Why Are So Many Cartoon Characters Yellow?

Whether you’re watching The Simpsons, Pokemon, or Adventure Time, there’s one color that stands out. Yellow has been a favorite choice of animators since cartoons were first colorized, and they aren’t just choosing the shade because it looks pretty. A combination of art theory and psychology helps explain yellow’s rise to prominence.

As Sploid reports, and ChannelFrederator lays out, a cartoon character’s color scheme is usually chosen to complement their background. In SpongeBob SquarePants, for example, the most common setting is the expansive blue backdrop of the ocean. According to the RGB color scale used in television screens, blue is in direct contrast to yellow, so bright yellow was the…

Hyper-Realistic Ren And Stimpy Masks Are Unbelievably Creepy

Make a cartoon, even the most benign, into a hyperrealistic image is often frightening, but the bizarre and surreal images of Ren and Stimpy, from the 1990s Nickelodeon series The Ren & Stimpy Show, take it another step into crazyland. Andrew Freeman of Immortal Masks made these masks to bring the cartoons to life. Happy happy joy joy!

Every time I look back…