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What would cartoons look like in a cartoon universe?

Asked by Ltryptophan (9100 points ) February 6th, 2012

When cartoons watch cartoons what is that like?

Cartoons in our world are like imperfect colorful renderings of forms that we understand. They are not “lifelike”. So in a cartoon world what would the cartoons be like.

I offer stick figures as a starting place.

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auhsojsa's avatar

Anything non 2-d.

filmfann's avatar

Colors without lines.

jaytkay's avatar

Itchy and Scratchy

amujinx's avatar

We live in a three dimensional world, and make cartoons that are two dimensional. Based off that, I would assume that cartoons within cartoons would have to be one dimensional; so just lines.

JaneraSolomon's avatar

The 6pm news.

fundevogel's avatar

Well, I think you should look at why cartoons look the way they do (and by the way animation can look lots of different ways). At it’s most basic level animation is a film made one frame at a time. Because this means each frame is finished with much greater effort than it would take to film live action this often means the rendering of an individual frame must condense the amount of information in a given frame. But this isn’t the only reason cartoons look the way they do. If the look of animation was simply a consequence of limitations imposed by its production there would be no reason to make animation at all. After all, who wants to work harder to make something when it could be done easier in another way? Obviously they don’t. People choose to animate rather than film live action because they don’t want their film to be bound by visual realism. Unless your name is Zemekis.

As such in a cartoon world live action would look like whatever style of animation the world would look like to us. They would no more animate films to look just like the world they live in than we would—that is to say, one nutter would and everyone else would natter on about how pointless and creepy-looking it was and that he should have just filmed it. So if there were animation in this cartoonish universe it should look just as different and varied as our own animation does. In a nutshell It will be as varied from abstraction to realism as their imaginations allowed.

wundayatta's avatar

Kind of like a 2-d kline bottle.

You’re messing with hyperspace, man! This is nothing you can imagine. You have to be a cartoon to experience it.

Joker94's avatar

Head explodes.

JaneraSolomon's avatar

It seems to me the Simpsons are often watching “Itchy and Scratchy” cartoons within the Simpsons cartoon universe:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9uR7SPOm9I&feature=related

likipie's avatar

If we were what we now consider to be cartoons, then I think cartoons would be what we now consider to be “real people”.

Ltryptophan's avatar

What would a universe in which our reality is like a cartoon be like?

longtresses's avatar

This has got to be the funniest question I’ve come across in ages. Makes me laugh. Thanks.

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