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Aug. 13th, 2009

09:55 pm - The visual styles fight like cat and dog!

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In the latest PvP strip, we see a cat and two dogs. The cat is drawn in a cartoony style; the dogs are drawn more realistically. Not only do the two styles clash... but this is exactly the same problem as the Garfield movie! Garfield was a CGI effect that looked like a walking plushie, whereas Odie was played by a real live dog. The cat in the comic strip is even the same color as Garfield (minus the stripes)! Aaargh!

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From:nefaria
Date:August 14th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
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I guess they couldn't find a cat who could act for Garfield. Most cats are way too cool to take acting jobs.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:August 14th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
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I can understand why Garfield did it that way. Odie acts more like a real dog than Garfield acts like a real cat. They figured on saving money, which, given the nature of the movie, was probably wise.

What's PvP's excuse?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:August 14th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
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I don't know for sure, but I'll bet the dogs are based on real-life dogs, perhaps owned by the artist Scott Kurtz, or a friend of his. And then perhaps he worked to make the dogs in the comic look as much like the real dogs as possible, not thinking (or perhaps not caring) how it would make them clash with the previously established cartoony cat.

That kind of thing happens in other comics as well, such as Gasoline Alley, where, not long ago, Walt Wallet hired a housekeeper/nurse named Gertie. Walt looks cartoony; Gertie doesn't. Is Gertie based on a friend of the artist? Someone who paid the artist to appear, or won a contest? Or is it just a case of the artist introducing an African-American character and struggling to make her look as dignified as possible? I dunno.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:August 15th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
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Not quite as extreme, thankfully.

I wish I could recall who made a series of cartoons in the '40s or '50s that were based on classic tales like "Gulliver's Travels" and "Tom Thumb" (and possibly "Goldilocks and the Three Bears"). The characters who were supposed to be normal humans looked a whole lot like normal humans, while everyone else looked sort of like "Looney Tunes" humans.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:August 15th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
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That was Fleischer Studios, wasn't it?
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From:deckardcanine
Date:August 17th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
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Looks like you're right. Thanks.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:August 15th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
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PvP's excuse is that the cat definitely is anthropomorphic and the dogs aren't. The different styles accentuate that, and now that I think about it, Garfield does it for that reason too (as Garfield is anthropomorphic and Odie less so (in the strip anyways, I have no idea about the film. I haven't read PvP (aside from the odd blog link) either, so I don't know if this is the case here.)

The only place I can think of where the anthropomorphic=cartoony/non-anthrompomorphic=real holds true is in Disney, where Goofy is anthropomorphic, Pluto isn't and both are cartoony.
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From:oniomancer
Date:August 16th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
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Dude, He did a mondays joke. It's definately an intentional rip on garfield.
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