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Animal Crackers is a 2017 computer animated comedy loosely based on a graphic novel written by The Dreamland Chronicles creator Scott Christian Sava, who also directed the film alongside Mulan director Tony Bancroft. The film features the voices of John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Danny Devito, Ian McKellen, Sylvester Stallone, Raven-Symoné, Patrick Warburton, Wallace Shawn, Gilbert Gottfried, Harvey Fierstien, Tara Strong and James Arnold Taylor.

The film revolves around Owen and Zoe Huntington (Krasinski and Blunt), a couple who's to working at Zoe's father Mr. Woodley's (Shawn) dog biscuit factory. Desperate for a change, fate soon arrives when they are inherited Owen's uncle's well-respected circus after he burns in a fire. Known for its amazing animals, the Huntingtons discover that a mysterious box of animal crackers that they were given is the secret to the circus's success, as the cookies turn the user into the animal they've eaten. All seems to be well, until Owen's other attention-seeking uncle Horatio (McKellen) plots to steal the magic box of animal crackers for himself, in a desperate attempt to take over the circus. It's now up to Huntingtons to unite its family of acrobats and clowns to stop Horatio, though it'll take more than a few circus tricks to stop him completely.

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Despite screening at the Annecy Film Festival in 2017, the film at this point still doesn't have a definitive release date, though it is expected to come out some time in 2018.

Trailer can be watched here.

Not to be confused with the Marx Bros. comedy or the comic strip and its respective television adaptation.


Animal Crackers contains examples of:

  • Animorphism: The animal crackers allow the user to turn into the animal they eat.
  • Big Fun: Chesterfield gradually becomes this within the film's long timespan, mainly due to eating all-you-can-eat circus hot dogs.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Owen and Zoe met as children and are now married with a daughter.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Binkley, who created all the machines at the dog biscuit factory.
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  • Humanshifting: The human cookie allows the animal-turned users to turn back into humans.
  • Ink-Suit Actor:
    • Owen looks like his voice actor due to the similar hairstyle, body type, and nose shape.
    • Chesterfield appears to resemble Danny Devito, though Word of God said that this is completely unintentional.
  • Knife-Throwing Act: Stabby's main shtick. Other circus performers in the film do this as well.
  • Large Ham:
    • Horatio can constantly go into this territory sometimes.
    • Brock counts as well, as Patrick Warburton plays him.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: We first meet Owen and Zoe as children at the circus.
  • Morphic Resonance: Owen keeps his hair colour in animal form, usually as fur/skin/eyebrow colour.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
    • Owen has blue hair.
    • Zoe has purple hair.
    • Owen and Zoe's daughter Mackenzie has a color combination of both of her parents' hair colors.
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