This series of paintings is based on finding queerness in narratives from cartoons I watched as a young person growing up in rural Ohio. Movies like, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964), Watership Down (1978), and The White Seal (1975), all depicted ‘otherness’ in their central characters. This otherness was shunned, leaving the central characters isolated from community and safety. In each story, this otherness is also the very thing that saves, not only the individual, but the community that cast them out. Although these characters are seemingly straight, they were the characters and stories I most closely identified with. This project uses backdrops and elements from these cartoons to consider the undercurrent of quiet isolation and violence they depict. These stories provided me some comfort in representation, while also telling me what is expected of otherness.