Animated cartoons are popular in part because of their ability to elicit an emotional response from viewers and cartoon characters. The personalities, flaws, and quirks that these cartoons instil in their characters make them endearing and engaging. Even machines, animals, and household objects can become characters with whom viewers can connect in the hands of a skilled animator. There are numerous reasons why animated cartoons work so well at bringing characters to life. Listed below are a few of these reasons.
Animated cartoons visually show people’s personalities.
The realism and appeal of the characters in non-animated productions rely primarily on the dialogue and the actors’ ability to capture the personalities described in the script. The appearance of the characters in animated cartoons frequently creates this realism and appeal. That is, the studio uses the characters’ appearance and details in the scenes around them to express the characters’ personalities and flaws.
Soft, curved lines, for example, may be used to represent a character’s gentleness (or even weakness) in some cases. Small background details may reveal information about the character’s personality.
Other details, such as the character’s body shape or the type of clothing they wear, can reveal more about their personality. With these physical cues in place, the animated cartoon character comes to life before they ever say a word or walk onscreen.
Animated cartoons elicit an emotional response from the viewer.
Human or almost-human characters that look like the audience are frequently used in cartoon production. Animated cartoons, on the other hand, frequently bring non-human characters to life (consider Simba from The Lion King and the candlestick Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast).
The fact that animated cartoons are such an effective medium for bringing characters of all types to life is due to their unique ability to highlight the qualities that those characters share with the viewer. The character design underlying these creations is so convincing that viewers find themselves emotionally connecting with the animated cartoons.
The cartoon studio’s ability to express the characters’ humanity through their appearance and actions is one reason for this emotional connection. At times, this entails imbuing a character (even a non-human one) with human characteristics. Also, animated cartoons frequently use facial expressions to convey human emotions. Take, for example, Simba from The Lion King. He is skillfully crafted to reveal mischievousness, surprise, sadness, and anger through his lion-like features. As a result, the character demonstrates human qualities and emotions that are relatable to the audience.
Adult themes can be addressed in animated cartoons.
Another way animated cartoons bring characters to life is by expanding beyond exclusively child-focused themes to encompass the entire realm of thought and action experienced by the adult viewer. Of course, some cartoons are aimed at children and thus have appearances and themes that are appropriate for their young audiences. Many other animated cartoons, on the other hand, skillfully incorporate violence, use adult humour (such as The Simpsons), or address contemporary issues (such as South Park). Furthermore, these cartoons can present characters who accurately represent the wide range of personalities found in the real world.
This ability to embrace adult themes and create diverse characters contributes to the cartoon characters’ lifelikeness and believability. A cartoon that accurately captures human emotion and personality is far more likely to engage a viewer. When a viewer sees an animated production dealing with themes and issues that they are familiar with, they feel more connected to the characters and are more likely to be convinced of the realism and message of the characters.
Because cartoons can capture a wide range of personalities, emotions, and themes, the cartoon animation partner can tailor the project to the needs of the target audience. By doing so, the animator allows the cartoon to connect with viewers in a way that increases its realism and power, whether the goal is to target potential customers, entertain executives, or create educational animation.
Exaggerated actions and expressions are used in animated cartoons.
Finally, animated cartoons use exaggeration to bring characters to life. The cartoon studio must carefully balance realism and exaggeration. On the one hand, each character’s features and emotions must be realistic enough to connect with the viewer. On the other hand, they must be exaggerated enough to provide the entertainment value that has made cartoons such a popular medium for entertainment.
Everything from feature-length films to advertising animation has been produced.
Exaggeration is used effectively in animated cartoons in the actions and facial expressions of the characters. When done correctly, these exaggerations accurately capture how the body looks when actions and feelings register in a real person while exaggerating these appearances to the extreme. For example, instead of the more subtle appearances that occur in real life, a look of surprise would include huge eyes and a grossly dropped jaw.
Cartoon animation is a rich and entertaining way to bring characters to life. They provide a way to connect with almost any audience by conveying the characters’ humanity, connecting emotionally with the viewer, dealing with adult themes, and skillfully using exaggeration.