Classic Cartoon Characters Dissected

Classic Cartoon Characters Dissected: Hello Kitty © Michael Paulus
Hello Kitty © Michael Paulus

Here’s a cool etsy find. Back in 2004, Portland-based artist, Michael Paulus drew twenty-two dissections of past and present classic cartoon characters. He became fixated on the characters’ grotesquely distorted skeletons while growing up in the 60s watching animated children’s programming on TV.

Classic Cartoon Characters Dissected: Charlie Brown © Michael Paulus
Charlie Brown © Michael Paulus

Writes Paulus:

I decided to take a select few of these popular characters and render their skeletal systems as I imagine they might resemble if one truly had eye sockets half the size of its head, or fingerless-hands, or feet comprising 60% of its body mass. Being that they are so commonplace and accepted as existing, I thought I would dissect them like science does to all living objects – trying to come to an understanding as to their origins and true physiological make up.

Classic Cartoon Characters Dissected: Pikachu © Michael Paulus
Pikachu © Michael Paulus

If you’d like to try to understand how Hello Kitty shares fame and fortune with Oprah, but unlike the talk show host, completely lacks a mouth, pick up one of Paulus’ prints ($18) or panels ($57) in his etsy shop.

Click through for lots more animated anatomies and classic cartoon characters dissected!

[You may also enjoy these dissected toys and this dissected Hello Kitty tattoo.]

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