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Cartoon Character Color Spectrum

Today Slate magazine shared a beautiful interactive color spectrum showcasing beloved cartoon characters.

In the interactive graphic you’ll find the complete rainbow of cartoon characters, from Pink Panthers to Grape Apes to red, well, whatever Zoidberg is. You’ll notice a few fleshy humanoids, too. Of course not every iconic character could be included—the cartooniverse is too vast for us to completely chronicle here—but we’ve handpicked beloved creatures of every hue.

Why are the Smurfs blue? Why is Doug’s Beebe Bluff purple? Our aim is not to answer these existential questions. When asked why the Simpsons are yellow, Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa) explained only that Matt Groening “thought that it would be really funny if, when people watched The Simpsons, they thought that maybe the color on their TV was off.” Indeed, these characters simply travel in different worlds—worlds, it’s worth remembering, in which humans of all races would often be oddly colored outcasts. (In one episode of The Simpsons, Homer warns of “horrible freaks, with pink skin, no overbites, and five fingers on each hand!”)

Check out the interactive color wheel by hovering over your mouse over the character to find out.
Source: Slate Magazine


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