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Animal Crackers is an animated series that aired on Teletoon in 1997, and based on a comic that's been running in newspapers since 1967. It was produced by Cinar with association from Alphanim. The series is set in the fictional land of Freeborn, and follows the lives of several of its animal inhabitants.

  • Lyle: A lion who is anything but a King of Beasts. He's a passive Momma's Boy whose main goal appears to be to get Lana to date him, despite how clear she makes it that she doesn't quite feel that way about him. In fact, whenever Lyle tries to do something to get her to like him, it usually gets sabotaged.
  • Dodo: The last dodo in existence, who is always trying to fly, and utterly refuses to accept that dodos are flightless birds. He's Lyle's best friend.
  • Eugene: An elephant and a bully who hogs the watering hole, beats up anyone who tries to stand up to him, and enjoys stomping petunias as a hobby.
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  • Gnu: A gnu who leads a local herd. He is, however, lazy and timid, and often has a bad sense of direction. As a result, his herd are rather eager to get away from him. He's also a single father trying to do right by his son.
  • Lana: A lioness, and the object of Lyle's affections, despite her frequent rebuffs of this.

The show also adds multiple new characters into the fold. The cartoon ran from September 7, 1997, to September 12, 1999, and had three seasons.

Not to be confused with the 1930 musical comedy starring The Marx Brothers, or the CGI film released on Netflix.


Animal Crackers contains the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Dye Job: If you count the shape of one's hair as this. Lana's hair was straight in the comics. In the cartoon, it's all curly.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Lyle has a huge crush on Lana, who wants nothing to do with him.
  • Brainy Baby: Louie is only a lion cub still in diapers and not able to speak yet. But the audience can hear his thoughts, which show he's more intelligent than his uncle Lyle.
  • The Bully: Eugene. He hogs the waterhole for long periods of time, and will beat up anyone who stands up to him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Tito is constantly being stepped on or knocked aside by the other characters due to his small size. Just as often getting painful misfortune is Elmo, who frequently has other characters land onto his head whenever they take a dive into the pool.
  • Canon Foreigner: Multiple characters were added to the cartoon. These include...
  • Carnivore Confusion: Despite the animals being anthropomorphic, they're still animals and therefore there's still predator-prey relationships. And yet, the carnivores can go vegetarian.
  • Cruel Elephant: Eugene, as noted in The Bully above.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Gnu and Dodo are named after their respective species. As are Snake, Frog, and Toad from the TV series.
  • The Dreaded: No one in Freeborn would stand up to Eugene, due to the fact he's a bull African elephant.
  • Dumb Dodo Bird: Dodo is not as dumb as he is too stubborn to realize his species are flightless.
  • Elephants Are Scared of Mice: Eugene has a morbid fear of mice.
  • Fish Eyes: Tito tends to have unfocused eyes, due to being a chameleon.
  • Furry Female Mane: Lana's mane, which looks more like a human woman's than a lion's. Also an odd example considering lions are usually exempt from this trope.
  • He Who Must Not Be Heard: Tito never really said a word throughout the show's run.
  • Hollywood Chameleons: Tito would change colors every now and then.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Eugene, despite his reputation, is friends with the other main characters.
  • The Leader: Gnu leads a local heard, but that's the only way that he's a leader.
  • Lovable Lizard: Tito is completely harmless, to the point he doesn't resent being a Butt-Monkey.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Somehow a dodo ended up in Africa.
  • Mouthy Bird: Dodo and all other birds that appear have their beak as a nose, with a "normal" mouth under it.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Subverted with Elmo, who is usually laid-back and friendly to the other characters. That said, he is still a Nile crocodile and will indulge in his predatory instincts every now and then.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Realistic-looking animals will appear in the TV series alongside the cartoony animal cast, particularly the opening.
  • Only Sane Man: Lana is the most levelheaded of the cast. Tito comes a close second.
  • Stock Animal Diet: The sole reason why peanuts (and peanut butter) are Eugene's Trademark Favourite Food.
  • Those Two Guys: Frog and Toad.
  • Token Human: Bud and Edna, a pair of tourists.

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