ONE TRICK FOR DRAWING CARTOON ANIMALS is to think of them as an assembly of simple shapes, like globes, sausages, pears, and eggs. By playing off the natural colors and markings of your animal characters, you can have critters who are spotted, striped, and wildly colored, adding to the visual excitement. Animals work well in zany cartoons. The dog-chasing-cat-chasing-mouse scenario has had a lot of mileage, but there’s always a fresh approach to familiar material. And the array of animals as potential subject matter ranges from Aunt Biddy’s parakeet to the abominable snowman.
The bulldog wildly barking at a mailman out of reach or the hairy ape mimicking human behavior provide ample opportunity for the kind of squashed ...