Animals in Literature?

Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Cartoon

One of my favourite cartoons when growing up was “Around the World with Willy Fog” which was an Anthromorphic cartoon series based on Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days. For reasons unknown the character names were all changed from what they were in the book and there were a few embellishments but my general memory is that it mostly stuck to the story pretty well.

There was a sequel series quite a few years later which was based on Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and another based on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea but they were shown when I had gone into adolescents and I was no longer interested in cartoons, save for Batman: The Animated Series.

Another favourite was of similar ilk to Willy Fog and was called “Dogtanian and the Three Muskahounds” and as the title suggests it was based on Dumas “Three Musketeers”, though I never saw the end episodes. Again there was a sequel series which was based on The Man in the Iron Mask but it never clicked on my radar.

Then there was “The Animals of Farthing Wood”, a story of a group of animals whose wood redeveloped and the survivors form a group under an oath and make a journey across the country to White Deer Park in order to survive. This show was brutal! It didn’t shy away from the harshness of reality with Fox Hunts, a motorway, predators and other obstacles affecting the travellers. Many characters were killed off on the journey and this video highlights a few:

As with Willy Fog and Dogtanian, this show was based on a book of the same name, which was the first in a short series. The books were written by Colin Dann who wrote many books with animals as protagonists.

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