19 Cartoon Characters Reimagined As Real People (With Very Strange Results)

Whether we're kids by age or kids at heart who simply refuse to grow up, it's hard to deny the fact that nothing quite beats waking up early on a Saturday to binge a morning full of cartoons on the TV (okay, maybe the older kids will struggle with the early wake ups these days, but the point stands).

From the Disney classics that date back decades, to the Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon installments that debuted around the turn of the century, and over to the more recent adult-targeted cartoons of the last decade or so, we have no shortage of animated gems.

But what happens when we take these 2D drawings and transform them into real-life humans? Sometimes it's not all to bad, however, often it's nothing short of terrifying.

19 SpongeBob SquarePants

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob Squarepants... in human form, apparently. While many of us find the little yellow sponge annoying at times, we've let it slide on the basis that he's nothing more than a sponge. As a boy, however, we can imagine that he'd get on our nerves in seconds.

18 Fry

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With his trademark red jacket and equally red hair, the real-life version of Futurama's leading character, Philip J. Fry, is so lifelike that it's beginning to border on creepy. Maybe it's the perfectly smooth skin free of blemishes, or maybe it's the fact that his arms don't extend past the shoulder, but something just doesn't seem right.

17 Professor Farnsworth

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While we're on the subject of Matt Groening's second-most famous animated show (sorry, Disenchantment, you've got a ways to go), say hello to the terrifying 3D rendering of Professor Farnsworth. As you can surely tell, this is far too lifelike to be comfortable, and those wrinkles are looking all too real and botox-worthy.

16 Donald And Daisy Duck

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse, take a back seat, please, because the next new 'it' couple is none other than... Donald and Daisy? Wait, what? Yep, in case you missed it, these two have always been madly in love, despite Donald being infuriating at times. How do you feel about them in human form?

15 Lola Bunny

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If you haven't seen the Looney Tunes basketball crossover film, Space Jam, which stars a number of famous basketball players such as Michael Jordan and Larry Bird, cancel your evening plans. Lola Bunny, who debuted in that movie in 1996, is reimagined here in what can only be described as a mixture of terrifying and tantalizing.

14 Sonic The Hedgehog

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We're so used to seeing Sonic as a video game character - from his days on the Sega Genesis console to appearances on Nintendo systems in more recent years - that it comes as a massive shock to see him in human form. Let's not beat around the bush here though - he's clearly not wearing enough clothes.

13 Dory

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We all remember when the Disney Pixar hit film, Finding Nemo, hit the big screen back in 2003, right? Well, one of our beloved characters, Dory, the forgetful, blue critter voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, was reimagined as a human. Frankly, we think it's all just a little too creepy. What's with the fish-hair?

12 Courage The Cowardly Dog

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While most dogs are brave, Courage, ironically named, was a bit of a scaredy-cat. During his time on Cartoon Network from 1999-2002, we followed him in his ongoing challenges to save his owners from all kinds of danger. How do we feel about this real-life adaptation? Well, it makes us a little uncomfortable, to be frank.

11 Cosmo And Wanda

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In what was an incredibly popular cartoon on Nickelodeon dating back to the early 2000s, The Fairly OddParents' time, sadly, has come to an end. Nevertheless, Cosmo and Wanda won't be forgotten anytime soon. What we would like to forget, however, is how they would look as humans - it's far too real for us to handle.

10 Pikachu

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Out of the original 151 Pokémon that became nothing less than an ongoing pop culture sensation, Ash Ketchum's very own Pikachu is undoubtedly the most famous. He - and we repeat, HE (if we're going by the fact that Pika was voiced by Ryan Reynolds in the 2019 movie), has become a poster boy for the franchise. With that in mind, the pigtails and girly figure are nothing less than off-putting.

9 Perry The Platypus

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Alright, we're winding the clock back to 2007, where Phineas and Ferb strutted its stuff on the Disney channel. One of the most underrated characters on the show, without a doubt, was Perry the platypus. When his owners are around, he's your typical pet. When they're out of the house, however, he lets his secret agent persona run free.

8 Ariel

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Over the years, Walt Disney has provided us countless unforgettable pieces of art, a classic example being none other than The Little Mermaid. Okay, technically she does eventually actually become a human in the film, but we couldn't resist this in-depth piece of artwork. From the tattoo to the scattered freckles, Fernanda didn't hold back.

7 Rainbow Dash

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No, ladies and gentlemen, that isn't Nyan Cat, that's actually a piece of Rainbow Dash fan art - one of the many characters from My Little Pony. As you can tell, her hairstyle is out of this world, and we can't imagine how much money she'd have to fork over to maintain it. That alone is simply terrifying.

6 Mike And Sully

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We love Monsters Inc., and we're not going to hide from that. What we're struggling to get on board with, however, is the transformation of our beloved monsters into people. First of all, wouldn't Sully be MUCH bigger? C'mon, look at the size of him in the film! Plus, Mike's one eye on the side of his head— that's just all kinds of peculiar.

5 Meg Griffin

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Even though the cartoon (and wider entertainment) world loves Mila Kunis and what she's done for the industry, Meg Griffin, the character she voices on the adult comedy, Family Guy, is usually the victim of all kinds of cruel jokes. Here, with a transition to human form, she's actually looking more like a trendy hipster than a lame nerd, right?

4 Pinky And The Brain

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Alright, please welcome to the stage the dynamic duo that is Pinky and the Brain. Despite only running for four years after first airing on September 9th, 1995, we've become accustomed to seeing this pair on the small screen with plenty of reruns over the years. The weirdest part of this, however, is the absurd age difference - something we usually don't notice in cartoon form.

3 Timon And Pumbaa

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At first glance, this dynamic duo might take a moment to recognize. However, as soon as you catch a glimpse of that t-shirt, it becomes more than obvious that it's the infamous Lion King pair. Compared to most of the others on this list, these dudes don't actually look too bad, although Pumbaa's face is bordering on nightmare-worthy.

2 Alvin And The Chipmunks

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Long before Alvin and the Chipmunks starred in questionable-quality big-screen movies, they were actually a musical trio who wrote kids entertainment songs, initially, believe it or not, called David Seville and the Chipmunks. Despite that, as you can see above, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, in human form, would certainly have no longer fit their high-pitched on-screen voices.

1 Catdog

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Whenever we watched CatDog as kids, everything just seemed to be completely normal. The fact that two independent animals were connected at the hip didn't bother us. As we started to grow up, we asked ourselves the important questions, including 'how does it use the bathroom?' As humans, it's even weirder.

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