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Sarah Askblog - Lovestruck by Atrox-C Sarah Askblog - Lovestruck by Atrox-C
Question: "Would you be so kind as to show us the best lovestruck reaction you know? I'll even provide chocolate if you can make your heart do that crazy beating out of the chest thing. :D"

Sarah's Response: "Sure! I’ll do anything for chocolate, even if it means suffering a heart attack."


...What do you mean that's not the reaction you were looking for?
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GusSmee Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
At first I thught the heart thing was punching her belly...
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Atrox-C Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
That's not how heart attacks work!
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GusSmee Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Okay.

Btw, I see this cat lady showed her belly alot before but doesnt now anymore. Why?
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Atrox-C Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
You mean Sarah? A lot of reasons.

She's easier to animate (less lines and colors to worry about).

It's more modest, and fits her character better, since she acts like a goofball adolescent.

It also looks more professional and sells the idea that she's suited for all audiences.

It's also something she can wear anywhere any time of day and it doesn't look too out of place.
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GusSmee Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Okay. I see your ponts...
But I do think there culd be a few jokkes that could involve her belly exoposed... :D
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Atrox-C Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Oh? Name one.
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GusSmee Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Well, have you ever seen these scens from the Disney movies?
Mr. Smee:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=epXawa…  www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcb3ed…
Gus:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEndvE…
And even Micky Mouse:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=wElw-L…

I think this is some old cartoon gag where fat characters with exposed bellies suck them in  from dangerous stuff. But it always happens to GUYS for some reason! Never to girls who show off their bellies all the time!
SO I thought that seeing how your charcter is a girl and is a cartoon, maybe there could be a moment where she ever got her belly thretened by someone or something that she had to scuk it in from. And she could suck it in deeply, and maybe even sweatnig hard in fear!

Maybe this could be like a story to why she doesnt show her belly anymore! Maybe she was showing her belly once, then someone or something gave her the "Smee treatment" (where they give her jabs at her belly, foricng her to suck it in) and then she decided she would never show her belly again!
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Atrox-C Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
She's practically a rail. If she sucked anything in, her midsection would vanish.

In all honesty, that's a roundabout way of forcing in a visual gag by way of making a plot around it, and it's totally not my style. Gags like that work best when they're one-time and aren't the central focus of the plot.

No one ever makes a whole episode dedicated to how characters can tuck their heads below their shoulder line: youtu.be/1LpAfVvBEGc?t=4m5s

Or how parts of them that shouldn't detach can detach: youtu.be/hiTwhXfgHPc?t=32s

Or the super popular "Swelling up like a balloon" gag that 75% of DA is so fond of and spam to hell and back.

Even when referenced, it can come off as a bit pretentious, or funny once but then never again. Tiny Toons did this one bit where they crossed a chasm by not looking down (do they could walk on air indefinitely). At first the idea of using it seems funny, but looking back at it now, it's like "That's it, that's the joke, they know they're cartoons so they can get away with it." The way the gag is supposed to be used is to delay some character's reactions before they inevitably notice and they fall. Without the fall it's like a joke ending before the punch line.

Now, I'm not saying I wouldn't or couldn't use the gag, but it has to be warranted and the plot has to call for it. Given Sarah's ... uh... BMI, she'd be more likely to react like this to stabbing (minus the actual stabbing) www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA9TU7…. Still, I don't see an immediate use for it. I mean, who'd want to stab her?

Anyway, point is, that's not how I go about writing my stories. I use gags as minor diversions that are result of the plot, instead of the main focus. Otherwise it becomes self-serving or in danger of being unfunny (people wanna watch cartoons where a lot of stuff is happening, one gag being used successively gets old REALLY fast). It's a lot like how you can't survive on one type of food, you have to be able to take in all sorts of vitamins and minerals. Chocolate is good, but have you ever chased chocolate with chocolate? I'll bet you won;t be able to eat it for much longer before you wish you had some milk or something heartier to eat.

Watch that Donald cartoon! He goes through a lot of crap, and it's all great. The plot is just about him wanting to make waffles. The stuff that happens to him is all because his attempts to make said waffles are foiled.

Variety and change is key! Monotony and stagnation are poison.
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Agent-Eli Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Shot through the heart and you're to blame...
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Atrox-C Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
You give love a bad name!

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