This question torments me from childhood. In old cartoons like Tom and Jerry human faces are not drawn. But since 5th volume (not precisely) human faces were introduced.

Why? Was it difficult for animators to draw them? Was it a time-saving measure or something else?

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To represent Animal perspective.

The Tom and Jerry cartoon is about animals, they have to show their perspective. Humans are larger to them, they can't even see their full body together. So it's kept that way. Humans are not even a regular cast, so why to bother to make their faces when it isn't needed. It also helps to make the audience focus on Tom and Jerry only.

But later they included human faces maybe for fan requests or for unknown reasons. If I am not wrong then in the earlier episodes human roles are very few to negligible but later some humans become partially regular.

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    "Ant can walk around human hand, but unable to tell others about what happened to him". Seems you are totally right.
    – Danatela
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 13:13
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    The Peanuts comic strips and animated cartoons likewise omit adults, opposing baseball players, etc. I'm not sure of the chronology of the technique; I'm pretty certain that Tom and Jerry animated cartoons predate the Peanuts ones, but the Peanuts comic strips go back well before that.
    – supercat
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 17:44

Animal perspective has nothing to do with it, it's so they don't have to animate the face for the speaking - they can change the script without having to re-animate

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    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 3:47
  • And in the case of Peanuts, you don't even have to overdub.
    – Mazura
    Commented Jun 17, 2017 at 1:37

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