The Animal Kingdom seems to be an endless source of inspiration to fuel buoyant imaginations and savagely creative brains.
So far, it has cared for award-winning movies, and provided an extensive literature and comics or cartoons.
Among the most prominent actors of the Deuterostomes, Ecdysozoa, Metazoa, Fauna, that flow spontaneously in mind, we have :
Sharks, fish (clown fish notably), otters, crabs, sponge (yeah, but trimmed and square), octopus, crocodiles, alligators, caimans, piranhas, penguins, the Creature of the Black Lagoon
Category “I run faster than you humans”:
Horses, huskies, dogs (namely dalmatians -and I mean 101 of ’em-, colley and various shepherd’s) , lions and lionesses, wolves, mice, unicorns, zebras, tigers, foxes, cats
Category “Phobia-inspired” and “terr-horrific”:
Spiders (ALL of ’em) , flies, bugs, mantis, scorpions, snakes (boas, pythons, vipers, etc…ALL of ’em too), bees, wasps, ants, rats…
Category “Dead but reborn”:
T-Rex, Pterodactyls, Triceratops, Velociraptor, Aurochs, Dodo, Brachiosaurs, Dilophausaurs, Phoenix, werewolves, were-rabbits…
Category “We are cousins, according to Darwin”:
Apes, Chimpanzees, Gorillas, monkeys, Tarzan and Greystoke (ooops…)
Category “The rest that needs a category each, so I put them all together”:
Fawns, elks, mooses, unicorns, goldfish, birds, pigs, rats, mules, seals, elephants, hamsters, pandas, turtles, owls, bats, rhinoceros, lamas, camels, brown bears, sheep…
What insects/bugs/animals did not have their 1/4h or fame so far?
Let’s see….erm…Think of what it may give as movie/series/book title :
Lice? (“Invasion of the lice” = already an award-winning entertainment event every fall in every school districts)
Unio Crassus? (“My so-called life as an extinct mussel in Netherlands”)
Were-Butterflies? (“Muffy , Were-Butterflies slayer”, huhu)
Tenia? (“It’s a long road to Tipperary’s loo”, “Independence Week”)
Dragonflies? (“US Airforce Once”)
Alpaga? (“My friend Alpaga”,”White tooth”,”Harry and the giant Alpaga”,)
Goat? (“Something new on the western front”= good meal ahead, haha)
Horseshoe crabs? (“Invasion of the horseshoe crabs”, see pix above, taken by yours faithfully or “2012 : A martian odyssey” featuring horseshoe crabs invading the dust people of Mars with the landing of the Rover “Opportuniy” on the Red planet)
A mad bull? (“Mad bull and his brothers”, )
A strange animal, result of the crossing of an eagle and a jellyfish by a crazy-rejected-by-the -academy scientist, brought to life by a thunder in a windmill? (“The big sleet”, “Some like it undercooked”)
What would be your choice of an animal for a would-be hit story?
PS : thanks a bunch to the animal/bugs/insects/others/animated or plastic things featured in : Jaws, Planet of the Apes, Starship troopers, the Fly, Arachnophobia, Crocodile Dundee, King Scorpion, Rintintin, Lassie, My Friend Flicka, Stuart Little, Moby Dick, A close shave, Gorillas in the mist, Dumbo, Jungle book, the Birds, Free Willy,Oliver and Co, Basil, Babe, march of the Penguins,Happy feet, Bedtime for Bonzo, Monkey Business, Bringing up Baby, Wallace and Gromit, Beethoven (and all dog movies you can remember), The Creature of the Black Lagoon,King Kong, Benji, The Black stallion, Seabiscuit, Lassie come home, Cats, The Whale, The Lion, The Bear, The Fly, the Spider, Jurassic Park I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII …hum, sorry, one too many ;- etc, etc… you name them…
So long, folks.
Floreva in the Mist too ( here, in Cape Cod today)