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 ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' and ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'' utilizing AnimalJingoism and AnimalStereotypes to quickly establish character relationships and personalities, and ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' taking advantage of the unique anatomy of various animals to create an AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance that fits a character's personality.