The cute character

My all time favorite cartoon is the Simpsons, then I loved Futurama when that was on, later came Family Guy and then finally American Dad. I like watching all of these although the Simpsons will always be on the top.
All of these cartoons have at least one character that is ‘the cute character’ and I started thinking why. Most likely the makers are trying to get as many people as the can to relate to the cartoon. The more people you please, the more viewers you have. There seems to be a certain formula that works and cute has to be a part of it basically.

I personally love the ‘cute characters’. They make me go awwwww and I like the fact that sometimes they are evil or just a little unintelligent or even super smart like Maggie. What they all have in common is that they are vulnerable and helpless in some way: can’t speak, wear diapers, fall down when they walk, not bright enough etc.
Here are my picks for ‘cute characters’ from each of the cartoons. Let me know what you think.

Maggie: She’s is obviously a baby. Tiny, doesn’t speak, can’t walk except few steps at a time. She has huge eyes and you can’t see her mouth. Stubby, little arms and hands. Her physical features are adorable. She seems to be very smart which might make or brake the cute. For example, she saves Homer from drowning. Cute is supposed to equal helpless but I guess the nice gesture makes her cute in some ways too. So in a biological sense, I think her features are cute but sometimes her actions don’t fit the cute factor.

Fry (Futurama): Ok so Futurama has two characters that I think fit the ‘cute character’. Fry being number one. This guy is just so utterly hopeless you gotta love him. He’s not very bright but underneath he’s so sweet and lovably honest. He’s the kinda guy that you just wanna hug and take care of. Although he is a grown-up human, his clueless expression is just so heart warming.

Nibbler: Number two for Futurama. He’s the little alien pet that eats everything in sight and poops balls that weigh a couple of tons. He’s a brat and hard to handle but his adorably cute features make up for it. And the sounds he makes, awwwww. I like how Leyla nurtures him, like she is totally taken by his cuteness and nothing else matters.

I was thinking about Bender the robot also. I think he is not quite the ‘cute character’ though. He is something else. I’ll have to figure that one out.

Stewie (Family Guy): Ok you gotta love Stewie. The little baby with the huge head and the manly voice with a British, upper class accent. He has great plans on destroying things and people only to be taken away by his mom or peeing his pants. He is cute and evil at the same time but in the end he’s just a little, helpless baby with a mastermind.

Roger (American Dad): Roger is the lovable alien that drinks booze and watches soaps all day. He has some serious emotional problems and the personality of a elderly aunt or grandmother and I think it’s the elderly factor that makes him cute. He has the cute features: large head, big eyes, stubby legs and he is helpless in the way that he has both emotional and physical problems that make him adorable. Oh and the show where he was dressed up as a old lady on a bus with elderly people it was like he finally belonged. He is Roger the gender, role confused alien that you just gotta love.

I think Claus is cute too (the goldfish) his features and the fact that he is stuck in a fishbowl. But it’s his personality that is not really doing it as cute.

Well, that’s it folks. I’m coughing my lungs up here. If you have any thoughts, please share. I would love it if we could start a little scientific discussion on cute.


August 2, 2007. Cute tv/movie.

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