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Flanimals book cover
AuthorRicky Gervais
IllustratorRob Steen
Cover artistRob Steen
SeriesFlanimals Series
GenreHumour[citation needed]
PublisherFaber and Faber
Publication date
[Fic] 22
LC ClassPZ7.G3265 Fl 2005
Followed byMore Flanimals, Flanimals of the Deep 

Flanimals is a book and a book series written by comedian Ricky Gervais. The book, illustrated by Rob Steen, depicts a list of seemingly useless or inadequate animals, and their behaviour.

The cover Flanimal is the Grundit. The book is published by Faber and Faber, which has also published the sequels More Flanimals, Flanimals of the Deep and Flanimals: The Day of the Bletchling. Flanimals: Pop Up was published October 2009 by Walker Books in the UK and March 2010 by Candlewick Press in the US.

List of Flanimals[edit]

  • Coddleflop: A green mush puddle that flips over to protect its soft top. However, since its bottom is equally soft, this strategy is never successful.
  • Plamglotis: A purple ape-like Flanimal with no legs so it swallows its hands to walk around to find food, which it can't eat because its mouth is full.
  • Mernimbler: A fluffy, pink, round Flanimal that transforms into an aggressive, ogre-like adult stage when someone comments on its cuteness.
  • Grundit: A heavily built blue Flanimal with a bump on its head.
  • Puddloflaj: A pink water balloon-like Flanimal often ridden by Grundits for no clear reason.
  • Flemping Bunt-Himmler: A mimic and predator of the baby Mernimbler, only wider and flatter.
  • Underblenge: A grey, blobby Flanimal that can't move from where it was born due to it having extremely strong suction cups (designed for suffocating prey) on its underside.
  • Blunging: A yellow dinosaur-like Flanimal that lives in large family groups.
  • Munty Flumple: A brown humanoid Flanimal that stares at every Flanimal it sees.
  • Splunge: A brain-like Flanimal so terrified of everything that it "splunges" at birth.
  • Honk: A small, pink, tapir-like Flanimal that sleeps all day until it randomly wakes up to make a loud honking sound and then goes back to sleep.
  • Hemel Sprot: A green blobby Flanimal that always looks where it's been and never where it's going.
  • Sprot Guzzlor: A large blue Flanimal that preys on Hemel Sprots.
  • Clunge Ambler: An ape-like Flanimal that hugs everything it sees.
  • Wobboid Mump: A blind eye in jelly that spends its entire life looking for the reason for its existence.
  • Sprine Bloat-Trunker: An orange Flanimal that erupts from Sprog and Hemel Sprot recycling plant, and then joins the queue to be recycled.
  • Print: A humanoid Flanimal that dives off high places but always lands on its head.
  • Gum Spudlet: A Flanimal that resembles a solid version of the Coddleflop and is eaten by Grundits.
  • Sprog: A small, vicious, beetroot-like Flanimal.
  • Munge Fuddler: A crab-like Flanimal that "fuddles" everything it sees.
  • Frappled Humpdumbler: An octopus-like Flanimal with an eye on one side of its head and a nose on the other.
  • Offledermis: A Flanimal born inside out to escape its own smell. It has a heart above its inside out eyeballs and constantly leaks.
  • Plumboid Doppler: A round green Flanimal with eyestalks.
  • Blimble Sprent: A yellow, fast-moving Flanimal without arms that sprints everywhere, avoiding its destination until it dies of exhaustion at the very spot where it started.
  • Glonk: A green reptilian humanoid Flanimal that does absolutely nothing and dies.

Originality dispute[edit]

In August 2010, Norwich-based writer and artist John Savage issued a High Court writ, claiming that the original book is based on his own work, Captain Pottie's Wildlife Encyclopedia. The writer claims Savage's artistic and literary copyright has been infringed by Gervais. A spokeswoman for Gervais said the concept and illustrations existed before Savage's work.[1]


Originally ITV had commissioned a television series based on the books, which had a predicted air date of 2009, but it was later scrapped.[2]

On 28 April 2009, Variety reported that a 3-D, computer-animated feature film is in production at Illumination Entertainment, known for its 2010 summer blockbuster Despicable Me. Gervais will be the executive producer and will also lend his voice to the lead character, while The Simpsons writer Matt Selman will write the script.[3] However it has been removed from the development schedule, thus leaving its future uncertain. No further news has been made about the film since 2009.[4]


  1. ^ "Gervais sued over Flanimals book". BBC News. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  2. ^ BBC News Online (27 June 2006). "Gervais in ITV deal on Flanimals". BBC News Online. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
  3. ^ Fleming, Michael (28 April 2009). "Gervais' 'Flanimals' heads to bigscreen". Variety. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  4. ^ Debruge, Peter (17 July 2013). "Illumination Chief Chris Meledandri Lines Up Originals for Universal". Variety. Retrieved 7 January 2017.

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