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Shaucker

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« on: 08-02-2004 09:07 »

Has anyone else noticed that when Nibbler is in "pet" mode, he seems to have three fingers, but when he is on Eternium with other Nibblonians, they have four?
victor2000
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« Reply #1 on: 08-02-2004 14:38 »

I never noticed that before.

Some grabs:

3 fingers:


4 fingers:
VoVat

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« Reply #2 on: 08-02-2004 14:47 »

I guess he grows an extra finger when he starts talking.
Nibblonian

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« Reply #3 on: 08-02-2004 15:23 »

Here's a question: Has anyone ever noticed that when Nibbler is in "pet" mode he makes squealing noises, but when he's on Eternium with the other Nibblonians, he speaks? Perhaps the finger thing is just like that. Hmm...but if I remember correctly, the Nibblonian shadow in SP3000 had three fingers. I wonder...
Alliteration

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« Reply #4 on: 08-02-2004 17:41 »

Too much irradiated Kibbles N' Snouts.
Evil Abe

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« Reply #5 on: 08-02-2004 21:43 »

I think Nibbler said in 'The Day the Earth Stood Stupid' he is speaking with Leela through telepathy so the squealing is probably his native language.  I have never noticed the 3 fingers/4 fingers good eyes.  Maybe that is just an illusion having 3 fingers created by telepathy.  The question is, no matter the cause, why does he do? 
Nibblonian

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« Reply #6 on: 08-02-2004 23:39 »

I think I have the most important Nibbler question: in my icon, it shows Nibbler's coat buttoned right over left, but in the picture victor2000 showed us, it's left over right. Duh, duh, dunnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!

P.S. I see only three fingers in my icon while Nibbler is in Eternium mode.
Shaucker

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« Reply #7 on: 08-02-2004 23:42 »

Your 'picture' is a scan that was flipped for use as an avatar image. As you can see, it is not a perfect scan.
Nibblonian

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« Reply #8 on: 08-02-2004 23:44 »

All right, thank you for crapping all over my theory!!! (J/K)
stolb3rg

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« Reply #9 on: 08-03-2004 21:53 »

Hmm a conundrum it sems not to be as known as...
Powarun

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« Reply #10 on: 08-04-2004 00:19 »

Maybe when Nibbler is in his pet mode he wants to seem like a creature with no thumbs, and when he is in his secret identity mode he has four fingers to act more human like.  THat or we can just say it was a flaw.
Gwan101

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« Reply #11 on: 08-04-2004 00:37 »

Or possibly its genetic condition. EFS perhaps (Extra Finger Syndrome)? Maybe he takes medication as pet nibbler in order to control this, but when he turns into "intelligent nibbler" he has more on his mind; and as a result, forgets to take his pills and grows the extra finger.
zomit

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« Reply #12 on: 08-04-2004 07:22 »

Maybe the forth finger is retractable (like a cat's claws) and he has three fingers on Earth because Leela thinks it makes him look cuter.
Evil Abe

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« Reply #13 on: 08-05-2004 00:36 »

But why put so much thought into hiding an extra digit.  Bender has three fingers and does fine. 
OldeFortran

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« Reply #14 on: 08-05-2004 13:01 »

I'm assuming the three finger thing is to do with how he gets about, normally using his hands to hop around on occasionaly, three fingers may be better than four.
Shaucker

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« Reply #15 on: 08-05-2004 15:32 »

Dogs have five. Cats have five or six. Monkeys have five. I don't know what Nibbler was thinking  smile
Nibblonian

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« Reply #16 on: 08-05-2004 17:41 »

Well, the Nibblonians are a very educated society. They didn't make a retractable finger for show. It probably has some purpose. Or it could be something that only a lord has. His name, afterall, is LORD Nibbler.
passerby

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« Reply #17 on: 08-09-2004 13:35 »

Being the most advanced civilization known, the Nibblonians, unlike Farnsworth, have invented the finglonger. And the fingretracter.  tongue
Nosebleed

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« Reply #18 on: 08-09-2004 14:37 »

Does anyone have better grabs than that upper one above in post #2? Looks like Nibbler's thumb is actually in Leela's palm...
Prof. Wernstrum

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« Reply #19 on: 08-09-2004 17:45 »

I think it's just that Nibbler has black fur which means you can't see the outline of his fingers and so it is difficult to count how many he has. In pet mode, he tends to keep his fingers together making it even harder to tell but in superintelligent mode he makes hand gestures that give an opportunity.

Also, I agree with Nosebleed here - if you look closely at the top picture he appears to have three fingers above Leela's finger and one underneath it.
Nibblonian

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« Reply #20 on: 08-09-2004 18:32 »

Yeah, I noticed that too. That's about at her waist, so it's probably her darker pants that appear to be the thumb.

I think I'm gonna stick with passerby's "fingretractor" theory.
Jicannon

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« Reply #21 on: 08-09-2004 19:50 »

no, it looks to me like Nibbler is grasping Leela's index finger
Venus

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« Reply #22 on: 08-09-2004 20:15 »

i agree. It just looks like he's holding Leela's finger.
Prof. Wernstrum

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« Reply #23 on: 08-10-2004 18:10 »

My futile searching for a decent shot of Nibbler's fingers on CGEF merely reinforces my original hypothesis that it is bloody difficult to count how many he has. Every shot I checked seems to show a block that could be anything from 2-4 fingers and if you're lucky a thumb separate from that. I think it's just luck that the only decent shot we could get is when he is in intelligent mode.
elcornholio

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« Reply #24 on: 08-12-2004 08:47 »

oh snuggleplush
laroquettespine

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« Reply #25 on: 10-26-2004 21:17 »

Seems like I first noticed his extra digit when he was taking off in the spaceship.  Remember when he's explaining the origin of the universe in his ship, and he does that sort of "chewing" noise while wiggling his fingers?  Maybe that's the clearest shot we have of four distinct appendages.
Yuki_in_space

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« Reply #26 on: 10-29-2004 02:38 »

I saw it! In TDTESS, when Nibbler is falling after he bites the elephant balloon, he has his hands out and you can only see 3 fingers. When he is in the "adorable spaceship" with Leela he has 4. Maybe he just holds his thumb in when he's trying to pass as a pet.
Bender-is-Great

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« Reply #27 on: 11-27-2004 19:28 »

I was watching The Day the Earth Stood Stupid and I've come to the conclusion that there is no rhyme or reason to how many fingers he has.  Even when he's in 'Pet Mode' he can either have 2 or 3 fingers.  Same as when he is in 'Intelligent Mode'  Here are some screen captures:
Pet Mode:


In-between Modes:


Intelligent Mode:

Personally, I just think it's an animator's goof.

If ignorance if bliss, you'd think more people would be happy when you tell them they're an idiot!
IntroducingEmy

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« Reply #28 on: 11-29-2004 00:52 »

I'm going to have to agree with BiG.  I believe it's just an animators goof since he's off model no matter what mode he's in.
Prince

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« Reply #29 on: 11-29-2004 06:20 »

Back to what Nibblonian said about the difference in buttoning directions of Nibbler's coat; in the above grabs you can see it buttoned first from right over left and then left over right...that's not an avatar, nor is it in seperate episodes, so does the same principle apply?
Whoopwhoopwhoop

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« Reply #30 on: 12-02-2004 22:51 »

Myabe they are just lazy bastard writers...
Bender-is-Great

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« Reply #31 on: 12-02-2004 23:23 »

Or how about lazy bastard animators?  laff
Dr.Jerkbird

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« Reply #32 on: 12-03-2004 02:39 »

Once again we witness the shame of Amazing animaters! *runs to room crying*
Prince

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« Reply #33 on: 12-04-2004 06:27 »

Yeah, i'll go with that  big grin
*comforts Dr.Jerkbird*
Preety In Pink

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« Reply #34 on: 12-10-2004 21:01 »

either way.. nibbler is cute
mint

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« Reply #35 on: 12-14-2004 19:21 »

Maybe as a pet he doesn't need so many fingers but when he needs to fly a spaceship he does and he has the capacity to grow an extra finger.


Zmithy

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« Reply #36 on: 12-19-2004 20:47 »

Hmm, I doubt theres some mystical reason behind the extra digit, its probably just the animation.

With black fingers there's no lines defining the edges, so it doesn't matter how many fingers there are because most of the time the hand looks like a mitten.
Which is cute  love  roll eyes.

My cat has 6 claws on the front paws, she's a real death machine  big grin.
age110

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« Reply #37 on: 12-20-2004 19:14 »

I think that nibbler is only supposed to have 3 fingers but when he was being animated the animators were used to drawing the characters with 4 fingers and they just made a simple mistake. 
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