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(July 14, 2024)

Table of Contents

Purpose of the Recommended Anthropomorphics List
Motion Picture
Dramatic Short Work
Dramatic Series
Novel
Short Fiction
General Literary Work
Non-Fiction Work
Graphic Story
Comic Strip
Magazine
Visual Art
Game
Website
Fursuit
Music
Miscellany

TOC     Purpose of the Recommended Anthropomorphics List

This twenty-fourth annual Recommended Anthropomorphics List has two purposes. Firstly, for furry fans to recommend what they consider to be the best anthropomorphic movies, TV series, novels, artwork, games, music, etc. that they found first published during 2024. The List is open to all, so if you know of anything Furry that you consider worth recommending, please send your recommendations to:

recommended@ursamajorawards.org

The ALAA reserves the right to exclude from the Recommended Anthropomorphics List, and from contention for an Ursa Major Award, any works it deems to be obscene, libelous, illegal, or otherwise detrimental to the integrity and good standing of the Ursa Major Awards and the anthropomorphics fandom that those awards represent. Note, this refers ONLY to works, not the character of the creator thereof.

All recommendations for 2024 must be received by midnight PST, January 10, 2025.

It would be greatly appreciated if you are able to provide weblinks to your recommendations so that we can correctly add them to the list.

The second purpose is to serve as a guide to which items were produced in 2024, to help fans determine what is eligible to nominate for the year's Ursa Major Awards (to be voted upon in 2025). Note: Recommendation of items to this list does not constitute nomination for the awards, nor is it a requirement for nomination! Nominations may not be made until January 2025 - check the Nominations page for instructions.

The dividing line in size between Novel and Short Fiction is 40,000 words.

The "General Literary Work" category is for any literary work that does not fit into the existing written categories, including but not limited to such things as short story and comic strip collections, and graphic novels.

"Visual Art" includes single illustrations or other pictures, sculptures, and whatever visual art that does not fit the other categories.

What is Furry Music? Music written by furries? Music about the fandom? Music about a furry environment? All of the above and more - you tell us!

Recommended Anthropomorphic Miscellany is not matched by a similar category in the Ursa Major Awards. Recommended Miscellany is for those items like the Realm of the Claw action figures that appeared awhile back, or the Cthulhu plush dolls that do not fit into any of the existing categories, but are too good to be ignored.

Fursuit performances qualify under "Dramatic Short Work or Series", preferably in recorded form, or as performances which will be repeated.

Fursuit is an Award category with special requirements. Due to the difficulties with administering this category, we will have to ask for extra information and other requirements to accept them into this category. To submit them to the Recommended List we require ALL of the following:

  • Fursuit name
  • Fursuit's maker
  • Fursuit's owner/player (if not the maker)
  • Good quality photograph taken during the eligible year (2023 at present) with permission to publish it if it is not already available on line.
  • Date photograph taken
  • Venue at which the photograph was taken. Due to the resumption of conventions and furmeets, we prefer photos taken at these events. However, we will still consider online presentations this year.

If all details are correctly supplied, the fursuit will be eligible for an Ursa Major Award for that year only. ALL fursuits are eligible for the Recommended List and as a candidate for an Award for ONE YEAR ONLY. When Award nominations are opened in January, all nominees for the Fursuit category must be chosen from those on the Recommended List for the eligible year. The Ursa Major Award will be given to the fursuit maker, not the wearer/performer. Photographs will be published on this website for consideration by the public. If the photo has not already been published in a public site, you must have the rights to that photo and grant us permission to show it. NOTE: An Award will only be presented if there are sufficient recommendations to proceed with it.

This Recommended List is posted at https://ursamajorawards.org/. This website includes links to as many as possible of the recommended items that have their own entries on the Internet; so if you want to know more about any of them, you can go right to its site.

Recommended Lists for previous years:
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

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Recommendations for 2024

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic Motion Picture

           [Live-action or animated feature-length movies.]

  1. The Garfield Movie (Directed by Mark Dindal - May 24)
  2. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (Directed by Wes Ball - May 10)
  3. IF (Directed by John Krasinski - May 17)
  4. Inside Out 2 (Directed by Kelsey Mann - June 14)
  5. Kung Fu Panda 4 (Directed by Mike Mitchell and Stephanie Ma Stine - March 8)
  6. Orion and the Dark (Directed by Sean Charmatz - February 2)
  7. Robot Dreams (Directed by Pablo Berger - May 31 (USA release))
  8. Sasquatch Sunset (Directed by Nathan Zellner and David Zellner - April 12)
  9. Thelma the Unicorn (Directed by Jared Hess and Lynn Wang - May 17)
  10. The Tiger's Apprentice (Directed by Raman Hui, Yong Duk Jhun, and Paul Watling - February 2)

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short Work

           [one-shots, advertisements or short videos also specific episodes of series.]

  1. Animation - A Ragtime Duet (Created by SirloinBurgers - June 29)
  2. Baked with Love (Directed by Roshan Khorchid & Shireen Khorchid - May 31st)
  3. The Ballad of Skipjack and Atticus (Directed by Dani De Guzman - June 6)
  4. Bun Hunting: Overture (Directed by Piti Yindee - June 14)
  5. Catnapper (Directed by Alyssia Baly - June 3rd)
  6. Celine & Cheswick: Housebreaking! (Directed by Brycen Hassell - May 17)
  7. Dungeon Flippers PILOT: The Ace of Wands (Directed by Travis Fowler - June 20)
  8. Fly Away, Froggy Boy (Directed by Mia Lobo - May 31st)
  9. Herons (Directed by Sam Windsor - July 4)
  10. I Knead You (Created by The Rutgers Animation Club - Directed by Michael Burton - June 12)
  11. In Sheep's Clothing (Created by Glenn Powell - March 19)
  12. Jimmy and Baby (Created by Paul Robertson and Michelle Larney - April 23)
  13. Korobuska - Musical Animated Short (Directed by Patt Jewanarom - May 20)
  14. Lackadaisy Ingenue (Directed by Fable Siegel - May 24)
  15. Neurodiverse Friends (Directed by Luca Fattore - March 23)
  16. Neurodiverse Friends - Compulsive Loops (Directed by Luca Fattore - May 18)
  17. Neurodiverse Friends - Tics & Stims (Directed by Luca Fattore - April 27)
  18. Punk'd Pooch (Directed by Aberdeen Wasley - June 7)
  19. The Sword or the Stone (Directed by chumbus - July 4)
  20. Tales from Planet Symma: Cafe Rush (Directed by HOwLiNG-MAdFoxHatter - February 7)
  21. There's a Fire in the Building (Created by Jersey House Studio - March 15)
  22. a word from a bug (Created by Biscoff Enthusiast - June 28)

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic Dramatic Series

           [Video series]

  1. Bluey (Created by Joe Brumm - April 7 to April 21)
  2. Fanny and the Pack (Created by Montana Yergeau - June 1 to current)
  3. Hazbin Hotel (Created by Vivienne Medrano - January 18 to February 1)
  4. Knuckles (Created by John Whittington and Toby Ascher - April 26)
  5. Helluva Boss (Created by Vivienne "VivziePop" Medrano - Season 2 Episode 8 to current)
  6. Neurodiverse Friends (Directed by Luca Fattore - March 23 to current)
  7. Smiling Friends (Created by Zach Hadel and Michael Cusack - April 1 to June 24)

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic Novel

           [Written works of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels qualify only for the year that the final chapter is published.]

  1. The Varcross Key, by Aeron Dusk. (Howling Reads - March 29) Mature Audiences.
  2. The Ancient Egg (Xeno-Spectre #2), by Mary E. Lowd. (Deep Sky Anchor Press - January)
  3. Voyage of the Wanderlust, by Mary E. Lowd. (Deep Sky Anchor Press - May)

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic Short Fiction

           [Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry and other short written works.]

  1. The Unbearable Weight of a Photograph, by Jelena Dunato. (Zooscape - April)
  2. The Muddy Unicorn, by Mary E. Lowd. (Deep Sky Anchor - January)
  3. What the Eyes Covet and the Stomach Craves, by Mary E. Lowd. (Brunch at the All Alien Cafe, March)
  4. The Three-Piece Giant, by Gabrielle Steele. (Zooscape - April)

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic General Literary Work

           [Story collections, comic collections, convention program books and the like.]

  1. Lauren Ipsum Throws the Book At You, by Charles Brubaker. (Smallbug Press - comic strip collection - January 1)
  2. Swords and Sausages Volume Two, by Jan (TigerKnight - comics collection - March 31)
  3. Brunch at the All Alien Cafe, by Mary E. Lowd. (Deep Sky Anchor Press - short story collection - March)

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic Non-Fiction Work

           [Includes opinion pieces and news articles.]

  1. Digging Up Positivity June'04: Fursuits, Furries, Charities, Animation & More! by Thabo Meerkat. (YouTube - video - June 29)

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic Graphic Story

           [Includes comic books and serialized online stories.]

  1. 21 Century Fox, by Scott Kellogg (HiRezFox - January 1 to current)
  2. Endtown, by Aaron Neathery. (GoComics - January 14 to current)
  3. Freefall, by Mark Stanley. (Purrsia - January 1 to current)
  4. Isla Aukate, by Foxenawolf. (Internet - end of "Puppet Show" to current)
  5. Molly's Future Mishaps, by Peyton Partyhorn. (Internet - Chapters 39 to current)
  6. Projection Edge, by Thomas K. Dye. (Keenspot - January 4 to current)
  7. SlumberTown, by Macxi. (Internet - February 4 to current)
  8. Swords and Sausages, by Jan (TigerKnight - February 4 to current)
  9. Tamberlane, by Caytlin Vilbrandt and Ari Noble. (Internet - January 3 to current)
  10. Twin Dragons, by Robin Dassen. (Internet - January 1 to current)
  11. World of Vicki Fox, by Michael Russell (Internet - January 1 to current)

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic Comic Strip

           [For newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.]

(Note - The Belfry contains links to a wide variety of comics including many anthropomorphic ones.)

  1. Alpacomics!, by Oxfordinary (Webtoon - February 14 to current)
  2. Animal Crackers , by Mike Osbun. (GoComics - January 1 to current)
  3. Carry On, by Kathy Garrison. (HiRezFox - January 1 to current)
  4. Damian Foxx, by Damian Foxx (Internet - January 1 to current)
  5. Doc Rat, by Jenner. (Internet - January 1 to current)
  6. Faux Pas, by Robert & Margaret Carspecken. (Internet - January 1 to current)
  7. Foxes in Love, by Toivo Kaartinen. (Tumblr - Jan 1 to current)
  8. Freefall, by Mark Stanley. (Purrsia - January 2 to current)
  9. Frostbitten, by Jack Brady. (Internet - February to current)
  10. Hyacinth and Sal, by David Fruner. (Internet - January 1 to current)
  11. Kingdom of Cats, by Rachel Mills. (Internet - January 1 to current)
  12. Lauren Ipsum, by Charles Brubaker. (Internet - January 1 to current)
  13. MythTickle, by Justin Thompson. (Go Comics - January 1 to December 29)
  14. Nine to Nine, by Jan (TigerKnight - January 1 to current)
  15. Otterly Human, by Jaime and Connor. (Twitter - January 7 to current)
  16. Phoebe and Her Unicorn, by Dana Simpson. (Go Comics - January 1 to current)
  17. Pixie and Brutus, by Pet Foolery (Webtoons - #148 to current)
  18. Sabrina Online: Stripes and Links, by Eric W. Schwartz. (Internet - January 1 to current)
  19. Savestate, by Tim Weeks. (Internet - January 3 to current)
  20. Slack Wyrm, by Joshua Wright. (Internet - January 2 to current)
  21. Space Deer, by indiana-jonas. (Internet - #1 to current)
  22. Welcome to HappyMart, by David Miller. (Internet - January 4 to current)
  23. The Whiteboard, by Doc N. (Internet - January 1 to current)

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic Visual Art

           [Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, online art, T-shirt art, coffee table portfolios.]

  1. [Comm] Bow to Me, by KlaraPL - Deviant Art - February 6.

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic Music

  1. Sad, Drunk and Needy, by WHSPRS - album - February 15.
  2. Where Will the Animals Sleep? Songs for Kids & Other Living Things, by William Shatner - album - March 12.

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic Magazine

           [Edited collections of creative and/or informational works by various people, professional or amateur, published in print or online in written, pictorial or audio-visual form.]

  1. Dogpatch Press, edited by Patch O'Furr. (Internet - January to current)
  2. Flayrah, edited by GreenReaper. (Internet - January 1 to current)
  3. Furry Weekly, edited by Yeshua and Sunni. (Internet - Issue 285 to current)
  4. InFurNation, edited by Rod O'Riley. (Internet - January 2 to current)
  5. The Voice of Dog, hosted by Rob MacWolf. (Internet - January 1 to current)
  6. Zooscape, edited by Mary E. Lowd. (Internet - April to end of year)

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic Website

           [Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. Includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.]

  1. FurAffinity - furry community, art.
  2. The Belfry WebComics Index - Extensive database of furry and other web comics.

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic Game

           [Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games. No prereleases, just the finished version. Visual Novels an exception since I can't figure where to stick them yet. Suggestions?]

  1. Animal Well (Developer: Shared Memory - Publisher: Bigmode (AKA Jason "videogamedunkey" Gastrow and Leah Gastrow) - May 9)
  2. Another Crab's Treasure (Developer/Publisher: Aggro Crab - April 25)
  3. Biomorph (Developer/Publisher: Lucid Dreams Studio - April 5)
  4. The Hayseed Knight (Developer/Publisher: Sandra 'Maxi' Molina (SandraMJdev) - February 29)
  5. Little Kitty, Big City (Developer/Publisher: Double Dagger Studio - May 9)
  6. Nine Sols (Developer/Publisher: Red Candle Games - May 29)
  7. Ufouria The Saga 2 (Developer/Publisher: SUNSOFT - February 28)
  8. Umbraclaw (Developer/Publisher: INTI CREATES - May 30)

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic Costume a.k.a. Fursuit

TOC     Recommended Anthropomorphic Miscellany