From the Greek language (anthrōpómorphos) to Latin
(anthropomorphos) and then to our language: that was the
etymological path of the anthropomorphic term. That Greek word
is the result of the sum of two clearly differentiated elements such as the
-The noun "anthropos", which can be translated as "human being".
-The word "morphe", which is synonymous with "figure".
The concept allows us to qualify what has a human aspect or form.
the idea of anthropomorphism, for its part, refers to the
granting of human characteristics to an object,
a plant or an animal. It is a common resource
in the field of cinema, television and literature.
The Mickey Mouse, for example, is an anthropomorphic
character. Despite belonging to the species of mice, he walks upright, speaks
and wears shoes. By its shape and its qualities, therefore, it resembles a human
We can precisely underline that there is an important interaction between the
concept of anthropomorph and cinema. So much so that there is a genre or
subculture that is called furry fandom and that revolves around what are
anthropomorphic fictional characters.
In the same way, it should not be overlooked that there is a large list of
anthropomorphic characters that are already part of our cultural heritage. Among
them we can highlight some such as the following:
-Donald Duck as well as his girlfriend, Daisy, the so-called Uncle Gilito and
-The little mouse Minnie, Mickey's girlfriend.
-The characters of the movie "Ice Age" (2002).
In the same way, we cannot ignore that within what is children's cinema is
where more anthropomorphic characters can be found. A good example of this is
that most animated films revolve around figures of this type or, at least, have
some that are.
In this way, they range from films like "Cars", where the protagonists are
cars that speak and carry out human activities, to others like "Madagascar",
where the animals in a zoo are the ones that dance, speak and travel as they can
do it man.
Anthropomorphism also usually appears when talking about aliens. Frequently,
these beings are imagined anthropomorphic, with a head, two arms, two legs and
other typical characteristics of man. Mork,
the alien character played by Robin Williams in the television
series "Mork & Mindy", is an example of an
According to the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE),
the anthropomorphic adjective is also used in zoology to
describe primates that are part of the group of catarrhines
(they have nostrils separated by a septum and with an opening downward facing)
and lacking a tail.
The chimps, the bonobos, the gorillas and orangutans are
apes. Because of their bodies, these animals are very similar
to the members of the Homo sapiens species. In fact, they all
belong to the hominoid superfamily.