CHAPTER FOURTEEN

Furrywood
(or, “You’ll never work in Toontown again!”)

IF YOU INVESTED in a live-action movie starring a talking animal, overseen by one of the most successful filmmakers of all time, you would’ve made a bundle off Steven Spielberg’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit—or lost your shirt on George Lucas’s Howard the Duck.

Anthropomorphic animals are no strangers to movies: turtles, chipmunks and raccoons star in big-budget live-action movies rubbing shoulders with human beings, while entire menageries of anthropomorphic animals inhabit equally expensive animated features. But if talking animals rule Hollywood, why does the animation industry keep its distance from the furry community?…

Furry still has a way to go before the animation industry learns to if not love, then appreciate us. (Although I would settle for tolerate.) There are several folks I remember from the furry scene now working in Hollywood who have cut their ties with the fandom—the better to avoid a metaphorical scarlet letter “F” pinned to their careers…

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FURRY NATION:

The True Story of America’s Most Misunderstood Subculture

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