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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.)
5th Sep '16 10:56:35 AM FordPrefect
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* Doc Nickel (artist for ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'') has explicitly stated that he used anthropomorphic animal characters because he couldn't draw humans for crap. According to several of his posts on the forums in August 2011, though, he was working on overcoming the problem with drawing humans, with more human characters being given actual details instead of undefined "floating bubbleheads", and [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1405.html the results]] [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1403.html were impressive]]. But a few months later he decided to drop humans altogether. He did use [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1481.html generic human faces]] to replaced "the no-necks" when he retroactively coloured strips for winter and spring of 2012, but after that all one-shot characters have been anthropomorphic animals. Also of note is converting [[ThoseTwoGuys Larry and Daryl]] -- the no-necks who gained some depth over time -- to [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1853.html squirrels]].

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* Doc Nickel (artist for ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'') has explicitly stated that he used anthropomorphic animal characters because he couldn't draw humans for crap. According to several of his posts on the forums in August 2011, though, he was working on overcoming the problem with drawing humans, with more human characters being given actual details instead of undefined "floating bubbleheads", and [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1405.html the results]] [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1403.html were impressive]]. But a few months later he decided to drop humans altogether. He did use [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1481.html generic human faces]] to replaced replace "the no-necks" when he retroactively coloured strips for winter and spring of 2012, but after that all one-shot characters have been anthropomorphic animals. Also of note is converting [[ThoseTwoGuys Larry and Daryl]] -- the no-necks who gained some depth over time -- to [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1853.html squirrels]].
15th Jul '16 8:27:31 AM Willbyr
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* Yoshihiro Takahashi's works tend to invert this. Especially the anime adaptation of ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' - the dogs can look so strange as to be cringe-worthy. GingaNagareboshiGin suffers from this as well, but not nearly as badly. Humans in these series, on the other hand, tend to be rather well-drawn.

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* Yoshihiro Takahashi's works tend to invert this. Especially the anime adaptation of ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' - the dogs can look so strange as to be cringe-worthy. GingaNagareboshiGin ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' suffers from this as well, but not nearly as badly. Humans in these series, on the other hand, tend to be rather well-drawn.
3rd Jul '16 1:46:46 PM Morgenthaler
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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 [[TheObiWan 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. 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 [[TheObiWan Katsuichi]] 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.
30th May '16 9:19:28 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''WolfsRain'' is one of the few works that turns this trope on its ear. The animators had far more experience animating appealing human characters; their animal characters tend to look a little off. So there are whole episodes in the series where the animal characters spend all their time [[HumanityEnsues in human form]] (ItMakesSenseInContext) when there is no particular reason to do so.

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* ''WolfsRain'' ''Anime/WolfsRain'' is one of the few works that turns this trope on its ear. The animators had far more experience animating appealing human characters; their animal characters tend to look a little off. So there are whole episodes in the series where the animal characters spend all their time [[HumanityEnsues in human form]] (ItMakesSenseInContext) when there is no particular reason to do so.
7th Feb '16 3:06:56 PM nombretomado
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* Pretty much ''the'' reason why many, many cartoon characters were {{Funny Animal}}s during TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation when the medium was just getting started. Artists at that time knew how to draw people, sure, but ''animating'' them was a whole other story. Cartoons at the time all shared a very similar art style due to FollowTheLeader and the fact that details were harder and more expensive to work in, so many characters tended to look exactly the same...what helped separate them from the masses were those one or two characteristics (ears, tails, etc.) indicating that X Character was supposed to be a Y Animal.

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* Pretty much ''the'' reason why many, many cartoon characters were {{Funny Animal}}s during TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation when the medium was just getting started. Artists at that time knew how to draw people, sure, but ''animating'' them was a whole other story. Cartoons at the time all shared a very similar art style due to FollowTheLeader and the fact that details were harder and more expensive to work in, so many characters tended to look exactly the same...what helped separate them from the masses were those one or two characteristics (ears, tails, etc.) indicating that X Character was supposed to be a Y Animal.
3rd Oct '15 7:27:30 PM nombretomado
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* The art of ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' is half this and half ShoutOut to ''AnimalCrossing''.

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* The art of ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' is half this and half ShoutOut to ''AnimalCrossing''.''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing''.
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