charlie in profile flip topcharlie in profile (detail) flip topWoodstockThingumy & BobSnufkinMoomintrollLittle MyCharlie 
Fig. 22Charlie (profile)
fig. 22Buttercup 
(open)Hello Kitty (closed)
Fig. 1Hello Kitty (open)
Fig. 1Hello Kitty
Fig. 1Pigpen
Fig. 17Pigpen
Fig. 17Snoopy
Fig. 24Snoopy Pikachu
Fig. 4Shmoo
Fig. 12Shmoo
Fig. 12Marvin
Fig. 15Charlie (frontal view)
Fig. 10Bubbles
Fig. 5Betty Boop
Fig. 20Betty Boop
Fig. 20Dexter
Fig. 9Eggbert
Fig. 2Fred
Fig. 18Little Lotta
Fig. 3Barney
Fig. 6Tweety
Fig. 7Tweety
Fig. 7Linus
Fig. 16Mad Scientist
Fig. 8Peppermint Patty
Fig. 14Lucy
Fig. 19Lucy
Fig. 19Baby Huey
Fig. 11
Character Study
A character study of 22 present and past cartoon characters
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Animation was the format of choice for children's television in the 1960s, a decade in which children's programming became almost entirely animated. Growing up in that period, I tended to take for granted the distortions and strange bodies of these entities.These Icons are usually grotesquely distorted from the human form from which they derive.

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.

These characters have become conventions that are set, defined, and well-known personas in our culture. 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. Possibly to better understand them and see them in a new light for what they are in the most basic of terms.

The photographed pieces are the original, translucent hinged overlay format. the rest are photoshopped facsimiles of the originals.

michael paulus

cartoon skeletal systems