Since the Three Stooges hit Hollywood, animators have been inspired to make their own dynamic trios. From what I have observed, many cartoon trios have characters that are designed using three basic shapes: either a circle, triangle, or a square.
- Circles are used in designing characters who are happy, carefree and silly like Curly.
- Squares are used in designing characters who are stubborn, serious and egotistical like Moe.
- Triangles are used in designing characters who are the real brains of an outfit and rarely get any credit like Larry.
Here's a list of cartoon trios that use these shapes:
- Ed, Edd (Double D) and Eddy from Ed, Edd n' Eddy
- Lock, Shock and Barrel form The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Jimbo, Kearney and Dolph from The Simpsons
- Yao, Ling and Chien Po from Mulan
- Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie from Casper the Friendly Ghost
- Reggie, Darnell and Two Fingers from The Princess and the Frog