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, 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.