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Weighty Issues by FischHead Weighty Issues by FischHead
I've been playing DKC3 again and just realized there's some sort of gravitational
disturbance surrounding my two favorite Kongs.

Using only her hair, Dixie can both lift and hurl a barrel with Kiddy inside, no problem.
However, when using the team throw, she staggers under the titanic toddler's weight,
like a European Swallow trying to carry a coconut.

Is Dixie's hair a muscle? Why doesn't she pick up Kiddy with that prodigious ponytail rather
than hoist him up on her nearly nonexistent shoulders?

I realize it's a matter of animation and not weight ratios, but come on, Rare. Come on.

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:iconblazeheartpanther:
BlazeHeartPanther Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student General Artist
XD I never thought of that. And did you just pull a Monty Python?
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FischHead Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014   Digital Artist
I did. XD
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BlazeHeartPanther Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student General Artist
XD Marvelous!
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Mendicant Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional Artist
I like to think the barrels have some sort of a space/time distorting properties. (Let us not forget DK AND Diddy could fit comfortably into the same barrel.)

Also, how do you know it's not a migratory African swallow that carried the coconut? Hmm? Hmmmmmmmmmm? =P
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FischHead Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   Digital Artist
That's an interesting hypothesis. :hmm:
Could it tie into the way your secondary character floats/ teleports
to your location when you get hit or when Dixie uses the helicopter
spin? We'll need both Bill Nye AND Beakman to explain this one.

Oh, and African Swallows are non-migratory. However, if two of them
carried the coconut on a line held under the dorsal guiding feathers,
then maybe you've got something.
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Mendicant Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional Artist
I believe we need to consult the Doctor, since we're dealing with bigger-on-the-inside tech. (And possibly, time travel, if save points are part of the in-game continuity.)

Going by averages, an unladen African Swallow weighs around 21 grams, and should be able to lift around half it's own body weight, or 10.5 grams. An average unladen coconut weighs around 8000 grams. So at 10.5 grams of lift per swallow, you're looking at a minimum of 762 swallows to lift that coconut.

Or perhaps the coconut migrated on it's own.
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kjsteroids Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
OH, and to the subject of your art piece:

I'm amused by how they handled the weight thing. =p If I were to explain it, then yeah, I'm forced to say that her hair is a muscle of sorts. But a very powerful, untamed one which she might not have precise control over. And that she's afraid she might injure the big little guy if she tries to lift him without the protection of being in the barrel.
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kjsteroids Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Oh gosh, WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO -- have all us DK fan die from an overdose of cuteness and amazement? :lmao:

Your artwork is amazing. The colors are breathtaking and your style makes it all so fun to look at - I must've stared at this for two minutes anyway, just admiring how you composed everything. AND ON TOP OF EVERYTHING, you make them just as cute as a button! =p It just all makes me giddy!

Thank you, THANK YOU, for lending your talent to us, and especially to a great (and personally, my favorite) video game franchise. ;)
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flygerXamber Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You do the Donkey Kong characters so much justice in your style :3
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Walldryx45 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing picture !!!^^
Dixie Kong is my favourite Kong with DK, Diddy and Kiddy !^^
I love this game too ! :D
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Cutest Dixie ever, and a good point. I love the style.
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FischHead Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks! Had a sudden DK drawing kick after starting up DKC3 again.
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HeAdMiNiOn19 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Writer
Never thought of that :XD: man I miss this game, no idea where my SNES is now =P
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FischHead Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   Digital Artist
This game and Super Mario RPG are the only reasons I still have my SNES.
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HeAdMiNiOn19 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Writer
Definitely, I really miss this game. Was my first memory of gaming, it's quite close to my heart =P
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TheGeckoNinja Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i never thought of that O_O
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StaciNadia Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
They look really cute here, especially Dixie! =3
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FischHead Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks! Dixie was always my favorite Kong. Another one of these should be up
in the next day or two.
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Chucha616 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Artist
awww, its so cool
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noborux Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I actually never thought of it myself, though, it makes you think.. What other gravitational disturbances are right infront of our faces, but will never question? Now you got me thinking!

Though aside from that, I actually really like this picture, it's very stylized if you ask me, mainly the faces. Makes me want to give DKC3 another chance, I feel I may have judged it wrongly the first time I played.
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FischHead Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks for the compliment! I'm sketching a lot of the Kongs right now and having a blast with it.
I'm hoping to do some more of these one-panel comics with them as well.

You should definitely give DKC3 another go. It doesn't look or sound as good as the other games,
but it's the right mix of DKC1 & 2 as far as playing style goes and has become my favorite
installment of the bunch. Of course, it cost me an entire summer's allowance back in '97 so
that might have something to do with it as well. ;p
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noborux Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
You're very welcome! I can't wait to see them.

I think that might have been it, the fact that it didn't look or give me a feel that this was a "new" Donkey Kong Country for some reason.. Even though I beat the whole game years ago, I'll take you're advice, and try it again. (I think was being a David Wise fanboy lol)
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MikeyAnthroVulupin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Oh man, I've never thought of that issue!
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FischHead Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Digital Artist
For a long time, I hadn't either. You just think, "Ha! That's a cute, funny animation".
I thought the same about Diddy and DK, but we kinda have to give Diddy the benefit of
the doubt since DKC had no team throw, and he can also carry a cannonball under his own
power.
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