Okay, so last night I was watching The Golden Compass on TV. And I have a question about the animated animals in the movie. Were the animals supposed to been characters all on their own, or were they supposed to represent the humans characteristics? I noticed in some scenes, the little girl had a cat with her, and in other scenes she had a mouse. Was this significant in the girls personality trates? Seemed to me they represented the humans personality to me. What do you all think? Who's seen it, who liked it and what was your interpretation of it? Characteristics, or companions?