Anna in Wonderland
Anna in Wonderland is a BBC documentary which in July 2002 had a half-hour segment about furries.
Anna: "Do you know what, I have just noticed, you've got a tag collar - wow, can I read it?"
Anna: " 'Tyger Cowboy, Spike's big gay love kitten.' "
Anna: "Do people not say to you, 'Come on guys, grow up'?"
Spike: "What's the point of... having a dull boring life? I don't wanna... y'know, in thirty years look back at my life and say I didn't have fun. And, I mean, I may be older but I refuse to grow up."
Spike: (referring to Tyger) "But he's just got this natural charisma. There's this tendency that people will gravitate towards him."
Anna: "What, even when he's not wearing his [fur]suit?"
Spike: "Yeah, it's not a furry thing, he just has this absolute natural charisma that comes across for some reason."
Anna: "God, Tyger, what is it? How come you're so attractive, to everyone?"
Tyger: "I am absolutely clueless about it, I really have no clue."
(After arriving at a furry weekend campout in the woods, being given a massive group hug at TygerCowboy's prompting, then getting slurped on the face by him.)
Anna: (narrating) "I was beginning to have a very bad feeling about this."
Campgoer: "How are you enjoying the campout so far?"
Anna: "Yeah, it's interesting. Um - I have to say, you know the puppet show today."
Anna: "I was looking at all the puppets and everyone kind of dancing and looking around I just thought, I'm thirty, this is just... a little bit childish for me."
Campgoer: "Ever heard the phrase, 'You're never too old to be young'?"
Campgoer: "You're going to miss us."
Anna: "D'ja think?"
Campgoer: "I think, yes."
Anna: (narrating) "Tyger's furry pack felt like a refuge for gay loners. The fur felt like their excuse to meet up and play."
Anna: (narrating) "[Stalking] Cat scared the pants off me. He's like a transsexual but instead of wanting to change into a woman, he actually wants to change species. I just can't believe he found doctors to transform him." (speaking) "How far are you going to go, then, Cat?"
Stalking Cat: "As far as technology will allow. And as far as I can afford it - y'know, however long it takes me to save up for the next thing that can be done."
Stalking Cat: (immediately) "Tiger."
Anna: "More so than being a human?"
Stalking Cat: (shrugs) "What's so great about being human?"
Anna: (narrating about Stalking Cat) "I have to admire Dennis. With him, changing into a tiger is a spiritual as well as a physical process. But he was more animal than I bargained for, and I left feeling he had more than a few issues to sort out."
Anna: "So, Wabbit, d'you not mind these pictures, y'know, that your husband is... seemingly having sex with somebody else."
Wabbit: "Oh, not at all, actually they kinda get me goin'."
Anna: (narrating) "Even more alarming was that they wanted me to become part of their 'furry den'."
(Discussing how being furry makes everyone in the group very happy.)
A furry: "I've lived more in the last two years than I have in the previous twenty, so... it's great."
Wabbit: "Being overweight quite often has been... rather stigmatic. And just having people around saying, 'Hey, you know, you're really beautiful, you're wonderful, I love you, because you're Wabbit.' That makes me feel good."
(After commenting on Ursus' collar tag, which reads 'Yiff Beast'.)
Ursus: "I am the Yiff beast of Sacramento, actually of all I survey."
Anna: "So now that I'm kind of in your den, does that mean I'm going to have to be... yiffy with you..."
Ursus: (firmly) "No. Absolutely not. It's a matter of individual choice - there must be at least five den-mates I haven't yiffed." (Indicating Anna) "Six now."
Anna: "Out of how many?"
Ursus: (without hesitation) "Thirty-four."
(Shortly afterwards, Ursus adds a leash to the collar he'd given to Anna.)
- Anna in Wonderland: Anna Meets the Furries (YouTube backup: Part 1 - 2 - 3)
- Big Brother’s Anna Nolan gets her very own BBC series - press release
- Anna in Wonderland website on BBC Three
- Pressed Fur: Press includes a description of Anna in Wonderland: The Furries
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