hi, this probably isnt the usual kind of submission you get, but i wanted to share a cool thing i noticed with this blog.
i remember back on your old blog you made a few posts about fictional wolves/wolfdogs and how they very rarely seemed to fit the bill as wolfy looking, esp not balto who is unfortunately the only cartoon wolfdog that comes to mind for me at all.
i think i found a pretty good example of a fictional wolf that displays some very recognizable wolfy traits, and that’d be midday lycanroc from pokemon sun and moon. one of the things i noticed right off the bat that are specifically more visible in its 3D model and animations, is that it was designed with several actual wolf traits in mind.External imageExternal image
imean, obviously theres a lot of creative liberty here seeing as its a wolf based pokemon, and not actually a wolf at all, but physically i think its one of the more convincing cartoon wolves i’ve seen. more noticeable w the 3D model is its narrow chest, head being held lower/appearing lower due to the mane and never actually raising higher than it is shown here, the thick mane itself over neck and shoulders, narrowed eyes, and long legs.
coloration isnt wolfy at all, perhaps simplified without a very high contrast between the colors, that’s cool, but not showing any blending. and blue eyes, with some other more obvious anatomical alterations such as the horse tail. but again, it’s a pokemon. to explain some of that also, if you wanted to i suppose you could consider it a wolfdog, since it’s pre evolution is entirely dog in appearance.
overall it registers pretty well as lupine in my head, i personally think it looks like the team actually did study the anatomy of real live wolves to recreate it in a simpler stylized form. what do you think?
I actually love that you shared this because how “wolves” are represented in games/movies/media is something that I think about quite often! The only issue I really have with getting super into these discussions is that they’re super opinion based. I mean, you can always weigh which representation has more actual wolf traits as being the better one but I don’t know if that’s always true when it comes to things with this much creative liberty.
I like the idea of Lycanroc being a wolfdog with how doggy the base evolution is. And all the wolfy traits you pointed out are definitely visible and are the same ones I found myself. Blue eyes on “wolves” will always bother me but, it’s a game, what can do you?
Here’s the adorable and doggy dog base evo of this guy:
Talking about wolfy video game characters just makes me wanna talk about all the others that I really like. We’ve come sooo far with animals in games and I just..I love it so much.
Here’s my all time current favorite wolf in any game, Sif, The Great Grey Wolf, from Dark Souls:
Sif was the companion of Sir Artorias, the Abysswalker. After Artorias passed away, Sif became the guardian of Artorias’ grave in the Darkroot Garden and wields Artorias’ Greatsword. Sif also uses some of his former companion’s moves during combat. All in all, Sif is very well done and looks about as close to an actual wolf as you could in a game when DS came out. Obviously, wolves are not this size and don’t go around swinging greatswords in their jaws but it makes for a really neat boss and character.
Another really cool wolf character, and one that’s much more of a fantasy wolf, is Link’s wolf form in Zelda: Twilight Princess:
Definitely a lot of doggy traits (shorter muzzle, round paws, defined markings, pointed ears) but it is a totally different world from ours so it’s hard for me to be too picky about it.
And then you have the reincarnated sun god Amaterasu, currently residing inside of a statue brought back to life, Okami Amaterasu:
The statue was of a wolf name Shiranui that saved an entire village from a curse brought upon them by a demon named Orochi. The games is a telling of one of the legends surrounding Susanoo-no-Mikoto, who is the brother of Amaterasu, the goddess of the Sun, and of Tsukuyomi, the god of the Moon. Ammy is definitely a pretty decent representation of a white wolf, not many complaints really. Okami is also a simply beautiful game and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who likes animals, nature, wonderful storytelling, and beautifully arty graphics. The game was released for the PS2 but it was incredible graphically for when it came out, at least I thought so.
Since I’ve only shared wolves so far I feel it’s only fair that I share a couple of my favorite dogs as well! There are many dogs in the world of Okami and they’re pretty adorable but I think Dogmeat from Fallout 4 will always be my favorite video game doggo.
I can’t tell you how many heart attacks I had before I learned he couldn’t die. I died so many times trying to ensure he’d be alright… >_>
And one last “dog” that I love is D-Dog from Metal Gear solid 5. Okay, so…I guess this one is weird, he is most definitely a wolf but he’s being called a dog and is called one throughout the entire game. So it’s the only case I know of with completely backwards misrepresentation of wolf in the media. He’s wonderfully animated though.
He’s also an incredible companion to have on the battle field as he wields a combat knife and can take out targets for you.
He’s pretty much the most badass wolf I know of in video games. Well, besides Sif, I don’t think D-Dog could take on that monster and come out on top.
Well, this post turned into something much longer than I originally planned but it’s fun to share personal likes sometimes! Thank you again for your submission!