WikiFur:This week's featured article/Week 7, 2007
Balloonies are a particularly fanciful style of furry character, and a sub-genre of the fandom. The basic concept of the Balloonie is a living, animate version of a "real" creature made of rubber, latex, or similar materials, though some have been crafted from substances as unusual as soap bubbles or bubblegum. Balloonies can be considered a variation of inanimorph - characters that are composed of inorganic materials or substances not ordinarily considered alive.
When roleplayed, the creation of a balloonie tends to come about through the deliberate action of a second person. Their nature makes them popular with those who have an attraction to materials like rubber, and in some circles these fans and their characters are called rubberfurs. (more...)