Most of your favorite cartoon shows didn’t start off as good as they eventually became. Even the most classic characters were way different in their earliest versions from the way they look today. Here’s how some of the world’s most famous cartoon characters changed over the years.
Family Guy's Peter Griffin and his dog Brian are a fun pair of cartoon buddies. Theirs is a great friendship because, despite the fact that Brian is infinitely more intelligent and sophisticated than his mentally challenged owner, he’s always a loyal dog.
You may not recognize these two as Peter and Brian, and that’s because technically they’re not. The Life of Larry and Steve was Seth McFarlane’s creation that eventually evolved into Family Guy. Larry and Steve were an owner and his dog whose voices and relationship were exactly like those of Peter and Brian.
Over the years, Mickey Mouse has changed a lot, mainly gaining sclerae (the white outer layer of the eyeball) and weight. He still prefers to remain shirtless at all times, though. He’s a lot like Glenn Danzig that way.
Contrary to popular belief, Mickey Mouse’s name was never Steamboat Willie. That was the name of the first hit cartoon featuring the mouse, but he was credited as Mickey in it. However, Walt Disney did originally intend to name his most famous character Mortimer instead of Mickey.
Easily one of the most popular cartoon characters of all time, everyone knows Homer Simpson as the lovable doofus patriarch of The Simpsons. A loving but accident-prone father, Homer is roughly as intelligent as a bag of used dildos.
Early Homer, especially in the Tracey Ullman Show Simpsons shorts, was much different than he eventually became. Less stupid and more grumpy, Homer barely even sounded the same. Back then, voice actor Dan Castellaneta was basically doing a Walter Matthau impression.
The original Garfield actually was fat, with a huge belly and floppy feline jowls. And he actually was a cat, not a vaguely humanoid cat-creature who walks on two legs. Apparently Jim Davis realized his characters would make better merchandise if they were cuter...that sellout.
Of course you know Eric Cartmen as the hilariously sociopathic fatty in the South Park gang. Although the show is still known for it’s signature crude animation style, that style has grown more sophisticated over the years. At least this Cartman is animated via computer.
Every generation of video consoles brings with it more sophisticated graphics. Like Mickey Mouse, the evolution of Super Mario seems to be defined by increased cuteness year after year. He’s practically a Disney character these days.
Back in the day, Super Mario was barely super. He was just a working-class guy from Brooklyn stuck in a magical fairyland filled with talking mushrooms. And he couldn’t talk yet, so the Mario games weren’t quite the Italian-American minstrel show they are today.
Applejack is a popular character from the TV show, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Not familiar with MLP:FIM? It’s a cartoon show made for young children but enjoyed mainly by 30-something men who find the talking cartoon ponies wonderful.
Applejack was one of the original My Little Pony characters when Hasbro launched the toyline and cartoon series in the 1980s. The pony characters were designed somewhat more realistically back then. Maybe they weren't as "stimulating" for adult nerds back then?