Inkblot Cartoon Style

aka: Rubberhose Animation
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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 humor.

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:

Retraux Examples:

Comic Books

Video Games

Web Comics

Western Animation

Alternative Title(s):

Rubber Hose Animation