History Analysis / TheSmurfettePrinciple

7th Feb '16 3:57:36 PM nombretomado
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One reason for the shortage of female animal characters was a DoubleStandard in GoldenAge animation against [[WouldntHitAGirl hitting a female character]]. Because of this DoubleStandard, this often meant that the characters "[[DudeNotFunny just couldn't be]]" girls. Because of this, the first few GoldenAge female animal characters were usually introduced as {{MacGuffin}}s for the male counterparts to pursue or fight over or [[DamselInDistress Damsels in Distress]] to saved by them (i.e., WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse and Daisy Duck).
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One reason for the shortage of female animal characters was a DoubleStandard in GoldenAge Golden Age animation against [[WouldntHitAGirl hitting a female character]]. Because of this DoubleStandard, this often meant that the characters "[[DudeNotFunny just couldn't be]]" girls. Because of this, the first few GoldenAge Golden Age female animal characters were usually introduced as {{MacGuffin}}s for the male counterparts to pursue or fight over or [[DamselInDistress Damsels in Distress]] to saved by them (i.e., WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse and Daisy Duck).

** Poor Penelope Pussycat. No one ever remembers her name. That's because she didn't have a name in the original WesternAnimation/PepeLePew cartoons -- or rather, she did, but it changed every cartoon. She was "Fabrette" on "Really Scent," Fifi in "Two Scents Worth," and other times, she was just a nameless cat who got painted and is left to be chased and harassed by this horny skunk. The only time she was named Penelope during {{the Golden Age of|Animation}} ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' was in 1954's "The Cat's Bah" (which is where they got the name of Penelope for her when she was brought back in "Carrotblanca.")
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** Poor Penelope Pussycat. No one ever remembers her name. That's because she didn't have a name in the original WesternAnimation/PepeLePew cartoons -- or rather, she did, but it changed every cartoon. She was "Fabrette" on "Really Scent," Fifi in "Two Scents Worth," and other times, she was just a nameless cat who got painted and is left to be chased and harassed by this horny skunk. The only time she was named Penelope during {{the UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age of|Animation}} ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' was in 1954's "The Cat's Bah" (which is where they got the name of Penelope for her when she was brought back in "Carrotblanca.")
7th Feb '16 3:57:14 PM nombretomado
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Although there are examples of this going back much further than modern works (a Victorian example could be ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', which lacks female animal characters entirely) this issue has another unique technical basis that may have also been at play. Animals don't talk, so animal-based characters were usually animated in visual media in the modern United States. [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Early]] on [[MostWritersAreMale most animators and writers were male]] and before [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retta_Scott Retta Scott]], Disney's first woman animator, came, ''all'' of Creator/{{Disney}}'s animators were male. Things are different these days but inertia has kept male animators in the majority (at least for another few years). In [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation older animated cartoons and TV shows]] much of the early innovators were artists rather than authors, so the plotlines were sometimes secondary to an artist finding a way to get paid for their visual work. As a result many cartoons were written as comedies, and the easiest way to make a popular comedy at the time was to use [[Film/TheThreeStooges gratuitous slapstick]]. Since there was a DoubleStandard against [[WouldntHitAGirl hitting a female character]] this often meant that the characters "[[DudeNotFunny just couldn't be]]" girls unless they were {{MacGuffin}}s for the male counterparts to pursue or fight over.
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Although there are examples of this going back much further than modern works (a Victorian example could be ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', which lacks female animal characters entirely) this issue has another unique technical basis that may have also been at play. Animals don't talk, so animal-based characters were usually animated in visual media in the modern United States. [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Early]] on [[MostWritersAreMale most animators and writers were male]] and before [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retta_Scott Retta Scott]], Disney's first woman animator, came, ''all'' of Creator/{{Disney}}'s animators were male. Things are different these days but inertia has kept male animators in the majority (at least for another few years). In [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation older animated cartoons and TV shows]] much of the early innovators were artists rather than authors, so the plotlines were sometimes secondary to an artist finding a way to get paid for their visual work. As a result many cartoons were written as comedies, and the easiest way to make a popular comedy at the time was to use [[Film/TheThreeStooges gratuitous slapstick]]. Since there was a DoubleStandard against [[WouldntHitAGirl hitting a female character]] this often meant that the characters "[[DudeNotFunny just couldn't be]]" girls unless they were {{MacGuffin}}s for the male counterparts to pursue or fight over.
22nd Oct '15 4:30:12 PM nombretomado
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* The {{Disney}} theatrical short shown before the 2011 ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' movie, "The Ballad of Nessie" features not only a female animal main protagonist, her name is part of the title of the short as well!
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* The {{Disney}} Creator/{{Disney}} theatrical short shown before the 2011 ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' movie, "The Ballad of Nessie" features not only a female animal main protagonist, her name is part of the title of the short as well!
22nd Oct '15 4:30:03 PM nombretomado
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Although there are examples of this going back much further than modern works (a Victorian example could be ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', which lacks female animal characters entirely) this issue has another unique technical basis that may have also been at play. Animals don't talk, so animal-based characters were usually animated in visual media in the modern United States. [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Early]] on [[MostWritersAreMale most animators and writers were male]] and before [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retta_Scott Retta Scott]], Disney's first woman animator, came, ''all'' of {{Disney}}'s animators were male. Things are different these days but inertia has kept male animators in the majority (at least for another few years).
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Although there are examples of this going back much further than modern works (a Victorian example could be ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', which lacks female animal characters entirely) this issue has another unique technical basis that may have also been at play. Animals don't talk, so animal-based characters were usually animated in visual media in the modern United States. [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Early]] on [[MostWritersAreMale most animators and writers were male]] and before [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retta_Scott Retta Scott]], Disney's first woman animator, came, ''all'' of {{Disney}}'s Creator/{{Disney}}'s animators were male. Things are different these days but inertia has kept male animators in the majority (at least for another few years).
8th Oct '15 10:30:16 PM nombretomado
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** Poor Penelope Pussycat. No one ever remembers her name. That's because she didn't have a name in the original PepeLePew cartoons -- or rather, she did, but it changed every cartoon. She was "Fabrette" on "Really Scent," Fifi in "Two Scents Worth," and other times, she was just a nameless cat who got painted and is left to be chased and harassed by this horny skunk. The only time she was named Penelope during {{the Golden Age of|Animation}} ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' was in 1954's "The Cat's Bah" (which is where they got the name of Penelope for her when she was brought back in "Carrotblanca.")
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** Poor Penelope Pussycat. No one ever remembers her name. That's because she didn't have a name in the original PepeLePew WesternAnimation/PepeLePew cartoons -- or rather, she did, but it changed every cartoon. She was "Fabrette" on "Really Scent," Fifi in "Two Scents Worth," and other times, she was just a nameless cat who got painted and is left to be chased and harassed by this horny skunk. The only time she was named Penelope during {{the Golden Age of|Animation}} ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' was in 1954's "The Cat's Bah" (which is where they got the name of Penelope for her when she was brought back in "Carrotblanca.")
20th Sep '15 12:27:10 PM EdnaWalker
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Related to MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial. Results from MostWritersAreMale and causes ViewerGenderConfusion. See also FemaleFelineMaleMutt, WouldntHitAGirl. See AnimalGenderBender and its SubTrope, InsectGenderBender.
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Related to MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial. Results from MostWritersAreMale and causes ViewerGenderConfusion. See also GenderEqualsBreed, FemaleFelineMaleMutt, its super trope SpeciesEqualsGender, and WouldntHitAGirl. See AnimalGenderBender and its SubTrope, InsectGenderBender.
20th Sep '15 11:24:28 AM nombretomado
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* Krystal, now belonging to the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' franchise, was originally going to be a main protagonist along with male character Sabre in the game Dinosaur Planet. However due to similarities with the ''Star Fox'' franchise, the game was reworked as a launch title for the Nintendo GameCube. Sabre was turned into Fox [=McCloud=], Krystal's role being reduced and spending the majority of the subsequent ''Star Fox Adventures'' as a DamselInDistress, with the game being released in 2002 as ''Star Fox Adventures'.
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* Krystal, now belonging to the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' franchise, was originally going to be a main protagonist along with male character Sabre in the game Dinosaur Planet. However due to similarities with the ''Star Fox'' franchise, the game was reworked as a launch title for the Nintendo GameCube.UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube. Sabre was turned into Fox [=McCloud=], Krystal's role being reduced and spending the majority of the subsequent ''Star Fox Adventures'' as a DamselInDistress, with the game being released in 2002 as ''Star Fox Adventures'.
14th Sep '15 1:03:19 PM Willbyr
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* The titular protagonist of ''ChisSweetHome'' and ''ChisNewAddress'' is a female kitten. She also has a platonic friendship with a male kitten named Cocchi, which is uncommon.
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* The titular protagonist of ''ChisSweetHome'' ''Manga/ChisSweetHome'' and ''ChisNewAddress'' ''Chi's New Address'' is a female kitten. She also has a platonic friendship with a male kitten named Cocchi, which is uncommon.
14th Jul '15 6:06:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted with the Pteranodon family and Buddy Tyrannosaurus in ''DinosaurTrain''; the family is split equally genderwise (three female, three male). Also, many other female characters appear in the show.
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* Averted with the Pteranodon family and Buddy Tyrannosaurus in ''DinosaurTrain''; ''WesternAnimation/DinosaurTrain''; the family is split equally genderwise (three female, three male). Also, many other female characters appear in the show.

* Averted with ''MarthaSpeaks''; the titular character is a female dog. * Averted with ''PeppaPig''; the titular character is a female pig. * Averted with ''AngelinaBallerina''; the titular character is a female mouse. * Averted with ''SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat''; the titular character is a female kitten. Also, the Miao family inverts the TwoGirlsToATeam and Smurfette Principle tropes. * Averted with ''MamaMirabellesHomeMovies''; the titular character is a female elephant and the main cast is gender-equal. * Inverted with the main cast of ''WonderPets''; Tuck the turtle is the only male character on the team. * Brandy Harrington the female dog from ''BrandyAndMrWhiskers'' is a main protagonist who is on equal footing with Mr. Whiskers the main male protagonist rabbit.
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* Averted with ''MarthaSpeaks''; ''WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks''; the titular character is a female dog. * Averted with ''PeppaPig''; ''WesternAnimation/PeppaPig''; the titular character is a female pig. * Averted with ''AngelinaBallerina''; ''WesternAnimation/AngelinaBallerina''; the titular character is a female mouse. * Averted with ''SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat''; ''WesternAnimation/SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat''; the titular character is a female kitten. Also, the Miao family inverts the TwoGirlsToATeam and Smurfette Principle tropes. * Averted with ''MamaMirabellesHomeMovies''; ''WesternAnimation/MamaMirabellesHomeMovies''; the titular character is a female elephant and the main cast is gender-equal. * Inverted with the main cast of ''WonderPets''; ''WesternAnimation/WonderPets''; Tuck the turtle is the only male character on the team. * Brandy Harrington the female dog from ''BrandyAndMrWhiskers'' ''WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers'' is a main protagonist who is on equal footing with Mr. Whiskers the main male protagonist rabbit.

* Kitty Katswell the female cat from ''TUFFPuppy'' is a main protagonist who is on equal footing with Dudley Puppy the main male protagonist dog.
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* Kitty Katswell the female cat from ''TUFFPuppy'' ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' is a main protagonist who is on equal footing with Dudley Puppy the main male protagonist dog.

* Inverted among the three main bovine characters in ''BackAtTheBarnyard''; there are two female cows, Abby and Bessie, and one male "cow" named Otis. Otherwise, however, this is played straight.
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* Inverted among the three main bovine characters in ''BackAtTheBarnyard''; ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard''; there are two female cows, Abby and Bessie, and one male "cow" named Otis. Otherwise, however, this is played straight.

* The titular protagonist of ''MissSpidersSunnyPatchFriends'' is a female spider.
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* The titular protagonist of ''MissSpidersSunnyPatchFriends'' ''WesternAnimation/MissSpidersSunnyPatchFriends'' is a female spider.
17th May '15 9:59:22 AM nombretomado
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* All of HannaBarbera's TalkingAnimal characters were male until Cindy Bear was introduced.
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* All of HannaBarbera's Creator/HannaBarbera's TalkingAnimal characters were male until Cindy Bear was introduced.
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