Let's talk about some important considerations to make when drawing a character.
Cartoons from the 20th Century featured characters which performed on the screen as though they were acting on a stage to live audiences. This has a lot to do with film & animation being a completely new medium at the time - when the only point of reference for similar modes of storytelling were the performing arts and theatre.
As such, animation adopted many of the same techniques which actors used in order to convey important storytelling devices like character and narrative. These techniques are used less overtly in cinema today, but living through our characters as actors ourselves is still an incredibly useful tool and is perhaps a prerequisite to achieving great performances.
"He's behind you!"
Disney's "Lonesome G