling to put itself back together after World War I ground into a stalemate. Players usually take on the role of mercenaries.

  • LEGO:
    • The Fabuland theme has unique minifigs in the form of animal people with names like Edward Elephant and Wilfred Walrus.
    • Legends of Chima is set in a heroic fantasy universe where the various "tribes" battling for control of the world's magical energy are lions, crocodiles, wolves, and so on.
  • Every incarnation of My Little Pony after the original generation of toys lacks humans and it's composed entirely of animals, mainly the titular ponies. Although with Equestria Girls there are now plenty of toys of the pony characters as humans (albeit with with very unnatural skintones).
  • Sylvanian Families stars a group of anthropomorphic animals mostly on animals families like bunnies and cats.

    Video Games 
  • In Animal Jam, everyone in Jamaa is a Civilized Animal, even though non-anthropomorphic animals exist.
  • The titular kingdom of Armello is populated by civilized animals... well, civilized enough for them to engage in a cut-throat battle for the throne when their king falls to madness and decay. The player characters come from one of five clans (Wolf, Rabbit, Rat, Bear, or the catch-all of Bandit) that influence the kingdom, but card art and in-game quest-givers extend the population across a large span of european mammals, throwing in reptiles and amphibians as well.
  • Ato is set in a Feudal Japan that's populated by anthropomorphic animal people.
  • The characters of Aviary Attorney are all Half Human Hybrids with animal heads, though in background art and such that involves crowds the crowds usually have human faces.
  • The townspeople of Beacon Pines are anthropomorphic animals.
  • In Beyond the Edge of Owlsgard, the kingdom of Velehill is entirely populated by a variety of anthropomorphic animals. They come in a variety of shapes: while most mammals are bipedal and act mostly like humans, birds are much closer to their real-life counterparts, and sheep are still quadrupedal.
  • Brutal: Paws of Fury is a fighting game with a cast of Funny Animals.
  • Campfire Cat Cafe & Snack Bar takes place in a world of anthropomorphic animals. Most, if not all of the story-relevant characters and staff members are cats (Most are domestic cats, but Ranger Harrison is a snow leopard and Xoco is a lion). The minor NPCs are more diverse in species, including animals such as rabbits, black bears, pandas, llamas, giraffes, more lions, and others.
  • Carrie's Order Up! is populated entirely by anthropomorphic sea creatures, from a crab waitress to an eel businessman.
  • Clam Man takes place in an underwater world of anthropomorphic sea creatures.
  • Fur Fighters, which features a cast of gun-toting cartoony animals blasting each other to hell.
  • Ghost Giant is set in a world of anthropomorphic animals; main character Louis is a cat. The titular Ghost Giant averts this, just being a fairly nondescript blue blob thing.
  • Goodbye Volcano High is set in a modern world of anthropomorphic dinosaurs, and their colors range from the natural to wild technocolors. Large prehistoric bugs take on the role of domesticated animals like dogs and cats.
  • Inherit the Earth takes place in a post-humanity world; humans experimented with making animals sentient before suddenly vanishing, leaving the animals to to become anthropomorphic and take their place.
  • Investi-Gator: The Case of the Big Crime takes place in a world of cartoony animals. Although there aren't too many characters, there is still a relatively diverse choice of species. There are even anthropomorphic fish, which is a rarity in most stories.
  • Last Case: The Disappearance of Amanda Kane is set in a Film Noir world where the casts seems to be composed of clothed stags.
  • The Little Tail Bronx games (consisting of Tail Concerto, Solatorobo, and Fuga: Melodies of Steel) all take place on floating islands inhabited by anthropomorphic dogs and cats named the Caninus and Felinekos. Believe it or not, this is Justified, as prior to the games, humanity wiped themselves out in World War III, leading to the Juno to reset the world by taking whatever was left of the Earth and raising it to the skies. Somewhere along the way, all of the human DNA got mixed in with dogs and cats, which is what results in the human-like appearances of the cast.
  • The characters of Night in the Woods are all visually represented as funny animals, fittingly rendered in a charming Busytown-esque art style.
  • The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series takes place in a land where only Pokémon live. While they are aware of humans, they never really show up; with the exception of the human-turned-Pokémon protagonist, of course.
  • In the Przygody Reksia games, antropomorphic animals co-exist with non-antropomorphic ones. Unlike the cartoon they were based on, human characters are nowhere to be seen. Even historical figures like Leonardo da Vinci and characters like Jules Verne's Captain Nemo are depicted as animals.
  • Randle Sim Racing is full of Funny Animals, especially birds and reptiles, but a few prominent mammals exist, and even fewer humans out of them. Many race cars, and interact with unfamiliar humans without question.
  • Rivals of Aether takes place in a world inhabited entirely by Funny Animals, where no humans appear at all. This conceit extends to the guest fighters: Ori is a somewhat vulpine Cartoon Creature, and though Shovel Knight wears full-body armor that conceals his species, his fish head is revealed in a secret taunt. Of course, game mods can easily bump the game up to Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!
  • The setting of Shadow of the Wool Ball and its sequel. The main characters are hedgehogs inhabiting a planet that gets attacked by evil cats from outer space. The sequel also includes sapient sheep and polar bears.
  • Sly Cooper is a weird example. Although most of the cast consists of Funny Animals, both the second and third game contained feral bears, sharks, and wolves that didn't talk or wear clothes.
  • Played with in Sonic the Hedgehog. In the first several games, it seemed like this trope was being used. Besides the oddman out, Dr. Eggman, there were only Funny Animal characters (possibly due to the games taking place in islands). Thus most western works portrayed the characters living on a planet named "Mobius" where only anthropomorphic animals existed. However, according to Japanese canon humans did exist. They were just offscreen, bar a few characters such as Eggman and Witchcart. This was supported by the series having urban-themed levels since the beginning, and by Sonic the Screensaver and Sonic the Animation outright showing Sonic and his friends coexisting with humans. Sonic Adventure did away with any doubts on the matter, featuring hubworlds filled with human NPCs, making it clear that the characters live on a fictional version of Earth alongside humans. Eventually Sega clarified that anthros like Sonic tend to live in islands, while humans live in continents and big countries.
  • The Splatoon franchise is set in a world populated by anthropomorphic marine animals, including shapeshifting squid and octopuses - the Inklings and Octolings - as the main focus. One notable detail is that there's a grand total of two true mammals in the cast (Judd and Li'l Judd, who are cats); everyone else is, at best, a vertebrate fish, with the rest being invertebrates. This is a little unusual, since Splatoon doesn't take place underwater: all these creatures evolved to live on land.
  • SPY Fox is full of mostly-dressed cartoon animals (though many of the males go barefoot), with no humans in sight. The main team is composed of a fox, a monkey, and a duck; while the main villains are a goat, a flea, and a poodle.
  • Star Fox takes place in the Lylat System, which is populated entirely by all kinds of Funny Animals IN SPACE. The original team alone was composed by a fox, a rabbit, a bird, and a frog, with a monkey as the antagonist.
  • Super Lesbian Animal RPG: Most of the world's inhabitants are anthropomorphic animals, including the main characters (a fox, rabbit, cow, and tiger). Though there is a minor character who appears to be an orc, as well as a few undead of indeterminate species and Javis, who has a cassette tape for a head.
  • Tooth and Tail is set in a world of funny animals that resembles early 20th century Russia. Because all the animals want to eat meat, and meat has to come from animals (who are all intelligent), this causes a Civil War that makes up the events of the game.
  • Zniw Adventure takes place in a world of anthropomorphic dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles. They have their own towns and buildings, although many animals live out in the wilderness anyway.

    Web Animation 
  • Happy Tree Friends focuses on a group of multicolored animals Speaking Simlish as they go on various adventures—and die in gruesome and/or impossible ways.
  • True Tail combines a funny animal world with High Fantasy. The heroes are six adventurers — a cat, a rabbit, a bear, a fox, a phoenix, and a half-dragon/half-sheep hybrid — fighting an evil sorcerer vulture and his undead army.
  • Trick Moon: The world the show takes place in is populated almost entirely by anthropomorphic animals, though there still exist non-anthropomorphic monsters, such as the dragon Trickshot and Pocket fight.

  • Downplayed in Precocious, in which only cats and dogs are civilized.
  • The eponymous main characters of Chuck and Beans are anthropomorphic animals, specifically a rabbit and a dog, respectively. The few background characters that appear are always other anthropomorphic animals.
  • Space Pawdyssey is another galaxy of funny animals, with each species family originating on a different planet. Unfortunately the Felines lost their homeworld, and the majority of their population, in the Great Offscreen War.
  • The owl people in Realm of Owls are the comic's equivalent of humans. There are also other anthropomorphic animals that have human intelligence, like the Beast Lord who is a long-spined cat.
  • The cast of Blue Moon Blossom consists of cartoony minimalist animals with what appear to be human levels of intelligence and reasoning.
  • NonPack is a Mature Animal Story about Gangbangers struggling for power in an anthropomorphic version of Puerto Rico. The Villain Protagonists are a group of criminal dogs, and their rivals are other species-based gangs.
  • Litterbox Comics is a Slice of Life strip that stars a family of anthropomorphic cats, and their peers are other anthropomorphic creatures such as pugs, foxes, birds, and lizards. Even some pop culture icons get animal translations. The strip is based on the artist's actual family, though it parodies real-world animal behaviors as well.
  • Forestdale goes all in on this trope. Everything from mammals to avians to reptiles are anthropomorphized with no exceptions. There are even hybrid animals that result from breeding outside of one's species as is the case with Jake Noel.
  • Lancer: The Knights of Fenris is a furry Space Opera set in a Feudal Future. It's about the mammalian species uniting in self-defense against the Drogahri, a civilization of warlike reptiles who seek to conquer them all.
  • Felicia, Sorceress of Katara takes place in a fantasy world where a few specific species families (including: bears, canids, felines, primates, mice, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, and toads) are anthropomorphized and others are not. Most of them have their other countries but there is a degree of migration, for instance the vixen titular character was born in the canine land of Dogonia but moved to the feline kingdom of Katara after her family was killed, while the Lep'Kruft rabbits lost their homeland to a magical disaster and depend on what hospitality the other kingdoms might provide. Toads seem to fill the role of orcs.
  • Foxes in Love is set in a world much like ours, except that humans are replaced with foxes.

    Web Original 
  • The Pirates Covered in Fur is a story filled with anthropomorphic animals and no humans in sight. The only exception is the giant robot dragon, which doesn't speak and acts feral.
  • 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.
  • Tails of the Bounty Hunter takes place on planet Drorix, which is populated entirely by anthros and aliens as opposed to anthros and humans like on planet Tero.
  • Plonqmas: The series takes place in one. The only human referenced in the stories is Santa Claus.
  • Cubnet: The stories are set on an alternate Earth where humans do not exist, which, since the story revolves around what is essentially their equivalent of Nickelodeon (it's implied that the titular network's main rival, Toonland, is their universe's equivalent of Cartoon Network), is probably to give an easy justification for all the TV shows in their universe being different (some of which are clearly based on well-known ones).

    Western Animation 
  • Amphibia's title setting is populated entirely by anthropomorphic frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders.
  • Spongebob Squarepants combines this with Mouse World to create a setting primarily populated by fish and other marine animals.
  • The Backyardigans stars a group of Funny Animal children consisting of a penguin, moose, hippo, kangaroo, and a Cartoon Creature that resembles an insect.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy's main characters are a Female Feline, Male Mutt duo who are heroic spies. Their boss is a flea, and all the other characters are various species.
  • CatDog is primarily cats and dogs, but other kinds of animals are seen prominently, then there's also the occasional Cartoon Creature like Mr. Sunshine.
  • Max and Ruby (second TV series based on books by Rosemary Wells) takes place in a world populated by rabbits. Unusually, Ruby's toys are clearly human dolls.
  • Another series based on Wells' books is Timothy Goes to School. There are no humans whatsoever and the main character is a raccoon. Other animal types include cats, mice and bulldogs. They behave almost entirely like humans, with only a very rare Furry Reminder.
  • Turbo Dogs, as the name of the show suggests, is set in a world populated by anthropomorphic dogs.
  • Angelina Ballerina, both the Civilized Animal/Funny Animal world in books and the original version of the show, and the newer world in the CGI version.
  • Civilized Animal example: Franklin. The protagonist is an anthropomorphic turtle and two of his best friends are a bear cub and fox kit. It is, apparently, Earth, as Australia is explicitly mentioned by name and both maps and globes have been depicted that match the Earth.
  • Babar and the Adventures of Badou follows in the footsteps of the original Babar series (see Literature). Unlike its predecessors however, humans are entirely absent/unmentioned in the show, and non-elephant/rhino/monkey Funny Animals feature much more prominently, with crocodiles, zebras, and ostriches also being among the show's major characters. Also, Talking Animals, like lions and leopards, appear coexisting with the Funny Animals, albeit living in the wilderness while the regular characters live in towns and cities.
  • Olivia is set in such a place, with the title character and her family being anthropomorphic pigs.
  • Turtle Island features this trope. The inhabitants of the titular island are a turtle, a platypus, an octopus, and an earthworm, while the recurring villains are a rat, a shark, and a parrot.
  • The Bremen Avenue Experience is a Setting Update of The Bremen Town Musicians, and its characters (a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster) are based on the animals from the original tale.
  • Almost Naked Animals takes place in a hotel full of shaved animals in their underwear.
  • The main setting of Spliced, Keep Away Island, is this with Mix-and-Match Critters, but humans are presumed to exist in the rest of the world, as most of the characters were created by one.
  • Rare plant example: VeggieTales, where all of the characters are either talking fruit or vegetables.
  • Sitting Ducks is set in a world populated by anthropomorphic ducks and alligators.
  • Every incarnation of My Little Pony from My Little Pony Tales on takes place in a world without humans. The fourth generation continuity, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, is particularly rigorous about this, going to the point of editing the appearances of partly human creatures to remove the "partly human" bit (for instance, manticores have fully leonine heads, while a sphinx appeared with a pony's head instead of a human's). The only exception are the Equestria Girls films, which are explicitly set in a separate universe from the one the rest of G4 takes place in.
  • Sheriff Callie's Wild West is a Western Series for pre-schoolers. Most of its characters are animals, but one of Sheriff Callie's deputies is an anthropomorphic cactus.
  • Skunk Fu! takes place in a version of ancient China where the animal styles of kung fu are all performed by actual animals.
  • Toot & Puddle is definitely a more unusual example. The entire cast is animals, however, they fall at various stages along the map. Toot, Puddle and the other talking pig characters are pretty much Funny Animals and many of the other characters are too. However, Toot & Puddle live with a bird named Tulip who is generally shaped like a bird and can fly, but can still talk and is completely sentient. Certain animals, such as elephants or cows, tend to be drawn more animal-like and may sometimes perform their animal functions, such an elephant who gives rides around India. However, the elephant still gets paid for doing this job and has her own life off-duty.
  • Fantomcat lived in a world like this. He was a cat; his True Companions, his enemies, and the civilians they protected were all various species of animal.
  • Tonko House's animated short The Dam Keeper is set in a world populated by Funny Animals containing no dialogue from the characters.
  • The 9th Life of Sherman Phelps is set in a world of anthropomorphic animal people, with the main characters being a cat and a mouse and a recurring elephant character who takes New Jobs As The Plot Demands.
  • The Russian series Nu, Pogodi! has an entire cast of anthropomorphic animals.
  • The main characters of Kipper are anthropomorphic dogs and pigs. There never any humans seen and nothing to indicate any exist within that world.
  • Count Duckula is about a world of anthropomorphic birds.
  • Zigzagged in The Raccoons: At first the episodes started and finished with a human ranger and his children having a parallel Aesop and living near the characters and all the sentient animals were supposed to coexist secretly with humans (showing even normal non-anthropomorphic animals as the rule). After the initial season the humans were phased out and the world become a planet of Civilized Animals.
  • The Remake of Danger Mouse. The original series rarely showed any humans, but was intended to be a Mouse World beneath regular London. In the new version, the Queen is a corgi, there's a hippo selling meat pies, and the rodents and other small animals have been scaled up to the point where DM's pillar box HQ is now a skyscraper shaped like a pillar box.
  • Most western cartoons for Sonic the Hedgehog play this trope straight, despite the games taking place in a Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My! environment. Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) and Sonic Underground came out prior to Sonic Adventure and use the outdated "Mobius" concept. Sonic Boom takes place in an Alternate Universe from the games where the characterizations are different and the world seems to be populated by anthros, as no humans other than Dr. Eggman are ever shown. Curiously averted by Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, which had a significant number of human characters despite being (loosely) based on the early Western canon, although it was still set on Mobius and most characters were anthros. In addition, the series bible for Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) established that Mobius was a post-apocalyptic Earth that was originally populated by humans, similarly to the Archie continuity.
  • Kaeloo: Planet Smileyland only has seven inhabitants, but all of them are anthropomorphic animals with no humans in sight.
  • Commander Clark is filled with funny animals in space. The main characters are a dog, a fox, and a cat.
  • The Tale of the Great Bunny: The Great Bunny lives in one. Abigail goes to it to find him when he doesn't leave Easter Eggs in her house.
  • Peppa Pig takes place in a world entirely populated by anthropomorphic animals with species surnames. Over the show's long run, only two humans have appeared: Santa Claus and the Queen.
  • On Elinor Wonders Why, all of the characters are animal-people of some sort. Elinor is a rabbit, while her best friends Ari and Olive are a bat and elephant respectively. Their teacher is a mole.
  • Bluey takes place in a world populated by anthropomorphic dogs of multiple different breeds, with a good number of characters even having names that would be more typical for dogs than people.
  • Fluffy Gardens is a world inhabited by animals which live like humans and are bipedal, but otherwise have an animal body plan.
  • Chip and Potato: All the characters are mammals, birds and reptiles; for example, Chip's family are pugs.
  • Pete the Cat has a wide range of anthropomorphic animal characters, but there are no humans to be seen. The main characters are two cats, a dog, a squirrel, a toad and a platypus.
  • Danger Rangers takes place on an Earth populated by anthropomorphic animals, though non-anthropomorphic dogs also exist and landmarks such as Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty still have human appearances.
  • The 2022 Short Film The Great Wolf Pack: A Call To Adventure takes place in a world of cute funny animals starring the resort's five mascots (Wiley the Wolf, Violet the Wolf, Sammy the Squirrel, Oliver the Raccoon, and Brinley the Bear). The film was created by "Great Wolf Entertainment" (a division of American indoor water park chain "Great Wolf Lodge") with plans on making newer animated content starring the five characters in the future. In addition, the mascots were given major redesigns where some resembled feral animals (notably Sammy the Squirrel).
  • The 1984 animated series The Get Along Gang takes place in a world of friendly and cute anthropomorphic animals. The series focuses on a group of young animals (notably Dotty Dog and Woolma Lamb) spending quality time together and different ways of friendship. The series was also created by American Greetings, the same people behind Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears which originated as a series of Greeting Cards.
  • The entire Centaurworld series takes place in a world inhabited by anthropomorphic fantasy creatures with barely any humans seen featuring a group of centaurs that possess different animal bodies and there's also a anthropomorphic black female hippogriff named Griffith.
  • Work It Out Wombats! is completely filled with civilized, talking animals including wombats, snakes, moose, kangaroos, iguanas, fish, tarsiers, and eagles.


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Welcome To Wartwood

In the first episode of Amphibia, we are introduced to Wartwood, a forested village inhabited by humanoid frogs.

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