You’re sitting on the couch, watching yet another cartoon. You’ve seen this one a million times, but it’s the only way you can entertain your kids. Bored out of your mind, your thoughts start to wander… Did I forget to take out the trash? Should I start working on my taxes? Wait, why does Mickey Mouse have gloves on his hands?
1. There is no doubt about this. Trend was started with Mickey Mouse.
2. Back in the early 20th century, animators had to draw every detail and every scene by hand. At first characters looked like boxes, but then they transformed into a “rubber hose and circle design,” using more circles and rounded edges.
3. This helped animators quickly draw arms and legs without needing any realistic details of other parts of the body, like elbows and hands.
4. While they were designing the arms and legs to look like noodles, they had to figure out a way to do the same thing with the character’s hands.
5. Instead of sketching every knuckle and fingernail, they decided to put gloves on the characters. It saved a lot of time and viewers could still understand what the characters were doing with their hands.
6. When early cartoons were black and white, the bodies of most characters were black, and the background was white.
7. To solve this problem, animators just put white gloves on their characters for contrast. This also explains why most characters have white shoes.
8. “We didn’t want (Mickey Mouse) to have mouse hands, because he was supposed to be more human,” Walt Disney wrote. “So we gave him gloves.
9. All of these characters were animals, but they were made to do human-like activities to make them more believable, funnier and more relatable. So they just continued the trend.
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