|Behold the circle|
|from right to left: Felix the Cat, Mickey Mouse, Peanuts, Snoopy, Hello Kitty, Doraemon, Super Mario, Pikachu, Homer Simpson, Powerpuff Girls, Twilight Sparkle, Angry Birds|
A pattern emerges here, and if you look closely, it takes the form of a circle. While many other cartoon character design involve other elements like dangerous triangles, organic pear shapes and edgy squareness, it is the circle that endures mass opinion. These characters, despite being quite different from each other, involve the circle in their designs in various forms.
Although it was originally utilised as an easy design concept, it could be argued that the circle has a subconscious broad appeal among the masses, in every corner of the Earth, whether you are in America, Japan, or Europe. Mickey is well known across the globe, but Bugs Bunny is not. Why is that? To be honest, no one really knows for certain why the circle is so appealing, but theories abound on the welcoming, softness of the circle. It is, after all, more welcoming than the triangle.
|Behold the triangle|
|"That's... no good!"|
This nurturing for infantile figures carries through in our appreciation for things that are cute, including the cartoon examples listed earlier. A look again at some of these dozen cartoon characters above will reveal that they also have proportions quite similar to that of a baby's. Their bodies are quite small in comparison to their big heads. This concept of cuteness, roundness and appeal is not new, but is sometimes cleverly applied to character design on purpose.
|Moshi Monsters, Club Penguin|