Monday, June 28, 2010

The Anatomy of Cartoon Characters

Art is subjective - meaning what may be considered brilliant by some may be considered trash by others. However, I think that "coolness" transcends all subjectivity. When something is "cool," pretty much anyone likes it, right? At least on some level?

Case in point: Hyungkoo Lee is a Korean artist who dabbles in some strange art. Most of his stuff is pretty far out there, but one of his exhibits, Animatus, takes advantage of the cool factor. Created in 2005, this art set takes some of our favorite animated characters and shows us what they're made of. . .literally. Using resin, paint, wire and glue, he has created the skeletal structures found below.

Let's see if you can guess who they are!

We'll start off fairly easy:

Looks familiar, doesn't it? Let's zoom in closer.

Now picture this skeleton with a hat and some long, dangly ears.

That's right! It's Goofy!

Shall we move on? We shall!

Take a look at the odd bone structure on this one:

Obviously, it's a bird, but let's zoom out to help those who are still stumped.

You are correct!
It's Tweety Bird!

This next one may be harder for some of you faithful readers out there:

Do you have any idea? Here's a hint: He looks pretty frightened - maybe he's being chased.

Yup, he's being chased. But let's get a closer look at what is behind him.

That little dude is being chased by something with claws and a tail.

Give up? That's ok, I didn't think many people would get this one.

It's Tom and Jerry!

Onto the next one - we'll start this one off in the box:

You're drawing a blank, aren't you? That's fine, we'll put him together.

Huh. Whatever he is, he's got big teeth. . .

And he seems pretty agile.

Have you figured it out yet?

It's that wascally wabbit, Bugs Bunny!

Let's get a little more vicious, now:

Whoever this guy is, he seems hungry.

And who wouldn't be hungry after chasing this thing all day every day?

And I think all of us wanted him to actually catch what he was chasing at some point in our lives.

It's Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner!

Seriously, I just wanted the coyote to win one time!

Since we're already dealing in multiple skeletons, let's move on to the next piece:

Does it help to know there's three of them?

They look like little troublemakers to me.

You got it! That's Huey (in red, like the red hues of the morning sun), Dewey (in blue, like the dew drops) and Louie (in green like. . .uh. . .Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk)!

But those three aren't quite complete by themselves:

What's that up in the sky?

Whatever it is, it looks angry!

Maybe it's because of something his nephews have done. . .

It's Donald Duck!

So there you go. I hope this was educational, entertaining and objectively cool.

That's all. Have a nice day!

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