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The Rubberhose style is an old animation style that became popular mainly in the 1920s and 1930s. It was named "rubber hose" because of the fluid and elastic movement of the characters, resembling the movement of flexible rubber hoses. In this style, characters were drawn with simplified limbs and joints, without many anatomical details, allowing them to move in an exaggerated and elastic manner. This approach was adopted due to the technological limitations of the time, as it was more expensive for animation studios to use advanced techniques of movement and anatomy. The rubber hose style is known for its caricatured, humorous aesthetic and has been used in many classic cartoons.


The design of characters in the rubber hose style was simplified, featuring round, simple shapes with minimal anatomical details. The limbs were often depicted as thin, elastic tubes, akin to actual rubber hoses. This simplified design allowed for greater flexibility and exaggerated movements, adding a sense of whimsy and humor to the animations.

The rubber hose style became particularly popular in the animation industry during the golden age of animation, with iconic characters such as Mickey Mouse, Felix the Cat, and Betty Boop being brought to life in this distinctive style. The exaggerated and elastic movements of the characters added a unique charm and comedic effect to the cartoons.

As animation technology advanced and more sophisticated techniques became available, the rubber hose style gradually gave way to more realistic and anatomically accurate animation styles. However, its influence can still be seen in modern works, as it laid the foundation for the development of animation as an art form.

Today, the rubber hose style is celebrated for its nostalgic appeal and its contribution to the early history of animation. It holds a special place in the hearts of animation enthusiasts and continues to inspire contemporary animators who appreciate its playful and imaginative qualities.


The rubber hose style of animation is characterized by specific visual elements that contribute to its unique and recognizable look. Here are some key features of the rubber hose style:

  • Simplified character designs
  • Round eyes and faces
    • Notably pacman/pie-shaped eyes
  • Funny animation
  • Jokes
  • Limited use of perspective
  • Fluid motion


While the rubber hose style was primarily popularized in the field of animation, its unique aesthetic has also influenced other creative sectors, such as product design and fashion. Here are some examples of products and fashion inspired by the rubber hose style:

  • Toys and collectibles
  • Posters and prints
  • T-shirts and clothing


  • Watching cartoons
  • Doodling and drawing
  • Buying merchandise
  • Animating


There have been several animated cartoons that embrace the Rubberhose style. Here are some notable examples:

Shows & Movies[]

  • Steamboat Willie (1928)
  • Felix the Cat (1928-1932)
  • Betty Boop (1930s)
  • Popeye the Sailor (1933-1957)
  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (1927-1928)
  • The Cuphead Show! (2022-present)


  • Cuphead (2017)
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine (2017)
  • Epic Mickey trilogy
  • Pizza Tower (2023)


Musical Artists[]

  • Lil Darkie
  • OR3O