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An animal is the legal term for any non-human terrestrial living creature working in Hollywood. This does not extend to aliens (which are not terrestrial) or mutants (which are officially classified under the law as hazardous materials). Many animals have developed human-level intelligence from decades of exposure to the film industry, which prizes the ability to perform tricks on cue from all living creatures, not just human beings.


Intelligent animals are further divided into two subgroups: anthropomorphic, where the animal in question has developed a physical build roughly on par for a human being of the same size and weight, and talking, where they have not.

Anthropomorphic animals (often shortened to anthros) are technically mutations, although since there is no clear defining cause of this mutation beyond the general need of Hollywood for animals to make better actors, it gets widely ignored. Their broadly humanoid appearance is not just limited to a bipedal stance and opposable thumbs, it also includes a more expressive face and even such peculiarities as the ability to grow facial hair despite already having fur all over their bodies. It is theorized that the ambient weirdness of Hollywood forces humanizing traits upon everything that resides there, to which some demographics are innately more receptive.

Talking animals (often shortened to talkers) are not completely biologically identical to their non-talking peers. Like anthros, they have more expressive faces, which may have been necessary to develop the capacity for speech. Many exhibit very human mannerisms when they talk, such as gesturing, although their gestures tend to be constrained by their inhuman shape. It is hard to snap one's fingers if one has no fingers, for example.

Demographics of Hollywood