Depictions of mustelids in animation can be a controversial subject. Some will claim characters that are intentionally (or unintentionally due to lack of research) given incorrect features are expressions of artistic liberty, while others argue completely redesigning a real life species’ anatomy and still claiming it to be that same species, is both misleading and promotes false presumptions; especially for animals already struggling with public misconceptions. We at Genuine Mustelids respectfully share the views of the latter, and since the purpose of this website is to promote accurate depictions, we are limiting this list to mustelid characters we feel in our opinion are reasonably well-depicted in animation.
In our opinion “reasonably well-depicted” mustelid characters are those that at least share some fundamental features of the actual live species they represent — a reasonably accurate body, tail and facial structure; as well as ears by size and shape. Not perfection, just good enough to be recognizable. Whether anthropomorphic or feral, these are the details we take into consideration. We do not consider accurate fur colouration to be necessary to achieve a fair depiction for a generic species. The characters below are listed regardless of the significance of their role.
Badger (American badger) from the Nelvana animated television series Franklin.
Clive Badger, Esq (European badger) from the 20th Century Fox stop-motion animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Mr. Badger (European badger) from the 1995 HIT Entertainment Ltd. animated film, The Wind in the Willows.
Tough-o (honey badger) from the Kratt Brothers Company animated television series Wild Kratts. (S1E10 – Honey Seekers)
Ferrets & Polecats
Andalucia (domesticated ferret) from the Rising Force and Earth Star Entertainment anime television series Ani Tore! EX.
Bandito (black-footed ferret) from the Kratt Brothers Company animated television series Wild Kratts. (S3E3 – Bandito: The Black Footed Ferret)
Ferry (domesticated ferret) from the Sunrise anime television series Aikatsu! 2.
Fretje (domesticated ferret) from Trippel Trappel Dierensinterklaas by il Luster Productions.
Hervé Le Furet and François (domesticated ferrets) are the mascots for a French insurance comparator site.
Mr. Horace (domesticated ferret or species of polecat) from Cartoon Network Studios’ My Gym Partner’s a Monkey.
Names unknown (domesticated ferrets) from Lauren Faust’s animated fantasy television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Shackelford (domesticated ferret) from Clifford’s Really Big Movie by Scholastic Entertainment and Big Red Dog Productions.
Kesha (Russian: соболя Кеши) (sable) from the animated cartoon Старые знакомые.
Name unknown (unspecified species of marten) from the Pierrot anime adaptation of Selma Lagerlöf’s’ The Wonderful Adventures of Nils.
Names unknown (American martens) from the Kratt Brothers Company animated television series Wild Kratts. (S4E11 – The Other Martins)
Tatyana Tushenko (sable) from the Warner Bros. animated film Animalympics.
Dean Wilson (unspecified species of otter) from the Warner Bros. animated television film Animalympics.
Kalulus de Yutari Honyalala (unspecified species of otter) from the Anipani Co. Ltd anime television series Cute High Earth Defense Club Love!
Ollie (unspecified species of otter) from the CritterPix Studios animated short Ollie & the Baked Halibut.
Otter (North American river otter) from the Nelvana animated television series Franklin.
The Otter Family (unspecified species of otters) from the Walt Disney/Jumbo Pictures animated television series PB&J Otter.
The Otters (sea otters) from the Disney/Pixar animated film Finding Dory.
The Otterton Family (North American river otters) from the Disney 3D computer-animated film Zootopia.
Ottoline (unspecified species of otter) from the Nelvana animated television series Rupert Bear.
Slider (North American river otter) from the Kratt Brothers Company animated television series Wild Kratts. (S3E13 – Slider, the Otter)
Uso-kun (うそくん) (unspecified species of otter) from the A-1 Pictures anime television series Vividred Operation.
Buckminster (unspecified species of weasel) from 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and Ice Age: Collision Course.
Iwashi (Japanese weasel) from the Hakumei and Mikochi television series by Lerche.
Kamatari (unspecified species of weasel) from the Pierrot television series Naruto. (Episode #125)
Kojo (stoat) from the Japanese anime television series Kuromukuro.
Luta (long-tailed weasel) from the Russian 3D computer-animated film The Snow Queen by Wizart Animation.
Okojo-san (stoat) from the Japanese manga series Okojo-san by Ayumi Uno.
Name unknown (unspecified species of weasel) from the Warner Bros./Merrie Melodies cartoon Flop Goes the Weasel.
Name unknown (stoat) from the Nickelodeon Animation Studio animated series The Wild Thornberrys. (S2E15 – Show Me the Bunny)
Name unknown (stoat) from Kachidoki Studio’s anime Okojo to Yamane (オコジョとヤマネ).
Norwell (unspecified species of weasel) from Jason Steele’s animated comedy Charlie the Unicorn: The Grand Finale.
Pantalaimon (stoat) From the New Line Cinema, BBC One and HBO TV series Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.
Piccolo (stoat) from the Nippon Animation Japanese anime series Romeo’s Blue Skies.
Rommel (stoat) from the Sunrise television series Gundam Build Divers.
Weasel, Measley, Fido and Cleo (least weasels) From the Farthing Wood television series by Telemagination.
Wooster Q. Weasel, alias T.C. ‘The Creeper’ (long-tailed weasel) from the Animalia Productions television series Animalia.
Name unknown (wolverine) from the Yakari television series. (EP14 – Revenge of the Wolverine)
Name unknown (wolverine) from the Yakari television series. (EP114 – A Wolverine in Need)
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