Friday, March 04, 2011

The Law of Cartoon Pants

Above: NO SHIRT: Mickey; NO PANTS: Porky; NEARLY NUDE: Tony the Tiger

The Wolf Gnards Culture Pop Blog looks at famous animated cartoon characters and their various stages of dress and undress.

States of Cartoon Characters Undress

No Shirt No Pants Nearly Nude
Mickey Mouse Porky Pig Tony the Tiger
SpongeBob SquarePants* Chip & Dale (Rescue Rangers) Yogi Bear
Crash Bandicoot Donald Duck Donkey Kong
Kung Fu Panda Winnie the Pooh Wally Gator

A tip of the Donald Duck sailor cap to Bob Flynn!


Nebbie said...

Here are the descriptions on the three types of half dressed cartoon animal and the fully dressed cartoon animal.

1) Pantless or Bare-bottomed: wears a shirt or some other kind of top, but no pants, skirt, or overalls. This also refers to characters wearing dresses or skirts with shirts but without underwear.
Examples: Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, Porky Pig, Winnie the Pooh, Buster Bunny, Wakko Warner, Sally Acorn, Squidward Tentacles

2) Shirtless or Bare-chested: wears pants, skirt, or overalls, but no shirt or any other kind of top. Some characters wearing skirts without shirts are not wearing any underwear.
Examples: Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse (sometimes), Cindy Bear, Magilla Gorilla, Yakko and Dot Warner, Patrick Star, Tai Lung, Crash Bandicoot

3) Accessory Wearing: wears some sort of accessory, like a hat, gloves, a bow, tie (or bowtie), a necklace, a collar, e.t.c., or socks and/or shoes, but is otherwise, well, naked.
Examples: Clara Cluck, Bugs Bunny, Yogi Bear and Booboo, Sonic The Hedgehog, Slappy Squirrel, Perry The Platypus, Donkey Kong, Wally Gator, Tony The Tiger

4) Fully Dressed
Barefoot Examples: Gadget Hackwrench, Minerva Mink, Chicken Little, Honest John, Lola Bunny, Speedy Gonzales, Huckle Cat
Shoe-Wearing Examples: Goofy Goof, SpongeBob SquarePants, Kitty Katswell

Nebbie said...

Minnie Mouse was usually shirtless more in the older appearances and usually fully dressed more in the more modern appearances. Babs Bunny is usually fully dressed, but in a few outfits, she is shirtless.

Nebbie said...

There are four TVTropes pages that discuss this topic:

1) Half Dressed Cartoon Animal (both pantless and shirtless):

2) Accessory Wearing Cartoon Animal (a.k.a. Nearly Naked Cartoon Animal):

3) Barefoot Funny Animal (barefoot, but fully dressed):

4) The One Who Wears Shoes (whether fully dressed, half-dressed, or nearly naked):