Timm Style is a style of animation. Characters are drawn with fairly realistic, though somewhat exaggerated, proportions and small eyes all round (though villains' eyes may still be slightly narrower than those of the heroes). People are drawn with lots of straight lines rather than curves, which makes them look rather angular. From 1996 forward, male characters, especially those who are meant to be very muscular like Batman or Superman, tended to be drawn with large upper body mass while having rather thin legs.
This style tends to be used in action series, so characters and clothing will usually be drawn with just a few colours, simple shading and minimal textures to make them easier to animate.
Among the artistic influences Timm has cited for this style are Chester Gould's Dick Tracy (look at Batman's jaw!), and Dan DeCarlo's style of drawing pretty girls in Archie Comics as well as his less innocent pin-up style works. Alex Toth used a similar style during his days at Hanna-Barbera.
This wiki commonly misuses the term Animesque to refer to these, though there is occasional overlap. For a quick little remind me, think of faces, while Animesque may exaggerate eyes, Timmstyle will choose simpler features. Pretty much faces are different, bodies are the same when comparing these two styles.
It is named for Bruce Timm, an artist and animator for DC Comics who uses this style. As a result, it's quite common in animated adaptations of DC properties, particularly the DCAU and occasionally DC Universe Animated Original Movies.
- Other DC Comics adaptations:
- Galactik Football
- Legend Of The Dragon
- Zorro: Generation Z
- Hellboy Animated
- The Big O
- Storm Hawks
- World of Quest
- Night Hood
- Captain Hero in Drawn Together is drawn in this style, as part of being a parody of Superman.
- The Legend of Calamity Jane
- Freakazoid! which was co-created by Timm but was abandoned after creative differences
- Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends
- Star Wars: Clone Wars and its reboot/remake Star Wars: The Clone Wars designed by Genndy Tartakovsky who got one of his first jobs on Batman: The Animated Series as an Inbetween artist
- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! and its predecessor Wolverine and the X-Men.
- And related, being they shared a character designer, X-Men: Evolution features a similar style, though notably rounder and slightly more detailed then usual.
- The Spectacular Spider-Man
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)
- The comic series Powers
- Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
- The Direct to Video animated movie Turok: Son of Stone
- The Gen¹³ movie.
- Hercules and Xena The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus was an early adapter of this style
- Internet artist Romil Ilagan applies this style (with Timm's work on Batman: The Animated Series cited as a specific influence) to The Phantom of the Opera at his website, Phantoons of the Opera.