Wally the bartending 'roo
from SJ is a problematic character. His leading characteristic is that he stands in the back and doesn't make any noise, but for some reason, this has attracted him a small but vocal cadre of fascinated fans, who frequently bug me to give him more screen time, want to know more about him, and so forth.
I have never really been satisfied with his looks; I designed Wally by looking at various other 'toon 'roos out there, then looking at pictures of real kangaroos, and trying to find some kind of synthesis of those. I did that because, as a rule, 'toon 'roos don't actually look like kangaroos, who have camel heads, jackal ears, and a weird cable-suspension sort of body. Real kangaroos are all LEG, with silly little arms and hunched-over posture.
The 'roos in the pics I modeled Wally after also had prominent dark markings on their snouts behind their noses, which is why I gave him that dark "moustache."( Collapse )
But as time has gone by, I've come to really dislike that thing. It just messes up the whole flow of his face. If you look at Vince's Mikey
, for comparison, you see that Mikey is still identifiable as a kangaroo, but is a much simpler and more appealing character design.
So today, I'm looking at ways to tweak Wally's design, the way I did not too long ago with Eddie Ape
and others. I'm thinking of minimizing the moustache to more of just a thick dark line (like on the side of Spiritwalker's
muzzle. I'm not sure what else to do with him, tho ... I'm open to suggestions! I am definitely going to keep the more kangarooish posture; his body won't change that much.