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Offline Mince

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Disfigured
« on: January 24, 2007, 12:05:45 AM »
Why do all the characters in Beau Peep only have three fingers on each hand?

Offline The Peepmaster

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Re: Disfigured
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2007, 12:10:12 AM »
That's common with most cartoons. It's a natural instinct that cartoonists follow. Roger will know more...
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Re: Disfigured
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2007, 12:17:15 AM »
It's my theory that the three finger cartoon hand is a legacy from the first characters to be animated, which were animals, (Felix, Oswald Rabbit, Mickey Mouse, etc) and the three fingers stemmed from a representation of paws.
The first animators and the first animation concepts then set the trend for all that came after, so each succeeding generation associated cartoon characters with three fingers, as a cross between tradition and holy writ.

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Re: Disfigured
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2007, 12:21:18 AM »
I've only just noticed, and now I'm finding it hard to take these characters seriously.

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Re: Disfigured
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2007, 08:35:21 AM »
Cartoonists can't count.
I apologise, in advance.

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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2007, 08:36:47 AM »
But alliteration is a speciality.
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Re: Disfigured
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2007, 09:35:38 AM »
"If anyone asks me that question again, I'll give him a bunch of fours".
Andrew Chistine, 1989.
My guess is that it's more to do with simplicity. Cartooning is a sort of artistic shorthand (no pun intended) and it's easier---and just as effective---to use three fingers as a representation of the full set.

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Re: Disfigured
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2007, 09:52:46 AM »
"If anyone asks me that question again, I'll give him a bunch of fours".
Andrew Chistine, 1989.
My guess is that it's more to do with simplicity. Cartooning is a sort of artistic shorthand (no pun intended) and it's easier---and just as effective---to use three fingers as a representation of the full set.

Can't count, and lazy with it.

LOVED the quote!
I apologise, in advance.

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Re: Disfigured
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2007, 10:25:42 AM »
I loved the quote AND the "shorthand" remark. However, that, quite simply is what it is.
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Re: Disfigured
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2007, 10:59:00 AM »
Can't count, lazy and unrepentant.
I apologise, in advance.

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Re: Disfigured
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2007, 11:20:06 AM »
Can't count, lazy and unrepentant.
..and can't spell "jewellery". (In-joke).
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Re: Disfigured
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2007, 09:27:26 PM »
The feet are worse: only three toes.

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Re: Disfigured
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2007, 02:59:25 AM »
The feet are worse: only three toes.

That balances it then...
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Re: Disfigured
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2007, 09:43:39 PM »


It looks like the person selling this Beau Peep artwork also has only three fingers on each hand. The mystery deepens.