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4 fingers vs 5 fingers
Posted: Posted July 22nd, 2017 by Shadow Sonday

Why is it that in some cartoon shows, most of the chatacters have 4 fingers, and in some other shows, they have 5 fingers?

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4 fingers is easier to draw.

Also meowth has 3 fingers:

Posted July 22nd, 2017 by Xhin
Fractal icious

because cartoons are make-believe

Posted July 22nd, 2017 by Brandy

when i was little, i used to watch my dad, and my grandad shave, and i'd make-believe that i was shaving too, i used to take his electric shaver, and make a buzzing sound too. but i realize when i got older, only men grow beards lol. thats make-believe. what did you like to make-beleive about when you were little?

Edited July 22nd, 2017 by Brandy

because cartoons are make-believe

That's not a reason.

Posted July 22nd, 2017 by nullfather

And we take these characters for example: Sonic, Goofy, Mickey Mouse. Those characters wear gloves. Someone in the show explains why they wear gloves, but I forgot about it.

Posted July 22nd, 2017 by Shadow Sonday

Same reason Pixar chose to make the octopus in Finding Dory have 7 arms instead of 8: easier to animate. Some styles blend the ring, middle, and pointer fingers together to make posing easier. Animating all 5 fingers in complicated ways becomes very difficult anatomically, and the anatomy of a 5-fingered hand is also thinner and smaller and more difficult to work with or see onscreen.

Gloves started in the 1930s when cartoons only had black and white. White gloves on a character's hands meant their hand didn't turn invisible when they put it over their chest. Yes, prior to gloves that was an actual problem. It also make the individual fingers easier to see. It continued as tradition, even though color and newer formats reduced the need for it. Movies like Pinnochio, Mickey Mouse in Fantasia, and Looney Toons (especially Bugs Bunny) solidified it as a classic animation trope, and 8-bit video games gave revived the usefulness of the gloves. Now, it's just tradition.

Posted July 22nd, 2017 by mariomguy

Thank you for that informative and reasonable post, mariomguy.

Posted July 23rd, 2017 by nullfather
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