The Real Reasons Why Animators Made Cartoon Characters Wear Gloves

Why do cartoon characters wear gloves? Is it something you’ve thought about but never really found the answer to? The answer might be simpler than you previously thought.

When animated cartoons were first introduced they were all drawn by hand and drawing these characters with gloves, instead of traditional hands, actually saved the artist time.

Since cartoons were black and white it made it even harder to see something with such details such as hands, so artists opted for simple round shapes.

Gloves also humanized the characters and people later came to expect this style in all the cartoons they watched. Check out this short video that goes in-depth about the history of our favorite glove wearing characters.

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