|Your brain, but animated|
|Bugs Bunny. Copyright: Warner Bros|
Stephane argued that "Studies have shown that humans like babies that are caricatured and more “babyish” than real babies. It’s like women who have a boob job – it speaks to our wiring. Cartoon design works because its how your brain works".
|Baby Herman - exaggerated cuteness|
Films like James and The Giant Peach "provoke nostalgic emotions" in the audience. Hence stop motion films are "full of toys, and other old-fashioned things". These items "provoke a sense of pleasure" in adult audiences, remembering their own childhoods.
|Stop motion: "uncanny"|
However, Tim Burton's work is more "faux uncanny", than real uncanny. The audience gets it - it's just a joke. We're "not really spooked".
So now you know. Our enjoyment of animation is just an extension of the wiring of our brains. So next time you want to design a cute character, don't go to a character designer - just ask your nearest neuroscientist.