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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 humans in the setting, except a Token Human 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.
May result in Furry Confusion.
- Petting Zoo Person example: Maus.
- Petting Zoo Person example: Omaha the Cat Dancer.
- The Mickey Mouse Comic Universe and many of the comics in the Disney Ducks Comic Universe.
- The world of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew
- Duckworld, where Howard the Duck comes from.
- Fritz the Cat and its film adaptations.
- Grandville, with a minor (servant) population of humans
- Usagi Yojimbo, which takes place in Japan where every single animal except horses and lizards are anthropomorphosized. Lord Hikiji on the other hand...
- Disney's Robin Hood plays it straight with most of the characters except Sir Hiss. Then again, when you have a character with no limbs, you can't ignore the fact that he's a snake. It also managed to avoid having regular animals coexist with the anthropomorphic animals, particularly at the end of the film, where they actually don't even show who or what was pulling the carriage during the finale!
- Sir Hiss is still differentiated from a non-anthro animal. Anthropomorphic snakes are frequently depicted as slithering on their bottom half, while their head and some of their neck is constantly elevated. It's the closest to walking on two legs you can really pull off with a snake, so almost any anthropomorphized snake will move this way, while real snakes usually keep their head low to the ground while moving and put it up only briefly to analyze the surroundings or make a threat gesture.
- Chicken Little (Disney)
- Kung Fu Panda
- Partially-Civilized Animal example: The Legend of the Guardians: the Owls of ga Hoole may be a example of this trope because there's talk that suggests that humans used to exist, but are gone. In the book and movie, owls do metalwork in forges, drink tea, and write and read books, but they basically look like normal owls and don't even have Feather Fingers.
- The film somewhat averts this as other than some comic relief, it is a very dramatic film.
- Rare non-animal example: Cars, where all of the inhabitants are talking vehicles.
- The storybook world from Rock-a-Doodle.
- The Lion King, even though everyone except Timon (and the other meerkats) and Zazu is a quadruped and is completely naked.
- All of the Ice Age films except for the first one.
- Arashi no Yoru ni
- Surf's Up
- Busytown, created by Richard Scarry.
- The Berenstain Bears books and TV show.
- The Sweet Pickles book series combines this with Alphabetical Theme Naming.
- The Geronimo Stilton books and their Animated Adaptation.
Tabletop RP Gs
- Ironclaw and Jadeclaw.
- The Fabuland theme from LEGO. Their later Legends of Chima theme fits as well, this time with Petting Zoo People.
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
- Star Fox has a verifiable planet of Petting Zoo People of all kinds.
- Sly Cooper
- Brutal Paws Of Fury is a fighting game with a cast of anthros.
- Freedom Planet
- Lampshaded in Namir Deiter when Tipper tries eating cat food because of her species but Snickers reminds Tipper that she has a human digestive tract.
- Kit N Kay Boodle
- Ozy and Millie
- Kevin and Kell
- Wurr: No humans at all. All talking animals seem to fall within one of three species (or subspecies) of civilized—albeit still quadrupedal—dog.
- Another Petting Zoo People example: Code Name Hunter
- Cucumber Quest: Petting Zoo People--all rabbits, some pigs with the occasional cat.
- Popular enough to have their own index.
- Neopets has recently been changed into one of these, with the title pets serving as the stand-in for humans, so the Petpets serve as stand-ins for animals.
- Petting Zoo Person example: Arthur. In fact, it is lampshaded when Arthur and his friends are watching a self-parody of the cartoon.
- Many of the Classic Disney Shorts featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.
- Several Disney Afternoon series:
- Wow Wow Wubbzy
- SpongeBob SquarePants combines this with elements of Mouse World (several characters are shown to be smaller than the real animal). The Mouse World side is emphasized in the films, however.
- The Backyardigans
- Tuff Puppy
- Cat Dog
- Max and Ruby
- Turbo Dogs
- Angelina Ballerina, both the Civilized Animal/Funny Animal world in books and the original version of the show, and the newer Petting Zoo Person world in the CGI version.
- Civilized Animal example: Franklin
- 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.
- Babar The Adventures Of Badou
- Babar the Elephant is a curious example, as it begins with normal animals who then learn to walk and talk like humans.
- The Bremen Avenue Experience
- Almost Naked Animals
- The main setting of Spliced, Keep Away Island, is this, but humans are presumed to exist in the rest of the world, as most of the characters were created by one.
- Rare plant example: Veggie Tales, where all of the characters are either talking fruit or vegetables.
- Another fruit example: Coconut Freds Fruit Salad Island.
- Rocko's Modern Life, and from the same creator, Camp Lazlo.
- Word World, where all of the inhabitants are animals shaped like their names.
- Super Secret Secret Squirrel
- Swat Kats
- Played for Drama with Petting Zoo People in Thundercats 2011 In the words of the Cats' King Claudus, Third Earth is "...a world of warring animals" and his empire of Thundera is both the great civilizer and the only species strong enough to keep the peace, through Animal Jingoism crossed with Fantastic Racism. (His rivals the Lizards have different ideas.) Apart from a small enclave of Lilliputian Plant People, Third Earth is presented matter-of-factly as being this, until protagonist Lion-O's arrival in the series' first real Adventure Town introduces us to droves and droves of, not humans but aliens...oh my!
- Scaredy Squirrel
- Homestar Runner's Cheat Commandos Adventures, where all of the inhabitants are talking The Cheats.
- Sitting Ducks
- Every incarnation of My Little Pony from My Little Pony Tales on.
- Lenny and Sid.