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13th Apr '17 6:49:24 AM jamespolk
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* ''WesternAnimation/WhenTheDayBreaks'': The animators went with barnyard animals after starting with humans but being unable to get a satisfactory look for the woman (the character that eventually became the pig).
31st Mar '17 11:08:19 PM Kartoonkid95
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* WarnerBros WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, back in the day, had a lot more animal characters than humans. There were really only three recurring ones at the time: [[TokenHuman Elmer Fudd, Granny Smith, and Yosemite Sam.]]

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* WarnerBros WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, back in the day, had a lot more animal characters than humans. There were really only three recurring ones at the time: [[TokenHuman Elmer Fudd, Granny Smith, and Yosemite Sam.Sam and Granny.]]
28th Mar '17 6:26:21 PM EdnaWalker
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* Inverted in Creator/RobinJarvis' illustrations of his own ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' books. His drawings of mice have a distinct UncannyValley vibe whereas his drawings of humans are much better.

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20th Mar '17 8:29:30 PM KaputExaltation
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** 2. [[TakeAThirdOption They didn't want to be limited by]] typical MedievalEuropeanFantasy tropes.

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** 2. [[TakeAThirdOption They didn't want to be limited by]] typical MedievalEuropeanFantasy tropes.tropes and [[FiveRaces races]].
20th Mar '17 8:21:21 PM KaputExaltation
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A lot of [[WesternAnimation cartoons]], [[{{Anime}} anime]], and {{webcomics}} have anthropomorphic animal characters. Many [[GIFT self styled internet experts]] [[SarcasmMode perfectly explain this tendency]] [[MisaimedStereotyping by claiming]], "The artists are themselves [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furries]], and this is why the characters are all [[SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism literal Furries]]." While this is certainly true in some cases, [[MisaimedStereotyping more than 90% of the time, it's not]].

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A lot of [[WesternAnimation cartoons]], [[{{Anime}} anime]], and {{webcomics}} have anthropomorphic animal characters. Many [[GIFT [[{{GIFT}} self styled internet experts]] [[SarcasmMode perfectly explain this tendency]] [[MisaimedStereotyping by claiming]], "The artists are themselves [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furries]], and this is why the characters are all [[SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism literal Furries]]." While this is certainly true in some cases, [[MisaimedStereotyping more than 90% of the time, it's not]].
20th Mar '17 8:19:30 PM KaputExaltation
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A trope primarily seen in {{webcomics}} and other artistic media. It seems that a lot of comics and cartoons have anthropomorphic animal characters. Possibly more than one work of fiction can justify this by saying, "The artists are themselves [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furries]], and this is why the characters are all [[SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism literal Furries]]."

The other, more common reason may be this trope.

[[MostWritersAreHuman Most Artists Are Humans]], but unfortunately humans are fairly hard to draw. This has a lot to do with the principles behind the UncannyValley theory. We know what people look like. We see them every day. We have entire neural structures in our brains dedicated completely to picking up the incredibly subtle differences between human faces. If an artist's human characters don't look juuust so, those characters won't be appealing.

Oddly enough, there doesn't seem to be much of an UncannyValley equivalent for animals aside from photorealistically rendered CGI animated animals and real animals in live action films that talk or make humanlike facial expressions. There is almost no equivalent of UncannyValley for [[CartoonCreature extremely]] [[InformedSpecies stylized animal]], monster, and alien characters, or giant robots. After all, there aren't any PettingZooPeople running around in the real world (at least not to our knowledge). This means that there isn't any right or wrong way to draw cartoon animals, so it's impossible to be close but not quite there.

Also, it tends to help that while artists who limit themselves to humans are very likely to use OnlySixFaces, Furries and animals have several additional traits to help tell each other apart, from fur color to ears, tails, paws -- not to mention species. As a result, an artist can easily make a CastOfSnowflakes just by randomizing each character.

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A trope primarily seen in lot of [[WesternAnimation cartoons]], [[{{Anime}} anime]], and {{webcomics}} and other artistic media. It seems that a lot of comics and cartoons have anthropomorphic animal characters. Possibly more than one work of fiction can justify Many [[GIFT self styled internet experts]] [[SarcasmMode perfectly explain this tendency]] [[MisaimedStereotyping by saying, claiming]], "The artists are themselves [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furries]], and this is why the characters are all [[SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism literal Furries]]."

The other,
" While this is certainly true in some cases, [[MisaimedStereotyping more common reason may be this trope.

than 90% of the time, it's not]].

The fact is,
[[MostWritersAreHuman Most Artists Are Humans]], but unfortunately humans are fairly hard to draw. This has a lot to do with the principles behind the UncannyValley theory. We know what people look like. We see them every day. We have entire neural structures in our brains dedicated completely to picking up the incredibly subtle differences between human faces. If an artist's human characters don't look juuust so, those characters won't be appealing.

Oddly enough, there doesn't seem to be much of an UncannyValley equivalent for animals aside from photorealistically rendered CGI animated animals and real animals in live action films that talk or make humanlike facial expressions. There is almost no equivalent of UncannyValley for any [[CartoonCreature extremely]] [[InformedSpecies stylized animal]], monster, and animals]], monsters, alien characters, or giant robots. After all, there aren't any PettingZooPeople running around in the real world (at least not to our knowledge).world. This means that there isn't any right or wrong way to draw cartoon animals, so it's impossible to be close but not quite there.

Also, it tends to help that while artists who limit themselves to humans are very likely to use OnlySixFaces, [[OnlySixFaces a limited variety of facial designs]], Furries and animals have several additional traits to help tell each other apart, from fur color to ears, tails, paws -- not to mention species. As a result, an artist can easily make a CastOfSnowflakes just by randomizing each character.



In some cases, but not all, this may be due to a LazyArtist. Most webcomic artists are amateurs, and thus they do this in their free time. Some of them [[SturgeonsLaw just can't draw that well]], so they borrow from the more professional {{Furry Comic}}s as a shortcut. The audience tends to notice the difference in quality. Most art school students run a long, ''long'' gauntlet of figure drawing courses. An appealing human face is indeed one of the hardest damn things in the world to draw -- however, the rest of said human isn't any harder or easier to draw than any other animal. Many artists go on to create animal characters anyway -- but there is a noticeably greater attention to detail from someone who's trained on drawing humans. Furthermore, once you start drawing animals, you understand why you drew so many human figures. We're about as close to a "[[DoAnythingRobot Do Anything Tetrapod]]" as you can get.

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In some cases, but not all, this may be due to a LazyArtist. Most In particular, most webcomic artists are amateurs, and thus they do this in their free time.amateurs. Some of them [[SturgeonsLaw just can't draw that well]], so they borrow from the more professional {{Furry Comic}}s as a shortcut. The audience tends to notice the difference in quality. Most art school students run a long, ''long'' gauntlet of figure drawing courses. An appealing human face is indeed one of the hardest damn things in the world to draw -- however, the rest of said human isn't any harder or easier to draw than any other animal. Many artists go on to create animal characters anyway -- but there is a noticeably greater attention to detail from someone who's trained on drawing humans. Furthermore, once you start drawing animals, you understand why you drew so many human figures. We're about as close to a "[[DoAnythingRobot Do Anything Tetrapod]]" as you can get.


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* ''{{Lugaru}}'' and ''{{Overgrowth}}'' by [[http://www.wolfire.com/ Wolfire Games]] are LowFantasy [[ActionGame fighting games]] that take place an island that is populated entirely by [[FunnyAnimal Borderline]] PettingZooPeople. There are [[WordOfGod three official reasons]] for that:

**1. [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman They didn't want to depict human-on-human violence]].
**2. [[TakeAThirdOption They didn't want to be limited by]] typical MedievalEuropeanFantasy tropes.
**3. This trope.

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14th Jan '17 7:11:30 AM Morgenthaler
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8th Jan '17 4:41:32 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in Stan Sakai's UsagiYojimbo. Stan is perfectly capable of drawing recognizable and distinct humans - but his "furry" characters allow new readers to grasp the essentials of his regular cast very quickly and easily. The character Katsuichi is powerful, insightful and reserved, so he's [[KingOfBeasts a lion.]] [[TricksterArchetype Kitsune]] is fun-loving and cunning but essentially amoral, so she's a fox. Gen is fearless, powerful and easily angered, so he's a rhinoceros... and so on.

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* Subverted in Stan Sakai's UsagiYojimbo.ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo. Stan is perfectly capable of drawing recognizable and distinct humans - but his "furry" characters allow new readers to grasp the essentials of his regular cast very quickly and easily. The character Katsuichi is powerful, insightful and reserved, so he's [[KingOfBeasts a lion.]] [[TricksterArchetype Kitsune]] is fun-loving and cunning but essentially amoral, so she's a fox. Gen is fearless, powerful and easily angered, so he's a rhinoceros... and so on.
7th Oct '16 3:36:43 PM TheJayman49
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* As WaltDisney sought to drastically improve [[ArtEvolution animation quality and standards]] in his cartoons throughout the 1930's and early 40's, this trope became apparent in full force. Far and away the best and most revered Disney animation of the period tends to be either animal characters such as WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, WesternANimation/DonaldDuck, WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}, the Disney/ThreeLittlePigs, [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket]], Disney/{{Dumbo}} and Disney/{{Bambi}} or stylized caricatures of humans such as [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs the Seven Dwarfs]].

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* As WaltDisney sought to drastically improve [[ArtEvolution animation quality and standards]] in his cartoons throughout the 1930's and early 40's, this trope became apparent in full force. Far and away the best and most revered Disney animation of the period tends to be either animal characters such as WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, WesternANimation/DonaldDuck, WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}, the Disney/ThreeLittlePigs, [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket]], Disney/{{Dumbo}} and Disney/{{Bambi}} or stylized caricatures of humans such as [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs the Seven Dwarfs]].Dwarfs]].
** Not to mention, most Disney films from the 30s to the 50s used {{rotoscoping}} for the human characters, which may have had something to do with this trope.
5th Sep '16 11:00:14 AM FordPrefect
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* There's an artist, who claims he even can't draw animals other than toucans. His works include [[http://toucan-house.com/ House M.D. parody]], [[http://acomics.ru/~depth-of-delusion The Matrix parody]] and [[http://acomics.ru/~stoolmaster Lord of the Rings parody]]. With all characters [[EverythingIsBetterWithPenguins as toucans]]. (No translations, unfortunately.)

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* There's an artist, who Ilya Savchenko claims he even can't draw animals other than toucans. His works include parodies of [[http://toucan-house.com/ House M.D. parody]], ]], [[http://acomics.ru/~depth-of-delusion The Matrix parody]] Matrix]], and [[http://acomics.ru/~stoolmaster Lord of the Rings parody]].Rings]]. With all characters [[EverythingIsBetterWithPenguins as toucans]]. (No translations, unfortunately.)
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