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Dogfaces, or dognoses, are Petting Zoo People dogs that populate the Disney Ducks Comic Universe, Mickey Mouse Comic Universe, DuckTales, Goof Troop, A Goofy Movie, and An Extremely Goofy Movie and some of the Classic Disney Shorts. One even shows up in the Quack Pack episode, "All Hands On Duck." Goofy and his son, Max are supposed to be Dogfaces too. Similar character designs have been used by other cartoon studios as well, though Disney is largely the Trope Codifier.
Physical Characteristics Common to Dogfaces/Dognoses:
- They often have human-skintone colored fur or skin.
- They usually have muzzles like dogs.
- They almost always have feet shaped at least somewhat like human feet.
- They do not have tails.
- They often have human-like head hair, and sometimes have human-like facial hair and body hair.
- They usually have black or brown noses.
- But Goofy Jr., Max's prototype, has a pink nose.
- They usually have ears that flop ("rose ears" like those of a greyhound or bulldog) or those that droop ("pendant ears" like those of a bloodhound)
- They usually range in portrayal from Funny Animals to Petting Zoo People and anywhere in between.
Tropes that apply to Disney Dogfaces:
- Big Foot: There is a dogface version of him in A Goofy Movie.
- Carl Barks
- Cartoon Creature
- Depending on the Artist: Sometimes, dognoses are drawn with human-like ears.
- Don Rosa
- Executive Meddling: Carl Barks loved drawing humans, and wanted to include them in his Donald Duck stories, but the higher ups demanded Dogfaces to be used all the time. He snuck some humans here and there, before completely sending his bosses' wishes to screw themselves with his classic story Dangerous Disguise, in which Donald and his nephews are the sole ducks in a world otherwise exclusively populated by humans. He got the warning of his life for that one, and was forbidden from using humans ever again. His chief editor declared that it simply looked bad, and that it "took the ducks out of their own world".
- Subverted in the Donald Duck cartoons. If you pay attention, dogfaces populate Donald's world only early on; unlike many of the Mickey Mouse toons before, Don's universe was much more likely to shelter actual humans; in fact, Quack Pack settled on using them instead of dogfaces because there was already a rich history of duck-human interactions on these Classic Disney Shorts.
- Fully-Dressed Cartoon Animal
- Fur Is Skin: Many of them have this.
- Furry Baldness: Some older male Dogfaces have this.
- Furry Denial: They act completely human, they are almost never aknowledged to be dogs, and they refer to themselves as "people," "person," "man," "men," and any other human-related term. They don't refer to themselves by any dog-related term at all. They don't even act anything like dogs. Both Mickey, Minnie, and Mortimer are still referred to as mice, and Donald, Daisy, the Nephews, Scrooge, Von Drake, and the rest of the Duck family are still referred to as ducks, however.
- Furry Female Mane: Most of the female dogfaces, though a lot of male dogfaces have human-like head hair too.
- Furry Reminder: One dogface in An Extremely Goofy Movie catches a Frisbee in his mouth like a normal dog would.
- Humanoid Female Animal: The female Dogfaces in Goof Troop, A Goofy Movie, and An Extremely Goofy Movie look a little more humanlike than the male ones in general, to the point where their noses, muzzles, and ears can often be their only non-human feature.
- Older Than You Think
- Species Surname: Completely averted, but for some reason played straight with the Beagle Boys and Penny Pooch from Minnie 'N Me line of merchandise.
- Theodore Roosevelt:
Carl BarksDon Rosa apologized for depicting him as a dognose for the sake of consistency in the biography of Scrooge McDuck.
- Treasure Planet: The character, Dr. Doppler is actually one of these, though he atypically evidences some canine behavior traits.
- Pete and P.J. are portrayed as Dogfaces in Goof Troop, A Goofy Movie, and An Extremely Goofy Movie, but they are really cats, even in those appearances.
- Most secondary, tertiary and background characters in the Mickey Mouse Comic Universe.
- Surprisingly averted with Penelope Poodle from Minnies Bow Toons; she is an anthropomorphic poodle instead of a dogface.
Tropes that apply to Non-Disney Dogfaces:
- Captain Ersatz: The bank robbers in this John Stanley Woody Woodpecker strip look awfully like the Beagle Boys.
- Fully-Dressed Cartoon Animal
- Fur Is Skin: Like the Disney ones, most of them have this.
- Older Than You Think
- J. P. Cubish from one Looney Tunes cartoon and Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
- Betty Boop started out as one of these before her dog nose was removed and her floppy ears replaced with hoop earrings.
- The very first episode of the Fleischer Popeye cartoon featured dogfaces as background characters, though this is an example of Early Installment Weirdness, most other Popeye shorts feature strictly humans.
- 'Mazing Man: Maze's best friend/HeterosexualLifePartner Denton Fixx is fully human, but has a dog face (though it makes him look like a dogface). (The Floating Head in the upper left here.)
- There are a few Tex Avery MGM Cartoons, especially in the 1950s, that feature dogfaces.
- They showed up a lot in Warner Bros. oneshots from the 30's as well, many of which, such as "Thugs With Dirty Mugs", were directed by Tex Avery.
- Dogfaces even show up in Walter Lantz's New Funnies comics that Woody Woodpecker also shows up in.
- The original Underdog (a.k.a. Shoeshine) and Sweet Polly Purebred look like dognoses, unlike the Disney version of both characters, who are a beagle and a cocker spaniel respectively.
- The dogs in the movie, Rock and Rule.
- A literary example would be the the Fetchers from Mister Monday.
- The title character in Officer Pooch, an MGM Oneshot Cartoon that Bill Hannah and Joseph Barbara directed.
- The Whos from various Doctor Seuss works are similar.
- Several characters from Arthur, such as Binky Barnes.
- Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid was eventually redesigned into one of these to mask that he was originally a racist charicature of a black person.
- Of the various Funny Animal people in Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, the most common are dog-like people. They bear a strong resemblance to the Disney dogfaces, especially in their "snouts." Given their Egyptian origins, they're probably jackal-people.
- One of the planes from Jay Jay the Jet Plane has a face that looks like that of a dogface.
- Leo Ortolani's peculiar style makes all of his human characters look like not dogs, but monkeys. Ths is especially evident for the protagonist of Rat-Man, who without his Rat-costume seems perpetually naked and in fact looks like a monkey rather than a human.
- Timburr and its evolutionary family from Pokémon resemble overly muscular dog-faces.