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    23 Shocking Cartoon Character Makeovers

    The toons they are a-changing.

    Like many celebrities, cartoon characters tend to go through drastic changes in their appearance over the years.

    Here's a few animated icons who started out looking a lot different than the way we know them.

    1. The Simpsons, 1987

    20th Century Fox

    Matt Groening designed the original versions of the Simpsons, but over the years animators smoothed them out.

    ...and today.

    20th Century Fox

    2. Archie in 1941 and today.

    Archie Comics
    Archie Comics

    Archie started as a funny looking dude. I guess the cartoonists later realized they had to make it more believable that girls would fight over him.

    3. Charlie Brown in 1950 and later.

    He's just not Charlie Brown without his zigzag shirt.

    4. Snoopy in 1950 and today.

    United Feature Syndicate
    United Feature Syndicate

    At some point, Snoopy figured out how to walk on two feet.

    5. Pinoccio in 1911 and 1940.

    Collodi
    Disney

    One of the more drastic makeovers. Disney changed him from Larry David into a little boy.

    6. Cathy in 1976 and later on.

    Universal Press Syndicate
    Universal Press Syndicate

    Ack!

    7. My Little Pony in 1984 and now.

    Hasbro
    Hasbro

    Do you think anyone in 1984 could have predicted who the fans of this show would be 30 years later?

    8. Arthur in 1976 and today.

    Marc Brown / PBS

    Woah.

    9. South Park in 1992, and today.

    Comedy Central

    From a bootlegged VHS tape to a major motion picture and only this much improvement.

    10. The Iron Giant in 1968 and 1999.

    Faber & Faber
    Warner Bros.

    How many of you guys even knew this was based on an old children's book? Even more surprising is that the author was Sylvia Plath's husband!

    11. Shrek in 1990 and 2001.

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Dreamworks

    Hmmm.

    12. Yogi Bear in 1958 and 2010.

    Hanna Barbera
    Warner Bros.

    No.

    13. Alvin and The Chipmunks in 1958 and 2007.

    RCA
    20th Century Fox

    No, man. No.

    14. Papa Smurf in 1958 and 2011.

    Dupuis
    Columbia

    Please, No. NO!

    15. Scooby-Doo in 1969 and 2002.

    Hanna-Barbera
    Warner Bros.

    NOOOOOO!

    16. Garfield in 1978 and later.

    Universal Feature Syndicate
    Universal Feature Syndicate

    He lost the pounds and kept them off.

    17. Mickey Mouse in 1928 and today.

    Disney
    Disney

    The gloves are a weird touch.

    18. Peter Pan in 1902 and 1953.

    Scribner
    Disney

    19. Gumby in 1953 and today.

    Clokey
    Clokey

    20. Cinderella in 1865 and in 1950.

    Disney

    This story goes back all the way to 1697!

    21. Bugs Bunny in 1940 and today.

    Warner Bros.

    22. The Fantastic Mr. Fox in 1974 and in the 2009 movie.

    Knopf
    20th Century Fox

    23. James and The Giant Peach from 1961...

    Knopf

    ...and in the 1996 movie.

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