19 Cartoon character transformations from their first episode to now
Nothing is permanent in this world of ours.
As times change, seasons come and go and we all get older, inevitably the landscape around us will shift. The world is transient and prone to alteration: we continue to evolve. This is why some television shows are accused of being "dated" as time marches on. Popular culture references, old-fashioned graphics and outmoded design can all conspire to age a TV show remarkably quickly.
Perhaps in recognition of this perilous reality, and taking advantage of their ability to do so, animated "cartoon" tv shows subtly change their characters over time, to keep things fresh and avoid the dreaded and unwanted "dated" moniker for their programme.
In a trip of nostalgia and intrigue, then, here are 19 remarkable cartoon character transformations, from then, to now.
1. Spongebob has aged gracefully
2. Patrick got a brand new pair of shorts
3. Arthur got an upgrade
4. Lisa Simpson has chilled out. A lot.
5. Whatever horrors lay in Bart Simpson's past, they look to be behind him now
6. I'm sure many will be jealous to see how Homer Simpson's face has firmed up over time
7. Marge got a new dress, and an even better perm
8. "The ghost of my past" is something of a literal phrase in the case of Cartman's previous appearance
9. Stan: less tired, but still terrible sadness in his eyes
10. Dora the Explorer: better hair, less interesting pets
11. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles seem to have been spending a lot of time in the gym
12. Moonlight from My Little Pony bought some sweet new threads
13. Twilight, meanwhile, appears to have found a new lease of life
14. And Applejack has had several colour washes in her hair
15. Charlie Brown has had a makeover
16. Something about Snoopy just doesn't seem right in CGI
17. Lois Griffin has majorly overhauled her style
18. Viewed in parallel with his former self, Peter Griffin looks severely sun burnt
19. Meg Griffin turned to purple and never looked back
Some startling transformations there, and proof that, no matter how slowly, your favourite cartoon characters do subtly change over the years.