Inkblot Cartoon Style
aka: Rubberhose Animation
Inkblot Cartoon Style is the cartoon style most prevalent from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s.
Most historians refer to this as Rubber Hose Animation because characters' arms, legs and pretty much everything else are usually animated as if they were made of rubber tubing and without elbows or knees.
In many cartoons in the very late Twenties
and early and mid-Thirties, not only does everyone dance to the background music, everything dances to it as well
The style sometimes falls into Accidental Nightmare Fuel
territory because of the its tendency toward surrealist
Characteristics of Characters of the Inkblot Cartoon Style:
If this style is used in a cartoon that was made after the 1920s/1930s, it results in Retraux
. It often, but not always, goes hand-in-hand with Rubber Hose Limbs
, which originated from this style.
Examples from the 1930s and earlier:
- Felix the Cat, created in 1919.
- The earliest Disney characters are, or at least were, this.
- Looney Tunes:
- Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid & Honey from the earliest cartoons. Even though they look more like dog/cat crosses in Tiny Toon Adventures, they are still drawn in this style.
- Piggy and Fluffy, Goopy Geer, Foxy and Roxy, Buddy and Cookie, Wilbur the cat, and Beans the cat.
- Goopy's fur is white in his original cartoons, unlike in his Tiny Toon Adventures appearance in which he's black-furred.
- Many Merrie Melodies (which, unlike Looney Tunes, didn't have a regular cast)
- Betty Boop and Bimbo are both quite rubbery, even though Betty looks a lot more shapely.
- The Popeye cartoons of The Thirties are this, especially with the characters' eyes and Olive Oyl's Rubber Hose Limbs.
- The music video for "The Ghost of Stephen Foster" by Squirrel Nut Zippers is done in this style, with look-alikes of Buddy and Cookie being tormented by ghosts at the Hotel Paradise.
- The music video for Moby and the Void Pacific Choir's "Are You Lost in the World Like Me?" An apparently ironic choice, since the video is actually a critique on modern social media.
- The Futurama Season 6 finale mocks this art style.
- Toot from Drawn Together.
- Yakko, Wakko and Dot Warner from Animaniacs are this, even though they don't have Rubber Hose Limbs and their eyes look somewhat Animesque.
- In The Simpsons episode "Bart's Comet", the Couch Gag is the family drawn in this style◊.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy parodies this in the episode "Hill Billy".
- In a Cutaway Gag on Family Guy, Peter was waxing nostalgic about him and Brian in the old days; they were drawn in this style for the flashback.
- The Fairly OddParents: In "The Good Ol' Days", Timmy's Grandpappy Turner comes in to baby-sit him. After bonding with him over their mutual love of old-fashioned cartoons (and old-fashioned cartoon violence), Timmy is inspired to make a wish that causes the whole world to look like this art style for his grandpa.
- The "Old Timey" universe from Homestar Runner.
- Dennis the Duck from House of Mouse, who is basically an avian version of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
- One episode of Spongebob Squarepants featured a scene drawn this way, with Spongebob singing "I'm Ready to go to Work!" during the entire scene.
- A number of the drawings in ChalkZone are drawn in this style. They've been shown in "Mellow Drama Falls" and "The Label Police" as well as the music video segments "There You Are" and "Time to Go Home".
- Cat and Dog's shared dream in the CatDog episode "It's a Wonderful Half-Life" is done in this style.
- In Gravity Falls, when passing through one of Bill Cipher's "balls of pure madness," Gideon and Ghost Eyes temporary turn into this. They scream silently, followed by an intertitle that says "AAAAAAAAAUGH!"