“Is it just me?” he asks, “or do other people…?”, knowing the danger of that question in its answer “No… it’s just you.” At the risk of demonstrating just how singularly psychologically unbalanced I am, then, I ask, is it just me, or do other people sometimes find animated characters attractive? In my case, it’s certainly not harmed by–though by no means due to–the fact that I also often find the actors who give voice to these characters pretty sexy, too.
I was fast-forwarding my TiVo just now, and a trailer for the new Dreamworks Sinbad movie flashed on, and I hit the instant replay button in order to view it… because I think that the animated Sinbad, voiced by Brad Pitt, is really, um, hot… for a drawing. And he’s just one in a long line of cute cartoon beefcake that I’ve found appealing, from any number of Disney’s charming princes of my youth to today’s swashbuckling rogues; the appeal is not consciously a sexual one, though more than one of these characters have found their way into a dream or two.
To name just a few of note, there was the shirtless-under-his-vest Aladdin, in the eponymous 1992 Disney film, and the shirtless fairy Pips–voiced by Christian Slater–and miniaturized human Zak in Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, from the same year. 1999’s The Iron Giant gave us the goateed–mmm… goatees–beatnik Dean, voiced by Harry Connick, Jr. And 2000 was a banner year, giving us bare cartoon male butt, in the Matt Damon-voiced Cale, the protagonist of Titan A.E., and in what seemed the rather homoerotic duo of Tulio and Miguel, voiced by Kevin Kline and Kenneth Brannagh, as they bathed naked in a hot spring in The Road to El Dorado.
Or maybe it’s just that tonight, for a change, I’m feeling somewhat… animated.
From Arlington, Virginia, this is Thom. And you’ve been listening to Elf-Indulgent Radio.