Yes! I belive they are because they are desinged by Toshiyuki Itahana.
Final Fantasy IX wanted to go back to the traditional Final Fantasy style instead of the sci-fi setting that FFVII and FFVIII had. In order to differentiate it and to show that the game wasn't as serious, they went with a less realistic style, hence the smaller characters. Just imagine if FFIX was in the same style as Final Fantasy VIII - it wouldn't work, especially not the humorous scenes. -- ∙ ∙ 01:19, April 11, 2013 (UTC)