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Parts of an animated character's body are connected.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
NateTheGreat on Oct 25th 2016 at 3:14:07 PM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Jan 5th 2018 at 8:24:23 AM
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Certain parts of a cartoon character might as well be connected by strings: movement in one portion will correspond to movement in another part. Perhaps muscle mass is being transferred through the torso, maybe Hammerspace is in effect.

One common application is "the neck and tail may as well be one unit threading through the torso, if one lengthens the other will shorten."

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Comic Books

  • In a Mickey Mouse comic Mickey is in a horse-drawn carriage. The horse's tail is flipping back and forth, slapping Mickey. Tying the tail to various things doesn't help, so Mickey goes around front and pulls at the horse's head, shortening the tail and extending the neck.

Western Animation

  • In this Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey throws a lasso at Pete who is riding Horace Horsecollar. The lasso snags Horace's tail and pulls it, shortening his neck at the same time.

Feedback: 11 replies

Oct 25th 2016 at 3:42:42 PM

Oct 25th 2016 at 6:54:03 PM

In a non-comedic example, Kappa are sometimes said to have arms that work like this.

Jan 13th 2017 at 10:09:37 AM

The name is a little long. Maybe something like Push And Pull Anatomy.

  • This seems to be how Remy controls Linguini in Ratatouille. Pulling on certain locks of his hair moves certain body parts as if they were strings on a marionette.
  • Mickey Mouse:
    • In The Galloping Gaucho, Mickey's ride, a rhea, gets drunk, so he stiffens it up with starch. After they slide down a hill, the landing is so rough that the rhea's body slumps down to its ankles.
    • When Mickey chases Pete on a donkey in The Cactus Kid, he finds that he's too far away, so he pushes in the donkey's tail to elongate its neck long enough to reach Pete.
    • On The Beach Party, Mickey rings the bell on Clarabelle Cow's neck by pulling on its tail.
      • This last example is given an explanation in the Walt Disney Presents episode "The Plausible Impossible". Since a cow's neck and tail are just continuations of its spinal column, pulling on the tail can conceivably straighten out the neck, ringing the bell in the process.
  • On the Tex Avery cartoon "Counterfeit Cat", a cat wears a wig with dog ears to fool a Bully Bulldog. At one point he accidentally puts on a mop, and the bulldog notices the handle atop his head. He pushes it down, causing it to stretch out through the cat's tail. The cat then pushes the tail down, and the bulldog's tail gets stretched out.

Jan 14th 2017 at 6:16:03 PM

Comic Books

  • Filthy Animals by Cindy Crowell and Stan Jinx centers on Connor Lepus, an anthro rabbit working in the cartoon porn industry. At the end of a passionate scene, Connor pulls on his ear to retract his comically long Gag Penis into his abdomen like a tape measure.

Jan 15th 2017 at 12:15:54 AM

Another Mickey example:

  • In The Karnival Kid, a carnival barker pulls on Mickey nose, extending it and making it limp. Mickey then pulls on his tail to get his nose back to its normal length.

Jan 15th 2017 at 5:45:33 AM

^^One Ugly Bunny's example gave me another idea for a title: Tape Measure Anatomy.

Jan 3rd 2018 at 7:28:31 AM

If you update the OP with the examples others have mentioned, you might get some more hats.

Jan 5th 2018 at 8:24:52 AM

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