Funny animals is a cartooning term used primarily to refer to anthropomorphic animals in comics, but due to the shared use of characters in both comics and animation, the term is sometimes also used to refer to anthropomorphic animals in animated cartoons in which the main characters are humanoid or talking animals.
The term Funny Animals is generally limited to the type of art found in comic books. Non-cartoonish renderings of werewolves or other human/animal hybrids often used to illustrate the covers of fantasy novels is referred to as fantasy art.
While most funny animal stories are light-hearted and humorous, the genre is not exclusively comedic. Dark or serious stories featuring anthropomorphic animals are also sometimes grouped under the "funny animals" category. These stories may intersect with any other genre or group of genre, including historical stories, science fiction, Westerns, slapstick comedy, children's entertainment, and satire.
The use of the word "furry" for anthropomorphic animal characters began in the 1980s and was becoming common on the Internet by 1990, when the newsgroup alt.fan.furry was created for "fans of funny animals, à la Steve Gallacci's book." However, some cartoonists and other artists prefer the original term, either because they feel a strong connection to the earlier artists or because they dislike being associated with the furry fandom.
Opinions vary on whether "funny animal" and "furry" signify different types of characters and artwork. An argument as to whether a particular comic should be classed as "Furry" or "Funny Animal" often boils down to whether or not the author is a known member of the fandom. While an uninitiated fan will have no way of visually distinguishing between the two, and may dismiss both in favor of the neutral term cartoon animal, or just call all such comic art "Furry" or "Funny Animal" according to their preference.
It should also be noted that, as far as the general public is concerned, everything covered in the dispute is relegated to the term "Cartoons," the distinction between human and animal characters itself being an issue exclusive to fans and artists.
Some suggest that "furry" is simply a synonym for "funny animal," with no distinction between the two. It being suggested that Furry Fandom evolved as a result of the transition between the APA’s Vootie and Rowrbrazzle. And therefore Furry fandom is just an evolved form of Funny animal fandom.
Others believe that the two types of animal character are completely distinct. In which case mainstream cartoon characters would be considered funny animals, not furries.
There are also those who believe that "furry" should be reserved only for sexual characters, artwork, and stories, or those dealing with dark, mature topics.
However, regardless of the varying opinions, it is clear that Furry fandom and whatever original ideas it may have contributed to the artistic concept of anthropomorphic animals would not have been possible without the inspiration and influence of funny animals.
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