Day 303 : toons


Sandy: There are quite a few left-handed cartoon and animated characters. One theory is when a cartoonist is drawing them s/he draws their writing hand on the same side as her/his writing hand. But if that were true, and the cartoonist is right-handed, all the characters would be left-handed and none would be right-handed. Another theory is when drawing a hand doing something complicated, it’s easiest to pose one’s own non-dominant hand as the model thus lefties will tend to draw a righty hand and righties will tend to draw a lefty.

It would make sense that the cartoonist Cathy Guisewite and her comic character, also named Cathy, are both left-handed. And the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, might want left-handers to be represented since he is left-handed thus reflected in Bart Simpson, Ned Flanders and occasionally Marge. Other left-handed characters – Arnold from Hey Arnold!, Chuckie from Rugrats, Chris Griffin from Family Guy, Doug Funnie from Doug. I just glanced at a list of left-handed Anime characters and did not verify through other sources but there seem to be quite a lot of left-handers or appear to be because they fight left-handed. It could be they are portrayed as left-handed fighters because in close combat, left-handers are said to have an advantage.

Jim Henson puppeteered with his right hand though some people thought he might be left-handed. From what I read, if the puppet was left-handed then the puppeteer was most likely right handed, due to the fact that they control the puppets face with their dominant hand and control the hand of the puppet with their other hand. Kermit the Frog, a character in Jim Henson’s Muppets, is left-handed as are the Muppet guitar players. One of the Muppet puppeteers, Louise Gold, is left-handed and the Muppets she controlled were right-handed.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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