Analysis / Funny Animal

The BadWebcomicsWiki has an article here on why the usage of Funny Animals became so popular in comics and cartoons. Some examples they discussed are Tom and Jerry and Maus utilizing Animal Jingoism and Animal Stereotypes to quickly establish character relationships and personalities, and Spongebob Squarepants taking advantage of the unique anatomy of various animals to create an Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance that fits a character's personality.