5 of Our Favorite Anthropomorphic Animals

Illustration by Hilton Dresden

Kevin Spacey is going to get trapped inside the body of a cat on August 5th (in his new family-friendly feature, Nine Lives). Bojack Horseman’s third season just became streamable on Netflix and features talking tarantulas and greasy sharks running convenience stores. Which got us thinking: what are our favorite anthropomorphic animals in film and TV? If we’re being honest, we’d probably just present the entire cast of Bojack – but we thought we’d get a little more creative than that.

Remy in Rataouille (2007)

We never thought we’d see the day that a rat stole our hearts – we’re from New York! They’re already stealing our pizza. But charm us Remy did, and prepared us some five course meals while he was at it.


Nick Wilde in Zootopia (2016)

Is it weird that there’s something really attractive about Zootopia’s lead animated fox? Yeah? Oh. Well, he’s also a fascinating, and decidedly human, character, doing what we all do: whatever it takes to scrape through until Friday.

Scar in The Lion King (1994)

He’s bad to the bone, and you may be wondering why we chose him over someone like Simba, or Zazu, or Mufasa. Because we love a  bad boy, natch. 

Crush in Finding Nemo (2003)

Ever wonder who’s the chillest stoner dad sea turtle in the ocean? It’s Crush, the wanderlusting amphibian of Finding Nemo who helps Marlin and Dory get to Sydney, Australia by riding the sick flow of East Australian Current.

Tom Jumbo-Grumbo in Bojack

We couldn’t resist selecting at least one character from the champion of anthropomorphized animals, Bojack Horseman, and we felt the need to find at least one animal not appearing in a movie geared toward 7-year-olds. Tom is a favorite on Bojack, a whale news anchor whose giant mouth moves so fast every time that we just lose it.


Latest in Film


From London, With Love: Sotheby’s Will Auction 007’s Posters, Watches…and yes, the 1964 Aston Martin


Exhilarating New Documentary ‘White Riot’ Revisits the Heroic History of ‘Rock Against Racism’


10 Moms That Will Make You Even More Grateful For Yours This Mother’s Day


alexa BlackBook: Fluid Notions: Face to Face with John Cameron Mitchell and Shamir


alexa BlackBook: Style Icon: Edgar Ramirez Fashions a Vivid Portrayal of Legendary Designer Gianni Versace for ‘American Crime Story’


alexa BlackBook: Alison Mosshart, Don Lemon, Matthew Modine, Nia Vardalos, Leslie Odom Jr. & More Tell Us Their Christmas Wish Lists


alexa Blackbook: Small Screen Sirens


In Bed With Netflix and Armond White