I am sure you have noticed that in cartoons the characters frequently have only three fingers, which is odd. I’m guessing it’s easier on the artist and makes their hands look more normal from further away. Maybe the newer ones have more fingers, but the old ones—three fingers.
Now I could go and research the reason for this, but I’m lazy so if anyone knows please leave it in the comments 🙂
Now here is the interesting part—or at least I hope to make it sound interesting.
I notice while watching such fine programming as Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures that the crew will sometimes get scratched. And it is always three scratches, as if the entity has only three fingers.
Three fingers, people, and this means something! I’m not sure if it means that early cartoonists were plagued by ghostly entities, and they tried to process their nightly hauntings through their work? Or maybe spirits like cartoons and have decided to take on the shape of our beloved childhood icons. Maybe your house is being haunted by a ghost assuming the shape of Elmer Fudd or Tweety Bird!
I don’t know—what do you think? Is there a similarity between the three-fingered cartoons and evil scratching spirits?
I don’t know! I want to know why–is it because it’s easier to draw three fingers? Hands are not easy to draw. *shrug*
Yes, it does seem to balance the hands better.
Actually, I think you’ve guessed the reason exactly. And those ghosts leave 3 marks because they only exist in the people’s minds … it’s a fiction oh the imagination union thing.
It could be 🙂 I might never know.