Have you ever wondered what makes the animated characters so cute? Sure, the colors and the fluff help, but the key selling point have always been their child-like features. And over the years animation companies like Disney have made that adorable look an industry standard.


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Illustrator Roosa Karlsson aka TheNamelessDoll, calls it the "baby face": "The reason I call the phenomenon “baby-face” has nothing to do with a round face shape, but more with 'huge eyes+big head+tiny body'," writes Roosa. "Basically, when animated women are designed to have the same main features as babies/children. This has recently started appearing a lot in CGI animation, but has been very common in manga/anime for a while (especially shoujo)."

To highlight the technique Karlsson has Photoshopped a series of images where she gave famous animated characters a more realistic face proportions. The changes are subtle, but the overall impression actually changes quite a bit.

To the artist's surprise, her work has sparked a full-on debate on which version is better. Some say that animation doesn't have to represent real life, while the others think these unrealistic beauty standards are distorting our point of view. What do you think?

More info: TheNamelessDoll | Deviant Art (h/t: collegehumor)

#3 Roxanne In "Megamind"

Roxanne In "Megamind"

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Laura Ingles. 10 months ago

Gorgeous,yes...But why do they continue to make the eyes so large?...Strange....

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#4 Elsa In "Frozen"

Elsa In "Frozen"

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Anna Scott 10 months ago

Once you see the more 'normal' versions (they're still an exaggeration) the exaggerated eyes and tiny noses look strange. I much prefer the edits.

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#5 Elsa In "Frozen"

Elsa In "Frozen"

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Cyber Duck 10 months ago

Like this very much! Looks more like a "human". I think we need more realistic shapes in our society. Especially for our children!

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#6 Merida In "Brave"

Merida In "Brave"

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Margaux Qb 10 months ago

Normalized is really better

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#8 Colette In "Ratatouille"

Colette In "Ratatouille"

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C. Wang 10 months ago

the edited version of colette is prettier

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#9 Anna In "Frozen"

Anna In "Frozen"

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Ina Andreassen 10 months ago

After. I don't get why they need such large creepy eyes.

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