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Humanlike Foot Anatomy: Western Animation

Cartoony Foot Stance Examples:

  • Gromit from the Wallace & Gromit shorts and film.
  • Pluto and Butch from the Classic Disney Shorts and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
  • The bulldog, Spike and his son Tyke, in Tom and Jerry cartoons is often seen with a rather bear-like stance like Butch above. It helps give the bulldogs a macho swagger and Butch often has his elbows bent out so that it looks like he's in the same position a human with their fists on their waist would be.
    • Same with Tom and the other cats and dogs in the cartoon series. Tom becomes more and more anthropomorphic as time goes on though.
  • Spike and Hector, the two bulldogs and Sylvester the cat from Looney Tunes.
    • Most digitigrade animals (cats and dogs) in Looney Tunes are shown plantigrade in fact.
    • Porky Pig averts this trope in The Looney Tunes Show by having the unguligrade stance that real pigs have, but he usually appears more digitigrade or plantigrade.
  • The cat (e.g., Furball, Rita, Precious, and Crump Kitty) and dog (e.g., Runt, Newt, Buttons, and Barky Marky) characters from Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, and Pinky and the Brain switch between plantigrade stance and digitigrade stance Depending on the Artist or episode. Buttons is nearly always shown digitigrade like a real dog though.
  • Jake from Adventure Time has feet that are just toes.
  • The bull in the old Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon "Chilly con Carmen"
  • The moose in the Classic Disney Short Moose Hunters.
  • Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar from the Classic Disney Shorts are an example even though more modern appearances always depict them with shoes.
    • You don't see their back hooves anymore and their front hooves are drawn as hands, but in their really early appearances, you could see that they clearly exemplify this trope.
  • The dog and cat characters from Clifford the Big Red Dog look plantigrade (but drawn with just toes on the ground) in some poses, but look digitigrade in other poses.
  • Same with the dog and cat characters from Krypto The Super Dog, though some dogs, like Strectcho Mutt, and many cats really are drawn as plantigrade.
  • Courage and Katz in Courage the Cowardly Dog have feet that are just toes.
  • Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey from the Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
    • Averted in one Boomerang short cartoon where the two characters are drawn more realistically and with the proper unguligrade stance.
  • Played straight with Pig, Dog, Duck, and Sheep from Word World, but averted with Cat from the same show.
  • The Goodfeathers, the Girlfeathers, The Godpigeon, Chicken Boo, and the other bird chracters from Animaniacs.
  • Daffy Duck, Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn, Henery Hawk, Yoyo Dodo from Looney Tunes. Averted with Roadrunner, however.
  • Plucky Duck, Shirley the Loon, Fowlmoth, Sweetie, Gogo Dodo, and Li'l Beeper from Tiny Toon Adventures.
  • Donald Duck and the other duck characters in the Classic Disney Shorts and DuckTales.
  • Woody Woodpecker
  • Puppetry example: Big Bird in Sesame Street is a human in a suit, therefore Big Bird has the same joints as a human. Jim Henson's sketchbook shows a design that would have averted it (the puppeteer would have faced backward, so his knees seemed to bend back instead of forward), but it was deemed impractical.
  • The lions and the camel in The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!.
  • Buddy and Annie the T. rexes from Dinosaur Train are examples, but most of the other dinosaurs that are supposed to be digitigrade avert this trope.
  • Inversion: Mice are supposed to be plantigrade, but the mice in the original Angelina Ballerina cartoon are digitigrade (all the better to dance en pointe, one supposes).
    • Then un-inverted in the more recent CGI cartoons, where the characters are much more human-like (including always wearing shoes), pushing them into full Petting Zoo People territory and out of this trope.
  • Similarly, the Animated Adaptation of Redwall gave even the mouse characters a digitigrade stance. Made somewhat awkward by the fact that Matthias and Cornflower wore sandals that were still designed for a plantigrade stance.
  • Bo and Karla from Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies. The former has feet that are just toes and the latter has feet that are just hooves.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic goes both ways with this. While the feet of many of the ponies don't entirely look like actual hooved feet, they do actually walk like real equines. There are a number of occasions where they appear to have "elbows" in the middle of their forelegs, though, for gesturing purposes.
  • Inverted with Pepper Clark, the skunk in Littlest Pet Shop (2012): She is digitigrade, while real skunks are plantigrade.

Cartoony Foot Shape Examples:

  • In the Tom and Jerry franchise, Jerry's feet bear very little resemblance to the feet of real mice and the two toes he has look rather like the two toes on camel feet.
    • Speedy Gonzales from Looney Tunes has two-toed feet as well, but his feet look more like rabbit or hare feet with two toes.
  • Porky Pig normally has feet and hooves shaped like slippers.
  • Piglet and Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh don't have hooves, just feet.
  • Goofy, Max, and even Mickey and Minnie Mouse have feet that look awfully like human feet.
    • Mickey and Minnie also have hand and foot proportions that would be more appropriate for a Canada Lynx than for a mouse.
    • Nearly all Dogfaces have awfully human-like feet in fact.
  • Minerva Mink from Animaniacs has feet that look a lot like human feet.
    • Skippy Squirrel's feet look unusually huge and catlike for a squirrel.
  • Cows in the Classic Disney Shorts from the mid-1920s to the early 1930s, whether four-legged or two-legged, have feet that look somewhere between cats' feet and camels' feet.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show. Ren's feet usually look appropriate for a dog (aside from having three toes instead of four), but can sometimes look somewhat humanoid, while Stimpy has plantigrade toeless feet.
  • Literally everyone on SWAT Kats, especially T-Bone and Razor.
  • Rare Inversion: Many human characters in The Flintstones, especially female ones, have feet that are shaped rather like cats' hindfeet, including Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble.
  • Another inversion: Human characters in The Fairly OddParents have three-toed feet that are shaped rather like cat's hindfeet.
    • Only when looked at from a distance. When the feet are shown close up, the feet are shown to have four toes and generally have a human like shape. Ocassionally, they will show more frightening details
  • All the anthropomorphic characters from Arthur have awfully human-like feet.
  • Daffy Duck has feet rather like those of a cat or a rabbit in the Looney Tunes In The Sixties.
  • The prevalent "rabbits and hares with pawpads" inaccuracy is averted with Max Hare and the four white girl bunnies in the Silly Symphony, The Tortoise and the Hare.
  • The Tex Avery wolf has feet like a human.
  • Ratty and Mole from Mr. Bogus.
  • DoorMouse from Team Umizoomi has rather human feet despite having only four toes.
    • The Shape Bandit and some other anthrops have these as well.

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