So now we discuss American-made cartoon characters with similar traits:
1) Betty Boop - though her body isn't 'squat' like a midget's body, she does have tiny features, especially in proportion to her big head. Also, though she is a young woman in her early 20s, she has a very girl-like face and high-pitched voice (based on 1920s cutie Helen Kane).
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2) Tweety Bird - he was actually created after Betty, though both are very old cartoons. He does have a squat body, despite large feet and a large head, the rest of his body is tiny. Also, he does have big blue eyes and the high voice of a child, so he is a baby bird. Though not Japanese, could they both be considered 'chibi' because of their traits?
A word of caution though: Don't call someone (who speaks Japanese) Chibi as a term of endearment though, since it could be perceived as calling them a "shrimp" or "shortstack" which is offensive.
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So join the debate and let us know: Do you consider these cute American cartoons to be chibi as well?