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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

Spongebob Squarepants transformation

2. Patrick got a brand new pair of shorts

Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants transformation

3. Arthur got an upgrade

Arthur cartoon transformation

4. Lisa Simpson has chilled out. A lot. 

Lisa Simpson transformation

5. Whatever horrors lay in Bart Simpson's past, they look to be behind him now

Bart Simpson transformation

6. I'm sure many will be jealous to see how Homer Simpson's face has firmed up over time

Homer Simpson transformation

7. Marge got a new dress, and an even better perm

Marge Simpson transformation

8. "The ghost of my past" is something of a literal phrase in the case of Cartman's previous appearance

Cartman from South Park transformation

9. Stan: less tired, but still terrible sadness in his eyes

Stan from South Park transformation

10. Dora the Explorer: better hair, less interesting pets

Dora from Dora the Explorer transformation

11. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles seem to have been spending a lot of time in the gym 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles transformation

12. Moonlight from My Little Pony bought some sweet new threads

Moonlight My Little Pony Transformation

13. Twilight, meanwhile, appears to have found a new lease of life

Twilight My Little Pony transformation

14. And Applejack has had several colour washes in her hair

Applejack from My Little Pony transformation

15. Charlie Brown has had a makeover 

Charlie Brown transformation

16. Something about Snoopy just doesn't seem right in CGI

snoopytransformation

17. Lois Griffin has majorly overhauled her style

Lois Griffin Family Guy Transformation

18. Viewed in parallel with his former self, Peter Griffin looks severely sun burnt

Peter Griffin Family Guy Transformation

 19. Meg Griffin turned to purple and never looked back

Meg Griffin Family Guy transformation

Some startling transformations there, and proof that, no matter how slowly, your favourite cartoon characters do subtly change over the years.

  • Aug
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  • Christian Smith